Today we have Bread the blogger behind Winging It as our Blogger In The Spotlight.
This blog is going to become one of my favourite ones as it’s written by a gay couple who are raising their child Snappy.
My own daughter who is almost 18 is also gay and has been dating her transgender partner for almost 18 months.
This blog is about being queer and raising children, despite the fact she has no idea what she’s doing most of the time, which I think all us parents can relate too.
“There’s a lot to consider when it comes to having kids and raising them, and I want to take an honest, no-faff approach to it.”
Let’s Put Winging It In The Spotlight
Can you tell our readers about yourself?
I’m a weird geek, poet and blogger from the edge of nowhere Wales.
I’m married and we recently had our first child, adding to an already full house of cats, chickens and a hamster.
I work in a pharmacy full time and my wife stays at home with our son.
How would you describe your blog?
Winging It is a no faff approach to parenting from a same-sex couple who’ve just had their first child, mixed with poetry, mental health and LGBTQ issues relating to being mums and other bits and bobs
What inspired you to start your blog?
I didn’t want my other blog – scruffy-duck.net – to become a parenting blog. I still need a place that is separate from talking about my mental health problems and writing poetry and writing.
And I want to have a blog that focuses on being LGBT parents.
What topics do you cover on your blog?
So far we’ve covered pregnancy, parenting, LGBTQ stuff, mental health and poetry. And cats. Sometimes there are cats on Winging It.
How do you want to improve yourself and your blog in the next year?
I started a new scheduled for managing my blog and want to stick to it more and also manage my social media and commenting better than I do.
It’s a work in progress but it’s already improving, the blog has had regular posts for the past two months – the first couple of months of being a mum really threw everything to the side but I’ve been managing my spare time better.
How do you motivate yourself to keep the blog up and running?
I love writing. On top of a need to write, a need to tell a story, I also need a place to talk about problems, even if no one is reading, I feel like writing a blog means that someone is listening, somewhere.
I’ve blogged for over a decade, more, as a way to find support and cope with mental health problems and other things and this keeps me blogging.
Plus, I know it means that my in-laws in America can keep up to date with my son’s life too.
What do you find the most frustrating aspect of blogging?
Getting traffic perhaps, keeping up with commenting and reading other people’s blogs.
Other blogs seem to get thrown out of the window if I’m busy and trying to cope with a lot.
I struggle with concentration too so procrastination is a big problem for me.
What is the most positive aspect of blogging?
Making friends. Without a doubt.
How much time do you spend blogging?
I spend at least a couple of hours an evening blogging or doing blogging related things (promotion, commenting, etc).
I’ve scheduled my time pretty well recently, so once I’ve spent some time with my son when I come home, and put him to sleep for the evening I eat and while my wife and I watch tv and chat I do blogging stuff.
I’ve actually stopped playing video games recently so I can blog and spend time with my son. I much prefer it.
Have you always blogged about the same content that you blog about today?
The parenting stuff is new on Winging It, but I’ve always blogged about mental health issues and writing.
That’s what I started with and what I’ll always blog.
Would you encourage other people to make their own blog?
It’s the best way to share your uniqueness with the world.
What is the best advice you could give to someone who is just starting their own blog?
Go with WordPress.
Go self-hosted straight away.
For a fiver a month you can skip a lot of hassle later on in your blogging journey.
And don’t do it for money, you’re going to be disappointed.
What type of networking do you think is better to enhance your traffic to the blog and to engage with your readers?
I like link ups, I think they’re the best way to make blogging connections.
They’re a good way to find blogs you would like to read as well as emulate.
Guest posting is good too.
Is blogging your profession or just a hobby?
Somewhere in between, I think. it’s more of a passion and a need, than a profession or a hobby.
Those words really lend or detract from the legitimacy of what I’m trying to do with my blog and with my life.
A lot of people think that blogging is an easy way to make money online? Do you agree?
No, it’s not easy from what I gather.
I couldn’t say for sure one way or the other because I’m not trying to make any money from blogging.
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