Good morning and welcome back to the latest Wise Words Wednesday where this week we have the lovely Kirsty taking to the hot seat.
Her blog is full of great posts on their life and lots of other fab things such as this homemade pizza recipe which looks amazing. Make sure after you’ve read this you go check it out!
For now though I’m going to hand you over to Kirsty!
Tell us a little bit about you & your blog:
Hi, I am Kirsty from Navigating Baby and I have been writing my blog about all things parenting and family for around 5 years, but I only started to actually share it with the world this year. I am a mummy to 4 little people; two singleton boys and twin girls. They are all under 6 years old and life is hectic, but never dull! The blog covers the things I have learnt along the way whilst trying to navigate this parenting journey without a sat nav!
What inspired you to start blogging?
I was inspired to start blogging as I just love to write and felt like I needed a more creative outlet than my CV writing business. Blogging was that outlet and has allowed me to share some of my thoughts that I might not have been comfortable sharing out loud.
What has been your highlight of blogging?
My highlight was the first time that I was featured as a blogger on a link party. For me this meant that my peers were recognising me as a writer and saying that I was good at it! I love that blogging gives you that real time feedback and enables you to create an online network with others just like you.
Is there anything you have learnt about blogging which you wish you knew when you started out?
Sharing isn’t as scary as you think… I was nervous to really share my writing and get my blog out there so I didn’t use social media to promote it until that start of this year. I wish I had know how supportive most people are and that there is a great community of bloggers on social media who are looking to build one another up rather than knock each other down. Being on twitter has given me the chance to create relationships with other bloggers and to get my blog out there. It has opened up so many opportunities to work with brands and I wish I had done it sooner.
Bloggers sometimes get a lot of stick however many work really hard and are reaping the rewards, what has been the most rewarding part of blogging for you?
For me the most rewarding part is seeing that people are reading my posts. I am still building up my views each month and getting people commenting on my blog and watching that readership increase gives me a renewed sense of purpose outside of being mummy. That has been amazing for my self-esteem. I am also not going to lie being rewarded by brands for the work that I do and getting to do fun activities with my family that we might not be able to do otherwise also makes the hard work and late nights writing all worth it.
What would be your 1 tip you would give all new bloggers starting out?
I would say that you just need to start writing great content that means something to you. My most successful posts have been those that I felt passionate about writing. All the other stuff like connecting with brands will come, but content is king!
Who do you find inspiring to read/watch in the blogging world?
There are so many bloggers that I love reading and that is one of the things I really like about blogging. I read some really interesting things each week and learn so much. To name a few specifically though I love the Rhyming Mum as she always makes me laugh enough to cause coffee to be spat out! I also find Annette at 3 Little Buttons inspiring as she has got a great balance between her brand work and sharing insights into life. Finally, The Honest Mum is super inspiring. She is real force of nature in the blogging world and if I could even have a 10th of her success I would be thrilled.
Lastly – do you have any big plans/dreams for your blog in the next 12 months?
In the next 12 months I would like to increase my followings across social media especially on Instagram and Pinterest which I am really just getting started with as I would like to expand my overall audience. My youngest children will start nursery before the end of the year so I am also dreaming of having enough paid work on to be able to justify not returning to my old career. By the end of 2019 I would love to be able to say that I was a full time blogger.
Thank you so much to Kirsty for taking part and sharing her inspiring blogging journey with us!
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