What makes a blogger a blogger?
Continuing my series of blogger interviews, here’s Lucy from Lucy at Home.
1. Tell me about yourself and your blog?
Hi! *waves* I’m Lucy. I’m 30 years old (eek! – still coming to terms with that one!) and I’m a stay at home mummy to two little girls. I love baking, I’m useless at craft, and I’m a chronic over-thinker! My blog is parenting and lifestyle blog, where I get to over-think as much as I like and get other people’s opinion on the stuff I’m mulling over.
As a general rule, I try to keep my blog positive; I genuinely love being a mummy. But it’s also a really tough job and I want to be honest about the worries and difficulties too.
2. How long have you been blogging for?
Almost 9 months. And it’s really flown by – I still feel very much like a newbie! Although I was really pleased yesterday because a fellow blogger emailed me for some advice and I was like, “Wow yes I do actually know how to do this!”.
3. What led you to start your blog?
As a mummy, especially in the early years, I spent a lot of time trawling the internet, looking for answers:
- How long should my 4 month old / 6month old / 1 year old be sleeping for?
- How much should my child be eating?
- What is the advice for sharing photographs of my child online?
At 24, I was the first of my friends to have a baby, and we live 2 hours away from family, so I didn’t really have anyone to discuss this stuff with. In that time, I came across several blogs, and I really loved the honest, personal approach to the things I read.
When my second child came along, I was becoming a lot more confident and I wanted to be that voice of comfort and encouragement to other mums. So Lucy At Home was born!
4. What is your motivation to keep going?
I just really love it!
I love having the opportunity to think through how I’m feeling about something and getting feedback from others. It’s also nice to be me, in my own right, rather than “Jenny’s mum”. As a stay at home mum, it can be hard to keep a sense of identity, but blogging has really helped.
5. How much time do you spend blogging?
Too much! I try really hard to put limits on my blogging time but there’s always something that I could (and should) be doing. I try to avoid blogging over the weekend so that I can devote that time to family, but it’s hard and it doesn’t always happen, especially if we have an event to review at the weekend.
I guess I probably work about 25 hours a week on my blog. I’ve never worked it out before. Is that a lot or pretty normal? You’ve got me thinking now!
6. What works best for you to drive more traffic to your blog?
In the last couple of weeks, I’ve upped my Twitter game. I was worried that scheduling more tweets would look like spam, but the increase in traffic has been really noticeable so I guess not.
I think linky parties are a great way to gain traffic, and it’s also a great way to find other fab blogs. I used to join a couple of linkies every day (Mon-Fri) but I’ve recently started co-hosting my own so I’ve had to cut down a lot.
Shameless plug alert! – If anyone wants to join a linky, ours is called #blogcrush and runs every Friday. It’s a bit different to other linkies in that you have to join in with 2 posts – one of your own, and one that you’ve enjoyed by somebody else. It’s a great way to give something back to the blogging community and spread a bit of happiness 🙂
7. What is your favourite tool or plugin?
I think Yoast is great. As a total perfectionist, I get a little buzz out of making that little circle go green! Haha. I’m sure most of you know it, but basically it’s a plugin that assesses how easily a search engine could find your post.
I’ve also just discovered Hootsuite for scheduling my tweets. It’s really easy to use and it’s free.
8. How do you promote your posts?
I mostly use Twitter and Facebook.
9. What is your best tip for fitting blogging in around work or home commitments?
I decide the night before what linkies I’ll be joining the next day, and I add the badges to my post there and then. Then the next morning, all I need to do is add the post to the linky. I often try and get up half an hour before the rest of the family so that I can get my linky commenting done too.
10. What do you do in your spare time?
I play flute, piano and saxophone and I love to write songs. I also run the local baby and toddler group, and I’m a leader at a youth group for 5-11 year olds. I’m a Christian so I go to church several times a week and I’m also the cleaner there.
When I’m not doing all of that, I love to be outside. I play tennis and I like walking, and I love being on the beach, whatever the weather.
11. What was the first CD you ever bought?
I can’t remember the first CD I bought, but the first cassette tape was Now 39. That was a fantastic collection of music – Angels by Robbie Williams, Barbie Girl by Aqua, 5, 6, 7, 8 by Steps, and You’re Still The One by Shania Twain.
To be fair, it was available on CD too, but the cassette was cheaper and, being a Yorkshire girl, I’ve always enjoyed saving a bit of money!
12. What was the last thing you watched on TV?
Oh dear, now I’m going to sound like a real geek… The last thing I watched on TV was StarTrek Voyager. I’m not a Trekky by any stretch of the imagination, but, as students, hubby and I bought all the Voyager boxsets, and we recently decided to start watching them again. We’re on season 3 at the moment.
13. What’s your most embarrassing memory?
When I was 11, I was in a line dancing club (don’t laugh – it was the only dance club that the school offered!). A group of us made up our own dance to perform in the school concert. Now the key thing you need to remember about line dancing is that you do the steps and then turn 90 degrees and do them again, until you’ve worked your way all the way around.
What I failed to realise, is that I had got my skirt tucked in my knickers! And for a good proportion of the song, I had my back to the audience and was happily displaying said knickers to the world!
14. Who is your favourite celebrity?
I’m not particularly interested in celebrity culture so no-one particularly springs to mind. But my favourite Disney princess (a question which I am asked a lot at home!) is Cinderella.
15. Cats or dogs?
Neither! Sorry I’m just not an animal person.
Thank you Lucy for sharing a little bit about yourself. I personally love your idea for the #blogcrush linky – it’s a clever one to get us sharing posts we have enjoyed reading too. Good luck with that one!
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You can find out more about Lucy on The Mum Project.