Hi, My names Fee and I’m an alcoholic – oh wait wrong place – blogging Mum at notjustanothermum.com – although we apparently guzzle down wine and gin constantly. 😉
Q. Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging a long long time ago, I have a much more successful music focused blog but gave it up due to not really having the time to go to gigs every couple of days and dragging kids along to interviews would’ve been a bit weird. I really missed it and wanted to start writing again so I did. Albeit a lot more sporadically. Maybe I should add a music section to my blog? Or would that be weird?
Q. Were you inspired by anyone to start blogging – if so, who?
Not really I was just always a big music fan and did it for my own enjoyment but then I was just constantly approached to do reviews, interviews etc. Parent blogging is so different there’s a lot of Dad & Mum bloggers who inspire me today and they tend to be the ones who just say what they think.
Q. How long have you been blogging?
I’ve been blogging for over 10 years, think I’ve had this one for around 3 1/2 years.
Q. What is the best parenting advice you’ve ever received (is there such a thing?!)
I had my first before any of my friends had children so didn’t get any from them. I seem to have only been told pointless things that aren’t really worth sharing! When my second was born my Health Visitor told me to trust my instincts and that was the best thing anyone ever said to me. Sounds simple but it made me stop worrying what other people were thinking so much and to just get on with doing things my way.
Q. What are your parenting bugbears?
Having to be the grown up. I’m very laid back and like to do things on impulse, this doesn’t really work so well in parenting as I have to set the ground rules and do all the planning when to be honest I’d just rather be playing with Lego in my pyjamas eating cereal straight from the box.
Q. What advice would you give to new parents?
It’s perfectly normal not to be gloriously happy all the time, being a parent is bloody hard work! Nobody else knows what is best for your child trust your instincts and raise them the way you want to. Also you really don’t need to buy all that stuff so don’t waste your money.
Q. What advice would you give to parents thinking of starting a blog?
Just go for it. It may seem like there’s a million parent bloggers out there so what’s the point but just get on with it and don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. The biggest thing for me was deciding wether to blog anonymously or not. I decided not to share the names or any photos of my kids – more for their benefit than mine.
Q. What are your favourite blogs (parenting or otherwise…)
- http://polkadot-pink.com/ – Donna is the queen of bargain spotting – I met her at an event a few years ago and she’s really lovely and genuine.
- http://northumberlandmam.blogspot.co.uk/ – Kim – her 2 girls are similar ages to my kids so I always check her blog out looking for fun stuff to do. She is a super dedicated blogger and I don’t think she’s ever missed a day!
- http://www.tattooedmummy.co.uk/ – Naomi blogs about a wide range of stuff – her gorgeous Border Terrier, books, camping (on a separate blog) and much more. I admire her honesty and openness and how she parents her teenage daughter. She makes it sound so simple. She’s got it sussed!
- http://pitchfork.com/ – been reading this one for years
- http://louderthanwar.com/ – same with this one.
There’s many parenting blogs I read but you’ve probably heard all about them 🙂
Q. What are your tips for a successful blog?
Not a clue, you’re asking the wrong person. Mine is successful to me because I still enjoy writing it.
5 things you don’t know about me:
- My eyes change colour – well not really but depending on the light they can seem green/grey/blue and it’s not a subtle difference. It confuses the hell out of people.
- I don’t get along with soaps/reality TV – I just don’t have the patience or any interest in them.
- I don’t get along with marzipan – dreadful stuff. Even writing that made me a bit sick in my mouth! Same with coconut.
- I’m a Star Wars geek and proud. A few weeks ago I saw a girl with a lanyard and happened to read it. Her name was Skye Walker (I shit you not) and I instantly fell a little bit in love with her parents!
- I have a thing for scruffy looking, dark hair men – preferably with tattoos. Frank Turner, Dave Grohl, Billie Joe Armstrong, Keanu Reeves….I could go on.
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