Bearded Backchat with Sarah from Boo Roo and Tigger Too 

Bearded Backchat is a chance for me to interview PR people and fellow bloggers.  This week it’s Sarah from Boo Roo and Tigger Too.

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Who are you?

Sarah Anguish

What is your “day job”?

I’m in the process of being made redundant from my role as a Hospital Administrator for my local Community Hospital that closed last December. 

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

Boo Roo and Tigger Too - www.boorooandtiggertoo.com

What’s your blog about?

A little bit of everything, from reviews, to family days out, to what I have been up to with the children.

Why did you start blogging?

I started as I returned to work following maternity leave with Tigger. I’d read a few blogs over my maternity leave which were about SAHMs and I wanted to share what life was like as a working mum and that the option to work can be a difficult one. 

Why do you still blog?

It’s gone from a hobby to a passion and something that I am able to earn a wage from in order for me to work from home following my redundancy. 

How has blogging changed since you started?

I feel the sense of community has changed, commenting on each others posts was a regular occurrence, and there was always someone to help you if you were stuck with something. Nowadays everyone is so busy and with so many more blogs than ever before the community has forgotten about each other and I feel we need to get back to basics and help each other, support each and share great content. 

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

I count myself very lucky in that something that started out as a hobby has lead me to being able to count this as my job. The world of blogging has even me the opportunity to give my children things that I might not have been able to give them. I have made some terrific friends along the way and they have supported me through so tough times. 

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

My children are usually my inspiration, from something they have said or something that they have done. Other than that it can be from a TV programme or something I have across whilst I have been out and about. Not forgetting that great blog post idea that comes to me as I drift off to sleep on a night, then can’t remember in the morning.

Sarah from Boo Roo and Tigger Too

Sarah

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

An Organised Mess - Debbie is one of the first bloggers I met after we were completing a campaign together and something just click between us.  I love to read her blog and follow the adventures of her three children and Debbie’s passion for theatre.

Mummy Daddy Me - One of the blogs I read during my maternity leave with Tigger and I fell in love with it.  Katie has a way of turning everyday life into a magical experience.  And if you have read her posts on how her and Mr E got together then please do, truly beautiful.

ChelseaMamma - Whenever I read Kara’s posts about fun days out and trips that she goes on with the children I find myself asking if she is ever at home.  She has a great philosophy of getting outdoors with her children no matter the weather and something I wish I did more of. 

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

Friendships - To anyone who doesn’t blog they find it hard to believe that other bloggers who you might not have met can be your friends. The truth is that bloggers will generally know more about you than your close friends and even family do. We can jump in a group and moan about something, we can message each other when we are having a bad day and send parcels of love whenever needed. 

What would be your perfect blog post?

New York at Christmas, I’d love to visit the Big Apple and showcase all the amazing delights it has to offer, especially at Christmas. 

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

Make time to comment, whilst some bloggers find that sharing their content 100 times a day on Twitter works for them. I am a firm believer in commenting on other blogs will bring you traffic, not just from the blogger but from others who see your comment. 

Which brands do you enjoy working with?

I’ve had the privilege to work with lots of brands and PR agencies over the past five years.  For me it is the ones who put in the extra thought into campaigns and how they send things.  Netflix is one the brands that sticks out to me as they sent a box with a huge red ribbon tied around it, which was a simple but beautiful touch and even now when the same delivery man comes to my house he mentions it. 

Silver Cross is a brand that I approached to work with when I was expecting Piglet, instead of a generic pitch I sent them something different to stand out from the crowd and I’m pleased to say that it worked and they have been amazing to work with.

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

Without a doubt it would be IKEA - oh how I love that place.  I only discovered it three years ago but honestly I could happily move into one of their showrooms.  I love the idea of collaborating with them on room makeover or an IKEA hack project. 

What is your own personal favourite post on your site?

This is a difficult one, I think it has to be the raw emotion posts that just flow without any thought.  The ones when you just need to get something out of your head and writing seems the easiest way to do this.  From a comment a received about ‘why have children if you aren’t going to look after them’ to everything getting to much and ‘jumping the wrong way’ and the death of my absent father

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

I’d be honoured to be featured on any blog, for that blogger to allow me the opportunity to share my ramblings with their readers would be a privilege.  I’d love the opportunity to be featured on some of my favourite brands blogs, maybe showcasing what my children are wearing from the Next clothing range or how to enjoy a family day out at our beloved Drayton Manor. 

Is there anybody that you’d like to see featured in the Bearded Backchat series?

I’d love to see Mandi from Hex Mum, how she manages to blog with seven children.

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

Do you wish that you had started an anonymous blog? 

… And what is your answer to that question?

I’m still very much in the closet when it comes to many of my friends who don’t even know i have a blog never mind that I have been doing it for five years.  I do sit and think that maybe I should have gone anonymous and maybe I wouldn’t feel so restricted in what I write about as I’m always wary of those who are reading my blog but don’t say anything.


Thanks for taking part, Sarah!

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

Facebook link: http://facebook.com/boorooandtiggertoo

Twitter link: https://twitter.com/littleboo_21

Instagram link: https://www.instagram.com/littleboo_21/

Blog link: http://www.boorooandtiggertoo.com/

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

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