Today we have Beth from the blog Twinderelmo as our blogger in the spotlight. Beth is a stay at home Mom blogging her way through crazy hectic days. Twinderelmo has now evolved to a wonderful blend of home, interiors and parenting blog, with a good splash of humour and real life thrown in.
Can you tell our readers about yourself?
My name is Beth, I am 30 and I’m a married mother of three; a 7-year-old son and 2.5-year-old identical twin girls. I’m based near the Midlands, England. I am now a stay at home parent after taken voluntary redundancy during my maternity leave.
How would you describe your blog?
Twinderelmo is Eclectic! I don’t think I have a niche as such but I blog about home and interiors to school, twins, grief and I love my humour posts as they always go down well and it’s nice to make people smile.
What inspired you to start your blog?
I’ve been reading blogs for years but I started when the girls were 4 months old as I remember when I was pregnant desperately trying to find something positive about twin pregnancy instead of scare horror stories. It’s grown from there
What topics do you cover on your blog?
Mainly parenting, home/interiors and random funny observations.
How do you want to improve yourself and your blog in the next year?
Blog for me and not how I think it “should” look. I want it to be real and true.
How do you motivate yourself to keep the blog up and running?
I am the most laid back blogger! I don’t ever feel I need to blog and am happy to publish as and when. My husband works away a lot so I have most evenings chipping away but I love to read others more than write at the moment.
What do you find the most frustrating aspect of blogging?
You can slog over a post for a brand for them to not even acknowledge or say thank you which can be disheartening. I don’t think people realise the hours spent developing and building a blog takes either.
What is the most positive aspect about blogging?
The friendships. I feel lucky that if I’m in a pickle there is a variety of people I feel comfortable enough to ask for help and they usually have the answer! I’ve made some great real friends through blogging.
How much time do you spend blogging?
It varies but actual blogging lately? Only a couple of hours a week as I had a real break over Christmas so am slowly getting back into it.
Have you always blogged about the same content that you blog about today?
No. It’s rarely now about pregnancy etc and I tend to favour home and funny posts.
Would you encourage other people to make their own blog?
Yes – it’s a great place to look back on. It holds lots of memories and if you blog about real things then it serves as a good place to look back and see how far you’ve come.
What is the best advice you could give to someone who is just starting their own blog?
Keep going. It can be disheartening when no one reads or if you’re wanting to work with brands that no one will give you a chance – but time is the best way to build your blog along with lots of commenting and interaction.
What type of networking do you think is better to enhance your traffic to the blog and to engage with your readers?
Giveaways bring lots of extra traffic but I’ve been put off after having problems getting a prize sent to a winner!
Is blogging your profession or just a hobby?
Just a hobby. I don’t think I’m dedicated enough to make it a full-time job.
A lot of people think that blogging is an easy way to make money online? Do you agree?
On one hand – yes but it depends what you want from your blog. I want to try to remain true and relevant to my life. A lot of blood sweat and tears go into posts and it can sometimes be overwhelming if you have lots of deadlines. I also have found it hard to get payment on time so I don’t think it’s 100% reliable and a regular income.
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