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 Naomi from Me Becoming Mum. Naomi is currently juggling blogging with being a Mummy and having another baby due in December so life is pretty busy for her right now. Over to you Naomi…..
What made you make the jump into the blogging world?
I was introduced to the idea of blogging by a friend and fellow mummy blogger. Part of our conversation ended up in a tangent that resulted in her saying that blogging would be perfect for me.
What was the inspiration behind your blog name?
It took me a little while to come up with my name for my blog, as I wanted it to be unique, memorable, and capture what I was going to be blogging about. I chose Me Becoming Mum because the majority of my posts are about pregnancy and motherhood, and how I went from only having to worry about myself, to having little ones to care for and protect. I have actually just written a post on this for #Blogtober16 which is scheduled for the 14th October.
Is blogging your main career or just a hobby?
I am currently a stay at home mum and about to have another baby and I am fairly new to blogging (having only started in August 2016). I would definitely love for blogging to become my main career, as I absolutely love it. I also run my own business called Mama Naii’s Crochet. I certainly like to keep busy!
What topics do you blog about?
My blog is all about keeping it real about pregnancy and motherhood. So often these days we see what people want us to see – they post the happy, smiley photos with the perfect poses. Life is not always sunshine and rainbows, so I try to cover both aspects.
I write about the nice side of pregnancy and motherhood; for example writing about the excitement of going to baby scans. However I also write about the stuff no one likes to talk about. For example the non-glamorous side of being pregnant and subjects often avoided, for example, miscarriage.
If you didn’t have your blog what would be your dream job?
I never really decided what I wanted to do as a dream job, I had a few things I fancied but my life changed and my thoughts with it. The only constants were my dreams of being a wife, and also a mother. I am now both. I guess you could say, I am already fulfilling my dream.
If you aren’t blogging what could we find you doing?
Running after my two year old probably… although these days I’d say it’s more of a waddle with our baby due mid- December!
What’s been your biggest blog success story?
I started a parenting series called, ‘Parenting YOUR Way’ where my aim was to share stories and advice on different aspects of parenting from home birth to using cloth nappies. Little did I know when I reached out to see if any other bloggers would like to be involved, that it would explode beyond my expectations. It is now an ongoing series that has had a lot of interest both from people loving to read it and those wishing to take part. It’s a great way to share the different view points on parenting too, as there is now posts covering everything from c-section and being a NICU mum to co-sleeping and baby led parenting, some of which will be posted over the coming weeks (there has been so much interest and I don’t want to post tonnes all at once!) It’s a well rounded series and a great way for people to explore options, and read about different experiences.
What would be your advice to anyone looking to start their own blog?
Firstly, give it time, and don’t let yourself get disheartened by things. I have found it takes a lot of work to get yourself seen when it comes to social media. People follow and unfollow. Plus when you find fellow bloggers and see their 5-10k follower number is it so easy to suddenly feel very out of your depth. Rome wasn’t built in a night. Take time to engage and build your reputation. It will happen in time. Secondly, make sure you are part of a networking group (for example UK Parent Bloggers on Facebook). It’s always great to have like-minded people in your corner, plus it means you have somewhere to go for advice as you’re always learning as a blogger. Thirdly, get yourself involved. I am currently taking part in #Blogtober16 and it has given me the chance to get to know other bloggers, read their blogs and also have some traffic through to my own blog. I also link up on various blog linkys that I have discovered. A great way to get your posts seen. Lastly, get yourself out there. Join places like BritMums Pro where you get the chance to join ops and move forward in terms of working with brands. Obviously this is only applicable if the new blogger is interested in taking that direction with their blog as opposed to having it as a hobby!
Lastly, can you tell us something that people may not know about you?
Most people think that I’m older than my actual age…I am only 25 yet I have already: lived in seven different houses, in six different cities/towns; spent 6 years in retail management before leaving to have my daughter; set up my own successful business; been married to my husband (who is ten years older than me) for 5 1/2 years; and have two angel babies, a 2 1/2 year old daughter and a baby girl due in December.