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Meet The Bloggers – Kelly and Zoey

Following on in my Meet The Blogger series, today I am introducing you to Kelly and Zoey who blogs over at Our Transitional Life.

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TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF?

We’re Kelly and Zoey, and we live in Cardiff (South Wales) with our two children, George and Molly, and our labradoodle, Ziggy.

WHY DID YOU START BLOGGING?

We started this blog a few months after Zoey came out as transgender. We thought it was better to own who we are, rather than hide away. We want to normalise our family, and create a more accepting world, as well as help other people rock being who they are!

HAS YOUR BLOG CHANGED SINCE YOU FIRST STARTED?

We have two other blogs, one for home education (rebeltribeblog.com), and our oldest one all about lifestyle and writing (kellyallenwriter.com), so yes we’ve put more energy into our new blog and now it’s LGBTQ+ family inspired work, as opposed to our family arrangement a year or so ago. It’s a positive and happy change though!

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FUNNIEST MOMENT SINCE STARTING YOUR BLOG?

Probably being offered ‘exposure’ for work! I think you reach a point when you realise doing things for ‘free’ all the time isn’t actually fair, and when you start to realise this, things start to change, financially and confidence wise. As for haha-funny, we’d probably say anytime we work with Bluestone and go to their quiz night and try our best to win but always lose – it’s always a lot of fun!

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR WORST MOMENT SINCE STARTING YOUR BLOG?

Probably working with poor and unprofessional PR Companies. We once worked with a company and gave them a lot of FREE work, in exchange for nothing at times. When I had my light-bulb moment (work isn’t free) they went silent and refuse to work with us nowadays. The positive is that we know our worth, and that’s what we try to remember when we’re excluded from this company’s events and collaborations.

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

Know your worth. Yes, do charity work for free if you feel the vibe, do any work for free if you think it fits and it makes you feel good, but don’t let people take advantage. Blogging is hard work, and it should be rewarded. Good PR companies will understand this, and work with you time and time again…

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

How much we’d learn! We genuinely do not believe a non-blogger would understand most of the things bloggers have to do or know, such as Google Analytics, Domain Authority, Keywords… We really should give ourselves more credit!

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME?

We like to go shopping! And watch movies, and spend time together as a family doing simple, easy and inexpensive things!

IF YOU WON THE LOTTERY WHAT WOULD YOU DO FIRST?

Buy a house! We’ve rented for over 11 years, it would be so nice to have a home we could make our own.

WHO IS YOUR BLOGGING HERO AND WHY?

Aby Moore. She’s honest, kind, and she rocks everything she puts her mind to!

You can follow Kelly and Zoey at –

Blog – Our Transitional Life

Instagram – @ourtransitionallife

Twitter – @our_trans_life

Facebook – @ourtranslife

Thank you Kelly and Zoey 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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Meet The Bloggers - Kelly and Zoey

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27 Comments

  • Steve L
    28th January 2020 at 12:24 pm

    Great read. Having only started my blog last week I was particularly interested in the thoughts about the challenge of learning analytics and keywords. Slowly learning myself and glad to see other great bloggers faced the same experience.

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    • admin
      28th January 2020 at 12:26 pm

      Thank you, every blogger has faced the same thing you will find that there is always something to learn in the blogging world

      Reply
  • Sarupa Shah
    28th January 2020 at 12:26 pm

    Love reading about the journey of others and learning from them and you have asked ace questions, – thanks!

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    • admin
      28th January 2020 at 2:57 pm

      Thank you I am glad you enjoyed the post

      Reply
  • Sim @ Sim's Life
    28th January 2020 at 1:54 pm

    I love this type of post, love finding out about other bloggers! Hey Kelly and Zoey!
    Had to giggle at the ‘free exposure’ mention… if only Tesco accepted that, we would all be laughing! 😉 Sim x

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    • admin
      28th January 2020 at 2:56 pm

      I am loving the series, that made me have a giggle as well x

      Reply
  • Yeah Lifestyle
    28th January 2020 at 5:15 pm

    Fascinating to learn more about Kelly and Zoey. I too get frustrated with unprofessional companies who are quite happy to take advantage.

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    • admin
      29th January 2020 at 10:41 am

      It seems to be companies are doing that more and more now x

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  • Claire
    28th January 2020 at 6:24 pm

    Brilliant read. I really liked your questions. I am going to head over and check the ladies out as they are new to me. Feels like a good way to get to know them both x x

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    • admin
      29th January 2020 at 10:40 am

      Thank you I am loving this series of introducing more bloggers x

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  • Emmy
    29th January 2020 at 1:14 am

    Aw, they sound lovely! I would love to meet them. I wish them the best of luck on their blog. It makes me so happy to hear about families with transgendered parents or children and being so open about it. I have transgendered nephews and I’m always hoping the world is open and loving towards them.

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  • Anosa
    29th January 2020 at 5:47 am

    I love reading this interview, Kelly & Zoey sound absolutely lovely. I agree with the advice, know your worth and also when to say no.

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    • admin
      29th January 2020 at 10:38 am

      Thank you am glad you enjoyed finding out more about Kelly and Zoey

      Reply
  • MELANIE EDJOURIAN
    29th January 2020 at 11:43 am

    Interesting read and nice to meet new bloggers. Glad to hear Kelly and Zoey stopped working with those that were taking advantage of them.

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    • admin
      29th January 2020 at 11:51 am

      It is surprising just how common it is of companies wanting to take advantage x

      Reply
  • Rhian Westbury
    29th January 2020 at 4:00 pm

    100% agree about not working for exposure, there are very few opportunities when this is worthwhile and we have to know our worth x

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    • admin
      29th January 2020 at 6:16 pm

      Totally agree x

      Reply
  • Joanna
    30th January 2020 at 9:19 am

    I would like to read Kelly and Zoey’s blog, I think it’s quite unique. I agree as well with not working for free, every brand has budgets, they are just trying to spend it on something else. You don’t pay your bills with exposure, why work for it?

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    • admin
      30th January 2020 at 10:49 am

      It is amazing how many brands will try for free, it is becomming more popular when you talk to other bloggers x

      Reply
  • Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too
    30th January 2020 at 5:41 pm

    It’s disappointing to see that there are still so many brands, PRs and SEOs who do not value the hard work that goes into producing and publishing content on a blog.

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    • admin
      31st January 2020 at 10:06 am

      I agree and sadly it seems more and more often we see someone say the same thing x

      Reply
  • Leila
    30th January 2020 at 11:35 pm

    Great post! Love reading and following other bloggers. There is always something more to learn.

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    • admin
      31st January 2020 at 10:02 am

      Blogging always throughs something new to learn or improve on, I don’t think it ever stops x

      Reply
  • Kira
    31st January 2020 at 9:09 am

    Love these posts and getting to know the bloggers you talk with but haven’t met is lovely . I’ve met kelly and Zoe and they are ace

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    • admin
      31st January 2020 at 10:00 am

      Glad you are enjoying the series, I have known Kelly and Zoe throughout blogging groups for a while, and agree they are lovely x

      Reply
  • Jenna Parrington
    4th February 2020 at 5:39 pm

    Oh, hey! I recognise Kelly and Zoey from the gram! They are so inspiring and I love seeing what they get up to next!

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    • admin
      5th February 2020 at 10:23 am

      They are great and glad you already know them x

      Reply

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