Mummy V's Blogger Interviews - Kelly From Bringing Up Georgia
For today's interview I'm delighted to welcome Kelly from Bringing Up Georgia.
Hi, I'm Kelly Edwards, a 28 year old first time mum living in Northamptonshire. I have crazy curly hair, have the skintone of a vampire and in the summer my freckles come out to play.
When I'm not on maternity leave I work in digital marketing, so it made sense that I'd be 'one of those mums' that starts a blog. I love writing and being able to write about my personal life was a daunting leap for me to make, but one that has been very liberating.
I also really hope that my blogging is going to be a great memento for Georgia when she's grown up and for me to remember the parts that may otherwise be missed from photos.
Describe your blog in three words...
Inspiring, honest and amusing (I hope)
What do you hope readers will get out of your blog?
I hope that my readers can relate to the topics I talk about, as well as feeling inspired and empowered by my honest account of parenthood. I also hope that they enjoy following my daughter as she grows up while watching me stumble through motherhood the only way I know how - by making many mistakes.
What advice would you give someone who is thinking of starting a blog?
Take that leap. Starting a blog can be as easy or hard as you make it, so set your own path and expectations. It's important to understand the pros and cons of putting your life in the public eye before you start. The blogging community is really welcoming, so you're never on your own when you're blogging if you have any questions. The chances are, another blogger has had similar issues too!
Is there any blogger you would like to meet in person and why?
I'd actually like to meet any other mummy / daddy bloggers, especially the ones that I've spoken to on Twitter. We're all sharing the same journey of blogging - albeit in different stages and I love that. With this growing family of bloggers (sounds like that should be the collective term for bloggers...), it'd be nice to go to a future exhibition or conference and meet up with a few of them over a cup of tea where our conversation isn't restricted to 140 characters.
What is the easiest and hardest part of writing a blog?
Well, I like to liken writing a blog to an iceberg. The little lump on the top is the part that you can see - the written content which I find quite easy to do. The hard bit is the part of the iceberg under the water that isn't seen. It's setting schedules for posting, social updates, creating supporting imagery, checking your stats and sorting out Google Webmaster Tools to help with rankings. These aren't particularly 'hard' but they are more time consuming than you'd think and are the unsung heroes (or villains depending on your outlook) of blogging.
Which of your blog posts is your favourite and why?
My favourite post so far is about becoming unashamed of my new mum bod. [link: http://
bringingupgeorgia.com/2015/05/ 28/becoming-unashamed-of-my- new-mum-bod/] I found it quite hard to write about and share real pictures of my 8 week postpartum body, but I think it's one of my most honest posts so far and a topic that I think resonates with a lot of other new mums.
It can feel isolating to see lots of fantastic mummy bodies who have had years of toning when you're starting out on that journey and staring at a wobbling stripey mess, so I needed to share my body to hopefully help other mums begin the journey to not feel ashamed of our bodies.
Do you have any party tricks?
My mum taught me how to make a napkin roast chicken from a young age. I kid you not, it's a real thing - video here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=rUfIzc19QW0. It's more amusing than impressive, but I think it sets the tone for our parties!
Breakfast, lunch or dinner?
100% dinner. I tend to have the same thing for breakfast and lunch every day, but different dinners every night. It's also the time that I get to spend with my husband every night, so it's more about the ceremony than the meal.
Telephone or face to face?
Face to face! In this digital age, I think we can often get lost in just phoning, or even texting/messaging. But there's nothing like seeing that person, sitting down with a cup of tea and having a proper catch up.
Any last words for your readers?
I'd like to thank everybody who has read and enjoyed my blog so far. I really hope that by reading my blog that I've made people smile, feel empowered and feel part of our journey. I like to keep my topics varied so I hope there's something for everyone to connect to.