Let's get this ball rolling!
I had never thought of creating a blog until it was suggested to me by my very best friend. Her name is Johanna, and sometimes I think she knows me better than I know myself! I was constantly sharing photos on Facebook of my daughter making crafts, playing handmade games, or eating an interesting snack. Johanna left a 5 word comment on one of my posts- “You should start a blog!” That’s where it all began! Thanks, love! <3
What advice would you give to a blogger just starting out?
When I started blogging, I was clueless about, um, everything! My first piece of advice is to take the time to make a few helpful blogging friends right from the get-go. Don't be afraid to tag a blogger in a "hello" message on social media or to leave a friendly comment on someone's post to introduce yourself. The blogging community is AMAZING, and most bloggers are willing to offer tips and advice when you ask. I have made the most wonderful and supportive blogger friends, and it's truly one of my favorite things about blogging.
My second piece of advice is to choose your blogging platform wisely. Do your research, and don't rush into anything too quickly!
And lastly, try to find a nice balance between the time you spend on your blog and time you devote to yourself, your career, and your family/friends. When I dove head first into blogging, I had no clue of how time consuming it could be. Social media, analytics, SEO and countless other things that come along with running a blog can easily consume your entire day if you let them. Make sure to schedule some "me time," free from the distractions of anything having to do with your blog. It's important to take a break for your own sanity!
How has your blog changed since you started writing it?
My blog has expanded quite a bit! My original plan was to blog about seasonal and everyday arts and craft ideas for toddlers and preschoolers as well as recipes and snacks for kids. Since then, I've ventured into topics such as parenting, inspiring quotes, learning activities for children, and reviews/giveaways. I also co-host a weekly quote linky called Candid Cuddles, which is super fun!
What advice would you give to PR's approaching you for a campaign?
I put a lot of time and effort into making sure that my review posts are well-written, honest reflections of the sample products I am given. I ask that PR's respect the fact that running a blog is hard work and that my time is valuable.
Do you have a plan for your blog?
Currently, my plan for my blog is to continue to grow my audience. I share my ideas because I want to make a difference in the lives of children and parents. So whether they decide to make one of my crafts, create a learning game, or try a healthy snack recipe, I'm just happy that I can have a positive impact on someone and make their day a little brighter.
What do you think about rankings?
Trista said it best in her answer- rankings can drive a blogger crazy! I was obsessed with them initially. Six months into blogging, I now feel like I've got a nice balance between reading and utilizing ranking data and focusing on writing quality content that my audience will find useful or inspiring. It's not all about the numbers, unless you want it to be.
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