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Meet The Blogger – Laura

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Following on in my Meet The Blogger series, today I am saying Meet The Blogger – Laura who blogs over at Sawdust and Spoons.

Meet The Blogger – Laura

meet the blogger - laura

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF?

Hi my name is Laura

WHY DID YOU START BLOGGING?

I have blogged on and off for years but always related to work. In April 2018 I had to say good-bye to my business due to health reasons and so started blogging full-time.

HAS YOUR BLOG CHANGED SINCE YOU FIRST STARTED?

Yes it has changed immensely and is still evolving. When i first started I had no real idea as to what I wanted to blog about, and no inspiration for a name etc. I ended up using my old business name and my maiden name as the URL. Since then I have got married and my husband and I have also inherited a business. That inspired me to want to blog more about living with chronic illness while having a physically demanding job and as we are woodcrafters the name Sawdust & Spoons fit perfectly.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FUNNIEST MOMENT SINCE STARTING YOUR BLOG?

I am honestly not sure, but there have been many moments where brain fog has seen me type and publish a sentence that is complete nonsense.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR WORST MOMENT SINCE STARTING YOUR BLOG?

At the beginning of Jan 2019, my hubster and I inherited our business from a friend who died very quickly from cancer. The shock of his illness and diagnosis followed by his death a couple of weeks later was heartbreaking. Not only were we both dealing with grief, we had this business that was in it’s busiest season that we needed to learn and learn fast. At the same time I had a ton of blog commitments, many of which were reviews, and I couldn’t do everything. I ended up having to let a lot of people down and although they were all amazingly understanding I’m still not quite past the guilt of having had to do that.

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

Find your voice. Yes there are a million articles out there on the things you need to do to successfully start blogging. BUT unless you find your voice and trust in it you will never start to actually write.

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

I think it’s two things firstly just how much work is involved. Previous blogging attempts had been half hearted so I had never really given much thought about how to get my words seen. Now I am doing that I am realising just how much work is involved to ensure that happens.

Secondly and most importantly, how supportive on the whole that the blogging community is. I blog about a number of subjects but have found little homes with the book bloggers, the chronic illness bloggers and the lifestyle bloggers. All of these communities have helped me to find opportunities and learn more about blogging as well as reading and supporting my blog.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME?

I am a massive geek and so love to play RPGs such as Vampire The Masquerade, Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder. I also enjoy playing boardgames, bullet journaling, reading (have you seen the amount of book reviews I do) and chilling out with the kids.

IF YOU WON THE LOTTERY WHAT WOULD YOU DO FIRST?

I would buy (or build) a farmhouse in the middle of nowhere.

WHO IS YOUR BLOGGING HERO AND WHY?

This is so hard as there are some truly wonderful and inspiring bloggers out there. I enjoy such a vast array of blogs it is really tough to choose one.

You can follow Laura at

Blog – sawdustandspoons

Instagram – @sawdustandspoons

Facebook – @sawdustandspoons

Twitter – @sawdustandspoons

Pinterest – @sawdustandspoons

Thank you Laura for introducing yourself and telling my readers all about your Blog and yourself. Have you read Sarahs Meet The Blogger post?

If you would like to be involved in my meet the Blogger series please complete the form here.

 

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Comments (31)

  • Charli Bruce 5 months ago Reply

    I love reading these sorts of posts as it’s so nice to get to know a blogger on a more personal level! I recently went through bereavement and it was hard because I felt like I let a lot of people down too, so I am sending my love and condolences to Laura x

    admin 5 months ago Reply

    Thank you I am glad you are enjoying the series, and sorry you have also suffered a bereavement x

  • Bindu Thomas 5 months ago Reply

    It’s quite difficult to work, infact do anything when you have a chronic illness. And most of us find it difficult to say no. But we got to learn that before we lose it. Laura is truly inspiring.

    admin 5 months ago Reply

    Everything is a lot worse with a chronic illness and pacing yourself to not over do things is the key, which can mean other things have to take a back seat no matter how hard it is. She is inspiring I totally agree x

