This week, we have Victoria from Mummy Times Two taking part in the Blogger Spotlight interview.
If you would like to take part, and your blog is under six months old, or has been re-launched in the last six months, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org
1 Firstly, tell us a little bit about yourself
Hi I’m the 35 (almost 36) year old mum of two behind Mummy Times Two. I have two wonderful children, a fantastic other half and a guinea pig. In my real life I’m an English teacher with a specialist interest in autism. I love reading, writing, eating lovely meals and spending time with family and friends. I also love shopping for presents, though I hate shopping for things for me -I’m far too indecisive!
2 What is your blog’s name and what is it about?
My blog is called Mummy Times Two, and I started it to document my experiences of being a second time mum. It’s grown from that though; I write about family life and motherhood, but I also talk about autism and silent reflux, and have more than the occasional rant about education and the state of the world in general.
3 Why did you decide to start a blog?
I’d written a teaching blog about autism for a while, mainly to help other teachers at my school. When I left to go on maternity leave I really missed writing, and the blog kind of grew from there. I’m so glad I started writing it, as this blog is much more me, it’s about all of the dimensions of me and our family and I love that it allows me to be who I really am.
4 Do you have any goals for your blog?
I want to make a difference in my small way. I want the parent of a child with autism, or a first time mum of a baby, or the dad of a child with silent reflux to read my posts and think, you know things are tricky right now, but they are going to get better. That means more to me than any accolade ever could.
5 Tell us one random fact about you
I was the youngest ever person to qualify as a football referee in Lancashire – but that was a VERY long time ago!
6 What is the best piece of blog related advice you have received so far?
To be yourself, to use your voice, to write what you feel rather than what you think you should write.
7 What is your favourite thing about blogging?
I guess that’s why I love the previous piece of advice. I love that blogging allows me to be me. Very few of my ‘real life people’ know I blog. We’ve been through some tough times this year and I love that my blog allows me to completely be me, telling people would mean I would have to censor that and that’s something I’m not prepared to do.
8 Is there anything you would do differently if you were starting over knowing what you know now?
I would go self hosted more quickly. I have spent the last three months feeling grumpy about my site not being how I would like it to be, but too terrified of the technology to do anything about it. I had the new site built for me, but I love that the back end is actually just as easy (much to my relief) to operate as it used to be.
9 Anything else you’d like to share with us?
My next mission is to start a linky, it goes live for the first time on Monday and focuses on posts that are written from the heart, mostly because they are the posts I try and hunt for to read. I’m going to love being able to go to one place to read them all.
10 Where can we find you? (blog link and links to any social media)
Here are my links, I’m probably most usually found hiding out on Instagram. I avoided starting an account for such a long time, but I am now definitely hooked. I love seeing everyone’s beautiful pictures.