Meet The Bloggers Monday – Lyndsey

Introducing week 4 of Meet the bloggers Monday.

1. Can you tell us about yourself and your blog.

My name is Lyndsey and I blog at Me, him, the dog and a baby! I have been blogging since 2009 and although the blog has been a few different things over the years, it now focuses on parenting and lifestyle topics.

 
2. What inspired you to start your blog?

Way back when I first started blogging I was just about to go to university to read English and I was reading A LOT! I wanted somewhere to write reviews and someone suggested blogging as a way of doing this.

 

3. How much time do you spend blogging?

Honestly, now that it’s my full time job I spent a lot of time working. I have 3 days a week where Erin is at nursery so I pack a lot in on these days. I also tend to work a bit after Erin goes to bed to make sure I get everything done. I think for a self-employed bloggers the work is never really done and there is also something you can be doing.

 

4. Would you encourage others to start their own blog?

Absolutely. Although my blog started off as something else, I have always liked that it has been a place to write my thoughts and get me feelings out. Even if you don’t want to do it for a living like I do, it can be great therapy and you never know, someone else out there might be feeling the same as you and could do with knowing that.

 

5. A lot of people think blogging is an easy way of making money online, do you have any tips for those people who are wanting to make money through blogging?

I’m not sure starting a blog to ‘make money’ is really the way to go. Sometimes people see bloggers reviewing things like toys, clothes and even holidays and think that we get these things for free. Most people don’t understand the amount of work and hours we have to put in to do this work and how long it takes before you get to a position like this. Although many people think so, you can’t generally just start a blog and start earning money straight away.

 

6. How do you motivate yourself to keep your blog up?

After Erin was born I didn’t go back to my full time job and instead took a part time job at a supermarket. I hate it. I hated being away from my family and it restricted the things we could do. So, now that this is my full time job I stay motivated because it gives me to freedom to work around my family commitments and we have a lot more freedom to have holidays or days out when we want to. If I had a regular job we wouldn’t get nearly as much time together as a family.

 

7. What do you think is the best social media strategy for driving more traffic to your blog?

Social media is such a tough thing to crack. I sort of do okay on Facebook but Instagram isn’t my best platform. I wish I could say what I think is the best strategy but every blogger is different and has something special about them. Different social media platforms require different things as the readers engage differently on each one so I think it’s worth taking the time to figure out what works best on each account.

 

8. What do you find to be the most frustrating aspect of blogging?

For me, getting paid late has to be the most frustrating thing for me. I think I have been lucky so far that I haven’t experienced this quite as much as others but it’s a commonly known thing that a lot of bloggers get paid late on a regular basis. When I take on work I plan my bills around the dates the invoices are due and if they’re not paid on times, sometimes it means not being able to pay those bills on time.

 

9. What is the biggest difference in your life post – blogging?

I actually work more hours than I have ever done in a regular job but I am so much more relaxed than I have ever been. After leaving full time job where I was a manager after Erin was born I went back to working for someone else and I hated it. Working for myself, and blogging, gives me an outlet for my thoughts and feelings and it also lets me spend time with the people I love the most. Blogging has given me a good work/ life balance that works for us all.

 

10. In the future where do you hope your blog will take you?

I have only been self-employed for around 18 months and there is a lot I would like to achieve going forward. Of course, money is something I have to think about because I do have to pay the bills. While more money would be nice of course, I would actually like to be able to take on less work but up my fees. I haven’t really worked out a nice balance for this kind of thing yet so that would be nice.

Money isn’t everything though and one of the biggest things I would like would be for a more engaged audience. I am trying to put myself out there more on social media and learn what my readers like to see from me. Part of this is to write from experience and to maybe connect with my readers a bit more.

 

Lyndsey 

You can find Lyndsey over at 

 

Blog https://mehimthedogandababy.com/

Twitter https://twitter.com/Fiction_Fan

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Mehimthedogandababy/

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/mehimthedogandababy/

 

Thank you Lyndsey for taking her time in answering all the interview questions. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading her answers, just as much as I have.

 

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