Editors Talk: What Blogging Means To Us & Our 6 Blogging Essentials

Everyone starts blogging for different reasons but it’s often on the journey that you realise what it has come to mean to you. In this first Editors Talk, we’ve taken this opportunity to step back and have a think about what blogging really means to us. We’ve also identify our 6 blogging essentials, 2 things each that just optimise blogging!

Editors Talk: what blogging means to us and our 6 blogging essentials


Starting a blog has been the best thing I have ever done. It has given me confidence, motivation and also brought me so many friends.
This time last year I was feeling low after having a new baby and felt excluded from the outside world. Blogging opened the whole world up to me and every blogger I have met has welcomed me with open arms.

I have never had a hobby, I always felt as though I was missing out on something and this has been it! I now have a new love of photography and never leave the house without my DSLR! Something besides the hobby side of things though is the fact that I am now a business woman. I love that I earn my own money and am in complete control over everything I do- no more answering to others. It is a lot of pressure but I thrive on it!

One thing I wasn’t expecting was for my blog to make me a better person. When you write about your life and open up your world to people, it makes you very aware of your actions. My blog has meant that I have taken account of myself as a woman, as a wife and as a mother. Reading other people’s blogs inspire me every single day and for that I am eternally grateful.

Editors Talk: what blogging means to us and our 6 blogging essentials

Katy’s Blogging essentials

1. Nikon Digital Camera – I love being able to create those blurred out backgrounds, it is one of the only reasons I got a DSLR!

2. Picmonkey – I think I am a little bit addicted to it, especially for Pinterest!


Blogging is my passion. It encompasses so many wonderful things and has changed my life in ways that I would never have believed.  I started blogging when my daughter was five months old and two months before I was diagnosed with PND.  Before I became a mum, I had a job that I loved, which was also the centre of my social life.  Most of my friends were tied up with work, so I saw them most weekends and I was always in contact with people.  I was always working and that was fine, because I loved my job.

Then my daughter came along (after a long wait) and everything changed; I was on maternity leave and most of my friends drifted away.  Blogging has given me back my feeling of self-worth, a profession, a purpose (outside being a mum), sanctuary, therapy, support and the most wonderful friends.

Editors Talk: what blogging means to us and our 6 blogging essentials

Aby’s Blogging essentials

1. GoPro Hero – I adore my DSLR but a more recent love of mine is creating family videos.  Photographs are amazing, but there is something about moving pictures that capture memories like nothing else.

2. Editorial Calendar – whether you use pen and paper, a spreadsheet or a plugin, an editorial calendar is a must and I would be lost without mine.  I use the Editorial calendar plugin and it lets me plan weeks ahead, drag and drop posts, create drafts and generally be super organised.


Blogging has literally given me a purpose in life. After having Reuben, I was on a fast track to becoming a housewife and while I loved the idea of it, the reality was that the only element I enjoyed was cooking. So, I quickly found a ‘job’ (blogging) and while the clothes, dust and dishes piled up around me, I got stuck in. I’ve always been quite entrepreneurial, from the age of 13 I had a bunch of different jobs and I was always looking for new ways to make money. From Granny sitting (think baby sitting not actually sitting on a Granny) to dog walking to cleaning (the irony), if it was paid I’d do it. Blogging allowed me to always be thinking like that, to find creative ways to work with the brands I really liked and get paid. Don’t get me wrong, it took me forever to get to that point (2 and half years to be exact) but it is an element of blogging that I get fired up about, making my own money!

But that was never really what it was about. It was about finally finding my passion. I love the challenge, the quiet time to think and create, the opportunities for myself and my family. They say if you’d do it for free you’ve found your passion. Well, this is it.

Editors Talk: what blogging means to us and our 6 blogging essentials

Hannah’s Blogging essentials

1. ‘Focus the Mind’ Reed Diffuser – We’ve recently moved house and I now have an office! I love quiet time to reflect so just smelling this gorgeous scent in my office gets me in the blogging zone!

2. Facebook Pages App – Facebook and I are in the funny love affair that was a total curveball. I had no idea when I started that I would connect with so many wonderful, supportive mums through the Mums’ Days Facebook page. It’s where all the action happens for me!

What does blogging mean to you and if you had to narrow it down, what would be your 2 blogging essentials?!

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19 comments on Editors Talk: What Blogging Means To Us & Our 6 Blogging Essentials

  1. Jenni - Odd Socks and Lollipops
    June 15, 2015 at 11:47 am (4 years ago)

    This is really interesting to read – it’s so interesting to read what essentials people have especially when they have to pick just two! I do love picmonkey and I really want to get a new camera. I like the editorial calendar plugin too – it’s really useful. Thanks for sharing ladies.
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  2. Mim
    June 15, 2015 at 3:01 pm (4 years ago)

    Blogging is also my first real ‘adult’ hobby – I feel so happy to have finally found an outlet that I literally want to spend every spare minute doing – you know, when I’m not being a mummy etc.

