Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Blog Chat Tuesday- Four for the Road

I love the new friends you make through blogging, but I also really love friends who blog! As you know we recently started at a new church and were instantly welcomed by the lovely Sarah & Adam who blog over at Four  for the Road. Sarah is joining me for Blog Chat Tuesday today. So flick the kettle on and let's catch up!



1. Can you tell me a bit about yourself? 
Sarah - I'm a 28, a wife, a sister, a working mother of two and lover of coffee. I grew up on the East Coast in Norfolk, studied in Nottingham and moved to Chester 18 months ago. I'm part of an awesome church called Vineyard53 and enjoy being part of community life where we live. Although I may have fairly lofty ideas of living abroad one day.

2. Can you tell me a little about your blog? (i.e. whats it about, how did it get started etc?)
Four for the Road was created as a online diary, documenting our city move. It's main purpose was to keep our friends in Nottingham updated on our Chester life. It was also a way for me to scrub up on some of my photography skills and make use of my camera. Our blog has been on  journey of its own. Now the focus is more on marriage, places to visit in the NW. We  hope it provides also a little insight to how we do life with a faith and what it means for us to be part of a church.

3. What's your favourite thing about blogging?
I love the community which forms around it. There is a massive parenting blogging scene and it's been so insightful reading tips, advice and very honest reflections on how raise small people. I do follow a few lifestyle, fashion and travel blogs too. These are an amazing escape to a life of beautiful things and places. 

4. What's your least favourite thing?
The guilt. The guilt when you don't post or haven't got anything queued up on Buffer. I must bear in mind we are very much part-time bloggers and not get to bogged down in this. I am fairly computer and fancy design software illiterate. I could never blog without Adam. I may write a bit of the content but Adam does all the fancy bits. I need to try harder.

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

If someone would pay me to travel, I would write a travel blog. But i'd really like to focus on slightly less touristy places. I'd love to spend time in different communities and document about how society functions in other places. I'm sure there is much to be learnt from other people and cultures.

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

A Cornish Mum - writes a lovely family blog down in Cornwall, and also blogs about life with type 1 diabetes
You Baby Me Mummy - has a great series on blogging tips and how to increase followers
Oana Befort - is an artist from the US. Her blog is full of lovely family snaps and pieces of her work. Great photo inspiration.
Adam likes reading Man Made DIY, but he never does any of their DIY projects.

7. What three things would you say to wannabe bloggers?

1. Try not to over think when you write. I'm an extrovert so I write like i talk. I have to get it all down first. It will be a shambles but then I go back and edit. If I try and do this as I go along I loose my flow.
2. Don't put too much pressure on yourself. Even if you want to be a total 'pro' remember there's more to life than your stats.
3. Get in a habit of noting down post ideas as and when they come. On a napkin, with a crayon or lipstick on the mirror!
Adam and Sarah Kirkup


Thank you beautiful Sarah for joining me today. Please check out Four for the Road even just to check how cute their children are! 

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