Blogger Behind the Blog {Parker and Me}

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 Stacie from Parker and Me.

Here’s Stacie with more about her blogging life:

Where did your blog name come from?

My son is called Parker, therefore my blog is called ‘Parker and Me’.

When did you start your blog and why?

I actually started a book review blog back in 2013 called ‘Confessions of a Reader’ after being inspired by the bookish community (but not being brave enough to try out YouTube!). I’ve always loved reading and writing so it was the perfect hobby for me. Whilst pregnant with Parker I discovered lots of mum blogs and loved them, I learnt so much from them. It was then that I decided to change my blog to Parker & Me, with the idea of documenting our adventures as a family.

What did you do before you blogged?

Blogging has always been a hobby for me. I’ve worked in education for 11 years (!) since the age of 19. Before having Parker and before my blog I used to teach dance in the evenings, and I would have been studying with the OU around that time too (whilst working full time in education).

What was your first post?

My first blog post on Parker and Me was actually a book review as I was still comfortable writing them and yet to step out of my ‘comfort zone’. I have since documented family adventures, talked about our home renovations and interiors, books, motherhood and lots of other topics!

What inspires you to blog?

I love being creative and I love writing so blogging ticks both of those boxes for me. I love being able to document moments, especially where Parker and our family adventures are concerned. Blogging is a nice way to spend any spare time that I have. I enjoy being able to write and create, it gives me a sense of escape from work.

What post has had the best response, which post are you most proud of and which post did you enjoy writing the most?

My most popular posts are my Bullet Journal ones, mostly the one about ‘Starting a Bullet Journal’. I am actually really proud of these posts – these are where I feel my photography and content really stepped up a notch (although I’m always trying to get better!). I absolutely loved writing this post about The Greatest Showman, a film I fell in love with earlier this year. I shared some inspirational quotes from the film and it has had a lot of love since!

Have any of your posts not had the response that you expected?

At the time, when Bullet Journalling was the newest craze I set up a linky with a blogger friend. The linky didn’t do very well which was such a shame, as it was a great idea and one which would have seen people sharing their BuJo posts and creativity. It’s hard running a linky too!

Where do you see your blog in a year’s time?

I would still love to be writing and sharing content on my blog, documenting my adventures with Parker. I’d also like to think that my blog could become a part time job, with the possibility of it turning in to more. Although, that being said I don’t have a set plan and tend to just go with the flow where my blog is concerned.

What is your favourite thing about blogging?

Absolutely the community I’ve discovered, like minded people willing to share their experiences and advice. I also love the opportunities it has given me that I wouldn’t have been able to access before. It has completely opened my eyes to new possibilities in terms of career too.

…and your least favourite?

Negotiating price for content. Or, trying to get brands to understand that I should be paid for the work that I’m doing. Whilst at the moment my blog is a hobby, I would like to make more out of it and I feel like the hard work I put in (whilst working a demanding job already) should be recognised.

What’s the best blog post you have ever read?

That is a really hard question!

What blog do you love to read and why?

I have lots of blogs that I love to read and try to keep up with as many as possible. The one that I read most at the moment is definitely Sophie Cliff – she just writes content that I can relate too (even though she doesn’t have children!). I also love Donna’s blog, Suzanne from Inside, Outside and Beyond and Lindsay over at Fizzy Peaches. There are so many more that I love though!

Do you do anything differently now to when you started blogging?

I think at the moment I don’t stress about everything too much. A little while ago I put so much pressure on myself to make content, be blogging all the time etc which just wasn’t realistic with the job that I do. I think less about numbers and more about what I want to write about.

Is blogging what you expected it to be?

No! I have learnt so much from blogging. I totally underestimated it’s worth when I started. I love the opportunities it can bring, the friends you can make and the power of words.

Are there any brands you would love to work with, why?

I’d really love to work with Netflix as part of their Stream Team because we just love Netflix! I’d also love to work with Micro Scooters, they look so cool and I think we’d have a lot of fun on them.

What is your biggest blogging hope, dream or ambition?

I would really love to be able to use blogging to change my current career path. I would still like to work in education (I think) but in a support role, as opposed to management. I’d like to be able to use blogging in a way that enables me to be home with Parker more, bringing a new challenge and what I imagine to be a completely different way of life.

What do you do when you’re not blogging?

Usually planning, marking or preparing things in my role as Head of Department. When I’m not doing that I make the most of spending time with my family and get out on adventures (big or small). I also love reading, and watching Netflix – especially true crime documentaries!

and lastly, tell us all a random fact about yourself.

I was on Disney’s Roadhog (a Saturday morning kids TV programme on ITV in the 90’s) once as a kid, during my dancing days.

Now that you know all about Stacie from Parker and Me, make sure you go and read her blog. Make sure you follow her on Twitter and Instagram too. Thanks so much Stacie for being involved!

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