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Meet The Blogger – Clare

Following on in my Meet The Blogger series, today I am introducing you to Clare who blogs over at My Money Cottage.

Clare

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF?

Hi, I’m Clare. I’m a Mum of 3, working from home and building up my own blog/media business alongside my part-time job.

WHY DID YOU START BLOGGING?

We had some really tough times financially a few years ago. Both myself and my husband were made redundant within a month of each other and I was pregnant with our second child. Money was incredibly tight and with being pregnant I couldn’t get another job. I found lots of ways to make extra money from home and I wanted to share them with other people. There are so many scams around when it comes to making extra money, I wanted to share things that actually worked, so I started My Money Cottage.

HAS YOUR BLOG CHANGED SINCE YOU FIRST STARTED?

My early blog posts are very embarrassing, I think most bloggers would say the same! I’ve learnt so much about SEO etc that the way I write now is vastly different to how I used to write.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FUNNIEST MOMENT SINCE STARTING YOUR BLOG?

Hmm, I can’t think of any really funny moments directly connected with blogging, but then writing about money can be pretty serious stuff!

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR WORST MOMENT SINCE STARTING YOUR BLOG?

There were some big changes a few months ago in the blogging world when MOZ decided to change the way they graded blogs. Mine took a huge hit and I’m still struggling to recover from that.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A NEW BLOGGER STARTING OUT?

Only start blogging if you are truly passionate about it. Writing and maintaining a blog is NOT easy (despite what some people might say).

WHAT SURPRISED YOU ABOUT BLOGGING THAT YOU DID NOT REALISE BEFORE YOU STARTED?

I always thought that bloggers would be competitive with each other, but in actual fact most bloggers are truly lovely people. I have made some lifelong friends through blogging who I chat to every single day. Working from home can get really lonely so I’ll be forever grateful for that!

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME?

Blog! I’m also about to join a Ladies Circle which actually sounds really good! I guess it’s a bit like the old fashioned WI but for younger women, I’m really nervous about venturing there on my own but I hope it will be a great experience. They do lots of fundraising for charity as well as being a social group.

IF YOU WON THE LOTTERY WHAT WOULD YOU DO FIRST?
Buy a house. I’m desperate for us to be homeowners again.
WHO IS YOUR BLOGGING HERO AND WHY?
I have so many! Aby Moore from You Baby Me Mummy is a real inspiration though and I’ve learnt a lot from her.
You can follow Clare at –
Facebook – @mymoneycottage1
Twitter – @mymoneycottage
Instagram – @mymoneycottage

Thank you Clare for introducing yourself and telling my readers all about your Blog and yourself.

If you missed last weeks post or any of the other posts in the series, you can find the post in my Meet The Blogger section.

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Meet The Blogger - Clare

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38 Comments

  • Menna Rachel
    7th January 2020 at 4:02 pm

    This is such a lovely post. I really enjoy these get to know posts, it’s always so inspiring reading about other bloggers stories.
    Menna x

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    • admin
      7th January 2020 at 4:16 pm

      Thank you am glad you enjoyed the post x

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  • Sarah Stockley
    7th January 2020 at 4:30 pm

    It is always so interesting to find out why bloggers started their blogs. Mine was a hobby to begin with.

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    • admin
      7th January 2020 at 5:25 pm

      I love finding out about why bloggers started, mine was because I thought I would have more time on my hands and wanted to do something for myself x

      Reply
  • Melanie Varey
    7th January 2020 at 4:58 pm

    How lovely to learn about the bloggers! Lovely idea!

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    • admin
      7th January 2020 at 5:24 pm

      Thank you am loving hosting the series

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  • Marie Blake
    7th January 2020 at 8:40 pm

    A really interesting post. Everyone’s blogging journey is different and unique. I’m also recovering from the ‘moz drop’!

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    • admin
      8th January 2020 at 11:14 am

      I think we are all recovering from the moz drop x

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  • Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too
    7th January 2020 at 9:09 pm

    So lovely to find out more about the blogger behind the blog. Interesting to see why others started their blogs and how they feel about their early blog posts.

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    • admin
      8th January 2020 at 11:14 am

      I love finding out about the person behind the blog too x

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  • Rebecca Smith
    7th January 2020 at 11:11 pm

    I love the idea of the Ladies Circle – wish we had something close by as I would definitely go! Nice to find out more about Clare!

