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Meet The Blogger – Karen

Meet The Blogger - Karen

Following on in my Meet The Blogger series, today I am introducing you to Karen who blogs over at That Lancashire Lass.

Karen

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF?

My name is Karen Hannah. I’m mum to three boys and we live in Lancashire. I blog at That Lancashire Lass and have been blogging for nearly 10 years.

WHY DID YOU START BLOGGING?

My friend Emma used to write a blog and was telling me about a blogger event she’d been to, where they made their own cheese. I couldn’t believe she’d had an opportunity to make her own cheese – how amazing is that?! So I started a blog in the hope that one day, I too would make my own cheese!

HAS YOUR BLOG CHANGED SINCE YOU FIRST STARTED?

This is my second blog. My first was called Grumpyishmum and although it’s still live now, I haven’t updated it for a long time. That Lancashire Lass was going to be a second blog but running two was hard work. I’ve moved away from the parenting focused posts I wrote originally and moved more towards a focus on the outdoors and our home education experiences.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FUNNIEST MOMENT SINCE STARTING YOUR BLOG?

I took part in a flash mob dance routine once at the MAD awards. That was hilarious since I am quite uncoordinated!

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR WORST MOMENT SINCE STARTING YOUR BLOG?

When I logged in to my 6 year old blog and everything was gone! Six years of work, vanished. I cried a lot. This isn’t only for me, it’s a diary of the fun stuff we do as a family and something I want the boys to enjoy looking back on. Thankfully I managed to retrieve everything but it was a bit hairy!

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

If you’re starting with a view to making your blog commercial, make sure you get SEO right from the start. Also, don’t follow the crowd too much. Blog for yourself.

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

The community. I’ve made some AMAZING friends through blogging who have seen me through thick and thin.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME?

Ha! What’s that?

If I do get some time to myself I love to read. I don’t get through many books but I try to keep going back to do a few pages when I can.

IF YOU WON THE LOTTERY WHAT WOULD YOU DO FIRST?

Buy champagne!

Then we would buy a smallholding in Scotland or further up the North of England.

WHO IS YOUR BLOGGING HERO AND WHY?
Jenny from The Brick Castle. She and her family have been through some awful times and she has used that experience to help others who are going through similar times.
You can follow Karen at –
Instagram – @lanskaren
Twitter – @lancskaren
Facebook – @thatlancashirelass

Thank you Karen 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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Comments (20)

  • Eilidh Gallagher 6 days ago Reply

    Definitely wish I had known more about SEO when I had started blogging! Such a shame you lost all of your old stuff!

    admin 6 days ago Reply

    I wish I had known more about SEO as well, but I think that is the same for all of us, and there is so much to learn and improve on all the time x

  • Always lovely to read the personal side to a blogger in these kind of posts. Nice to see what drives you and what your experiences have been so far. I cannot imagine what losing your blog was like, so scary. And so glad you got it back. Will have to go have a look see now.

    admin 6 days ago Reply

    I love posts like these as well which is why I am loving hosting the series. I have lost my blog twice and it is the scariest and most upsetting thing to exerience x

  • Rhian westbury 6 days ago Reply

    I love the idea of making your own cheese. It is amazing what opportunities blogging can give us all x

    admin 6 days ago Reply

    I would love to have a go at that as well, sounds such a great experience x

  • Rebecca Smith 6 days ago Reply

    That must have been terrifying to think you’d lost all that blog content – I would freak out if that happened to me!

    admin 6 days ago Reply

    This has happened to me and it was terrifying x

  • Liam Wilkinson 6 days ago Reply

    A great Q&A with some excellent tips, i havent been doing it long and would have found this great. Champas for your first purchase lol. i dont know what i would buy, maybe a holiday at the moment.

    admin 6 days ago Reply

    A holiday is what I need at the moment too so that woud be my first purchase as well x

  • Melanie williams 6 days ago Reply

    I love to read about other bloggers, how they began and what they have been up to. this is great

    admin 6 days ago Reply

    Thank you am glad you love finding out about the person behind the blog as much as I do x

  • Yeah Lifestyle 6 days ago Reply

    As a blogger myself, I love to read about other bloggers and find out how they started and what motivates them. So it was lovely to read about Karen.

    admin 6 days ago Reply

    It is nice to find out more about other Bloggers am glad you enjoyed the post

  • I just love these meet the blogger posts. It’s great to get a behind the scenes kinda detail.

    admin 3 days ago Reply

    Thank you I enjoy them as well x

  • Ami Elizabeth 4 days ago Reply

    So many great tips in this post. I definitely wish I had known more about SEO when I started blogging. X

    admin 3 days ago Reply

    I wish I had known more about SEO as well x

  • Awwww. I really touched. She is lovely Karen – and it was awful she lost her site. Thank heavens she got most of it back, but it’s definitely a bloggers worst nightmare. Thanks for running the feature 🙂

    admin 1 day ago Reply

    I have been through the scare of losing my blog it is honestly the worst thing that can happen x

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