Following on in my Meet The Blogger series, today I am introducing you to Laura who blogs over at Sawdust and Spoons.
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?
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