This week’s blogger is Sara from Mind Your Mamma. Sara is the last blogger in the Bloggers outreach series. Thanks so much to all the bloggers who have taken the time to respond to my questions.
I really hope this has helped some newer bloggers.
Tell us a little about you and the blog?
Hi everyone, I’m Sara, I’m a mum of 3 boys, and I started Mind your Mamma about 10 weeks ago, in September 2016.
I have been working as Content Manager and ghost blogging for a website for the last 18 months now, and after a while, I realised I wanted to blog about other ‘things’. I wanted an outlet for my own thoughts and experiences – I’m obsessed with learning, and I wanted my blog to also be a way for me to record and share what I learn.
So you might find the odd topic in there, but at the moment, Mind your Mamma is mainly about parenting, slowing life down and becoming more mindful – the idea is that I want to try out ways to introduce changes in our family life (in how we parent and how much we do, mainly).
But changes take time – old habits are hard to die and require time and a lot of conscious effort at first. I think we’ll go through a phase of trial and error, where we’ll try something and realise it’s not for us, but hopefully we’ll also find things that ‘stick’, and blogging about all this is my way of not ‘dropping the ball’ and going back to our old ways of rushing through life and trying to squeeze too much in.
Can you give an example of a blogging high and low since you started?
My blogging high so far has been being featured in the BritMums Newbie Round-Up for November. After submitting one of my posts, I was told that hundreds are submitted each month, and I thought I’d keep trying every month until one day I get included. Little did I know that I’d be included straight away – I felt very proud!
I’ve only been blogging for 10 weeks, so I consider myself still in the ‘honeymoon period’, and it’d be quite worrying if I did have a real low point, I think! However, since starting I have realised that there is A LOT more to blogging than just typing your thoughts up. It’s a HUGE learning curve, and although I do love learning, the fact that I find out something new every day keeps moving the goalpost for me – will I ever get the point where I can say, “Right, I think I’ve got the basics sorted”? Probably not…
What’s been your best post and your worst?
The post that has had the most success is definitely the one about my sessions earlier this year with a Life Coach, one that caused a lot of emotional upheaval in my life, but also a very important and powerful lesson. Mind your Mamma might not even been here, had it not been for that day.
My worst one (and probably just because it’s a bit ‘off topic’ compared to the rest of my posts, and I haven’t given it much love myself) is the one where I talk about doing a school project with my eldest son. It’s probably not the worst thing I’ve even written, but I recognise it’s not a very well purposed post – it’s not a ‘how to’ post (‘how to make a zoo’ for example), and it’s a bit of a mixture of various points and thoughts.
How do you drive traffic to your site?
Ha! That’s got to be the million dollar question! When I started publishing content I created a Facebook page and hoped to spread the word. In reality, I only had my friends and family liking the page! I’m now trying to increase my exposure through Twitter and Linkys (Instagram to follow), but I have A LOT to do on this front. A LOT!
What’s your favourite social media platform?
It has to be Facebook, simply because it’s the one I’m most familiar with. I only recently created Mind you Mamma Twitter and Instagram accounts, but I must admit that I still find Facebook a lot easier, although, as you’ve said, it’s probably not the best or quickest way to reach people anymore!
If you had a five-year plan for the blog, what would it be?
Five years is a really long time, but I won’t hide that I’d like to be able to monetise my blog in the next 1 to 2 years. How I’ll do that is still a bit of a question mark, but by September 2018, when my youngest starts full-time school, I’d really like to be able to say that my blog is my only job, and one that brings me an income too. But in order to get there, I think I need to be really serious about setting myself some goals and being realistic about what I can achieve in the time I have to dedicate to the blog, considering that at the moment, I only really get to work when my 2 year old naps!
What linkys do you (if any) take part in?
I’ve only taken part in a few Linkys (another thing I only found out about a couple of weeks ago!) – #KCACOLS with A Moment with Franca, #SundayBest with Quite Frankly She Said, #BloggerClubUK with Mudpie Fridays, Cuddle Fairy and My Random Musings, and #Momsterslink with Domesticated Momster. I’ve really enjoyed this so far, and it’s been a great way to ‘meet’ other bloggers.
Who’s your favourite “established” blogger?
There’s only one blog that I’ve been following regularly and for years, and it’s the one from Louise from (the recently renamed) Mum of boys and Mabel. Louise is a British mum who lives in Dubai and blogs about her family life and her adorable children. I love her style – it’s so simple, yet so powerful. She talks about the everyday things that most of us experience (apart from the glorious weather), but she does it in such an engaging way that just makes you want to go back and read each time. Her posts are quite short and to the point, and I love that every word seems to be there for a reason – I find her style really inspiring.
Who’s your favourite “new blogger”?
It has to be Mark from The Honest Father. Having just joined the UK Parents Bloggers group on Facebook, I soon noticed Mark’s name, as he’s quite a frequent contributor. From the way he interacts with others, I assumed Mark was a proper ‘veteran’ of the blogging scene. I started reading and enjoying some of his posts (starting with the breastfeeding one) and was quite shocked to realise his archives only go as far as September this year! We’ve basically started around the same time, but my blog (and in particular my social media following) is nowhere near where I’d like it to be, if I compare myself to Mark! So better pull my sleeves up and get cracking with some serious goal setting!
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