What first inspired you to start blogging? Describe your career/lifestyle beforehand?
I write the blog over at youbabymemummy.com and mamapreneurrevolution.com. I started my blog when my daughter was 5 months old. I had PND, was being treated badly by my employer and most of my friends had 'disappeared'. I had no idea about blogging, but just wanted to record our special family moments. I earned money within 4 months of starting and within 15 months I was earning more than I ever had done in my life. I now teach other mums to leverage their superpowers so they can turn their blogs into their businesses to give their lives more freedom. Blogging literally changed my life and I love helping others use blogging to change theirs.
Before I started blogging I worked long hours as an Events Organiser within the Equine Industry. I loved it, but would never go back to it now.
What is the premise behind your blog and how does it differ from other popular parenting blogs/vlogs?
My blog started as a place to record our memories but it quickly morphed into something else. While I write from the perspective of a mum, it is a mum in business and I mainly focus on content around monetisation, mindset, and other business related topics. I share what's worked for me and I'm still walking the walk, as I help others.
What is your current following?
I have 25k Twitter followers, 16.5k Instagram followers, around 3k Youtube subscribers and over 7k Facebook page likes. I also have a thriving free Facebook group.
How do you work running the blog alongside motherhood and your other commitments?
Luckily, I'm a workaholic! Seriously, it's always a bit of a juggle, but I'm lucky that my husband is a total superstar and does most of the household chores. I don't think a work life balance exists when you run your own business. It is one and the same thing. Sometimes I'll be a better mum than business owner and an hour later it could be the other way round. Trying to pinpoint the moment of perfect balance will just drive you mad.
What do you enjoy most about what you do? Are there any perks /down sides?
Without a doubt, making a difference in peoples lives. I have one client that was about to call a food bank and a few months later she had a thriving business. Being able to make real impact is what keeps my nose to the grindstone. There are a few downsides as with any business. I never really clock off, which can be quite stressful and there's never enough time to do everything you want to do.
What would be your one piece of advice to any budding mum bloggers?
I would say think about your 'why' before you start and hold it close when you start being a little too obsessed with your daily stats. Remember that your words could make a profound impact on one person and you don't need thousands of views to do that. Also embrace the real you, the only way you can be successful if to be different to everyone else, and you do that by being truly you. No-one can replicate you. It is so hard to be better than other bloggers, but being different is better than better.