Blogger Growth: Expanding Your Team

Blogging professionally is an amazing opportunity for anybody who wants to work from home, to manage your own schedule, to choose your own collaborations and to define how your working week looks without the restrictions of a traditional 9-5 role. For many of us parent bloggers who have chosen this life, it has been a huge blessing allowing us to fit our work in around the children and to be physically present at home. 

That doesn’t mean that there are not challenges. After some time, when you have an established blog you can find that your inbox is filling up faster than you can handle, you have deadlines coming up for brand collaborations but you also want to share the kids crafts or recipe that you know your readers will love. Suddenly time management becomes a little more challenging and organisation and keeping a thorough to do list is key. 

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What to Include in Your Media Kit & £100 Giveaway

Blogging can be a really fun hobby – a way to share your thoughts and ideas with the world. But if you’re lucky, and open to collaborating with brands, you can definitely turn your blog or website into a source of income too. This is such a convenient way of working for many mums like us, as we can organise our own schedule around the kids and work from home, choosing the opportunities and projects that suit our needs.

If you are new to blog monetisation, or thinking about moving in this direction – you may be wondering where to start. One of the most valuable things you can do to get yourself prepared for brand collaborations is to create your own media kit.

Using a media kit is a simple way to keep track of all of your blog’s traffic and social figures, and give a quick overview of what you can offer. Having this information all in one place and easily digestible makes things easier both for yourself and for the brands that you’re working with. It’s also a great way to sell yourself, and to explain what is it about your site that makes you different and unique.

What to Include in Your Media Kit?

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Booked by Webfluential: One Plugin Every Blogger Should Know About

Running a blog is a lot of fun, and sometimes non-bloggers are surprised to realise that beyond blogging as a hobby, you can also earn a regular income from writing a blog, and sharing via social media. Since people spend so much time online these days, there is real value in online social influence. More and more brands are interested involved with blogs and spreading the word about their products via bloggers who can share their experiences with their audiences. If you are a blogger who is yet to take the step into brand work, I would encourage you to give it a try – it can be a real win-win for everyone involved!

Although running a blog is really rewarding and enjoyable, there can be a huge amount of admin work too. It takes me hours to get through my emails sometimes, and when you have weeks where you’re juggling sick kids or a lot of family commitments, the balance can sometimes get a little overwhelming. That’s why I’m always really happy to find tools that help cut down on extra work and help to streamline some of my blogging processes.

one plugin every blogger should know about: booked by webfluential, an easy way to take brand bookings direct from your site

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Making Pinterest a Success

This weekend I was supposed to be speaking on ‘Making Pinterest a Success’ at Talk To Mums Family Play Time event with one of my blogging friends Helen from Kiddy Charts.

Unfortunately my youngest boy has come down with Chicken Pox, and we had to cancel our plans for the weekend. Luckily he’s not suffering too badly, but of course it is contagious so I have to keep him home!

Since I had already prepared the notes for our Pinterest talk, I thought I’d share them here with you so if you are not at the event you can still keep up with some of our Pinterest tips.

Making Pinterest a Success. Tips for using Pinterest to increase blog traffic, converting readers to Pinterest followers, optimising Pinterest images and more

In the notes, we cover:

  • What is Pinterest
  • Using Pinterest to drive more traffic to your site
  • Converting new readers into Pinterest followers
  • Tips for creating effective Pinterest images
  • And a few extra handy tips!

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Best Kids Activities Blog Posts of 2014

2014 has been a fun year for us, with lots of play, lots of travels, lots of crafts and lots of smiles and laughter.

I’ve enjoyed sharing some of our activities with all of you over the past year and it’s hard to choose a favourite, but today I’m taking part in a best kids activities of 2014 showcase along with some of my favourite kid bloggers, so I had to narrow it down.

I decided to go for this paper plate whale craft. It hasn’t been the highest traffic post of the year, I’ve chosen it for other reasons and that is because this is Mr Z’s post. It’s his own craft and the blog post he is most proud of, so it’s been lovely to see it around on Facebook and Pinterest. He is 6 years old now, 5 when he made the whale.

paper plate whale craft

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Motherhood and Work : Blogging as one of the best careers for a work / family balance

Today I have an interesting infographic to share with you on the topic of “Baby Vs Career”. I’m sure the issue of motherhood and work is something that touches every family. Whatever decision you make, whether to work outside of the home, to dedicate yourself to being a stay at home parent, or to combine some elements of each and work from home, it’s something you would have had to consider and mull over before coming to the right decision for your family.

I found it interesting to see the 7 careers highlighted as being great ones for to allow you to easily balance work and family life, especially to see blogger listed among them! I know many of my readers are also bloggers, and from those who aren’t I do get plenty of questions from people who are interested to know how to start a blog. Both new bloggers and non bloggers often have a lot of questions about how blogging works as a business and a way to earn a living.

Blogging as a career & work life balance. How do you earn money blogging?

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New Pintorials Pin Party!

New pintorials Pin Party Pinterest linky for bloggersI’m really excited to share with you all that we are starting a new Pin Party linky! The #Pintorials linky will be taking place every Tuesday, starting from next week (4th Feb).

#Pintorials is a place to share any of your posts with tutorials, whether that is crafts (of any difficulty level, for children or grown ups)  recipes or any other useful “how to..” post. Link up your posts that have big and beautiful pictures so that we can add them on to the #Pintorials Pinterest board and please do check out the other posts in the linky, leave some comments and show some Pinterest love by repinning or following some of the new bloggers you discover.

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