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 Emma from Our Fairytale Adventure, a Mum of two, originally from Essex and now living in the Cheshire countryside. Over to you Emma……
What made you make the jump into the blogging world?
I studied publishing and journalism, so I had written for various publications during internships and work experience for a few years. Then I had my eldest and it was a time of a lot of change, we had just moved to a new area, I had left my job and I had just become a new Mum. We then decided to have another baby as we wanted a small age gap, so when I was pregnant with my second I decided to start a hobby that reminded me of me. Writing seemed the obvious thing to do because it is something I have always done, so within a few months I launched ‘Our Fairytale Adventure’. It’s been a great journey, it’s lovely to have somewhere to record our memories and be able to look back on all of our adventures.
What was the inspiration behind your blog name?
The blog is basically our adventures as a family and I’m a huge fan of fairytales, so I just put the two together and it just fit.
Is blogging your main career or just a hobby?
Blogging is definitely a hobby for me. I do work with brands occasionally, but only if I would actually try the product or attend the event anyway. I’ve met some really lovely people through blogging and it’s just lovely catching up with them at conferences or events. I’m actually studying a short course at university at the moment though, with the hope to go on a do a masters, so that is my main focus in terms of career.
What topics do you blog about?
I blog about my views on parenting, my personal journey of growth and self discovery, but primarily it is about learning through exploration and play. I set themes, then plan days out, sensory play and crafts around that theme.
If you didn’t have your blog what would be your dream job?
I’m currently studying counselling and would love to pursue that, but you never really know where life is going to take you, which I think is very exciting. I personally think if I try to plan too much or only set one main goal, it can take my passion out of it a bit, so I don’t really have just one dream job.
If you aren’t blogging what could we find you doing?
I’m a stay – at – home Mum for the most part, I love being at home with the boys and going on little adventures together. But I also like going to the gym, studying and I’m looking to start some charity work and hopefully some horse riding classes. I’ll have to see how much I can fit in!
What’s been your biggest blog success story?
Personally I’ve found the most fulfilling things being when a post resonates with someone. I wrote about why breastfeeding didn’t work for us and I had some really lovely messages and comments about that. I also had a post that went viral and it’s nice to see people nearly a year later are still googling it regularly to find it on my blog. I get some messages from people who try our sensory play or arts projects with their little one and tell me how much fun they had doing it, it’s just really nice to know people read what you write and take something from it. If we are talking about success in terms of collaborations with brands though, then it’s difficult because I have worked with some really great companies, but I’ve got a good working relationship with Fisher Price and we work on some exciting campaigns together.
What would be your advice to anyone looking to start their own blog?
Before you start, think about whether or not you want to be in it for money or as a hobby, because that can steer you to what platform would be the better option and whether or not you want to be self hosted. I’d also say it is important to network, but to remember why you blog. I know I have had moments where I think I should be doing what everyone else is doing and forget that actually their reasons for blogging are complete different to mine and that their blog model wouldn’t work for me and my blog. I’d also recommend joining blogging groups and following other bloggers on social media, particularly twitter, it can seem daunting when everyone already seems to know each other, but generally bloggers are very welcoming, supportive and love to get to know people they haven’t yet come across.
Lastly, can you tell us something that people may not know about you?
I love to travel, so we are currently looking to do a lot of travelling around Europe over the next year or so. I can’t say too much at the moment because we haven’t booked yet, but we are hoping to kick start our travels next winter with a once in a lifetime trip to see the Aurora Lights.