Meet The Blogger – Tee
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF?
Hi, I’m Tee (or Tina when I’m in trouble). I’m from Manchester and am a sleep deprived mum of 2 humans & 2 bonkers boxer dogs!
WHY DID YOU START BLOGGING?
I first started blogging in 2009 to vent my weight loss woes. I set up mothergeek in 2011 to share my parenting journey.
HAS YOUR BLOG CHANGED SINCE YOU FIRST STARTED?
Yes – lots! mothergeek.co.uk was a pregnancy / parenting blog to start with. Then a journal of our journey to our son’s autism diagnosis followed by the fight to find him a school place. Now it’s more family and lifestyle. Last year, I set up a second blog – girlsgospel.com which is more lifestyle focussed. I also took the plunge and became self employed. My blogs are now my full time job. Back in 2011, I never imagined I’d ever be able to earn a living writing!
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FUNNIEST MOMENT SINCE STARTING YOUR BLOG?
So many. Probably the time I was out shopping with my mum (who knew nothing about my blog) and a stranger came up to us in Sainsbury’s, saying she loved my website and Facebook page. My mum looked horrified.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR WORST MOMENT SINCE STARTING YOUR BLOG?
There’s been a few. Having to share the fact the school my local education authority wanted to send my non verbal, autistic son to had been reported for abuse is definitely up there. 3 non verbal boys were abused by a teacher. http://www.mothergeek.co.uk/family/autism/2014/11/suspected-abuse-at-spring-wood-sen-primary/
My mum dying suddenly was also horrific, and definitely a low point. The blogging community truly amazed me though. A couple of days later, an Asda delivery van turned up with a ton of groceries. Not just any groceries though – stuff my kids actually ate! I cried so many grateful tears that day and felt truly humbled to be part of this wonderful community.http://www.mothergeek.co.uk/lifestyle/my-journal/2016/04/my-mum/
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A NEW BLOGGER STARTING OUT?
I have 3 tips…
- 1). Read and comment on as many blogs as possible. You’ll get ideas and inspiration.
- 2). Don’t expect to earn money or receive products for at least the first 6 months. You need to focus on “building a brand” and getting your readership up before that’ll happen.
- 3). Your blog is YOUR blog – don’t compare it to others.
WHAT SURPRISED YOU ABOUT BLOGGING THAT YOU DID NOT REALISE BEFORE YOU STARTED?
The amount of lifelong friends I have made. I didn’t expect that at all. I met my now best friend, Bex on Twitter. We talked for years and then she set up a blog after we met.
The unwavering support. When Sam was being diagnosed with Autism, I felt more supported by my online friends than my real world ones. I am constantly amazed by the outpouring of love and support from bloggers when times are hard.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME?
Read, sleep and walk my dogs. Not necessarily in that order!
IF YOU WON THE LOTTERY WHAT WOULD YOU DO FIRST?
Boring and cliché, but pay off debts, then move to Orkney! (My brother has lived there for 15 years – it’s amazing). Eventually, I would open a holiday home for families with special needs kids. I’d love there to be somewhere for families to get away and enjoy time together. With the added bonus of support & childcare being available for special needs children so adults could enjoy some time out together as well.
WHO IS YOUR BLOGGING HERO AND WHY?
Definitely Jenny at http://www.thebrickcastle.com/ – her family have been through so much, and she has documented it all in an amazing way. I love reading her blog and following her family’s adventures.
You can follow Tee at
Blog – Mother Geek
YouTube – @teewest83
Thank you Tee for introducing yourself and telling my readers all about your Blog and yourself.
If you missed last weeks post you can find the post here where I introduced Emma, look out next week when I introduce a new Blogger to you.