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 Donna from What the Redhead said. I was first introduced to Donna when I joined her Facebook group for bloggers and she has a wealth of knowledge that I’ve taken full advantage of over the past few months. I like to think of her as a blogging guru. Over to you Donna…..
When did you start your blog and why?
I started my blog in April 2012 to document our baby led weaning journey with our daughter. But, from the very start I wrote all about our lives, days out and anything else that was on my mind. It was a great way of passing time when my husband was working in the evenings and it was a good for clearing my head too.
What was the inspiration behind your blog name?
My blog was originally called Redhead Babyled – because of it’s baby led roots. But I wanted to move away from the baby tag and so What the Redhead said was born. It’s a name I chose because it can grow with me, suits me and lets me write about anything. It doesn’t sound like any particular niche and so I’m sure I will be What the Redhead said indefinitely now.
What has been your favourite blog post to write about?
I loved writing about our journey of getting into and out of debt. As hard as it was at the time of being so much in debt it was such an amazing moment to finally pay it all off and start living properly again. I loved writing about it as I thought it could help other people – and I’ve had a lot of positive feedback since.
What’s your favourite part about blogging?
The community. I love other bloggers and how supportive everyone is. Our UK Parent Bloggers Facebook Group is a big part of that for me – asking and answering questions. But, I also love to read other blogs, comment on them and share them on social media. For me, the reading and interacting with other bloggers is as big a part of blogging as the writing. Maybe even a bigger part!
What’s your least favourite part about blogging?
I think it’s easy to get wrapped up in charts and stats and comparing yourself to others. And because stats and charts are a part of blogging they can easily be turned into a negative – when every blog is amazing, every blog has it’s place online and there’s room for all of us. So I guess my least favourite thing is the competitiveness – when you’re not even trying to compete – you’re just trying to do your thing in a sea of other bloggers all trying to do their thing too.
Do you have any tips for people just getting started in the blogging world?
If you haven’t started a blog yet – think about your blog name and choose something that has longevity, that can really grow with you and that you’re not going to out grow in a couple of years. If you’re already blogging, join our UK Parent Bloggers Facebook group – it’s a great resource for help and advice as well as blogging opportunities. But, other than that, read other blogs. Learn from them, interact, comment and really just get your name known. If you chat to other bloggers they’re more likely to read your blog and follow you on social media.
What do you like to do when you’re not blogging?
I spend as much time with the children as possible – and Hubby too when he’s not at work. We plan little adventures around school and work – going away for weekends or big days out. In between, I like to read, I’m addicted to Pretty Little Liars and Gossip Girl on Netflix and I have a new love of the gym too.
And lastly – can you tell us something people may not know about you?
I was kicked out of home when I was 17, dropped out of college to work full time and had zero prospects of anything positive happening in the future. But, I worked hard, got a new job and – most importantly – started this blog. I really, honestly, believe that life is what you make it.
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