Welcome back to the slot normally reserved for our Pro Blogger Spotlight. All three Live. Love. Blog editors are professional bloggers, so I thought we would shine the spotlight on ourselves. Hopefully, it will help you all get to know us a little better. So I’m up first, here goes! For those of you who don’t know, I write a family lifestyle blog, You Baby Me Mummy.
How long have you been blogging for and what made you start?
I started blogging in August 2013, purely to record our daughter growing up. My memory is terrible and I really wanted her to have a full and rich history that she could look back on. I only have a couple of pictures from my childhood and I wanted things to be very different for her. I wanted her to see in concrete terms how much we loved her every day she was growing up.
How long was it before you classed yourself as a pro blogger?
It’s a funny term ‘pro blogger’. So many people have an issue with it and it makes me smile. I don’t feel it is at all negative. If you are a pro at anything, you make your living from it. Of course you can act professionally and not be a pro. However, what most people are talking about when they use the term is, do you make your income from blogging? Anyway, back to the question, I think it was January time this year.
How do you find clients? Do you pitch or do they come to you?
Most clients pitch to me. Life is very busy and so 95% of work in inbound. However, I do love pitching and if I see a brand I would like to work with, I have no issue with making contact and sending them a pitch, it is very satifying when it pays off!
Have you got any tips for people wanting to pitch to brands?
Find a brand that would be a good fit for your blog and that you feel passionate about. This will then be apparent when you pitch and it will set you apart from other bloggers. Be clear with regards to what you want from the brand and what you can offer. Remember a small engaged audience is more desirable to most brands than a larger, less invested one.
Which avenues do you use to make money from your blog?
Most of my income comes from sponsored content, whether that is guest posts or content that I create. I also have two paid ambassadorships and ocassionally get paid to tweet. I also have a freelance income stream separate from my blog.
What are the top 5 sources for traffic for your blog?
Google, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Bloglovin in that order.
What has been your favourite collaboration so far?
That is so hard to say. I genuinely love working with brands and sometimes it isn’t necessarily the highest paying project that is the most fun. Often the people you are working with can really make it a positive experience. This year, as a family, we loved being official Camp Bestival bloggers and going solo, I was taken to Rome by Bridgestone tyres, which was a pretty special experience. I also LOVE collaborating with my blogging buddies too!
What would be your dream brand collaboration?
There are so many brands that I would love to work with, as a keen photographer it would be great to partner with one of the top camera brands. We would love to experience a luxury holiday overseas (who wouldn’t) and I have always wanted to go to New York, so the NY tourist board would be ace! I genuinely love seeing what pops into my inbox and often smaller collaborations can be really rewarding.
What do you find most difficult about being a professional blogger?
Time, time, time, there is never enough hours to get everything done. I struggle so much with finding a work/life balance that I feel happy with, but I think that many pro bloggers are in the same boat.
So that was my turn in the spotlight, check back at the beginning of next month to see who will be in the spotlight.