Meet The Bloggers Monday – Ross

Introducing week 5 of Meet the bloggers Monday.

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

I’m a 27 year old married father to one daughter called Isabelle. She’s currently 21 months old and is an absolute nightmare. Well, she’s not a nightmare. She’s a delight. But if you’ve ever heard the song Sweet But Psycho then that basically sums her up. I’m a postman by day and blogger by early hours and whenever I can steal away the time. It’s your typical dad blog really. I wouldn’t check it out if I was you. It’s probably not that good.

 
2. What inspired you to start your blog?

I suffered with postnatal depression when our daughter was born. I hadn’t seen many dads – none at all- talk about it so I decided that I would. That one post then turned into an actual blog and I realised that I had to do more than one post. So here I am.

 
3. How much time do you spend blogging?

I have two alarms on my phone. One for 4:30am and one for 5:10am. If I want a lie-in then I get up on the second one. I’m basically up that early to do all the silly blog stuff people don’t usually see. Pinning things on Pinterest, cleaning up old posts, and all the other sexy things you don’t see on Instagram. I basically do this until my wife and daughter wake up or I have to get ready for work. I also do a lot on a Monday. I dropped a day in work so I should work on the blog to make up for the loss in earnings.

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

Yes and no. Yes because it’s been an amazing thing for me. I absolutely love blogging and everything that comes with it. But no because the idea of starting it all again would scare the life out of me. Imagine going back to having zero followers on Instagram! It’s such a hard slog and the early days can be brutal to your motivation. But get a year or so in and it gets better.

 
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?

Don’t expect anything for a while. It’s hard work trying to earn money in the blogging world. Truth be told I very rarely earn because of the blog itself. I earn my money writing for others. But there’s plenty of money to be earned if you want to get it. You just have to put in a LOT of work before it starts to come.

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

It’s a hard one. People say you should write for yourself and enjoyment should be the motivator, but that’s a partial lie. Sure, write for yourself. But if you was just doing that then why would you hit publish? We all want to be loved in some way. We want our posts seen, we want people to comment and respond. That’s usually the real driving force behind my motivation if I’m honest. Enjoyment and response. You need both to thrive and survive.

 

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

Using Tailwind for Pinterest. It’s really easy to do once you know what you’re doing and you don’t have to put in that much effort. Spamming groups in Facebook doesn’t really work and it’s annoying and unless you have 10k on Instagram you won’t get loads of click throughs from that. Just be real and honest, produce good content and stop blaming the algorithm all the time.

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

That’s a good question. I don’t think I really find anything frustrating about the blogging world. I guess sometimes it’s annoying when people look at numbers and nothing else. There are loads of bigger bloggers out there who have good numbers for followers but clearly they’re faked. Just the PR companies can’t see it. Then the people who do it the honest way get left out when they deserve a lot more. I guess that can be pretty frustrating.

 

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

The fact that I feel a lot more connected to the outside world. I’ve suffered on and off with depression for my entire adult life. So having people I talk to regularly via Instagram has been massive for me. Losing some of my insecurities and doing weird stuff like getting naked in the sink, taping duck tape to my naked body and occasionally dancing in my pants – now you want to check me out on Instagram don’t you?- has been amazing for me!

 

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

I’ve recently dropped a day in work so I only work 4 days a week. I hope this time next year I’ll be able to drop another day, then the same the following year and just work 2 days a week. The goal is to just be able to spend more time with my family. That’s it really.

 

Ross Hunt

You can find Ross over at 

Blog https://isablog.co.uk/

Twitter https://twitter.com/isabloguk

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

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

Pinterest https://www.pinterest.co.uk/isabloguk/

YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCngqzRevYQ6_J3YBQ_intag

Thank you Ross for taking his time in answering all the interview questions. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading his answers just as much as I have. Check him out – funny and honest!

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