Blog, Brew & Biscuits

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Over the next few weeks, I am opening up my blog to some lovely bloggers to share their blogging experiences with you! There is a thriving community full of bloggers who have already walked in the steps I am about to take and also relatively new bloggers, who are full of questions and finding their feet. So, make yourself comfy, have a brew, some biscuits and get to know Helen from Welsh Mum Writing.

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Tell me a bit about yourself and what do you when you are not writing your blog:
I’m Helen and I blog over at Welsh Mum Writing. I live in South Wales with my husband, two year old and a cat with OCD (no I’m not joking). By day I work in strategic communications and public relations. I work full time but I have a flexible work pattern so somehow I manage to fit it all in. If anyone asks how, I usually tell them it’s a copious amounts of caffeine and a need for very little sleep (or am I just used to sleep deprivation now?).

Tell me about your blog and how long have you been writing it?
I started by blog in October 2017 so it’s relatively new. It’s a platform for me to share my moans and musings, as well as hacks and tips that help me fit as much into my day as possible – anything from making the most of your time and money, to quick and easy family recipes.

I’ve been blogging since 2013 though, starting off with a personal blog and then moving on to my other blog at www.helentreharne.com. I’ve had several books published so anything to do with my fiction writing or tips for writers is over there.

What inspired you to start writing your blog?
A need for a creative outlet was part of it. I love writing but don’t have time to fit in writing another novel. I can manage a couple of 500 word posts a week in my lunch breaks at work.
I also wanted to share some of my experiences to help reassure other mums they’re not alone. Trying to juggle everything can be overwhelming and frustrating. It’s easy to become isolated from other mums when you go back to work.

What advice would you give to someone thing about starting a blog/just started writing a blog?
Give it a go, but be realistic with your expectations and the amount of time you can commit. Do it because you enjoy it. Don’t compare your writing or work with anyone else’s.

Let’s talk Social Media, how do you balance this with your blog and everyday life?
I think it’s useful to have all the major social media platforms if you might want to “go pro” with your blogging in the future, but I’m also a fan of a “pick your winners” approach.

I’m lucky that I already had an established Twitter following when I started my blog, so I don’t feel like that’s effort for me. I schedule evergreen content in advance and dip in a couple of times a day for a few minutes to engage and find new content. I can usually fit that in.

Other platforms are a challenge for me as I work and don’t have opportunity to take lots of exciting photos, and I don’t like posting photos of my son in public platforms. I keep my hand in with them but I haven’t thrown at lot of energy at them yet. I’ll probably pick one a quarter to really go at and build up my following.

Where do you see your blog going in the next few years?
It will still be going but it might have a slightly narrower niche perhaps. I’m quite open minded.

What do you find is the hardest part about writing a blog?
The making things look pretty bit. There’s a lot of work that goes into making content easy to read and to produce graphics. That can take a lot of time which I don’t always have.

And the easiest?
Coming up with ideas for content. I’m always jotting things down, whether that’s products I liked which deserve a review, an observation or an experience to share. Like most bloggers, my brain is full of ideas but I don’t always have the time to put them all done.

Lastly, for a bit of fun, if you could only watch one movie, listen to one song and read one book, again, what would they be?
That’s a tough one as I’ve so many favourites. Films are the toughest choice as I’m a bit of a movie buff. I haven’t seen it for a while, so I’ll pick Mr Skeffington with Bette Davies – my all-time favourite actress. Fortunate Son by Creedance Clearwater Revival would have to be up there for my song choice. As for book, Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett.

The Lupie Mummy would like to thank Helen for joining me!

Please take the time to visit her Blog: www.welshmumwriting.com

Helen is also on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest & Instagram 

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