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 Reneé from Mummy Tries.
Here’s Reneé with more about her blogging life:
Where did your blog name come from?
The Blog name sums up my entire ethos as a mama. I don’t always get things right, and I never ever strive for “perfection” (because it really is a fools game), but my goodness do I try.
When did you start your blog and why?
I started the blog on a whim one lonely evening in 2013. I’d been writing a little foodie blog for three years, and had become disillusioned by how photography focused food blogging is. I’ve been a very keen cook for many years now, and I adore writing. I’ve been told that I’m photogenic and great in front of the camera, but I know where my talents are and are not, and I am a seriously rubbish photographer. Mummy Tries started out as hardcore, stream of consciousness catharsis, and I had a brilliant response right from the off. It quickly became therapy for me, and the community was amazing. Not even one month in and I was hooked, so transferred all my food posts over from my previous blog and continued with this one.
What did you do before you blogged?
I was the PA to a Head of at an investment bank in the City. I worked part time and had a fab job, but it became too much after going back after my third maternity leave. This post explains it in further detail.
What was your first post?
It was this. My life as it was five years ago, succinctly narrowed down to 350 words.
What inspires you to blog?
I’ve had a very colourful life pre-children, which provides a lot of inspiration. Nowadays I home educate my three kids, so there’s never a dull moment.
What post has had the best response, which post are you most proud of and which post did you enjoy writing the most?
Have any of your posts not had the response that you expected?
I’ve never been trolled on my own site, but I did a guest post on a huge blog and got trolled there. I wrote this in response.
Where do you see your blog in a year’s time?
Still in the game, still being unashamedly, authentically me.
What is your favourite thing about blogging?
The friends it’s brought into my life. I’ve met so many truly incredible people through my blog who are also bloggers. We seem to be a bit of a rare breed, and I’ve found that a lot of these people simply understand me in a way that many of the people I have in my ‘real life’ just don’t.
…and your least favourite?
The relentless self-promotion and social media presence is grinding. Unfortunately though if you want to earn a living as a blogger, you need an audience who’ll read your posts and watch your videos. Unless you’re exceptionally fortunate, it takes a long time to build a dedicated readership.
What’s the best blog post you have ever read?
There’s a wonderful daddy blogger called Tony Pitt who has blogged under many guises in the time I’ve known him. He wrote an amazing piece called The Mask I Wear, about mental health, which quite literally stopped me in my tracks and had me in tears. We need more men talking openly about their emotions the way he does. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to be online anymore.
What blog do you love to read and why?
Le Coin de Mel – we’ve become such good friends though blogging, and reading her posts keeps me connected and updated in between real life meet ups.
Do you do anything differently now to when you started blogging?
I blogged anonymously for the first 18 months, and looking back at some of my older posts I was definitely more candid with my words. During the last five years I’ve learnt that sometimes it’s better to say nothing at all (on the Blog and IRL)
Is blogging what you expected it to be?
I honestly don’t think I had any expectations when I started out, blogging just happened to me. I didn’t have a plan and I didn’t envisage it would end up being my job. I feel really grateful for it to have panned out this way.
What’s been your favourite blog collaboration to date?
A couple of years back a group of us went to Gino D’Acampo’s house to hear about his new range that was coming out. He fed us prosecco and pizza and was even more charming in person that he is on TV. It was a lot of fun, and came at a great time.
Are there any brands you would love to work with, why?
Oh gosh there so many, mostly food related!
Have you had any blogging fails so far?
Not to my knowledge. I’m really selective about who I work with, which narrows the scope of this happening.
What is your biggest blogging hope, dream or ambition?
I’ve already published one book which is autobiographical self-help, and I’ve written a novel too. I’m currently in the market for an agent who’ll fully get behind it and me, and not only get it published, but take it to the big screen. Blogging has been my biggest stepping stone to becoming a writer, so in many ways I’ve already achieved this.
What do you do when you’re not blogging?
Home educating my three kids. Hanging out with my hubby. Eating glorious food. Constantly thinking about ways to enhance our lives.
and lastly, tell us all a random fact about yourself.
I auditioned for the first ever series of Big Brother in 2000 and got down to the final hundred. I am *so* glad I didn’t get through! Here are some more facts…