Bearded Backchat with Jenni from Odd Socks and Lollipops
Bearded Backchat is a chance for me to interview PR people and fellow bloggers. ¬†This week it’s Jenni from Odd Socks and Lollipops.We discuss changing a toddler’s nappy, biscuits and more.
Who are you?
I am Jenni.
What is your ‚Äúday job‚ÄĚ?
I am a full time parent to my daughter, Boo, who is 2 years old.
What is your blog called and where can we find it?
My blog is called Odd Socks and Lollipops and you can find it at www.oddsocksandlollipops.co.uk
What‚Äôs your blog about?
My blog is about, well, anything I think of, right now it‚Äôs about parenting a toddler (as we all know how awesome ‚Äď crazy ‚Äď they are), I have shared my experience of Hyperemesis Gravidarum, our breastfeeding journey, our attempts to raise our daughter to be bilingual (my husband is Danish) and about lots of other random things too, like biscuits.
Biscuits, you say? ¬†If you could pick just ONE biscuit as your most favourite biscuit ever, what would it be?
So many biscuits to choose from, it feels mean to pick just one but I’m going to say…. White Chocolate Chip Cookies. Yum!
Why did you start blogging?
Something to do with those little pieces of ‚Äėme time‚Äô that I had when I was on maternity leave ‚Äď I have always enjoyed writing and so blogging just seemed to be a natural next step.
Why do you still blog?
The same reasons really, it‚Äôs a nice way to spend my ‚Äėme time‚Äô I enjoy writing and taking photos. Also, life as a stay at home parent can get a little lonely at times and blogging and social media are nice ways to feel connected.
How has blogging changed since you started?
Blogging in general ‚Äď I am not sure ‚Äď Odd Socks and Lollipops was ‚Äėborn‚Äô January 2015 so I don‚Äôt feel like I have been blogging long enough to notice any changes?
And for me personally I guess you could say the way I blog has changed, at the start I blogged just as and when and now, I try to blog every day ‚Äď it‚Äôs probably become a bit more of an obsession than a hobby.
Would you count your blog as a job or something fun to do in your spare time?
I think blogging, for me, is a hobby that has taken over. I am trying to work on finding a balance between blogging and real life ‚Äď but it‚Äôs proving hard.
Where do you get the inspiration to write a blog post?
The need to share - for some of my posts it‚Äôs sharing a funny thought or two, but for other posts, like the ones I have written about Hyperemesis and breastfeeding - it‚Äôs the wish that I had found a blog post like the one I am writing back when I was suffering or struggling ‚Äď and knowing it would have helped make things easier.
Reading someone else‚Äôs experiences can sometimes help you feel less alone so I write in the hope that someone finds it and it has a positive impact for them.
If you could recommend three other blogs to read, what three would you recommend and why?
I love Little Hearts Big Love¬†‚Äď it‚Äôs a wonderful happy place filled with smiles ‚Äď but it also is inspirational. Louise raises awareness about her daughter Jessica‚Äôs heart condition and writes about what it is really like to be a heart parent.
I also love What the Redhead Said ‚Äď so many amazing posts and great reviews of days out. Always an interesting read! (Editor note: And you can read Donna from What the Redhead Said’s interview here!)
Family Fever is another one of my favourite blogs to read. Again, the range of stuff covered and there is always so much new content.
What is the single best thing that has come about as a result of your blog?
There are so many wonderful things that have come out of my blog ‚Äď I am not sure I can pick just one‚Ä¶ Getting to ‚Äėmeet‚Äô lots of wonderful people through their blogs, it was amazing to meet lots of people at Blog Camp and Britmums this year.¬†
Though there are still a few people on my stalkery-bloggers-to-meet-list that I haven’t met yet - so hopefully next year or at Blog On later this year.¬†
You have just come back from BritMums Live - Did you meet everyone you wanted to?
Yes, I went and it was amazing. Though on the train home I realised I hadn’t made a dent in the list of people I wanted to meet.
I am sad I missed Donna from What the Redhead Said and Martyn from Inside Martyn’s Thoughts and lots of others too.
What would be your perfect blog post?
Oh this is a tough question! I think I am going to have to say maybe the opportunity to review a day out to a place Boo would love.
What can you recommend to other bloggers to increase the traffic to their sites?
I have found linkys are a great way, not only to increase your traffic and get new readers to your site but also to find new blogs too.
Which brands do you enjoy working with?
It was amazing to work with Bluestone Wales - our time at Bluestone was just amazing we had the best time and it was such a wonderful place to have our first family holiday.¬† And we all fell in love with Wales.¬†
Zazzle were also great to work with, and they have so many wonderful products. It really was fun to work with them and I wouldn‚Äôt hesitate to work with them again.
Everyone has that one company that they have always wanted to work with¬†but have never quite been able to. Who is yours?
I would love to work with Orchard Toys ‚Äď I just love all of their stuff and all of the games look like so much fun ‚Äď I would love to be able to try out more of their games with Boo as I know she would have the best time and learn so much from them too. Their games are the way children‚Äôs toys should be!
What is your own personal favourite post on your site?
I am not sure, there are a few that I really love, can I be greedy and pick two? I loved writing The battle of the nap ¬†and Changing a toddler’s nappy in 50 easy steps ‚Äď they were the most fun to write and are probably my favourites.
I love the “Changing a toddler’s nappy” post! Whose blog would you love to be featured on or write a guest post for?
I would love to be featured on The Beginning of Us over on What the Redhead Said ‚Äď I love Donna‚Äôs blog and I think I would love to share the story of how my husband and I met (cough in an online game cough) ‚Äď though I always feel a bit geeky when I tell anyone that ‚Äď and it causes a few raised eyebrows!
You can’t say that and then not reveal more, so come on, more details about how and when you and your other half met, please!
My husband and I met in World of Warcraft - we were in the same guild, well actually he was the Guild Master.¬† We always had such a laugh and were great friends.
After a couple of years he then quit WoW (and I became Guild Master - it was lots of fun - though organising a raid was a bit like trying to herd cats) after a year and a half he started playing WoW again and we started talking like there was no gap! I had some holiday from work so I decided to fly out to Denmark to meet him.
I stayed over there for two weeks, he then came to visit me in the UK for a week a month later.¬† And three months after that my job contract ended so I decided to move over to Denmark and we spent just over a year living over there before relocating to the UK!
I think that is as lovely as it is geeky, to be fair! ¬†Lastly, if you were to interview another blogger, what question would you ask that I haven‚Äôt asked here?…
Erm‚Ä¶ What‚Äôs the most random search term that has led someone to your blog?
… And what is your answer to that question?
Oh dear! ‚Äėpens with sperm‚Äô is probably the most random ‚Äď but I did write about the Count the Kicks pens which have an egg and sperms floating around in them. So it‚Äôs not that random.¬†
Though the next most random one is probably ‚ÄėI don‚Äôt feel the same‚Äô ‚Äď I worry about this one and I hope they feel better now!
Thanks for taking part, Jenni!
You can catch up with Jenni from Odd Socks and Lollipops¬†in all of the usual places:
The Odd Socks and Lollipops Blog –¬†http://oddsocksandlollipops.co.uk/
Jenni’s Twitter –¬†https://twitter.com/BabyChaos11
Her Instagram –¬†https://www.instagram.com/baby_chaos11/
And lastly, the Facebook page –¬†https://www.facebook.com/oddsocksandlollipops/
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