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.

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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38 comments

    1. 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

  1. 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!

    1. 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

    2. 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 🙂

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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:)

  5. 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.

    1. 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

  6. 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.

    1. 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

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