  • Patrick 5 months ago Reply

    Enjoyed meeting Laura and gave her a follow on Twitter as well….this is a good series and I’ll be back to meet more bloggers. I still say I’m the only writer who co-writes with a cheetah however….

    admin 5 months ago Reply

    Thank you and thank you for following Laura. I have to say I am very intrigued about you co-writing with a Cheetah. You are more than welcome to join my series x

  • Samantha 5 months ago Reply

    I can relate to a lot of these answers. I agree it’s so important to find your voice when you first start blogging. And it always amazes me how supportive people in the blogging community can be! ❤

    admin 5 months ago Reply

    I totally agree, although there are a lot of bloggers writing the same topics as you, we all have different styles, and views so you need to write for yourself. And totally agree about how supportive the blogging community is x

  • Laura Dove 5 months ago Reply

    Oh I love these kinds of interviews! I too would love to buy a big farm house, it’s one of my dreams for the future!

    admin 5 months ago Reply

    I am glad you are enjoying the series, I would buy a house with land around it too x

  • Celestial B Purposed 5 months ago Reply

    If I won the lottery I would probably do the same thing. Build a house with a lot of property. I have been blogging for a few years and have recently gotten back into it. You are correct, the blogging community is very inviting ad supportive.

    admin 5 months ago Reply

    The blogging community is very supportive no matter what you ask x

  • Annemarie LeBlanc 5 months ago Reply

    It was nice of you to feature another awesome blogger. I can relate to her experiences. Blogging is not an easy task and definitely not a get rich quick scheme. Laura is an inspiration for many. Beautiful person, inside and out!

    admin 5 months ago Reply

    Thank you I am glad you liked the post, I am loving hosting this series, Laura is an inspiration x

  • Treasure Every Moment 5 months ago Reply

    It was lovely to find out a bit more about Laura – I also think that if I won the lottery I’d buy a farmhouse in the middle of nowhere 🙂

    admin 5 months ago Reply

    Thank you I am glad you liked the post and hopefully the series, I think that is everyones dream x

  • Dalene Ekirapa 5 months ago Reply

    I’ll have to agree with her that indeed, the blogging community is so supportive: especially on Facebook and Twitter among other platforms. Glad I also met these online friends in my blogging journey.

    admin 5 months ago Reply

    I totally agree, and they are also happy to help if you have any questions or problems x

  • Lyosha 5 months ago Reply

    Laura seams a very nice person to take after! I loved reading about her!

    admin 5 months ago Reply

    Thank you I am glad you enjoyed her post x

  • Anagha 5 months ago Reply

    It’s difficult to keep up with blogging when any unexpected events happen around. If I get the lottery, I would simply travel and travel.

    admin 5 months ago Reply

    I agree, so many times I have had to stop writing while dealing with something else, which then puts me behind. But my family have to come first.

  • Melanie williams 5 months ago Reply

    I love reading this sort of thing. always good to get to know other bloggers and how they think and feel xx

    admin 5 months ago Reply

    Thank you, I love finding out about bloggers as well x

  • bryanna 5 months ago Reply

    it’s lovely getting to know more about the person behind the keyboard! thanks for sharing x

    admin 5 months ago Reply

    Thank you I am glad you enjoyed the post, and enjoying the series x

  • Finding your own voice is the key. Writing about something you are passionate about makes blogging exciting, not a chore.

    admin 5 months ago Reply

    Blogging should be exciting and enjoyable if it becomes a chore it is time to stop x

  • Aia 5 months ago Reply

    Personally, I am having a hard time working at the same time blogging.. Specially when things don’t go my way… urghh… I cant even type a word..

  • Bex Allum 5 months ago Reply

    Well done, Laura for taking on a business and persevering with blogging. Talking about chronic illness is so important.

    admin 5 months ago Reply

    I totally agree more people need to talk about chronic illness x

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