Hello there and welcome to the latest instalment of my series #MeetTheFamily. It is a spin off from our linky #FamilyFun. You may know that #FamilyFun is a linky where you can link up any blog post with the idea of it being a fun linky where you share your posts, comments and love with your blogging family. This post is all about getting to know our blogging family a bit better. So without further ado I will introduce you to this weeks member:
Now My Name Is Mummy
Well firstly Claire, your blog is interesting to me (see below peeps). Claire writes a beautiful blog over at Now My Name Is Mummy and I am so pleased that she joins us at #Familyfun and agreed to take part in #MeetTheFamily. She also has a lovely Instagram feed which I am a big fan of. Her photos are gorgeous (as is her family) – I am a sucker for a lovely feed and I highly recommend taking a peek. So Claire thank you again for taking part, over to you lovey…
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, who you are, your blog and what we can expect from your blog?
My name is Claire, I’m a twenty-something – who am I kidding?! I’m a 29-year-old (read: I’m 30 next *gasp*) mama to one-year-old Henry and wife to Carl and we live in Sheffield along with our feral pug, Winnie. I write Now my Name is Mummy, a blog I started to document Henry’s first year and the chaos that comes with being a first time parent. I ramble a lot, so I’m not sure it’s all that interesting to others, but my mum likes it, so that’s something!
2. When you’re not blogging, how do you fill your time – are you a working parent, SAHP, WAHP? When you’re not working what do you like to do for fun?
I’ve very recently become a SAHM – something I initially panicked about when I couldn’t return to my job in merchandising part-time after my maternity leave ended, but I’m now embracing (most days anyway!). I go to college two evenings a week, learning new skills I’ve always been interested in and I’ll hopefully be able to make a living around taking care of my family in the future. So between that, blogging, dodging the ironing mountain and running around after a very energetic toddler – I’m kept busy! I like to spend the weekends walking and brunching with friends, with a bit of baking and reading thrown in too.
3. How long have you been blogging and what is your favourite and least favourite thing about it?
I’ve been blogging for about eight-months, although I became a little haphazard before Christmas, suffering a crisis of confidence. Now I’ve thrown myself back in, remembering the reason I started in the first place to overcome the self doubt! My favourite part? Writing posts, and interacting with other bloggers, on my own posts, on theirs, on Twitter or Instagram. The community is lovely and there’s always someone going through the same issue as you. My least favourite part is scheduling tweets. Although I’m not sure it should count as my least favourite part anymore because I’ve stopped doing it. I decided that I started blogging for fun, so if there’s a part that’s not fun – what’s the point?!
4. If you could pass on a piece of advice to a newbie blogger what would it be?
After 8 months I’m not entirely sure I’m qualified to dish out advice but I’ve enjoyed it much more when I remember why I’m doing it. There’s so much you can do – writing, reading, commenting, pitching, promotion…then there’s all the technical stuff, it’s so easy for it to become a chore. Just to focus on what you enjoy. And don’t compare yourself to others – there’s so many amazing bloggers it’s easy to become disheartened.
5. If money were no issue, and you could tick one thing off your bucket list what would it be and why?
Oooh this is hard! I think I’d travel the world. But with a private jet, five-star accomodation and an unlimited budget. I’d also prefer to spend each flight inebriated or asleep as I hate flying!
6. Can you share some love and tell us what blogs you are enjoying at the moment and that you would recommend?
Another hard one! I love so many – Frenchie Mummy is one of the first blogs I found. I just love Cecile and her little boy is a similar age to Henry so I think we’ve shared some experiences and I love the french references! I love Naptime Natter, Tammy Mum (not just because I’m here!), Mamalina, My Milo and Me, Hello Archie, The Uphill, Lucy at Home, Crummy Mummy, my real life friend MommyandRory…. I could go on forever!
You can find Now my Name is Mummy here: