October is my favourite month of the year. The nights get darker, leaves start to turn orange and your coffee receives spicy upgrade. Nothing feels more Autumnal than picking your own pumpkin, which is exactly what we planned to do this weekend. That is until Chickenpox came to ruin the day.
Yep that’s right, once again we’ve got big red cross on the door. Approach with caution, we are infected!
Is it just me or do kids spread disease like rats?
Less about our household plague, as always it’s time to introduce this week’s New Blogger on the Block.
This series is all about showcasing the fantastic new talent on offer in the blogosphere. Each week I’ll be handing over the floor to my guest blogger as we get to know them a little better. This week it’s all about Vicky from The Mummy Bubble.
Please take a minute to introduce yourself and your blog.
Hi I’m Vicky. I’m a married 30-something with two kids, aged two and eight months. I’m on maternity leave with my second at the moment so spend my days desperately trying to wear my toddler out and my nights trying to teach my baby the value of sleep.
My blog is called The Mummy Bubble. I wanted to give the blog a fun name, because it’s not all sleepless nights and tantrums. Being a mum is pretty funny a lot of the time. I wanted the name to have a nod to something child-friendly but also incorporate one of my favourite things, which is Prosecco. I blog about everything to do with having a family. Sometimes it’s the fun stuff and sometimes I get a little heavy, because parenting can be a hard and lonely experience at times. I review my most useful baby products and love to mention my favourite places to visit.
What made you decide to start blogging?
I loved how other blogs made me smile, laugh and cry when I was having a really hard day. I work as a journalist when I’m not attempting to keep two children fed, entertained and well-rested, so writing was already a big thing in my life. I wanted to do something for me, to have a hobby that was just mine. I launched the blog thinking I would give it a month and see how it went. We’re now two months down the line and I love blogging. It’s become a bit of an obsession and I will definitely be keeping at it.
What’s your biggest blogging achievement so far?
I’ve been Mumsnet blog of the day twice which was pretty awesome. Also seeing my traffic and engagement grow has been a real motivator. I started at 400 views in June and am now at more than 2,000 halfway through August. Going self-hosted with a fancy theme has been a real rush too. I love my new-look blog.
Is there a particular blogger who you look up to?
There’s so many and they’re all so great at what they do. One of the main things I love about the blogging world is its diversity and the fact there is room for everyone to do their thing and succeed at it. To name a few I like Toby and Roo, Stolen Sleep, Bridie by the Sea, The Pramshed, Popcorn for Lunch, Whinge Whinge Wine. I could go on and on! I admire any parent who has found the time to launch a website, promote it and regularly create content. It’s a lot of work, thank goodness it’s enjoyable!
Which one of your posts are you most proud of?
The shame of mummy rage. I wrote this one after a particularly gruelling day where I had not done a good job at parenting. I felt awful that I couldn’t keep it together and not lose my cool. I’ve had a lot of really kind responses to it and other mums saying they have been there too, which made me feel so much better
Where do you see your blog in 5 years?
I hope it will have gone from strength to strength. I would love to have a strong and loyal following across the social media platforms by that point and be engaging with readers all the time. Dare I say, I hope it might be making a bit of a money! At the moment it just costs money to run, but that’s ok because it’s a hobby and I don’t expect to get anything out of it but enjoyment and connecting with new people. I hope to be working with some PR companies and brands by then, with maybe an ambassador role with a brand that would benefit my kids
Random Question – What came first, chicken or the egg?
As I type this it’s 5.30am and I’ve been up for two hours. I have actual bite marks on my nipples where my teething baby has been using me as something to chew on. If only I could form a coherent thought apart from “bugger me, this is sore”. Just contemplating this makes my brain hurt.
When I read Vicky’s blog I instantly want to befriend her and run to the nearest cocktail bar. She’s just my type of mama! Fun, vibrant but serious when times get tough. Her blog is a real honest portrayal of parenthood with a fun twist and helpful tips. The Mummy Bubble is a must read for any parent and come highly recommended from yours truly!
Fancy appearing in the next instalment? I’d love to hear from you!
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