Here’s this week’s instalment of Blogger Behind the Blog where I interview a blogger all about their reasons for blogging and what it means to them. This week I’m joined by Ashleigh from 3 Girls Mummy.
Here’s Ashleigh with more about why she blogs:
Where did your blog name come from?
The name 3 Girls Mummy describes what I am. A Mum to 3 daughters although there was nearly a blip in it as I chose the name when I was pregnant with my 3rd and the sonographer said that she was only 70% sure that I was having another girl.
When did you start your blog and why?
I started blogging in February 2016, just so I had a place to document my pregnancy and anything else that came to mind.
What did you do before you blogged?
Blogging isn’t full time for me so when I’m not blogging, I work part time in a tool/DIY shop. I am however currently on maternity leave and have been since June 2015 (with 3 months back at work between March and May) because of back to back pregnancies.
What was your first post?
Strangely, not an introduction post. As I wasn’t writing my blog with the intention of readers, my first post was trying out “Old Wives Tales” on Gender Prediction.
What inspires you to blog?
As a parenting/lifestyle blog I would say my daughters are my inspiration for everything I write.
What post has had the best response?
A post I wrote quite recently has probably had the best response over all the different platforms I’m on. It is a post about increasing your breastmilk supply.
Have any of your posts not had the response that you expected?
I would say I was expecting more views for my post about 5 family places to visit in the UK although I do have quite a few American readers so it may not have been applicable to everyone.
Where do you see your blog in a year’s time?
I would hope that in a years time, I have a much better writing style and more interesting subjects. I would love to have some type of feature/guest posts also but need to increase my audience first. I would also love to have a small income from blogging however that isn’t a must as I blog because I want to and not because it’s work.
What is your favourite thing about blogging?
My favourite thing about blogging is that I could write about anything and everything that pops into my head. I love to write advice/information posts and really enjoy these as I hope that I could be helping someone find an answer they’re searching for.
…and your least favourite?
Writer’s block. My least favourite thing about blogging is the times where all inspiration goes out the window, either that or you know what to write about but just can not put it in words.
What’s the best blog post you have ever read?
I had my youngest daughter around the same time as Bex at The Mummy Adventure. I really enjoyed reading her home birth story as it is something that has always interested me, and I love reading birthing stories.
What blog do you love to read and why?
I enjoy reading My Family Fever’s blog as there’s always something different to read. I am fond of her Tried and Tested Tuesdays as I like to read reviews people have written.
Do you do anything differently now to when you started blogging?
I’ve not been blogging a long time however have noticed a change in how I write already. I have also noticed I present my posts differently now.
Is blogging what you expected it to be?
Blogging is hard work. Because I started blogging as more of a diary than much else, I didn’t have any expectations from it. I have to say though, since I decided to write more posts for the public, it can be overwhelming sometimes trying to promote my blog and actually get my posts seen.
Are there any brands you would love to work with, why?
I would love to work with Foxes Biscuits; who doesn’t like cakes and biscuits? That, and one of their factories is in the town I grew up in so it’s a local company to me.
Have you had any blogging fails so far?
To date, I haven’t had any fails so far however I can imagine that I’m probably due one soon. There can be too much of a good thing!
What is your biggest blogging hope, dream or ambition?
Ultimately, my biggest blogging ambition is to turn my hobby into a full time wage. The day I can quit my job and become self employed will mean to me that I’ve made it in blogging.
What do you do when you’re not blogging?
When I’m not blogging, I’m being a housewife/mummy.
and lastly, tell us all a random fact about yourself
Although I would love my blog to become my main form of income, I would love to go back to University and become a midwife.We’ll see what life brings.
Now that you know all about Ashleigh from 3 Girls Mummy, make sure you go and read her blog. You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – thanks so much Ashleigh for being involved!