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 Laura from Five Little Doves. In my eyes Laura is an incredibly strong woman and a true inspiration to other women. Every time I read her blog I end up sitting there for hours reading her posts. Over to you Laura…..
What made you make the jump into the blogging world?
I have always loved writing, it’s something that came naturally to me and the subject I took my degree in. I did a lot of free lance writing prior to having the children but it was put on the back burner when the youngest three came along. With three under three and struggling with a lot of health issues, I started writing again purely to claw back some “me time” and I suppose it grew from there.
What was the inspiration behind your blog name?
I wish that I had an exciting answer to this question but quite simply our surname is Dove and I have five children. It was a no-brainer.
Is blogging your main career or just a hobby?
I would describe it as my hobby although as a stay at home Mum, my blog is as close to a job as it gets.
What topics do you blog about?
I blog about the ups and downs of life with five children and the things, people and places we love. I write about the comical, often ridiculous, side of having three babies in two years, through to the emotional subjects close to my heart – stillbirth, miscarriage, mental health and chronic illness.
If you didn’t have your blog what would be your dream job?
My dream job would only ever be a writer. I have never wanted to be anything more, other than a Mummy. I’m currently writing my first novel and in the process of having my first children’s book published , but if you ask me what I do for a living I will always say a stay at home Mum!
If you aren’t blogging what could we find you doing?
Other than spending time with the children, I would be curled up on the couch in my dressing gown, reading a book and eating a Wispa. That’s my idea of heaven!
What’s been your biggest blog success story?
A story I shared about my second son, who was stillborn in 2006, and our plans for a charity event in his honour caught the eye of the local paper who
wanted to share our story. By the end of the week I was on the front page of the local paper, had the national papers knocking on my front door, was featured in three daily newspapers and their websites, and across the international news pages as far as Australia and America. To see our story going world wide was amazing, not for the personal success of my blog, but to raise awareness of stillbirth and miscarriage. I still pinch myself when I think about it now!
What would be your advice to anyone looking to start their own blog?
I would say always stay true to your reasons for starting your blog in the first place. It is so easy to get swept away in monetising your blog, to get hung up on stats and figures or comparing your blog and its success to other bloggers out there. None of that matters so long as YOU love your blog. Write because you love to write, plain and simple, anything else is a bonus.
Lastly, can you tell us something that people may not know about you?
Hmm, there’s not a lot that I haven’t shared already on my blog. My husband often tells me that I am far too honest for my own good! I can fit my entire fist into my mouth, how’s that for a party trick?!