Bearded Backchat with Amanda from Raising The Rainbows
Bearded Backchat is a chance for me to interview PR people and fellow bloggers. This week it’s Amanda from Raising The Rainbows who blogs about being an autism parent, her weight-loss journey and more.
Who are you?
What is your “day job”?
I’m a full-time Stay-at-home Mum & Carer.
What is your blog called and where can we find it?
Raising The Rainbows - http://www.raisingtherainbows.co.uk/.
What’s your blog about?
It’s a mix really, my children, raising awareness for autism, being an autism parent and my weight loss journey.
How many kids do you have?
I have 4 children, 3 boys aged 12, 9 and 5 and 1 girl aged 7.
Ooooh - The opposite of me! I have three girls and a boy! Why did you start blogging?
I have kept a written diary since I was 8 and this is just an extension of that, just a bit more public.
Why do you still blog?
To be honest, it keeps me busy, the nights with a non-sleeping autistic child are long, so its good to have a time filler.
How has blogging changed since you started?
It’s a lot more competitive and people have an opinion on others blogs and not always in a good way. I say if you are happy with your blog that’s all that matters.
I agree! Would you count your blog as a job or something fun to do in your spare time?
It’s just a hobby and I love it. I think if it became a job I would love it a little less. I love that as a hobby I can pick it up when I choose.
Where do you get the inspiration to write a blog post?
Aside from reviews, all my others posts are when I have something to say. So I suppose my inspiration is my daily life.
If you could recommend three other blogs to read, what three would you recommend and why?
Charlotte from Write Like No-one’s Watching – She writes beautifully and always comes across such a nice person. I have been reading Charlottes blog since way before I even blogged.
Emma from Mrs Shilts - is another favourite. Another blog I have read for a while and I admire her honesty. I initially started reading and following her weight-loss blogs and love following her journey.
Tina from The MotherGeek - A fellow autism mum, I love to follow Sam’s progress and it’s nice to read about someone who goes through the same as you on a daily basis.
What is the single best thing that has come about as a result of your blog?
It has to be the lovely virtual friends I have made online. There are so many genuinely lovely bloggers out there.
What would be your perfect blog post?
That’s easy!! One where I tell everyone about the full nights sleep I get…………. I can dream.
What can you recommend to other bloggers to increase the traffic to their sites?
Find which social media platform works best for you and go with it. Try and be interactive on your social media, rather than just sharing links to posts. I fail really badly at this on Twitter!
Which brands do you enjoy working with?
I think for me it has to be Mattel and the brands managed by Evolution Pr.
The opportunities I get through them both are perfect for my children. It gets me massive mum points when they children get a new review item.
Communication with both teams is always great and it’s a pleasure to work with them.
Everyone has that one company that they have always wanted to work with but have never quite been able to. Who is yours?
Probably Silentnight! Sleep is hard to come by in this house, so I would love a big comfy luxury bed to sleep in for when I do get a snooze!
What is your own personal favourite post on your site?
I am currently doing an A to Z of Autism series on my blog each fortnight.
They are great for people wanting to understand more about autism.
Whose blog would you love to be featured on or write a guest post for?
I haven’t done any guest posts, the idea of writing on somebody else’s blog makes me nervous. I love these type of Q & A posts as they’re less formal.
Lastly, if you were to interview another blogger, what question would you ask that I haven’t asked here?…
If you could start all over again, would you do anything differently with your blog?
… And what is your answer to that question?
I did! I started blogging 3 and half years ago, I set up my first blog on a whim, I didn’t think about its name or its content. It became a chore and I didn’t like some of the content.
I stopped writing and took a step back from blogging. After a 6 month break, I returned with a brand new blog, properly thought out and how I wanted it.
Thanks for taking part, Amanda!
You can catch up with Amanda in all of the usual places:
Don’t forget to visit the Raising the Rainbows blog too.
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