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 Lyndsey from Me, him, the dog and a baby.
Here’s Lyndsey with more about her blogging life:
Where did your blog name come from?
Unfortunately, my blog name really isn’t that original. Me, him, the dog and a baby is about exactly that; my family. I wanted something that sort of covered everything and I guess it does that!
When did you start your blog and why?
I actually started blogging in 2010 as a book blogger. This evolved over time but as I got married and started a family, my interests and priorities changed. Also, the kinds of blogs that I wanted to read changed. I created Me, him, the dog and a baby to talk about family life.
What did you do before you blogged?
Just before I started blogging I lived in Toronto, Canada for a year. Blogging helped me get over being back home and it also inspired me to go to university at 24!
What was your first post?
Way back when I first started, my first blog post was a review of some YA book. I can’t remember what it was now though as that blog is gone! My first blog post for this blog was something to say that I had changed and what I would be blogging about going forward.
What inspires you to blog?
Everyday life! I love having somewhere to document all kinds of different things about our family and having something to look back on at some point is why I blog.
What post has had the best response, which post are you most proud of and which post did you enjoy writing the most?
I think it would have to be the post where I admitted I have Post Natal Depression. The response and support was pretty overwhelming and I only really wrote it to get it out of my head.
Have any of your posts not had the response that you expected?
Strangely, no. I think I’ve been very lucky in that I haven’t had many negative comments about anything. I would maybe say though that some quite personal posts maybe haven’t done as well as I thought they might.
Where do you see your blog in a year’s time?
If I still do as well as I do now, I’ll be happy although I’d be lying if I didn’t say I would like to earn more money from it. The aim, after all, is to do this full time.
What is your favourite thing about blogging?
The community. I have met some fantastic friends through blogging, some that I started talking to 7 years ago. I only recently met them properly at Blog On in April.
…and your least favourite?
The competitiveness. I only went self-hosted in 2016 and book bloggers don’t really earn the money that a parent/ lifestyle blogger can. So often you see people saying you’re not charging enough, you shouldn’t do this or I got this op and you didn’t.
What’s the best blog post you have ever read?
I honestly can’t pick just one. So many posts stand out to me for different reasons.
What blog do you love to read and why?
I think I tend to go through phases of having blogs that I read more than others. I think it depends on what we have going on and what I’m most interested in. However, I love Readaraptor Hatching. Raimy is one of those bloggers I first started talking to when I started blogging and her daughter is about 7 months older than Erin. I love seeing what I have coming up soon!
Do you do anything differently now to when you started blogging?
So much! I pretty much scheduled posts and hoped for the best back when I started. My reason for blogging has changed now, as has what I blog about. I also take it a lot more seriously than when I first started so I put a lot more time in than I used to.
Is blogging what you expected it to be?
No, not at all! When I first started blogging was nothing like what I do now!
What’s been your favourite blog collaboration to date?
A couple of months ago we visited the London Sea Life Aquarium with 365 Tickets. I loved doing this review so much because of the joy that Erin experienced when we were there. That makes it my favourite!
Are there any brands you would love to work with, why?
Oh, probably way more than I can mention here. I would LOVE to work with Euro Camp. I think we’d all really love experiencing something like this, as a family!
Have you had any blogging fails so far?
I started this blog when we were trying to conceive but I was so tired when I was pregnant that I forgot to post… a lot! I wish I’d kept up with pregnancy better and writing about it.
What is your biggest blogging hope, dream or ambition?
To blog full time. I have never really wanted to do anything or be anything in regards to a career because I’ve never loved whatever job I was in. I love what I do now and I want to do it full time.
What do you do when you’re not blogging?
Spending time with Erin and John. I only really blog on an evening if I can so I spend the rest of the time with my family.
and lastly, tell us all a random fact about yourself
When I was 19 I went to a travel agent on my lunch break from work, quit my job and headed off to Canada for a month a couple of weeks later. I then moved there for a year not too long after!
Now that you know all about Lyndsey at Me, him, the dog and a baby, make sure you go and read her blog. Make sure you follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram too. Thanks so much Lyndsey for being involved!