5 Things I Didn’t Know Before Started A Blog And The Future 

I have arrived late to the whole parenting blogging scene, probably around 10 years too late. But I don’t really mind, as I started to blog to keep my brain busy between trips to the playground and trying to feed my picky eater. So I started to write about our travels with our little son, share my favourite vegetarian recipes and review some products. I also thought, since I might need to abandon my profession (pre pregnancy I worked for hotels as a revenue manager) as I won’t be able to fit it around the children, might as well try to learn new skills, make some extra money and use it as a reference when I’m ready to return to the professional world.

The more I’ve learned, the clearer it became, that nowadays, producing quality articles is just simply not enough. Meaning, if you decide to monetise your blog, being a good writer with an interesting perspective isn’t enough. Bots can write blog articles.

So here’s the 5 thing I’ve learned about blogging : 

1. Social media is everything. I’m getting so much more interactions through my social media outlets, than through my blog. Also, sharing not only MY blog posts, but interesting articles from other bloggers which I liked, some lighthearted videos for a good laugh and news about things I care about – several times a day – is very important. So is interacting with my followers.

2. You need a blogger tribe. I’m a mummy blogger and I follow and interact a lot with other parent bloggers. And some ethical and vegetarian food bloggers. I’ve learnt a lot from them and they are a fun virtual company. Bloggers – this is no secret – also support each other, by joining in linkys and commenting pods, following each other’s back, which helps to grow both party’s network and numbers. Yes, it’s a bit of cheating when it comes to strict Google Analysis results and domain authority figures, but it’s allowed. It’s essentially basic economics: when everyone helps, everyone grows. Downside? Yes, it can take your life over. All the chats, commenting, linking, liking, following etc. takes huge amount of time. (So does social media appearance!)

3. Signing up for newsletters are overrated. Just don’t push them on your readers. Did you sign up for something because of an annoying pop up saying to do so? No, me neither. Well, that’s what I think. I don’t follow any blog and I have very few followers. But I do read a lot of blog articles – just not every article of a single blogger. I already receive so many emails on a daily basis (and delete without opening them) , I don’t want more.

4. Niche stands out. This is not news. Since all the top places are taken in general parental blogging. Scarymommy, anyone? She (khm, the content writers) mainly shares other bloggers’ posts and lots of funny and emotionally moving articles and motivational qoutes. It’s a great site, I read it when I come across something, but I miss the personal touch. To make decent numbers (not big ones) you really have to stand out, in my opinion. Which means, you have to provide something which is not necessarily for everyone.

5. People want personal stuff. You have to be really personal and you have to let the whole world into your life. I’m not sure if I want that. I prefer blogs with a strong, personal voice in a niche, which interests me. (Like living eco friendly as a family. Interesting vegetarian recipes – kept short. Just post the ingredients and a photo of the dish for me please.) But, at the same time, I don’t want to dive deep into other people’s life. I enjoy reading a well penned, emotionally moving read, but I find that, lots of bloggers only produce (sometimes meaningless) personal contents to keep up with the trend and produce 4-5 articles a week. Sort of “to my son, on your 2.7 birthday” if you know what I mean. Maybe that’s why I’m never going to be a successful blogger. I feel that, it’s cheating. But, maybe i’m wrong, and that’s what other people really want to read about.

THE FUTURE: Vlogging is the new blogging. (With YouTube already have lost its kingdom, as all social media platfors provide a tool for that too.) Is it because you can absorb information faster? More information? Is it because we’re getting lazy? Reading takes more time and effort? Is it down to the digital generation? I don’t know. But many bloggers started to successfully merge blogging and vlogging. I see more people starting blogs too. To express themselves, to fight loneliness, to share knowledge. And that’s great, blogging helps making new friendships, learn new skills, sell skills and products, influence others and more. But it will be harder and harder to grow as Google puts little blogs against the big brands, so it is increasingly hard to reach decent authority.  On the other hand, lots of blogs are not getting too much traffic from Google anyway (because they engage well on social media), so it doesn’t really matter in the end.

As for me, I would probably never venture into the vlogging fields. I never watch videos, they annoy me – especially the automatically playing ones on Facebook. Let me decide if I want to watch this please.

 

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Our Fave Five Linky – December

I’m back! 😃

It’s been a long time, but I have a cute, 7 months old excuse. Sorry I had to miss you for a few months, but finally it feels like I’m getting a hold of coping with two children. Total amazeballs and absolute shocker 7 months.

Anyways, December. No better way to return to my favourite linky, it was a fun and busy months.

1. Babi’s first Christmas 

And as a family of four. I really tried to keep it low-key, no present overload (though grandparents successfully sabotaged this attempt), not hosting a dinner party, no travel. Instead, family time. Playing, reading, sleeping (haha), relaxing. It mostly worked out well, we will try it again next year.