    Also love PicMonkey but only use it to a very basic level so far – I need more time to play around with it. Pinterest is dangerously addictive.

    Oh I really want a decent camera too – I only have my iPhone and I’m a bit rubbish with it.

    Hannah – it just occurred to me that you look like Ginnifer Goodwin – you must get that all the time! Mim x
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  3. Helen
    June 17, 2015 at 8:27 pm (4 years ago)

    I love your new site, fabulous magazine! And Hannah, NEOM gets me in the blogging mood too- especially their candles! xx
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  4. Morgan Prince
    June 17, 2015 at 9:37 pm (4 years ago)

    Wow, great list of things there. Blogging is amazing and if I had to choose my first would be a Macbook Air. It’s portable enough to take anywhere and has more capabilities than a mobile device.

    My second thing would have to be my iPhone, what else would I use for my ‘on-the-go’ photos?! Great article ladies. xx

  5. Tracey @ mummyshire
    June 26, 2015 at 7:59 pm (4 years ago)

    So interesting to see how each of you came to blogging but all for a common purpose -to rediscover a piece of you away from doing mummy!
    It has also opened my social media world which has given me a new perspective on how to manage social media with my children
    As for PicMonkey, what did I do without it in my life??!!

  6. Alice @ Mums Make Lists
    June 28, 2015 at 7:33 am (4 years ago)

    Definitely Pic Monkey. Any my schedulers HootSuite for Twitter and ViralWoot for Pinterest but with a few others mixed in 🙂

    • Aby
      July 14, 2015 at 8:17 pm (4 years ago)

      You have got to love it haven’t you?! x

  7. Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs
    July 11, 2015 at 10:42 am (4 years ago)

    Where would we all be without Pic Monkey?!.
    I’m currently browsing for a new DSLR, so many to choose from, i’m like a kid in a sweet shop.
    The editorial calendar is genius to get organised and keep on track.
    Great shares 🙂
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    • Aby
      July 14, 2015 at 8:14 pm (4 years ago)

      Ooh have fun with your new DSLR 🙂 x

  8. teacuptoria
    August 20, 2015 at 3:06 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh girls I LOVE your magazine! Well done, you really are an inspiration! I shall be thinking about getting a DSLR camera for Christmas and I so need so try the editorial calendar. At the moment I bumble about with no organisation at all. I shall keep checking in with you for tips! Love Torxx

  9. Emily
    September 11, 2015 at 11:02 pm (4 years ago)

    Love this, such a useful post. I’m just getting back into the swing of blogging and I forgot how quickly everything moves and how much there is to keep up with. It’ll definitely be useful having some of these tips in my back pocket!

  10. Lizzie Woodman
    September 16, 2015 at 3:06 pm (4 years ago)

    My two essentials would be my camera and a notebook. I have filled up so many notebooks since starting my blog!
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  11. Sammie
    March 11, 2016 at 7:31 am (3 years ago)

    I got into blogging because I was passionate about sharing. I felt isolated as I have health issue and realised I couldn’t be the only person who felt like that. So encouraging people to share their time, a meal etc was central. Yoast plugin for WordPress made me up my game – I ran my blog completely from my iPhone 4s for the entire first year and good anti spam software. Nothing worse than waking up to lots of comments to then realise they’re all spam! Thank you ladies for sharing your knowledge and helping less techie minded bloggers like myself X.

    • Aby
      April 3, 2016 at 6:29 pm (3 years ago)

      Wow I can’t imagine blogging from a phone for a year! Well done to you x

  12. Georgina Whitehead
    April 16, 2016 at 9:33 am (3 years ago)

    great post thanks for sharing some top tips! im off to jazz up my wordpress 🙂

  13. Zara
    May 15, 2016 at 2:04 pm (3 years ago)

    I think blogging is a mixture of things for me. I consider blogging or writing in any for a creative exploration, sometimes it’s funny, sometimes it’s food and sometimes it’s a cathartic safe space. My two must haves are my iPhone, not only for my deep love of Instagram but for working on the go – without a laptop (I will add I never blog from my phone, only notes, emails, and social media). My second is actually blogging buddies < for me utterly vital on the days you have had enough and need a shoulder to rest your head on.
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    • Aby
      May 15, 2016 at 4:22 pm (3 years ago)

      Totally agree, blogging buddies are the best x


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