Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your blog? How did you first get into blogging?
I’m a married Mum of two based just outside of London. I started blogging when my first child was seven months old to document our baby led weaning journey – and it’s snowballed from there!
You’re currently listed in both Vuelio and Tots100 top ten lists – that must be lots of pressure?
On the contrary, it’s a massive privilege and a spot that I appreciate so much. When I started blogging I didn’t even know charts and things existed and when I found out about them I realised that all the blogs I read regularly and admired where in the top spots. I never in my wildest dreams expected to be up there myself and to be in this position now is incredible. I am so proud of my blog and how far the blog and I have come but I don’t feel pressure – I know that these things can change so easily so I’m just enjoying it.
What do you think is the best “service” a blogger can provide their audience?
I know that my bloggers really appreciate my product reviews – they trust my opinion and so for me the best service a blogger can provide is honesty and impartiality. I always think that consumers deserve to read reviews that are honest and constructive and I like to write reviews that I would appreciate reading if I were looking to buy something myself.
Do you have a full-time job as well? How do you find the time to run your blog so professionally?
Up until the start of November I worked 19 hours a week for a High Street bank but I have now left that to focus on my blog. I returned to work after maternity leave over two years ago and have spent the last two years juggling work, the blog, childcare and my husband’s shift work but I hoped, at some point, the blog would grow into something that would enable me to give up work – which it now has. The last couple of years have been about being as productive as possible, using time well, being organised and having late nights. But, it’s been worth every minute – I still love blogging as much as the day I started.
How has your blog changed since you first started it, to now? What was your first post about?
My first post was really an introduction. Since then my writing style has changed – I’ve definitely found my voice and my blog name has changed too – I used to be Redhead Babyled but switched to What the Redhead said when I felt like we were outgrowing the ‘baby’ tag and I love my blog now – it’s definitely one for keeps!
Do you have a favourite post that you’ve written? Does it differ from your most popular post?
My most popular post is actually my Top 10 Baby Led Weaning Tips post that I wrote quite a long time ago now. It gets found on Google every day and has done well on Pinterest too. But, my favourite post was probably History in the Making or Just Plain Selfish. I quite like writing opinion posts and this was one of the first times I’d written something off the back of a news article – I usually steer clear of current affairs. It was so easy to write and it got a really good response too.
What’s been the best thing about your blogging journey?
There have been so many positives. The best thing, without a doubt, are all the friends I have made. My social circle is huge now – I have so many ‘real life’ friends that have stemmed from blogging and the blogging community makes you feel like you have someone to talk to whatever the topic and whatever the time of day or night. Other bloggers are a massive highlight for me.
We all know you’re a fantastic parenting blogger, but if you could do it all again, would you choose a different niche? Why/why not?
I think because I’m a parenting blogger but I also cover other topics it’s very easy to branch out and not be too rigid where niche is concerned. I love being a ‘Mummy Blogger’ but I also love writing about whatever I feel like. If I could start all over again I’d like to do things exactly the same way, I’ve loved carving this space over the last few years.
A lot of people think that blogging is an easy way to make money, but we all know it’s not that easy. What advice would you give new bloggers?
I would ask any new blogger to think about why they are starting to blog and to always remember that reason. Many start to create an online diary, a record of their children growing to look back on or just somewhere to get their thoughts out on paper. But, it’s easy to soon get sucked into charts, stats, review items and email opportunities, to get sucked into the work side of blogging and lose focus of why you started blogging in the first place. Always keep that in the back of your mind and hopefully you’ll keep enjoying blogging – whatever direction it takes you.
And finally, we want to share the love, so who would you like to see us interview in the next newsletter?
Colette from We’re Going on an Adventure – she has been blogging around the same time as I have and she has been such a constant in my blogging life. Everyone should have a Colette and I think she’d be ace to interview!
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