‘In the Blog Seat’ is a series of interviews with bloggers and vloggers who share their blogging journey, inspirations and learning lessons…
Newbie blogger, Lucy Munday from Muffin Top Mummy, lives in the Midlands with her husband, baby daughter and two rabbits. When she’s not busy blogging she says she’s usually attempting to jog, which other people find hilarious!
What three things can’t you live without to help manage your blog – and why?
As a new blogger, Twitter, Linkies and other blogs have been essential in helping me build my brand. Twitter is where I’ve found a myriad of other bloggers & worked out what I’m supposed to do. Linkies have helped get my content out there and other blog posts have kept me motivated and provided instruction on various blog-related subjects.
Who is your ideal reader?
My ideal reader would be a new, repeat or soon-to-be mother (or father) who’s looking for a humorous view on motherhood and the fun that comes with it. Fun meaning topics like love handles, rude nursery rhymes and toilet humour.
How did you first get into blogging?
I was reading The Unmumsy Mum book that I was given for Christmas and thought ‘I could do this’. I’m on maternity leave, so I figured there’s never going to be a better time.
How do you manage time to run your blog efficiently?
I thought I’d have loads of free time to blog, but turns out, babies are harder than they look. I work around nap times and evenings – trying to write as many posts as I can while baby sleeps. I need to get more into automation, but for now, I tweet and join linkies while singing lullabies to my daughter. How’s that for multi-tasking?
What blog achievement are you most proud of?
Getting included in Britmums newbie round-up during my first month of blogging was pretty exciting.
What are your blogging goals for the next 12 months?
I’ve got a lot of growth to do first, but ideally I’d like to guest post for bigger parenting websites and possibly monetise (if it works without compromising my style).
What's the most challenging issue for you in your blogging journey so far?
Having a baby interrupt me. There is just so much to do to get a blog off the ground. In typical fashion, when I get fully immersed in writing a post or setting something new up, the baby inevitably wakes up and disturbs the flow. Trouble is, you can’t write a parenting blog without being a parent!
What motivates you to keep your blog up and running?
I love writing and I’ve never sat down and done so much as I’m doing now. When I get great comments and feedback, it helps to keep me going and fuels my desire to build further.
Where do you hope your blog will take you?
In all honesty, I would love to be a full-time blogger and freelance writer.
Where do you get your inspiration for your blog posts?
Most of my inspiration comes from just generally being a new parent, but other blog posts from my niche can also trigger an idea.
What’s the best thing a blogger can give to their readers?
I think both honesty and something interesting to read. I’ve been put off a few blogs by pretty boring content – especially some sponsored posts that are quite dry. However, that may well just be me.
What’s the biggest mistake that you’ve made in blogging so far?
I’m probably still making plenty of newbie mistakes – but at the moment, I’m failing pretty massively at SEO. I have the Yoast plugin, but it likes to give me all red lights, which I’m going to have to correct at some point!
What do you love most about blogging and how long do you spend blogging in a typical week?
I love that I am running my own little corner of the internet and enjoying myself as I do it. I currently spend around 30 hours working on my blog – which is basically a full-time job on maternity leave!
If someone was interested in starting a blog, what one piece of advice would you offer him or her?
Set up something free first to get a feel for your own style, but when you decide you want to commit to it for the long-run, self-host asap. It’s much easier than you might think and the control of your own space is so much better.
THE NITTY GRITTY What is your favourite blog post you’ve written and why? My favourite is actually the first poem I wrote on a whim called An Ode to a 3 month old. You can tell that I’m sleep-deprived but also very happy… What type of blog post do you most enjoy writing? I actually really enjoy knocking out a humorous poem or two.