Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Blog Chat Tuesday- Moving In With a Boy

Hello Lovelies

I'm a bit earlier on the blogging front today. If you missed the post I put up kind of late last night you can check it out here: Money Talks Monday. Also a shout out to my best friend, Bella for her excellent "no mope" list- any other tips gratefully received.

So today I'm talking with.... Lucy of "Moving in With a Boy" fame. Lucy only started blogging in May and she's super, super awesome. She has a wicked sense of humour, is super friendly and an all round star. In fact I regularly give her the title of best blogger friend. Oh and she's finalllyyyyy moved in with the boy. 
Want to know more?

1. Can you tell me a bit about yourself? 
I am a music teacher in Bradford, and live in Leeds. I love teaching, and have been doing it for 5 years now (eek hard to believe!) In my spare time I love to be Musical Director for musicals - this involves teaching all the songs and conducting the final show. It's exhausting after a long day at work but really exhilarating! I think I'm quite funny, which probably means I'm not...and I'm just about to start weight watchers in an effort to be more healthy - no doubt I'll be blogging every step of the way! 

2. Can you tell me a little about your blog? (i.e. whats it about, how did it get started etc?)

The reason I started blogging was because of my friend Emma, of www.channelislandsblog.wordpress.com fame. She inspired me to have a go! My blog is all about moving in with a boy for the first time. Pedro is the lucky man, and we've just moved into our new home complete with his cat, Whiskeroo! I try to make my posts positive and humorous, but I do have my bad days and have a rant now and again. Unbelievably my recent post on teaching was read by over 40,000 people all over the world which as a blogger who is usually lucky to get 100 views a day was a real shock!

3. What's your favourite thing about blogging?

All the fantastic people I have met through it - including you Laura! Everyone has been so supportive and kind. I really feel like I'm starting to become part of the community. I love discovering and reading new blogs, and I'm really looking forward to doing more of that now that I'm on holiday! I would urge all bloggers to read and comment on others - it helps build up your network, and more importantly you will make some brilliant friends! 

4. What's your least favourite thing?

Honestly? The fact that I can't stop checking my stats. I probably check them several times a day. Not only does it interfere with everyday life, it also takes away from why I am really blogging - to share my life and thoughts with anyone who is kind enough to read! 

5. If you could write any other type of blog what would it be?

I would love to be able to take the beautiful photos I see on other blogs. My blog so far has been very word heavy. I'm unable to take a good photo - not only with the lack of decent equipment (I know - a poor workman always blames his tools!) but also because I don't seem to have 'the eye'. 

6. Do you have any blogs that you'd recommend?

Definitely! My favourite blog is from my friend Emma, who I know I've already mentioned, but it was the first one I've ever read and it means a lot to be able to keep up with her life. It's at www.channelislandsblog.wordpress.com
I also really like Lorna's blog - www.thismetanoia.blogspot.com as it covers all sorts of topics and I always like a good read.
For a really sweet and different perspective on parenthood, try Nick's blog www.dinnerbydad.co.uk - his letters to his son Isaac are lovely! (read my blog chat with Nick here


7. What three things would you say to wannabe bloggers?
 
1. Blog about what interests you - that way you'll keep writing, and if you have a passion for your subject you'll make others want to read your posts! 

2. Don't check your stats all the time (I know - I should practice what I preach!) you should check your comments though, these give good feedback on how to improve and also someone has taken a lot of time to read and remark on your post so make sure you value it! 

3. Thank everyone who likes, comments or shares your blog - with the number of blogs out there to do this to, they chose yours! 

8. Anything else you'd like to add. 

Thank you Laura for inviting me to do this - your blog is one I always enjoy as you are so positive!



Isn't she the sweetest? Thank you for joining me today, Lucy! I think the advice to not obsess over stats but to check comments is really valuable advice for any blogger, so thank you so much!


Until next time... 

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