Blog Your Heart Out

If you’ve been following me you are probably aware that this blog is relatively new and I’m still finding out what works best, for me and the blog. I have been lucky to find so much support from other bloggers on my journey so far. One of whom is Lucy who writes at Baked Potato Mummy. Lucy has also tagged me in Blog Your Heart Out -five questions to help you learn a little more about the person behind the blog. So here goes…

Who or what encouraged you to start blogging?

No one particular thing encouraged me to start blogging. People who don’t know me may think it’s a strange choice of hobby for me, but for those who have known me all my life, the more pertinent question is perhaps what took me so long? As a child I loved to read, my ambition was to be an author. At school I developed a real interest in media studies, volunteered as a presenter for the local hospital radio, and completed my work experience at the local newspaper. I wanted to be journalist or work in magazines. I’m not sure what happened next. I think I ‘clashed’ with my A-level media studies teacher so when it came to university choices I put Psychology first and Media Studies second. I got into my first choice and spent many happy years working with a variety of people. I got married, had children, moved country and really going back to work just didn’t make sense. However I missed the challenges of work. I like to learn new things and meet new people. I guess I stumbled across blogging, and thought, This is perfect. I hobby I can enjoy, in my own time, at my own pace, with my own rules! It’s a bit like having my own magazine! So in a way, it was perhaps meant to be! AND it is definitely helping with the baby brain!

How do you choose which topics to blog about?

I wanted my blog to have a factual and informative element to it. Initially I was going to keep it specific to Northern Ireland, however I decided it would be better to try to engage people by letting them have an insight into my family and then linking that back to Northern Ireland. For example, talking about a day at the park with the kids, but also labelling this to enable local people to find new places to go.  I also love being in the kitchen, and I am really enjoying posting about local recipes and dishes I make for the family. Unfortunately I don’t have my dream kitchen in which to do this, but I’m hoping I will before the year is out! I would also like to start blogging about home décor and DIY, when/if I get a new house *fingers crossed*. If you would like to know more about the style I hope this will take, have look at my Pinterest boards. I am bursting with ideas, I just need somewhere to execute them!

What is something most people don’t know about you?

When I was 25 (it wasn’t that long ago) I drove 5 hours across New Zealand in a hire car with an A4 map I had printed off Google to a specific residential address. Now I wouldn’t drive into Belfast unless it was 5am on a Sunday morning, and I use SatNav if I’m going further than the local shop!

What three words best describe your style?

Factual, simple, inspiring. (Well that’s what I’m aiming for though I may not be quite there yet!)

What do you like to do when you’re not blogging?

Apart from the obvious, things I then blog about, I love to read, chick lit in particular. It’s total escapism for me! Also, I have been trying to attend a Pilates class weekly, though I don’t always have a babysitter. I must admit I’m not very specific with my hobbies. I enjoy most things in life, and switch what I’m doing to suit my mood. I want to experience as many things as I can in life, and prior to having babies I loved to travel. Now I’m saving that for my Golden Years!

I hope you feel like you have learned a little more about me and my blog. Now I tag the following 5 blogs to share their story:

Life at the little wood

Pixie Dusk

Smiles and Trials

Charlottes Kitchen Blog

My Model Mummy

 

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