To kick off our blogger of the month spotlight we have the lovely Alex from Bump To Baby Blog. Alex is currently pregnant with her second child and is due any day now. We love following Alex’s blog and have done for some time now. We especially love her home interior posts and weekly bump updates which is why we thought she would be the perfect person to interview as our very first blogger of the month!
Hi Alex thank you for chatting with us today, please tell us a little about yourself and your wonderful blog.
Hi, I’m Alex, I’m 26 years old and I live in a quiet little village in Buckinghamshire, South-East England, with my little boy Ethan aged two, my Husband who I met at school aged 14, our four cats and very soon our second little boy who’s due on the 22nd June. I’m a huge animal lover and a strict vegetarian and would describe myself as a bit of a crazy cat-lady.
I created my blog back when I was 25 weeks pregnant with my first Son Ethan. I wanted to document my pregnancy so that I would always be able to look back and re-live the memories of how I felt at such a magical time in my life. Bump to Baby is now somewhere that I document all of the special, ordinary and the everything-in-between moments of our lives. I also write about many other topics including home decor, travel and much more. I now also regularly upload videos to my youTube channel to run alongside my blog.
How would you describe yourself in three words…
Kind-hearted, big-on-morals and crazy (in a good kinda way 😉 – Sorry that’s SO more than three words!
What inspired you to start blogging?
It was the whole idea of being able to capture moments in time through the use of photography and writing. It was watching daily vlogs from people like The Saccone-Joly’s and the Shaytards on YouTube that inspired me to start documenting my life online. I wasn’t ready to begin with video so I turned to writing and photography instead.
What do you love the most about blogging?
The Internet fascinates me, like it does with so many other people. I like how easy it is to keep an online diary and be able to connect with other like-minded people that I would never have had the chance to speak to if I hadn’t started blogging. It’s great to be able to look back at how far I’ve come with my blog also – what started off as essentially a pregnancy diary has since become a website that I am really proud of. I’ve been fortunate enough to grow an audience who seem to enjoy what I write about and have even been lucky enough to work with some amazing brands through my blog, as well as make a little money from blogging each month too. I love the social aspect of blogging and the great sense of community and support, it’s a wonderful thing to be able to seek advice and create friendships with people who are similar to yourself.
Do you find it hard to balance blogging with your other responsibilities such as work and being a parent?
Some days more so than others, as I’m not the most organised person in the world. I also can’t seem to stay up late at night like I know a lot of other parent bloggers can after their children go to bed. When Ethan goes to bed I’m generally zonked myself and will end up laying in bed watching television before falling asleep. I am fortunate in that I have a lot of support from my Husband though as he works part time and also works from home building up his own business. We take it in turns to look after Ethan depending on who has the most work on and this seems to work for us. We have a good routine going on right now, but this will likely be turned on it’s head when baby number two arrives later this month. 😉
If I’m not blogging, I’m…
Hanging out with my two favourite people or catching up with seemingly endless amounts of housework!
Tell us…what items are within arms reach of you right this minute?
My phone – it’s like it’s permanently attached to me! An empty crisp packet – it’s lunchtime. And my diary as I’ve been attempting to be organised and just wrote down some dates for things that I have planned over the next month.
What three tips would you give to anyone wanting to set up their own blog?
1. Don’t worry about what other people will think when they read it. Writing a blog is something to be proud of – never feel embarrassed about friends, family or colleagues reading your blog. I used to feel quite uncomfortable about the idea of people I knew reading my blog when I first started out, but then I slowly became more and more open with it and I actually found people to be genuinely really supportive of my blogging – giving compliments and words of encouragement which really spurs me on to keep writing.
2. Be YOUnique. It’s totally fine to take inspiration from other bloggers, we all do it, just like we get inspired by others in all other different aspects of life. But when blogging I think it’s really important to stay true to yourself and really focus on letting your own personality shine through. If you want to grow a readership, it’s vital that your audience find you relatable and feel that they can connect with the things you’re writing about and with you as a person.
3. Don’t feel disheartened in the beginning. When you first start blogging, it’s easy to feel disheartened with receiving little or no blog views and/or comments. But we’ve all been through it – you have to start somewhere. Focus on producing great blog content and then spend time interacting with bloggers in your niche and with your potential audience via twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Social media is such a great tool for getting yourself out there. I’d also advise commenting on other blogs regularly too, as this generally helps bloggers get themselves and their name out there quite a bit.
What has been the most exciting thing to come out of your blog?
I’m really not sure that I could pick just one thing! Obviously it’s fantastic to be able to to work with brands and earn money through doing something I love, but I also think it’s just as exciting to see how much I’ve developed as a person and how much I’ve learnt since first starting my blog.. I’ve seen my photography, writing and confidence improve. I’ve attended a blogging conference in London, where I had the opportunity to meet with some genuinely lovely fellow bloggers. I’ve also been lucky enough to able to visit some amazing places with my family whilst conducting reviews for companies via my blog. The list of exciting things that can come from blogging is literally endless!
Any plans for the blog over the next year?
I don’t have any plans as such, as I’ll be focusing mostly on how to juggle life with two children, but I personally think that’s the sort of thing that makes for great content when writing a parenting blog and producing videos for a YouTube channel that mostly focuses on my life as a Mum. I like to steer my content towards capturing the everyday moments – the good, the bad and the everything-in-between and so this year, you’ll be seeing a lot more of that.
Thank you so much Alex for taking the time to speak with us today. We hope you are able to get enough rest before the newest addition to the family arrives.