What makes a blogger a blogger?
Continuing my series of blogger interviews, here’s Meagan from The Mum Project.
1. Tell me about yourself and your blog?
I’m originally from San Francisco, on a whim I transferred here from an advertising agency there, and now I have been living in the UK for almost five years. I had planned to only be here for a year but felt that after a year I was finally established, I had my friends, my new shiny boyfriend and I was loving my job.
I started the blog because I didn’t have any friends with children. Lonely, scared and confused I thought it would help me get rid of all of the overwhelming feelings I was having about becoming a mum. On my blog, I am real, I write about what it’s actually like becoming a mum, some of it is funny and some of it is serious. But always with passion!
2. How long have you been blogging for?
I’ve been blogging for about 10 months.
3. What led you to start your blog?
I love writing! I started a blog way back when I was in high school but as I started university it fell by the wayside. I’ve always wanted to write a book or a script, and just felt like this was the perfect opportunity to start again (well, relatively perfect, I barely have time to write). When I do have time to write, it makes me feel so much better, almost more free, as if a weight is being lifted off my chest.
4. What is your motivation to keep going?
It’s mostly because writing helps me feel better! After a more raw post, I feel more energised and happy (even if it was hard to write).
5. How much time do you spend blogging?
I would say at least an hour per night, which seems crazy because I only manage to get two posts out a week, but a lot of that time is spent on social media, promoting my posts, and my link party (#StayClassyMama). Roughly I would say if I don’t do it every night, I spend about three nights a week blogging and condense my hours to more like two or three hours a night and get it all done at once.
6. What works best for you to drive more traffic to your blog?
Twitter definitely drives traffic to my blog, and link parties. I would also say Pinterest and Stumble Upon have also created some traffic for me.
7. What is your favourite tool or plugin?
Hootsuite! I’m able to tweet everyone for my link party fairly quickly.
8. How do you promote your posts?
I mostly use Twitter, but have been dabbling into Pinterest and Stumble Upon which have increased traffic to my site.
9. What is your best tip for fitting blogging in around work or home commitments?
Having a plan! Telling myself, ‘Okay I am going to do 2 hours of blogging tonight,’ and in those two hours I focus entirely on writing, or commenting or social media. Basically by being very focused and organised, otherwise I would never get anything done!
10. What do you do in your spare time?
Right now I’m training for a marathon (which is not typically me!) which I’ve kind of been dragged into doing but so happy that I’m doing it now! I feel so much better after I run, the hardest part is just getting out the front door.
I love reading as well, I’m reading ‘The Power of Now’ at the moment (I know it’s all a bit cheesy/hippy!) but I love this kind of stuff. I also read ‘Leaning In’ by Sheryl Sandberg. I think any working woman, scratch that, any woman should read this book, it’s awesome.
11. What was the first CD you ever bought?
Oh god! I don’t remember, I think it was TLC? I loved that song ‘Waterfalls’.
12. What was the last thing you watched on TV?
I’m really into First Dates right now – haha! OH and this amazing show called This Is Us (I literally cry every single time I watch it, my boyfriend loves it too which is a MASSIVE bonus!)
13. What’s your most embarrassing memory?
When my two friends (who were hooking up) walked into a bedroom (to you know…hook up) and I was sat there breast pumping!
14. Who is your favourite celebrity?
I don’t really follow celebs, but I like Tom Hardy because he’s hot.
15. Cats or dogs?
Definitely dogs! Although I randomly had a cat at university because my friend and I roomed together and she got a cat. Then we moved out and somehow (because I’m so nice!) I ended up with it! We named him Captain Morgan … you can tell we were into rum at the time ; ).
Thank you Meagan for sharing a little bit about yourself. It’s amazing what you’ve managed to achieve in such a short space of time, and good luck with your marathon. I’m looking forward to reading all about it!
Oh and as for the unplanned expressing audience… Mortified *widens eyes*.
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You can find out more about Meagan on The Mum Project.