2. Our third wedding anniversary 

It’s the “leather anniversary”. Did you know that? I didn’t.

Wow. 3 years? Really? That went fast as light. My darling husband took me out to our favourite French restaurant to celebrate. No kids for a few hours.

3. Visiting the Docklands Museum

This was our first time there and we all loved it. Especially the Victorian street with little shops and the soft play. The latter is a bit shabby, but the kids seemingly didn’t care. Bobcat didn’t want to leave. It was a chilly day, otherwise a stroll around the area is a great idea too.

4. Christmas party with my local mummy friends 

It’s always good to catch up and have a girly night out. Our old NCT group is now evolved into a local mummy network, where we support each other, seek advises and make friends. Let the prosecco flow 😀

5. NYE with the kids

A friend of mine ( The Minimalist Doula ) had this amazing idea of organizing an early afternoon New Year’s party with the kids. Most of us didn’t go out anyway. So we met in a nice local pub, dressed up in disco themed clothes, the grownups had some bubbly and the kids got a big bowl of chips with orange juice. We had crafty activities, put some music on and lit the sparkles at 6pm so we all got home by bedtime. To be honest, compared to all those terrible and fun-faking New Years parties of our twenties, this was perfect, it was all what we wanted.

 

#OurFaveFive Linky April -Best Of The Month

This month wasn’t that exciting like March, but I’m heavily pregnant and I know my limits 😉  In a few weeks time we can meet our baby girl. I’m trying to get organised and prepared for our new bundle of joy’s arrival and also giving Bobcat a bit of an extra attention.

Here are the highlights of April:

    1. After the initial anxiety and 10 days, Bobcat seems fine when I drop him off at nursery. Fingers crossed, at least. Last Friday, when I dropped him off, he looked at me sadly, almost crying, said bye and ran off to play. It was all so theatrical: his little face, trying to avoid crying and acting like a big boy. He perfectly understood the routine after a few days, which really makes it easier for both of us. He’s been a sweetheart on other ways too. For example, he started to put small toys and stickers on my bump: he wants to share them with his baby sister 🙂 (Also looking for a little bit of recognition.) image
    2. We visited our local Claremont Landscape Gardens a few times this month: spotting the baby geese, the spring flowers and the usual playground time and walk. One of our all time favourites. image
    3. When it’s the first bank holiday time, Carter’s Famous Steam Fair is always in our area, most often in Hersham. So on the last day of April, we paid our yearly visit and enjoyed it as usual. I’m in love with this steam fair, the vintage rides, merry-go-rounds for small children and the rock & roll music everywhere! Just fantastic. image
    4. Finally got to see Son of Saul in the cinema, which I was really much looking forward, being Hungarian myself. The film was great, really deserved all the awards it has won. Not an easy piece to digest, but I believe we should never forget that, that’s what really happened.
    5. Nearly completed the shopping for my baby girl! Yay! Just a few bits and pieces missing and I’ll get my hospital bag ready by next week too. There’s still a few weeks to go, but as I developed gestational diabetes, it can be less and I’ll be induced earlier.

So, lovely ladies, there is a slight chance for me missing the next Favourite Five Linky if my little girl arrives a bit earlier as the official due date, but I will keep you updated. Wish me luck 😘

Have a lovely May everyone!

In the meantime please visit Suburban Mum’s page.

The Liebster Award

I am honoured to be nominated by Kathy over at Hopes and Dreams and Chocolate for the Liebster Award. I loved reading your holiday and travel articles Kathy, keep posting more about them!

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The Liebster Award is given from one blogger to another to find out more about new blogs and the people behind them. And the rules are:

Thank the person who nominated you and post a link to their blog in your post.
Show the award on your blog or in your post.
Answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
Write 11 random facts about yourself.
Nominate new bloggers, typically with less than 1000 followers..
Create a list of new questions for your nominees to answer.
Once your blog is published, let your nominees know that they have been nominated and link them to your post for more details.

  1. What is your earliest memory? Me playing in the snow and having a sleigh ride with my mum and dad
  2. What is your favourite tipple?  Good old G&T
  3. Tea or coffee? Coffeeeeeeeeeeee! Sometimes good quality green tea
  4. What do you enjoy most about blogging? Writing just for the beauty of it, sharing ideas, getting to know other bloggers
  5. What do you enjoy the least about blogging? The boring technology bits
  6. Name three things you hope to have achieved by your retirement?
    To be successful in what I do once again, after staying home with the kids for a few years. Moved somewhere near the sea. Paid for my kids education
  7. What is your proudest moment as a parent so far?
    Recently Bobcat understood (me thinks), that I really have a baby in my bump, because he puts random toys on it for the baby to play with. Then he gives me very meaningful looks (he still cannot really talk).
  8. What can always guarantee to make you laugh? Silly cat videos 🙂
  9. Do you have a phobia? Yes, but not too bad. The usual fear of height and I’m a nervous flyer too.
  10. Green rolling hills, or the Coast. Which would you choose and why?
    Coast! I don’t know why, that’s a default setting in my mind. Always been like that.
  11. Which of your blog posts has been your favourite, and why? All my travel related articles. I love to travel, they bring back great memories.

