In this series I interview some of my favourite bloggers and delve a bit deeper into their blogging life. This week I’m pleased to introduce Clare from Emmy’s Mummy. Clare has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to blogging and has been a big help to me over the last few months. Over to you Clare…..
What made you make the jump into the blogging world?
Emmy was very small and we would make lots of arts and crafts pictures and go on fun days out – I would share these on Facebook but not all of our family members are on there so I started the blog as a way of sharing with them. My plan was to have it printed off and made into a book for her when she was older.
What was the inspiration behind your blog name?
That’s pretty self explanatory really although I do wish I’d been more creative and adventurous at the time.
Is blogging your main career or just a hobby?
I’m fortunate enough that blogging is my main career.
What topics do you blog about?
How long is a piece of string? My blog is heavily focused on family life and days out. But because it is my job I am able to write about a number of topics. However I prefer to give even the sponsored posts a personal twist to make them more interesting.
If you didn’t have your blog what would be your dream job?
I did my dream job prior to blogging – I was a Nanny for 14 years. I’ve always loved kids and knew I wanted to work with them. After working in schools and day nurseries I found my perfect job in caring for children in their own homes – I became a part of the family and loved every minute of it. I was with one family for 5 1/2 years, another for 6 1/2 years and had a few in between.
If you aren’t blogging what could we find you doing?
Cleaning up after the kids, playing with them or enjoying a bottle of Prosecco (or 2) with my best friend.
What’s been your biggest blog success story?
Oh gosh, how do you define success? I actually don’t know, it could be being picked as one of the first Butlins Ambassadors a few years ago or working with Merlin as an Annual Pass Ambassador as it has given the children some amazing and fantastic experiences which they probably wouldn’t have had otherwise. BUT I would say the biggest successes would be using my online space to fund raise for the Lullaby Trust 2 years in a row and taking part in a Sky Dive as part of the #MatildaMaeSkyDiveTeam and also fundraising for Cancer Research last year, taking part in the Race for Life with Emmy the day after we lost my Mother-in-Law to breast cancer and raising enough via my blog to put me in the top 5% of justgiving fundraisers last year.
What would be your advice to anyone looking to start their own blog?
Go for it and don’t measure yourself against others – do it for you.
Lastly, can you tell us something that people may not know about you?
I have on far too many occasions flashed the couriers – I really do need to change our front door so it isn’t full glass and I can then hide behind it.