Bearded Backchat with Jess from Twinderelmo
Bearded Backchat is a chance for me to interview PR people and fellow bloggers. This week it’s Jess from Twinderelmo.
Who are you?
My name is Beth and I blog at Twinderelmo.
What is your “day job”?
I am one of those stay-at-home parent types. I took voluntary redundancy when on maternity leave with my twins back in 2013.
What is your blog called and where can we find it?
I blog at Twinderelmo.co.uk
What’s your blog about?
It’s an eclectic mix! About parenting with twins and my son who is at school.
I also have been documenting my weight loss and fitness journey and my new found love of fashion after shifting almost 3.5 stone!
Why did you start blogging?
I started when my twins were four months as when we found out we were having identical twins everything I read was negative and really quite scary!
I wanted to try to change that as I had a healthy pregnancy which ended in two healthy babies.
Why do you still blog?
I love having a place to write everything down. I have always used diaries and having an online one still appeals.
How has blogging changed since you started?
I started almost three years ago and in the last 6-9 months, I’ve noticed a massive influx of new blogs who after a few weeks expect to be Zoella.
Would you count your blog as a job or something fun to do in your spare time?
It’s my hobby. I’m lucky that I don’t rely on it for a permanent income as I think that could be really stressful!!
Where do you get the inspiration to write a blog post?
I find random stuff literally pops into my head so I quickly write down the idea and go back to it. Chatting with friends about stuff that has happened usually gives me blog fodder too.
If you could recommend three other blogs to read, what three would you recommend and why?
Julia at Rainbeaubelle writes so beautifully and is such an inspiration. Her blog is one that I adore, along with Katie at Mummy Daddy and Me. Her blog photography and vlogs are head and shoulders above anything I’ve ever seen and she’s just so real despite being a big blogger.
I also think that Cash from Comeback Mum is one blog everyone should read. There’s no sugar coating and her writing kicks serious ass. When I grow up I want to be her and have her cheekbones!
What is the single best thing that has come about as a result of your blog?
The friends. I love that I now have a group of friends that I can chat to about blogging, run ideas past of just have a great gossip and giggle with. Some I’ve been lucky enough to meet and it’s just wonderful to have such good mates from blogging.
What would be your perfect blog post?
A review of the Maldives perhaps?!?!
What can you recommend to other bloggers to increase the traffic to their sites?
Comment on other blogs. I think it’s important to make an effort. You can’t expect others to read yours if you aren’t willing to reciprocate!
Which brands do you enjoy working with?
I love ones that make me feel like a real person!
When they already know a bit about me and my family and also are willing to take ideas on board they’re my favourite because you build up a real relationship.
Everyone has that one company that they have always wanted to work with but have never quite been able to. Who is yours?
I’ve always wanted to work with anyone to do with Disney purely because I absolutely love Disney!! How’s about that for vague!!
What is your own personal favourite post on your site?
I was incredibly proud that my post about lung cancer following Caroline Aherne’s death was Mumsnet Blog of the Day as it was an incredibly personal post that meant a lot to me. To have it recognised gave me a huge boost
Whose blog would you love to be featured on or write a guest post for?
I’d love to write for a twin website such as TAMBA just to try to put across the message that a twin pregnancy doesn’t always mean premature labour and poorly babies.
Lastly, if you were to interview another blogger, what question would you ask that I haven’t asked here?…
What for you is the downside of blogging?
… And what is your answer to that question?
Sometimes you can feel like you’re sharing too much and with having people that know you in real life read it, can sometimes feel too weird. There are times where I want to delete it all but there’re too many memories
Thanks for taking part!
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Don’t forget to visit the Twinderelmo blog too.
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