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 Bridget from Bridie by the Sea.
Here’s Bridget with more about her blogging life:
Where did your blog name come from?
Bridie By The Sea was inspired by a football chant that my stepson likes to sing “good old Sussex by the sea” and he later started singing it with my nickname Bridie, which is short for Bridget in Ireland.
When did you start your blog and why?
I started my blog in April 2016 when my daughter was almost one year old. I was feeling a bit lost after my extended maternity leave and just felt I didn’t have anything just for me. So I started writing about the transition into motherhood and fell in love with my blog.
What did you do before you blogged?
I was a Production Manager for TV programmes. I always felt deep down that as soon as I started to have a family, I might not be able to return to it. The nature of TV contracts being short and sweet doesn’t marry up all that well with family life! It’s a role I still enjoy but I’ve discovered other things I love doing too through blogging.
What was your first post?
My first post was called Sunshine in the Park and is exactly what it says on the tin! I also wrote about a mum I met through my NCT group, who is still such a lifeline to me. When I posted this, I felt so unsure about how it would be received and whether people would read what I’m writing but I’m so glad I started somewhere!
What inspires you to blog?
What inspires me most is remembering that I’m doing this to have a scrapbook for the children to look back on. It’s those everyday moments and also days out with the family that I love writing about most. It’s lovely to think that in years to come, Emma and James will look back on our family life and be able to read about it in such detail.
What post has had the best response, which post are you most proud of and which post did you enjoy writing the most?
My Job Has Flex But It’s Not Working received the best response as I slowly realised that my job just wasn’t working out how I thought it would. I was so touched to hear that so many people felt similarly too.
I Wish You Hadn’t Found Me is one that I’m most proud of, because I had never written anything as personal as this. Bullying is something I shy away from writing about because I know there is such a huge spectrum in how bullying affects an individual. However it was so cathartic to finally write it and I felt such supportive reading the comments I received and the stories people shared with me.
I really enjoyed writing about my favourite baby and toddler classes in Brighton. I wrote this recently because lots of people I know in Brighton often ask me what I think of the classes we’ve tried. But I found it like a trip down memory lane from when Emma was a newborn!
Have any of your posts not had the response that you expected?
A while ago I wrote about my experience after I became a mum and how lost I was. It was a very heartfelt post and I’m not sure why it wasn’t one of my most read posts. But nevertheless it depicts how I was truly feeling at that time, and I love remembering how I was feeling.
Where do you see your blog in a year’s time?
I hope that in a year’s time I’ll be able to confidently say I can make a living out of my blog. I have started to work on this route and am enjoying it, and loving the family-work balance much more. I’d also love to start a website with Brighton and Sussex days out with the family inspiration ideas so keeping my fingers crossed.
What is your favourite thing about blogging?
It’s the people I have met along the way. Some of the girls that have been supporting me are brilliant friends and have been my support network as a new mum. I also love that I’m meeting new people all the time, bloggers are a very friendly bunch.
…and your least favourite?
That so few people outside the blogging world understand the work that goes into it. I’ve had quite a few comments where people seem to think that we’re just doing it to get ‘free stuff’ and I find that hard to brush aside.
What’s the best blog post you have ever read?
Treasure by Mouse Moo and Me Too I have read this poem over twenty times and nothing could describe more the way I feel about the girls who look after my daughter at nursery. She has described it perfectly and it always moves me to tears.
What blog do you love to read and why?
Make Do and Push because Hannah’s photography is simply stunning. The backdrop of Yorkshire is beautiful.I also love watching her Instagram Stories!
Do you do anything differently now to when you started blogging?
I have had a bit more confidence to write about what I want to write about. I spent far too long in those early months worrying about what people thought of my writing.
Is blogging what you expected it to be?
It’s different to what I expected…but better. I honestly thought it was going to be a little hobby to keep me entertained as Emma was having her naps. But it didn’t take long before I was hooked.
What’s been your favourite blog collaboration to date?
Visiting Bluestone Resort in Wales with Emma earlier this year. It was something that I’m not sure we would have done together ordinarily. It also meant a lot to me that my best friend came along with us and had the chance to get to know Emma a little better.
Are there any brands you would love to work with, why?
I’d love to work with Eurocamp, to be able to travel a little with the family.
Have you had any blogging fails so far?
Yes! My favourite was when I tried to join in with a linky for the first time, but didn’t actually link up the post…I just tweeted the post to the girls running it. Thankfully she let me know in a very kind message.
What is your biggest blogging hope, dream or ambition?
My all time dream is to be able to make blogging my profession, so I can be around more for the children while they are young. I also hope that Emma will find it inspiring when she’s old enough to understand that I’ve been building on my own project since she was young.
What do you do when you’re not blogging?
I love taking photographs around Brighton and will often do this if I have a couple of hours to myself. I also going on walks along the seafront with the family.
and lastly, tell us all a random fact about yourself
I speak four foreign languages but hardly ever use them day to day!