Bearded Backchat with Stevie from A Cornish Mum
Bearded Backchat is a chance for me to interview PR people and fellow bloggers. This week it’s Stevie from A Cornish Mum. Stevie is lucky enough to count blogging as her job, which I think makes her the first Pro Blogger I’ve spoken to here! She is also very vocal about Type 1 diabetes.
Who are you?
Officially Stephanie Couch, but everyone including family have always called me Stevie.
What is your “day job”?
My day job is actually blogging and the occasional bit of freelance writing. I don’t make a fortune from blogging, but enough to call it a ‘day job’ luckily.
What is your blog called and where can we find it?
A Cornish Mum and it’s over at www.acornishmum.com
What’s your blog about?
A completely eclectic mix, but mostly lifestyle, a bit of parenting, Type 1 Diabetes which my eldest son has, and, of course, Cornwall.
I’m almost ashamed to admit that I’ve never been to Cornwall. Should I?
It’s beautiful down here, such a laid back lifestyle, friendly people oh and we have the best pasties!
Why did you start blogging?
When my eldest son was 5 he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in hospital, I didn’t know the signs of Type 1 and because of that he almost died.
The signs were there, if I’d recognised them he wouldn’t have been so desperately ill at diagnosis, and a big bit of why I started was to raise awareness of the symptoms and provide some support to other Type 1 parents.
Just as Type 1 is only one part of our life, though, it is also only one part of my blog – the part I’m most proud of.
Why do you still blog?
I’ve gotten the bug, I love everything about blogging from the community to how random the things that arrive in my email inbox are. It’s given me a new life and a new career!
How has blogging changed since you started?
Not a lot ha, I only started in January 2015.
Would you count your blog as a job or something fun to do in your spare time?
A job for definite, but a fun one. I have a few exciting things in the pipeline at the moment, which may mean that fun job has a slightly more ‘fun’ income level in future as well.
Where do you get the inspiration to write a blog post?
To be honest, my brain works quite randomly, I drive my boyfriend mad by completely changing subject mid-way through a conversation and expecting him to have a clue what I’m on about.
In the same way, things randomly pop into my head, so I always have a notebook with me as my memory is awful.
If you could recommend three other blogs to read, what three would you recommend and why?
Definitely Donna’s over atas I’ve been reading Donna’s blog since before I started blogging and I love how eclectic her blog is, you never know what’s coming next.
Natalie’s at Plutonium Sox as I love her writing style and photography, plus she and Donna are two of my best blog friends who crack me up on a daily basis.
Hayleigh over atwho is also Cornish, for her recipes. I’m an awful cook, but Hayleigh makes me want to try – I may blame her in future for my ‘experiments’ as Simon calls them.
What is the single best thing that has come about as a result of your blog?
Receiving an email from a parent of a child who had been recently diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, telling me that I had made them feel less scared and less alone – that is priceless to me.
What would be your perfect blog post?
Writing about the cure for Type 1 Diabetes – there isn’t one currently, but writing that post is what dreams are made of for me.
Type 1 is full on, in 6 and a half years my son has had around 10,000 injections and well over 20,000 finger prick blood tests. I’m actually emotional even typing that.
He doesn’t moan, though, he just gets on with it and makes me proud.
What can you recommend to other bloggers to increase the traffic to their sites?
If you want search engines to find you, call your posts something relevant.
Ambiguous titles may be great for drawing people in from social media, but you won’t come up in search results with a random title that doesn’t explain what is in your post.
Which brands do you enjoy working with?
I’ve worked with lots of fantastic ones, but my favourite so far has to be Lily Charmed jewellery. I’ve worked with them a lot this year, and they are just so lovely to work with, friendly and just a pleasure to deal with.
Everyone has that one company that they have always wanted to work with but have never quite been able to. Who is yours?
I have done zero approaching as of yet, I have plans to in the future and, in all honesty, there isn’t really that one company for me.
What is your own personal favourite post on your site?
My Signs and Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes – Our Diagnosis Story post, because it’s the main reason I started my blog, it’s one of the most viewed posts ever on my site which makes me proud and it was also one of the hardest I found to write, as it was so emotional.
Whose blog would you love to be featured on or write a guest post for?
I’m always open to guest posting when it’s an interview type one like this 😉 Normal guest posting, I have no idea how I would find the time to do so.
Anyone who wants to interview me in any way for a guest blog, though, feel free to give me a shout!
Lastly, if you were to interview another blogger, what question would you ask that I haven’t asked here?…
Who was the first brand that you worked for? This one is mostly because I’m nosy
… And what is your answer to that question?
The first time someone asked me to write for them it was a charity – the NSPCC and I was pleased and proud to help them out.
The first ‘brand’ was Appy Food and Drinks who were really lovely to work with, and they liked my review so much that they quoted me on their site and in their promotional magazine.
You can catch up with Stevie in all of the usual places:
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