Bloggers Behind the Screens is a monthly interview series, where fellow bloggers come together to answer a series of questions on a specific theme. This is a chance to get acquainted with a whole range of bloggers, some of whom you may not have encountered before, and learn a little more about them!
This month, we’re talking to bloggers about the very thing that makes them bloggers. Their blogs. Today’s guest is Sophie from Life As Mrs D.
- When did you start blogging and why?I started blogging at the end of December 2013. I was bored one afternoon between Christmas and New Year’s, and it seemed a good idea to start a new blog. I’ve had blogs of one form or another since I was a teenager.
- How did you come up with the name for your blog?
I wanted a name that would hopefully stand the test of time. I’ve seen a lot of blogs that have had to rebrand as their children have grown up etc…but I decided that Life As Mrs D should (hopefully!!) last me the entire lifetime of my blog!
- What do you blog about? Has that changed from when you first started?
As the name suggests, Life As Mrs D. I write about whatever I fancy really, what we’ve been up to, plans, I run a blog series called Come Dine With….which is a different blogger each week chooses which six famous people, dead or alive, they would invite to their dinner party and why. I write about my daughter a fair bit….which obviously I didn’t when I first started out
- Is your blog your job, your hobby or your side hustle?
It’s a hobby really. I’d love for it to be my job, but with a three year old who is still very demanding of my time, and a newborn, I just don’t have the time, or brain power at the moment! I earn a little bit of pocket money every now and again through it though.
- What is the best thing or experience that blogging has given you?
Meeting so many fantastic bloggers. On the whole it is such a supportive community to be part of.
- What is your favourite thing in the whole world to write about?
Family life. They are my favourite thing in the whole world.
- What skills (the more unusual the better!) has blogging taught you?
Erm….. I’m not sure really. I don’t think so far it’s taught me anything more that I didn’t already know.
- What is your favourite post from your blog? Give us the link and tell us why it’s your favourite.
It’s a post called Cancer is a b*tch. I scribbled it down in my notebook while watch hubby playing squash one evening after work. It was not long after my Grandma had died from bowel cancer and I wanted, and needed to get it all off my chest. Even now, three years later, it still makes me cry reading back through it. Especially now that my other Grandma has recently died from bowel cancer too.
- Have you ever been on TV or radio in your capacity as a blogger? If so, what for? If not, do you think it’s something you’d like to have a go at?
I think it’s something that I would hate to do. I haven’t even done an IG story where I’ve spoken on it yet, as I hate the sound of my voice recorded. It’s one of my goals for this year though. But I think I’m far too shy to do TV or radio.
- What is your least favourite thing about blogging? There must be something you don’t like about it…
Some days/weeks/months I really struggle to find the motivation to write anything, especially when you put so much effort in to your blog, and brands just keep turning you down for work.
- Do you have any advice to give to anybody out there thinking of starting a blog right now?
Don’t expect overnight success. It takes a lot of time, effort and hard work to make your blog a success. But if you enjoy writing, keep on doing it.
- Where do you do most of your blogging? Do you have a home office; are you on the sofa or do you prefer to be out and about when writing posts?
I used to try to sit at the dining table to write, but more often than not I’m sat on the sofa. I’d love to have a home office one day though…
- Be honest. How many unwritten posts are in your drafts right now? How many are likely to see daylight?
There are about 70 in my drafts right now…. I’d probably say about half of them will never see the light of day. I write titles and ideas down and save them as drafts so that if I’m struggling for content I can always go and write one of those, but I rarely do!
- What are you most excited about for your blog in the last six months or so of 2019? Anything awesome in the pipeline for the summer or are we forever winging it?
I always just wing it! I’d love to do some more brand work, and get some more paid work, but with a new baby I’m not sure how feasible that is going to be!
- Finally, what is your absolute favourite thing about being a blogger?
The other bloggers you meet along the way. There are some really really lovely people out there that I would never have met if it weren’t for blogging.
Blog URL; https://lifeasmrsd.co.uk
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