And here’s 11 random facts about me:

  1. I’m originally from Hungary, but I lived in Spain and Australia too. I never felt home sick in my life.
  2. I lived on Ibiza for a few years but not for the party scene, rather for the still blooming hippy culture.
  3. I speak 4 languages and raising my children to be bilingual.
  4. I can’t stand contemporary music. I only listen to 50-70’s music. Sometimes the 80’s. But I can’t name a song from Katie Perry.
  5. I would love to be a crafty person, as I just like nice, handmade and quirky things. But I’m rubbish at it 🙂 Even so, I keep trying to do a small project every now and then. (Like decorating the Christmas Tree with Lebkuchen last year.)
  6. I used to work in hotels and I Still love and interested in the hotel’s world. Would love to run one again.
  7. I hardly go to hairdressers, because I’m obsessed with my hair’s length and won’t let them to cut it. (I also hate the mandatory chit chat and that I never ever happy with the result.)
  8. My favourite clothing item is a Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here edition Converse. Can’t wear them anymore as I don’t want to ruin them completaly.
  9. I don’t like sweets. I only like some dark chocolate based small piece of something every now and then.
  10. I always wish for more time on my hands, I just feel like I can’t do everything I want, I need 30 hour days, 24 hours just not enough for me.
  11. The last TV series I watched was probably Seinfeld or Friends. I just feel it’s time wasted. I love movies though, and often go to the cinema. But I missed out all the Game of Thrones/Mad Man/Breaking Bad etc. hysteria.

Now it’s my turn, so here are my questions:

  1. What’s your favourite meat-free meal?
  2. Social sport (like ball games) or lonely wolf’s sport (like running)?
  3. What would your ideal holiday look like?
  4. How many children are you planning to have?
  5. How long have you been blogging?
  6. Cake or cheese for dessert?
  7. Name 3 of your goals for 2016 and if you achieved any yet.
  8. What famous person would you like to meet and why? (Dead or alive)
  9. What’s your biggest blogging achievement in your view?
  10. Have you ever done volunteer or charity work?
  11. Is there any habit you’d like to get rid off?

I would like to nominate Melanie from https://mommabraga.wordpress.com/ Twitter: @melmbraga

 

 

#OurFaveFive Linky February – Best 5 Of The Month

I joined to this fun monthly round-up with Suburban Mum last month.

A month has passed again (ouch), slowly getting used to writing 2016 instead of 2015, so here’s my best of list for February.

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  1. Learned how to make home-made pizza. Since my little one has entered to that age when basically pizza and pasta is the best food in the whole world, I thought I might have to learn how to make healthy (healthier than frozen supermarket stuff) pizza at home. Result: huge success. It’s easy and quick, plus you can add your favourite toppings. Here’s my recipe: Quick and easy home made pizza base and tomato sauce recipe image
  2. Valentine’s day treat with hubby. We never celebrate Valentine’s day officially, but my husband treated me on Valentine’s weekend to a great day out: first we went to see Monet to Matisse  at the RA (good, but more Monet and friends and less Matisse) then had a lunch at 45 Jermyn St. (Yumm) and we watched Ralph Fiennes in the The Master Builder (Great acting of course).
  3. Grobag asked me to review their Grobags. Easiest thing to do, as I’m a big fan of Grobags as well as the idea of baby and toddler sleeping bags instead of bedding. Read my review here: Grobag Review
  4. We found a nursery place for Bobcat! My big boy is going to nursery from April, a few hours every day. I believe, it will do good for his social development and improve his communication as he’ll be “forced” to find new ways to communicate (speech, specifically) since I won’t be there to read his thoughts. I’m very optimistic about it, but it will be strange not having him all the time.
  5. We discovered a fab secret place in the V&A. And I’m going to share the secret with you: it’s a free design workshop for children. Every Sunday from 10:30-17:00 in the Learning Centre. They say it’s suitable from 5 years+, but Bobcat isn’t two yet and we had great fun. They provide the material to work with and there’s a different topic every Sunday (but you can go with your own ideas). Find out more: Drop-in design Sundays Just another reason to love that place!image

We’re looking forward to March very much, it will be packed: Bobcat’s birthday, some travel, receiving visitors, Mother’s Day, Easter. Wishing you all a lovely month ahead, and don’t forget to visit Suburban Mum’s blog.