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?
WHO IS YOUR BLOGGING HERO AND WHY?
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.