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    • admin
      8th January 2020 at 11:13 am

      I like the idea of the circle as well x

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  • Michelle
    8th January 2020 at 1:29 pm

    Lovely to hear about other blog stories. I always love hearing about ways to make more money so I’ll 100% be popping over to Claires blog x

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    • admin
      8th January 2020 at 1:36 pm

      I love finding out the story about the person behind the blog, I hope you enjoy finding out more about Clare and her blog

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  • Sarah Bailey
    8th January 2020 at 5:11 pm

    I would definitely say the same about my first posts – I did think about deleting them last year but it’s where I came from so I left them. I love getting to know more about bloggers!

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    • admin
      8th January 2020 at 5:31 pm

      I think we all go through a phase where we look back and think what were we thinking, but as you say it is where we started and came from x

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    • Jen Mellor
      8th January 2020 at 9:25 pm

      My first posts are terrible I dread to think or look at them. I love the reasons you started blogging, so many scams out there claiming to help mums make money it’s always good to see people honestly sharing the ones that do and dont work. Keep up the amazing blog 🙂

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      • admin
        9th January 2020 at 10:39 am

        I agree that there are so many scams out there, and unfortunately I know a couple of mums who fell for them x

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  • Lisa
    8th January 2020 at 6:47 pm

    I love these kind of posts, it’s always so interesting (and inspiring) to find out how other bloggers got started. I agree completely about Moz (grrrr) but also about how supportive the blogging community is, I’ve never regretted my decision to start blogging because of that 🙂 Lisa

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    • admin
      8th January 2020 at 7:04 pm

      I love the blogging community and how supportive it is which you would think would be the opposite

      Reply
  • Simone Ribeiro
    8th January 2020 at 7:58 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I am with Clare on buying a new house if I win the lottery.

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    • admin
      9th January 2020 at 10:40 am

      I would buy a plot of land and have a house built (if I won enough)

      Reply
  • Crystal (The Busy Mom Diary)
    9th January 2020 at 2:39 am

    I just love being able to read all about the writers on a blog. It certainly brings the real life aspect to the human behind the screen.

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  • Yaya
    9th January 2020 at 5:46 am

    I really enjoy these sorts of posts. It’s like getting a little behind the scenes look and it’s good to see the person behind the blog.

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  • Ami Elizabeth
    9th January 2020 at 8:12 am

    Thank you so much for sharing Claire’s blog! I think the Money Cottage might become my go to when the chips are down!

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    • admin
      9th January 2020 at 10:37 am

      Am glad you enjoyed the post and found a new blog to visit x

      Reply
  • Kara Guppy
    9th January 2020 at 12:22 pm

    I love getting to know the blogger behind the blog, such a great series of interviews

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    • admin
      9th January 2020 at 7:01 pm

      Thank you am glad you are enjoying the series x

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    • Abigail Kathleen
      9th January 2020 at 7:10 pm

      I do love a meet the Blogger series! Lovely reading about clare

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      • admin
        9th January 2020 at 8:38 pm

        I love reading about the person behind the blog as well x

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  • Lyanna Soria
    9th January 2020 at 2:22 pm

    I love reading posts like this one. It’s great to know more about the person behind the blog.

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    • admin
      9th January 2020 at 6:58 pm

      I am glad you enjoyed the post, it is lovely finding out about the person behind the blog x

      Reply
  • Kira
    9th January 2020 at 9:12 pm

    I always love reading these type of posts to get to know other bloggers . It’s a lovely way of finding out stuff about people you know in the community:)

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    • admin
      10th January 2020 at 10:26 am

      I love these types of posts as well, they are always nive to find out more about the person behind the blog

      Reply
  • Tash
    10th January 2020 at 10:56 am

    I love these interviews, I love hearing about other peoples lives. I started blogging as a way to keep myself busy in the crazy world of Motherhood, it was a way to have something for me.

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    • admin
      10th January 2020 at 2:05 pm

      I started for the same reason, when you become a Mum or for me I lost my identity and things for myself and wanted something for me which is what I have achieved x

      Reply
  • Helen of Fuss Free Flavours
    10th January 2020 at 1:17 pm

    It is always lovely to find out more about the person behind a blog. We are afterall human, and it is just nice to get a bit more of a human touch. So good that blogging has helped you so much, Clare, it really is worth the effort in the end.

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    • admin
      10th January 2020 at 2:04 pm

      I love posts like this, which is why I am loving hosting the series. It is lovely to find out more about the person behind the blog and their ups and downs and agree it is worth all the effort x

      Reply

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