Bearded Backchat with Claire from Lazy Girl’s Life

Bearded Backchat is a chance for me to interview PR people and fellow bloggers.  This week it’s Claire from Lazy Girl’s Life.

Claire is a full-time parent, PTA wonderwoman, owner of three blogs, lover of music and reluctant landlady to too many teddy bears.

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Who are you?

I’m Claire Deegan in Real Life and online I am Lazy Girl, previously 20somethingmum but then I got old and turned 30.

As I am rapidly approaching 40, I’m going to ignore the “old at 30” comment! What is your “day job”?

Full-time parent and PTA volunteer extraordinaire. 

What is your blog called and where can we find it?

I clearly have no life, whatsoever, so have three of the things. They are Lazy Girl’s Life (www.lazygirluk.wordpress.com), Family Panel Reviews (www.familypanelreviews.co.uk) and Vinyl Problems, a music blog which I forget about for ages then go back to again (www.vinylproblems.wordpress.com)

What’s your blog about?

Lazy Girl is a mish mash of opinions (wanted or not), usually under the “Is It Just Me” heading, along with blogging tips and life tips too (under the #BlogSchool and #LifeSchool heading).

Family Panel is a review blog linked to videos my diva-like social media loving daughter produces, and Vinyl Problems is me and my stupidly big, non-hipster related vinyl collection.

Why did you start blogging?

Erm, boredom and an internet connection! In 2006, we had just had a net connection installed, and my superstar DJ nephew was living in our house and he had MySpace.

He showed me you could write a diary on there, so I did, until it died (I lost my entire blog through my pregnancy with Mini who is now 9), and then Twitter started and I was hooked!

Ha!  I giggled at MySpace.  Why do you still blog?

I guess it’s habit now. I don’t blog quite as prolifically as I used to do, I’m no longer a stats chaser ad I certainly don’t consider myself a “face” anymore, but I have gained some brill mates from it, and had some amazing experiences too.

How has blogging changed since you started?

Too much pressure on bloggers now, and sadly it’s from other bloggers.

Ten years ago, no one cared if you had a fancy background, were self-hosted or had a “good” or “bad” DA. SEO was not thought of, it was the way you wrote and what you wrote about.

I recall in 2009, a newer blogger bought a background, and us old lot were like “really? Why spend that much, who cares?” Clearly we were so wrong!

Would you count your blog as a job or something fun to do in your spare time?

Erm, it used to be, yes, I used to chase sponsored posts and the like. But I gave up about two years back as I was sick of having SEO people moaning about little changes, or removing links, or pitching me things which made my blog look like shit. 

Especially when I couldn’t write the post myself. It just wasn’t worth the money anymore, and despite my experience and stats at the time, as other bloggers would write for £20 and a £5 Amazon voucher, when I asked for an amount I thought more appropriate, they would scoff. 

I do still review stuff, but it’s very much under my terms, and only if it matches to my family.

That and if I had of brought in one more big box of toys, Elder, my other half, would have left me/made me live in the shed.

Where do you get the inspiration to write a blog post?

I don’t really. I write as and when, I never schedule posts, it’s very much stream of consciousness at the time with me!

Claire from Family Panel Reviews

Claire

If you could recommend three other blogs to read, what three would you recommend and why?

So hard! OK, I’m going to say Alice’s blog www.lifeasalice.com as she loves gin as much as me.  I would tag Lis as she is a legend www.newmumonline.com, and also Chelsea as I love her honesty, her humor and we are currently in a gift war which is meaning my Amazon suggested buys is getting eyebrow raising and meaning when post comes I have to run into the kitchen so my kids don’t see. www.thehazelkey.com

I’ve never heard of a gift war, but it sounds intriguing! Tell me more…

The gift war has now gone on hiatus for now but was rude gifts! Including - as Chelsea likes colouring - a pornographic cartoon colouring book, and a cake tin shaped like a certain part of the male anatomy. I got a cup very similar, and a book of naughtiness too!

What is the single best thing that has come about as a result of your blog?

Friendship. Forget all the gifts and the days out. It’s when it’s late, on a Saturday, all your child-free mates are out, you feel like crap, and one of them will tweet you a funny picture just because.

What would be your perfect blog post?

I don’t think I can name one.

To me, a post is a post, is a post. The fact I or someone else has taken five minutes to give you a view into their mind, scary or otherwise, that’s perfect, and its one of the best things about the net.

What can you recommend to other bloggers to increase the traffic to their sites?

I’m probably the last person to ask to be fair! I just keep chatting away on Twitter (@TheLazyGirlBlog), and on Tumblr (www.thelazygirlblog.tumblr.com) , and if people find me, that’s all good.           

Which brands do you enjoy working with?

Camp Bestival are amazing. I went in 2010, with Johnsons, and reviewed it in my very early days at Family Panel.

They caught the link and were very nice about it! In 2014, they asked if I would like to be an Official Blogger and I jumped at the chance.

They are great fun to work with and they clearly care about the experience of those who buy a ticket.

I see you’re an Official Camp Bestival 2016 blogger. What are you looking forward to this year?

Well for me I am going to shamelessly fan-girl Fatboy Slim, but I also love the freedom of camping and dressing a bit weird for 4 days. The kids get to run like loons and make new friends too.

We plan on having a Camp Bestival wedding in the blow-up church this year too for fun.

Everyone has that one company that they have always wanted to work with but have never quite been able to. Who is yours?

Any music related people - I wouldn’t mind working with Technics - I love a good deck and mixer!

The closest I get to a deck and a mixer would be a Double Decker and a Twix!  What is your own personal favourite post on your site?

I have so many I like for different reasons, but this one sums my daughter up in a nutshell. She still has too many teddies. https://lazygirluk.wordpress.com/2015/04/22/dear-mini-with-these-teddies-you-are-taking-the-piss/

Whose blog would you love to be featured on or write a guest post for?

I’d like to write for the Britmums blog again. 

I did many years ago write a post for them, but you have to have so much respect for the Britmums ladies, they started all this off for many people and gave Mums and Dads a voice.

Lastly, if you were to interview another blogger, what question would you ask that I haven’t asked here?… 

What does your significant other or kids think of you blogging?

… And what is your answer to that question?

Elder, well he hates politics in blogging but he now has gone from Mr anti-social media except for Facebook, now he has Instagram (and gets more likes than me the sod).

Mini loves it, she is a true social media generation child, it’s given her a lot of fun and confidence.

Littlest is too busy playing Wizard 101 to care what Mummy is doing but he does like the coding side of things too so maybe I’ll get my fancy layout one day!


Thanks for taking part, Claire!

You can catch up with Claire in all of the usual places:

Visit the Lazy Girl’s Guide to life on Facebook.

Claire’s also tweeting as The Lazy Girl Blog on Twitter.

and don’t forget to visit the Lazy Girl Blog too.

You can see all of the Bearded Backchat interview series by clicking here!

(Header adapted from an original design by www.lucykatedesign.co.uk, with thanks)

by DannyUK

Bearded Backchat with Claire from Lazy Girl’s Life and Family Panel Reviews

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