I am a big fan of Donna a.k.a the blogger behind The Curious Life of a Mummy. I was very fortunate to get to know Donna when she attended our Earlsfield postnatal course with her gorgeous second child and she’s had lovely things to say about us too ever since. Since meeting Donna, I started following her blog and her adventures with her 2 children, blogging and business aspirations…
Your wonderful blog is continually growing in popularity.. what does being a Mummy blogger mean to you?
When I started ‘The Curious Life of a Mummy’ blog I felt like the new girl at school. I was completely unknown, I didn’t have a clue where I was and I wasn’t sure if anyone was really taking any notice, then I received my first follow (and it wasn’t my Mum), somebody that actually read my blog post, commented and then decided to follow me. I was delighted. It was like winning the lottery. The excitement you get from engagement is overwhelming and it provides you with the motivation to keep going. For me, the blog is my personal journey into motherhood, so while it may entertain, it also allows me to remember how far I have come as a mother. An old friend recently found the blog and said he loved that is something Finley and Olivia will enjoy reading when they get older. Let’s hope I don’t embarrass them too much.
Do you have any tips for anyone who wants to start blogging?
- Blog about something that you have passion for.
- Engaging with your audience is so important. If people take the time out to read and comment on your post, respond back. Also if you are genuinely following someone engage with their posts. We all need a little love sometimes.
- Quality not Quantity. Posting for the sake of posting will turn your followers off.
- Be activity on social media. It is how you talk to your followers directly
- Have fun and don’t be scared.
How do you come up with ideas for your posts?
The blog is my personal journey through motherhood, so my ideas come from what is happening in my life at the time. I tried to stick to the motherhood script but as life changes, I will document outside of that.
Do you look for people to work with or do they come to you?
I guess the short answer is abit of both. I only really work with people who I have a genuine interest in and if they relate to what is happening in our lives at the time. The great thing is, the longer you are in this crazy world, the more people will come to you with work opportunities.
Do you have any other projects going on behind the scenes?
The blog has led me to my next project which is starting a business. Normally it is the other way around however I have joined a world (the blogging community that is) which presents itself with so many opportunities so I have decided to take the plunge and start a new venture which will feature more on the blog as time goes on.
How did you find it going from one baby to two?
Going from one baby to two rocked my world and capsized my boat. The first few weeks you are in a hormonal floaty bubble of love, then paternity leaves ends and the reality sets in. You learn very quickly to be a good multitasker, you plan ahead and sometimes you realized that you are not super woman and it is ok to ask for help. I am a big believer in asking for help, whether that is getting a cleaner, accepting any babysitting requests or having Deliveroo/Uber eats on speed dial. Do it. Once you get the hang of being a Mum of two, you’ll be thinking about baby number three?!
I feel so lucky to have my children and although they are both still very young, to see how much they love each other makes me realize that the grey hair is all worth it.
Do you have any tips for new mamas?
- Try not to change the routine of your older child; they need to feel just as important and loved as they did before.
- I found involving baby number one with everything I was doing with baby number two really helped.
- Do everything at your own pace.
- Get a cleaner or ask for help.
- Plan ahead. It will take you twice as long to get out of the house, so pack your changing bag the night before.
- Schedule in some me time. Its so easy to forget about you but you are just as important.
- Enjoy every precious moment.
How do you manage your work/life balance?
Managing the work/life balance comes down to planning ahead, having a supportive network and being resourceful during nap times. I am constantly being reminded of how precious the baby years are, so I try fit the blog and the business set up around the children by making the most of nap times, the evenings and weekends. I have a supportive network of friends and family who will often step in to look after the children whilst I’m at a meeting or will whisk me away from family life when I need a much needed fizz break.
Donna also very kindly reviewed our postnatal course – check out her review here!