For this weeks Bloggers outreach Project we were joined by Lisa from Little Orange Dog
A refreshing new blog all about Lisa’s kids, celebrating Wednesday’s oh and who can forget the blogs namesake Max. If you have a moment go check it out!!!!
Tell us a little about you and the blog?
I’m Lisa and a single mum to two rather lovely girls (well lovely most of the time, they are 13 and 11 so you can imagine the dramas we have from time to time). We live with our little black and white cat, and our little orange dog. As you may have guessed, the blog is named after our dog, who is actually not orange he is a ruby and white Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Our family life is quite boring really, we’re not ones for base jumping, skydiving or climbing Everest, but we do like a good film, a nice family meal at a restaurant, or a day out (preferably with roller coasters).
I started the blog back in April 2016, but I really lacked confidence and felt a bit silly making my ramblings public, but with some encouragement from a fabulous blogger friend, I started in earnest a few months later in July 2016. To keep myself on track I set myself goals and so far have managed to stick with them.
Most of my posts are diary entries, documenting things we’ve done, places we’ve visited. I like to keep everything a bit light-hearted and positive, but I’m not afraid to tackle more serious issues which I’m passionate about. I have also given Max his own wee corner of the blog and he tends to post once a week too, which is always very interesting since English is not his first language. I’ve also just started a series of posts celebrating Wednesdays.
Can you give an example of a blogging high and low since you started?
I’ve not really had a low yet, the blog is still very much in its infancy, though I’m certain that it’s only a matter of time.
Hmmm, a blogging high, well there have been so many, everyday is a new opportunity to learn and discover and I just love that!
My biggest high though would be connecting with some amazing bloggers and being made to feel so welcome.
What’s been your best post and your worst?
My best post would have to be World Suicide Prevention Day (http://www.littleorangedog.co.uk/2016/09/world-suicide-prevention-day.html).
It was really tough to write and I admit I shed some tears going through it again, but it was so important to me to share my experience and to make people aware of the issue and to seek help if they’re feeling like they can’t cope with life anymore. No one should ever feel that hopeless and alone.
Worst post, one of the earlier ones (no surprise there), A New Adventure (http://www.littleorangedog.co.uk/2016/08/a-new-adventure.html). It’s okay, but I don’t really feel that it fits with the blog particularly well and you’ll notice that Lisa’s Cards doesn’t have many posts in it for exactly that reason.
How do you drive traffic to your site?
I have Facebook, Twitter pages and make sure all new posts are shared on both platforms. As a general rule, I post once on Facebook (which I then ‘share’ to my personal page) and four times to Twitter. I use Buffer to schedule my posts, but am also signed up to Bloglovin which also posts to both Facebook and Twitter. I also have Instagram, but confess that I am not so good at using to promote the blog.
I am absolutely loving linkys and regularly link in to six across the week. Again, I put these off for ages because I didn’t feel confident that my work was good enough to share, but I also believe in challenging myself, so once someone had kindly explained how the whole linking process worked, I was up, running and having the blogging time of my life!
What’s your favourite social media platform?
Personally, I love Twitter! I used to loathe it, but from a blogging point of view I find it the easiest and most convenient of the social media platforms. I love shout out’s and the general banter that goes on between groups of bloggers. I once left my laptop for twenty minutes to come back to over 30 unread notifications. If only my real life was as social as my Twitter life!
If you had a five year plan for the blog, what would it be?
Without hesitation, my dream for my blog is to make a living from it and for it to be my full-time job. Simply because, I love it! I’ve had lots of different jobs working for other people in offices that I’ve really enjoyed, but my blog allows me to be me. I can explore my creative side and do what I want, when I want. I like that I can experiment with ideas without getting permission from someone else. I don’t know if it will happen, but it’s good to dream.
What linkys do you (if any) take part in?
As I said, I love linkys. I’m always on the lookout for another one to join. At the moment I link up with #MMBC, #UnPocoDeTodoUK, #happynowbloglinkup, #bestandworst, #weekendblogshare, #dreamsandsparkle #schoolsout and I’ve just joined a lovely tribe of ladies at Social Media Blast who are linking up together and following each others social media platforms.
Who’s your favourite “established” blogger?
There are several, but I have to say Martyn of Inside Martyn’s Thoughts (www.insidemartynsthoughts.com). I’ve known Martyn for a long time and as well as being a friend, he is a mentor and a fantastic blogger. He writes about a wide range of subjects from cooking, to disability, to home education and pretty much anything and everything in between.
Who’s your favourite “new blogger”?
I love The Frenchie Mummy (www.thefrenchiemummy.com). I love her sense of humour and the use of her beautiful native language. Her little boy is just the cutest bundle of loveliness and he is incredibly photogenic. She has such a fun way of writing about normal everyday things that just engages the reader straight away and brings a smile to their face.
If you would like to connect with Lisa you can find her on the following platforms: