Location Pontypridd, South Wales
Blog URL Mouse Dog Baby
What is your blog about?
Me and my family. It’s partly a record of what we do and how we grow, and partly a space where I can let off some steam and talk about how I’m feeling. Occasionally I write about things I’ve bought or tried. I’ve gone through a lot of huge life changes lately (including moving to Wales and having a baby) and writing helps me to overcome the feeling of being completely overwhelmed!
Is this your first blog?
No. I’ve started a couple before but given up before I’ve really figured out what i’m doing. This time I have something to say, and I think I’ll be sticking around.
When did you start your current blog?
May 2013, while pregnant and too poorly to work. I had some time on my hands for the first time in years and decided to do something with it other than knit hundreds of baby cardigans. Of course I now have a baby that never sleeps and no time at all! Somehow I’m finding time here and there to do a bit of writing.
What made you do it?
I’ve always liked to write. I wrote a novel once, but it’s so rubbish I’m scared to show it to anybody. A blog gives me space to write without anybody telling me what I should and shouldn’t write about. Also I wanted to use it like a diary, to record family milestones and to have a place where we can look back on all the great things we’ve done.
What was your first blog post about?
Mental health. I suffer with anxiety (although I’m currently feeling better than I have in a long time) and wanted to talk about it. I found that so many other people did the daft things that I do, and that maybe they aren’t that daft. It was a great feeling!
What do you think is the most useful tool to you as a blogger?
Twitter, definitely. It’s helped me to find so many other great blogs to read that have inspired me to keep going. I’ve also found it a great tool for getting my blog out there. Oh, and for making friends!
Do people in your real life know about your blog? If no, why? Do you purposefully keep it a secret?
I’m a little bit self conscious about it all, really. I have had some lovely feedback from complete strangers, but I feel some family members will wonder why I would want to share so much of my life. My partner and my little sister know about it though, and sometimes even read it!
What has been the one thing (blog post, project, etc) that you have been really proud of?
The thing I’m most proud of is sticking with it this long, really. I’ve wanted to quit a couple of times when I’ve felt like I have nothing to write, but instead I just backed off for a few days until an idea came to me. Previously I would have deleted my blog and then regretted it days later! I’ve made the jump to self-hosted and had a beautiful banner designed for me now, so I have more to lose. I’m enjoying the writing, especially about parenting.
Where do you see your blog in a year?
I’m not sure. If it’s still there and I’m still regularly posting then I’ll be happy. More readers would be nice, but it’s not essential. I’ve met lots of great people online through my blog, and it’d be wonderful if the next year was filled with meeting many more fellow bloggers!
What do you wish you knew when starting your blog?
I wish I was better at the technical stuff. I had no idea about any of it until recently, but I’m slowly learning.
What do you wish you know more about now?
Photography is the main area of my blog I want to improve, but that may require a new camera which is something I can’t afford right now.
How do you keep motivated to post?
I do a couple of regular features, so I know that even if I have nothing to say there will still be some regular posts. I write about my baby daughter a lot, and she changes and develops so fast that I always have something new to share!
Anything else you’d like to add?
Thanks for having me!