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 Sarah from Mumzilla.
Here’s Sarah with more about her blogging life:
Where did your blog name come from?
I decided I liked the name, because in my mind it was like a big, bumbling, accident prone Mum stumbling around roaring occasionally and knocking over (lego) buildings. It was too late to change by the time I realised some people might think it meant I was a mega-stress-head control freak mother. Couldn’t be further from that!
When did you start your blog and why?
I started my blog just over a year ago, then had a flounce and quit after an iPhone photo wiping incident (that and no one was reading it) Then I had to quit work in March last year and seemed a good idea to start it up again, and I found myself a gaggle of other bloggers to chat to every day and they have kept me going. I started the blog purely as a creative outlet, and it remains just that, albeit one I would like to earn from one day.
What did you do before you blogged?
I was an information manager for a children’s disability charity. Lots of writing for the web, social media management sort of thing – perfect launch into full time blogging really.
What was your first post?
I think it was a general kind of wave hello (*wanders off to look*) Ah – it was about starting my New Years resolution to start a blog…in July! It’s here if anyone wants a laugh at how basic it was!
What inspires you to blog?
Making a record mostly I guess. Trying not to forget the funny little moments that make everything worthwhile.
What post has had the best response, which post are you most proud of and which post did you enjoy writing the most?
I had quite a lot of responses to my “Five Favourite Things” challenge, which I kept hoping might take off as an actual challenge, but never did haha. I also wrote a post moaning about all the cruddy parts of being a parent which a lot of people seemed to get – weird that! I don’t think I’m massively proud of anything yet – the first post I wrote that got published on the front page of the Huffington Post was pretty pleasing I guess! (Sorry, I have terrible self-worth issues!)
Have any of your posts not had the response that you expected?
I’m quite surprised I’ve never had anyone have a go actually, a few of my posts are on the border line of being offensive…!
Where do you see your blog in a year’s time? Same sort of thing, with better photo’s now I have my camera!
What is your favourite thing about blogging? – The friends I have made. It gets really lonely being a stay at home Mum when my kid is at school and non of my friends are in the same position – knowing there is always someone about to natter to or read about is a life line.
…and your least favourite?
What’s the best blog post you have ever read?
Couldn’t possibly choose!
What blog do you love to read and why?
I love a few, for different reasons. Rainbeaubelle; beautiful, heartbreaking, real. You Baby Me Mummy is just so damn useful. All my fellow #chucklemums hosts for making me wee laughing. There’s so much!
Do you do anything differently now to when you started blogging?
I make more notes and think more about my photo’s!
Is blogging what you expected it to be?
Yes, and it’s even more fun than I could have imagined!
What’s been your favourite blog collaboration to date?
Joseph Joseph because LOVE.
Are there any brands you would love to work with, why?
John Lewis hahaha. That would be the best! I really should do more interiors stuff…HUSBAND! Work harder! We need a house I can decorate!
Have you had any blogging fails so far?
Giving up. But at least I started again! Oh, and I *might* have run away from an event once because everyone was so smart and I got scared. Ahem.
What is your biggest blogging hope, dream or ambition?
SHOW ME THE MONEY. Haha! In all seriousness, writing is all I care about doing now professionally so to be paid to write really would be living the dream.
What do you do when you’re not blogging?
and lastly, tell us all a random fact about yourself
I have been to more than 40 countries, and been a bit pissed in all of them *proud face* Oh wait, not Saudi Arabia, I was only 4 then so I wouldn’t have been drunk then. Not unless my parents were severely neglectful anyway…that fact makes me sound like some sort of wandering drunk doesn’t it. I’m really not honest!