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:
It us a great pleasure to introduce Natalie form Crummy Mummy, I have been a long time fan of Natalie and her blog. I am absolutely amazed that she recently (ish, now) welcomed a third member to her family and still kept up her level of blogging. Trooper. It’s easy to tell that she is a professional writer by trade when you read her blog. I love her posts, they always draw me in and leave me wanting more so I am very grateful to Natalie for taking part in this series, so over to you Natalie…
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, who you are, your blog and what we can expect from your blog?
I’m a wife, mother, freelance journalist and blogger – not necessarily in that order! I started blogging when I was mum to an 18 month old and I used to write about a bit of this and a bit of that – whatever was happening at the time but with no particular schedule or focus. Four years on I am now a mum of three and the blog has grown beyond my wildest dreams into a successful business – you can expect parenting advice, tips, competitions, giveaways, guest posts and (hopefully) entertaining personal stories too!
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’m a stay-and-work-at-home mum which is both hugely rewarding but also really hard work. I’m there for the school and nursery runs, there to make meals, run the household and go to school plays, but the flip side is that when I’m not doing that you’ll find me glued to my laptop working. I write real life features for national newspapers, I edit the online dad’s mag FQ magazine, I write business features for The Grocer magazine and then of course there’s the blog. When I’m not working I love running, and I also have an allotment I escape to complete with my very own she-shed!
3. How long have you been blogging and what is your favourite and least favourite thing about it?
I’ve been blogging since January 2013 and I have so many favourite things about it! Reading all the lovely comments, great experiences like holidays and days out and being part of the blogging community are probably my favourite things, my least favourite thing is probably always being behind in responding to comments
4. If you could pass on a piece of advice to a newbie blogger what would it be?
That you need to spend as much, if not more, time promoting each post than you did writing it. Because what’s the point in writing it if no-one knows it’s there? Earlier this year I wrote a post about 14 things I’ve learnt in 4 years of blogging with lots of advice which went down well.
5. If money were no issue, and you could tick one thing off your bucket list what would it be and why?
I’d really like to go to Japan and see the 2020 Olympics. Misery Guts and I lived in Tokyo for a couple of years in our 20s and have always wanted to go back. I’ll be 40 at the same time as the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and I’d love to celebrate my 40th there – however it’s a pie in the sky idea as we now have five plane seats to buy!
6. Can you share some love and tell us what blogs you are enjoying at the moment and that you would recommend?
This is a hard one as there are so many! I love Cecile over at The Frenchie Mummy, Laura at Five Little Doves and Tayla at Motherhood: The Real Deal – I could go on and on though! There are so many brilliant blogs out there – I read so many each week and love them all!