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 Kerry from Noah and the Girls.
Here’s Kerry with more about her blogging life:
Where did your blog name come from?
My blog name came from my children’s names, I wanted something that represented them. I do kind of wish I had gone for something totally random now though, because I like the way that would mean I could take my blog in any direction I wanted to.
When did you start your blog and why?
I started blogging about four years ago, initially for work. I blogged about weddings and events. I still blog about events, but now that’s on a self-employed basis. I dabbled with a very bad blog of my own before starting Noah and the Girls, but hardly ever blogged on it and it was just awful. I’m much more proud of the blog I have now.
I started blogging because I enjoyed it in my job and also because I wanted to learn more about how it all works. I didn’t have a master plan or very specific reasons for starting, I just enjoyed it and thought I’d give it a go.
What did you do before you blogged?
Before I started working in jobs that involve blogging, I worked in the financial services. I did really enjoy that job, but we decided to relocate from Birmingham to Evesham, and so I needed to make some changes to my work and also wanted to be able to spend more time with my children.
What was your first post?
I couldn’t tell you what the first post on my first blog was, it would have been something completely dismal! The first post on my current blog was a weekend update. I haven’t written a weekend update for a very long time now!
What inspires you to blog?
Gah, this sounds like a very standard, weak answer, but it honestly is the creative outlet. I love having a place where I’m able to be creative, whether that’s with words, trying to make food look pretty or photography. I just love it!
What post has had the best response, which post are you most proud of and which post did you enjoy writing the most?
A couple of my posts have been on The Huffington Post, which isn’t as hard to get on as you might imagine. Here’s my top tip: email Huffington Post directly with one of your posts! I had a bit of heat and a few negative comments from one post I wrote about feeling judged as a parent, which made me feel uncomfortable, but that’s The Huffington Post and blogging in general, isn’t it? Sometimes people don’t agree with what you have to say.
It’s hard to say which post I’m most proud of, I can be hugely critical of myself and often cringe reading back some of the things I have written. For me, blogging is a bit of a pleasure/pain exercise. I can’t seem to stop doing it, but I still fear putting myself out there and the possibility that whoever’s reading it, might be laughing at me in some way. Or even in many ways…
If I was pushed, I think I’d probably say my post about wanting to be more than a parent makes me most proud. I hope it doesn’t come across as me saying that I find parenthood dissatisfying, because that isn’t at all how I feel, there are just lots of things I’d like to do, but haven’t a clue how to balance them all! These kind of posts are definitely my favourite to write, but they are also the ones I feel most reluctant to press publish on.
Have any of your posts not had the response that you expected?
I had to stop reading the comments on The Huffington Post one I wrote about feeling judged, turns out quite a few others wanted to have a go at being judgemental too. That’s OK though, they’re entitled to their opinion, I just chose not to read it.
Another post that I was quite surprised by its reaction, was one I wrote about anxiety. It received quite a few more comments than I usually receive on my blog and the social posts did too. I wasn’t expecting this, I didn’t set out to write a post that I thought would attract attention. What had happened, was that I was sat at my laptop, with another post in mind, but I just felt so bloody awful and tied up in knots, that I couldn’t write it. So, I wrote about how was feeling instead. It was so lovely to see people come out and say they often feel the same too, it made me feel like less of a fruit loop!
Where do you see your blog in a year’s time?
Oh gosh, I do think about this a lot, but I don’t think I have the answer yet. I’m an atrocious planner and often find myself going off at tangents. I would like to create more of a focus/defined tone going forwards though.
What is your favourite thing about blogging?
I hate it when other people say this because I always think is sounds pretentious, but the bit I love the most is being creative. I love writing, love taking photographs.
…and your least favourite?
Erm… this is a difficult question to answer. I don’t often see it, but I’m not keen on seeing bloggers row with each other. It makes me feel uneasy, I’m not confrontational and I don’t see it as a necessary thing.
What’s the best blog post you have ever read?
Brummy Mummy of 2’s Mum’s night out post leaps to mind!
What blog do you love to read and why?
Write Like No One’s Watching has been one of my favourites from the start and it still is. There’s something in the way Charlotte writes that really endears me to her.
Do you do anything differently now to when you started blogging?
I hopefully take better photographs! It’s a learning curve though, isn’t it? I think most of us would look back at our earlier posts or web design, and think, ‘phew, thank god I spent the time to learn how to do things a little better!’.
Is blogging what you expected it to be?
No, not at all. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but I certainly didn’t think it would enable me to start a completely different career or provide me with a whole new skill set!
What’s been your favourite blog collaboration to date?
My favourite collaboration was with Boori and simply for the materialistic reason that the cot is bloody beautiful!
Are there any brands you would love to work with, why?
I’d love to work with brands like MADE and anthropologie, but I’m just not cool enough!
Have you had any blogging fails so far?
My shock horror moment was when I linked my Instagram account to my Facebook account and it must have sent alerts out to my friends list because my blog went from being secret, to very much known about overnight. I had tried my best to keep my blog a secret from friends and family, and still cringe a bit when they mention something they’ve read.
What is your biggest blogging hope, dream or ambition?
I would love to start another blog, I’m not quite decided on what it would be about yet and need to find the time to actually do it, but that’s definitely on my to do list!
What do you do when you’re not blogging?
Netflix in bed.
and lastly, tell us all a random fact about yourself
I love marmite and my house is ALWAYS very messy. I don’t think the two are related.
Now that you know all about Kerry from Noah and the Girls, make sure you go and read her blog. You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – thanks so much Kerry for being involved!