Today we have Anna from the blog Play At Home Teacher as our blogger in the spotlight. Anna is a part-time teacher and a first-time mum. This blog is a place to share the activities and crafts she does with her daughter on her days off .
Let’s Put Play At Home Teacher In The Spotlight
Can you tell our readers about yourself?
First I was a primary school teacher, then I became a mum. I knew that I wouldn’t be able to afford to become a stay at home mum but I was lucky enough to only have to return to work part time. My blog is called ‘Play at Home Teacher’ because I love to help my daughter learn through play on my days off.
How would you describe your blog?
Play At Home Teacher is an ever growing collection of play activities to try at home with toddlers.
What inspired you to start your blog?
I did lots of googling while I was pregnant and loved reading bump updates and found blogs and vlogs really helpful for preparing for a new baby. I decided to start writing my own bump updates as a way to record my pregnancy. Once I started maternity leave, I enjoyed blogging as it kept me busy (because looking after a newborn isn’t hard enough?!).
What topics do you cover on your blog?
I share play activities that I have done at home with Sophie – from messy play to imaginative play. I like to explain how the activities help Sophie to learn and develop. I also share posts about our days out such as our visit to a local forest school.
How do you want to improve yourself and your blog in the next year?
I have created collections of seasonal activities such as Valentine’s Day and Easter activities. I look forward to adding some Halloween and Christmas ideas.
How do you motivate yourself to keep the blog up and running?
The blog actually inspires me to have a go at doing activities with Sophie regularly. I really enjoy taking photos of her doing the activities and I look forward to looking through them on the computer so that I can select some to include in my blog posts.
It can be difficult to find time to write up blog posts as I also have planning and marking to do because I teach three days a week. I try to use nap times but I often end up writing things up after she has gone to bed.
What do you find the most frustrating aspect of blogging?
Not knowing how to get my blog out there to people who might enjoy it or find it useful. I also feel embarrassed about what my friends and family think about me doing it. I also think blogs and social media sometimes only show one side of the picture – I don’t spend every minute with Sophie doing painting or sensory activities.
What is the most positive aspect about blogging?
So far, I have found the blogging community to be really friendly and supportive. There are so many inspiring blogs out there full of great ideas. Who needs to buy a magazine anymore?
How much time do you spend blogging?
I do something towards my blog every day, whether that is doing an activity with Sophie, editing photos, writing posts or interacting on social media. When I blogged before, I felt like it had started to take over. I had review deadlines, linkys I tried to join in with regularly and a never ending to do list.
This time, I am trying to take a more relaxed approach and try to stop if it begins to feel like a chore.
Have you always blogged about the same content that you blog about today?
I used to blog about pregnancy updates, do reviews and write about what I dressed Sophie in. I enjoyed doing this but I got so wrapped up in it I felt like I was missing out on real life. I took a break from blogging and took up sewing.
However, I recently helped my sister to set up a blog and my love for blogging returned! I switched from blogger to wordpress and relaunched my blog with a new angle. I now focus on play activity ideas as I would love my blog to help people find activities to try with their own children.
Would you encourage other people to make their own blog?
I encouraged my sister to write a blog and she is really enjoying it. Blogging definitely isn’t for everyone but if you are considering it I would definitely say have a go!
What is the best advice you could give to someone who is just starting their own blog?
There are so many great blogs that share advice about how to get started. Read a few, have a go at making your own and don’t worry about the stats!
What type of networking do you think is better to enhance your traffic to the blog and to engage with your readers?
I have joined in with lots of linkys and as a result have had lots of people read my blog and leave comments. I have also discovered lots of new blogs by doing that too.
Is blogging your profession or just a hobby?
It is just a hobby for me at the moment but I would love to be able to do it as a job one day.
A lot of people think that blogging is an easy way to make money online? Do you agree?
No! Blogging takes a lot of time and effort and that’s when you are doing it for free!
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