Bearded Backchat with Lucy from Lucy’s Madhouse
Bearded Backchat is a chance for me to interview PR people and fellow bloggers. This week is Lucy from Lucy’s Madhouse (lucysmadhouse.com). Lucy is the designer behind the original logo for the Bearded Backchat series.
Who are you?
What is your “day job”?
Freelance Graphic Designer and Blogger
What is your blog called and where can we find it?
Lucy’s Mad House and www.lucykatedesign.co.uk
What’s your blog about?
It’s a family blog and I cover anything that is relevant to us or interests us, crafts, days out and health.
Why did you start blogging?
Because I was a stay at home mum and wanted to document some of the fun stuff so we could all look back on it all and also when the kids ask me what they were like as children and my memory is failing me (baby brain lasts forever you know) they can see some for themselves.
Why do you still blog?
I have learnt so much in the last 4 years of blogging and I want to put that to good use and bring an income from it.
I have also started a second blog that is part of my design portfolio which will be for blogging tutorials and anything else that’s creative.
How has blogging changed since you started?
There seems to be lots more people blogging but also the information to learn about it is more readily available than when I started. I really struggled with a few things.
Had I known then what I know now I would have started it with a self-hosted WordPress blog, yes it’s more complicated but there are so many advantages to it because you can do so much more.
Would you count your blog as a job or something fun to do in your spare time?
I do count it as a job and now I am looking for it to be more of a full-time thing until I have gained enough design experience for that to become my main source of income. I haven’t been able to devote as much time to my blog as I would have liked but with 4 children, time is short. This year is going well so far and I have been making an effort to be more organised with my blog tasks.
I haven’t been able to devote as much time to my blog as I would have liked but with 4 children, time is short. This year is going well so far and I have been making an effort to be more organised with my blog tasks.
Where do you get the inspiration to write a blog post?
It’s usually something funny that happens and something I don’t want to forget or something I feel proud of achieving.
I also write health posts to raise awareness and when I have the time to write craft tutorials and take the photos then I really enjoy doing those.
If I had nothing and had to sit and stare at the wall until I could think of something it would probably be a blogging tutorial or “how to” or even a list post.
If you could recommend three other blogs to read, what three would you recommend and why?
Me, the Man and the Kids - Because Emma speaks honestly from the heart and I can really relate to what she writes about, especially the autism.
Emmy’s Mummy - Clare has been a blogging buddy since I started my blog, she has helped me along the way and always been there for me and I always enjoy reading her blog.
You Baby, Me Mummy - I love Aby’s blog, she has takes amazing photo’s and writes some brilliant blogging tips too.
What is the single best thing that has come about as a result of your blog?
Apart from the fact it has kept my baby brain active and been a release at times when I need to get something off my chest, I have met some wonderful friends and learnt so much. Sorry that’s not a single thing but they are all equally as important to me.
What would be your perfect blog post?
I’m not sure actually, probably something design related like a really cool graphics tablet review.
What can you recommend to other bloggers to increase the traffic to their sites?
Interaction is probably the best way to increase traffic, find other blogs you like, read, comment and share and let them know if you have grabbed their blog badge.
Guest post on other blogs and join in with as many linkies as you can. I have been stumbling my posts a lot more recently which has been great for traffic.
Which brands do you enjoy working with?
This is a hard question because most of the time the collaboration is with the PR rather than the brand themselves.
There are lots of products I have loved working on for big and small brands and have found that the best customer service comes from the smaller brands that I have worked with directly rather than through a PR because it comes from a genuine connection with a brand rather than being picked from an email list or because of the site metrics.
Everyone has that one company that they have always wanted to work with but have never quite been able to. Who is yours?
Apple computers! Ha, that’s never going to happen, that little apple logo sells itself and they really wouldn’t need any extra promotion.
But no, seriously, I love crafting and haven’t actually worked with many craft brands so I think I would like to work with Cricut, HobbyCraft, or maybe a digital brand to go alongside my new design blog.
What is your own personal favourite post on your site?
Probably this one - http://lucysmadhouse.com/2016/01/10-tips-long-car-journey-kids/ because I spent ages on it trying to make it sound funny and I even made a friend read it to see if she thought it was funny before I posted it. I hope it comes across this way, let me know what you think.
I think it’s a great post! Whose blog would you love to be featured on or write a guest post for?
Lastly, if you were to interview another blogger, what question would you ask that I haven’t asked here?…
If you could start your blog all over again with all the knowledge you have now what would you do differently?
… And what is your answer to that question?
I would have started my blog on WordPress as a self-hosted blog rather than blogger (sorry Blogger).
I know that Blogger is an easier platform to use but there is so much more you can do with WordPress and there are plugins for everything to make it easier.
It looks more complicated at first but there is more opportunity to learn and for me my site looks so much better now.
Moving everything over can be stressful and time-consuming and it made me realise there were lots of things I could have been doing to make my blog better. I have learnt so much since switching over and really pleased I did.
Thanks, Lucy! I totally agree about WordPress too. That’s what I use on the blog!
Don’t forget to visit the Lucy’s Madhouse blog too.
(Header adapted from an original design by www.lucykatedesign.co.uk, with thanks)