I am so excited today to bring you a this interview with the very lovely Jenny from Let’s Talk Mommy. Jenny recently won the Best Family Fun Blog at the MAD blog awards and one look at her blog you can see why! She has an adorable family and fills her blog with beautiful photos of the adventures they get up to. She also takes amazing photos of food which will leave you feeling hungry they are so inviting!
How long have you been blogging for and what made you start?
I have been blogging for two years. I started just after my second baby was born to document our lives as a family of four so that my family back in the states and my husband’s family in Ireland could keep up with our many adventures and the kids growing up.
How long was it before you classed yourself as a pro blogger?
I don’t necessarily use the term pro blogger if I am honest. I think we all work on our blogs so hard and there is never a turning point where someone is classed as a pro blogger or not. I think if you use your blog as more of a diary you might not classify yourself as a pro blogger but those that do make money from it do. I think in the blogging world there is always something to learn and something new to incorporate into our blogs and the blogosphere is forever changing so we are all on the same playing field in my own opinion.
How do you find clients? Do you pitch or do they come to you?
I have been lucky to always have clients come to me. I have entered a few ambassador roles by writing posts and being chosen that way but ultimately I get contacted through email.
Have you got any tips for people wanting to pitch to brands?
My advice is to stay true to yourself, be open and honest. Tell them what you can do for them and what you want in return in a respectful non-pushy way. I also think you should always keep it short, sweet and to the point but include how the relationship can blossom and not be a one time deal. You want clients that are as loyal to you, as you are to them and keep coming back with more work for you to build that professional relationship.
Which avenues do you use to make money from your blog?
I do sponsored posts if they are something I believe it, think my readers will be interested in, and that I can relate to personally. After all it’s still my blog and I don’t want it to be full of posts on gambling, smoking, and other things that aren’t relevant to me, my family or my readers. I write a lot more for other websites now and handle their social media outlets. I do occasionally advertise on my side bar if it’s a brand I want to support and love and I also do paid reviews on my blog or on other websites too. I am starting to get more paid brand ambassador roles but that’s only a recent thing.
What are the top 5 sources for traffic for your blog?
What has been your favourite collaboration so far?
There are a few that I have really enjoyed collaborating with, like Wayfair as I did some food photography and home interior work with them which are two of my biggest passions. My ambassador roles have been my favourite because they are not a one-time post. It’s such a pleasure working with brands that I love.
What would be your dream brand collaboration?
I would love to collaborate more with a travel company as being an expat family we travel a lot. I think it’s amazing to share the whole world with my children if I can. Otherwise maybe a food photography shoot for a magazine or recipe book someday.
What do you find most difficult about being a professional blogger?
Time management is hard for me. Not because I am not good at it, I am extremely good at it but there just isn’t enough time to do everything I need to do in a 24 hour period. I am constantly writing to do lists that never end. I have a toddler that just started school and another toddler that is only in nursery two mornings a week so working fulltime in between pick ups/drop offs, nap times and after they go to sleep is the only work-time I have to accomplish it all.
Thanks so much to Jenny for taking the time to do this for us, so interesting to hear a little more about you from this perspective!