Today, I’m super excited to be introducing you to our latest worth casing blogger, Bel from Mums Take Five. Mums Take Five provides a space dedicated for busy mums. With all things family related: Recipes, Reviews, Gardening, Crafts, Outings and much, much, more. It’s your place to head to find solutions, relate with other mums and become inspired.
How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
Mums Take Five was established back in 2009, seems so long ago now. It all began with a silly suggestion from my husband and turned out to be something that just worked and an endeared part of my life.
MT5 has changed and evolved over the years but still has the same basis an easy everyday resource for busy mums. We’re just the standard stuff, the real stuff, without the fancy bells and whistles. We’re heading into our eighth year of blogging this year, and can definitely say we’re in it for the long haul.
Can you tell us a bit about your blog and what we can expect to see in the next 12 months?
We share lots of recipes and crafts, a bit of gardening, handy tips and some great stories. We enjoy sharing our lives in the hopes to inspire, motivate and relate with other busy mums. Our readers like our recipes and crafts most and we have great engagement with our competitions.
We’ve been lucky enough to work with some really great brands in the children and parenting space, and we love to share these brands and the opportunities for our readers that come with them. Over the next 12 months we’ll be looking to evolve MT5 yet again, and as our children get older we’ll naturally create content that can grow with our kids.
Having been in the business of blogging for 7 years now, I’ve learnt a lot about all that techy stuff (which I love), the business stuff, and about the mum running a business from the dining room table amongst the piles of washing and the overflowing dishwasher. MT5 will be pivoting a little to share these experiences with my reader so that I can continue to support the MT5 community as we all look to achieve our dreams, goals, and business ideas.
Do you have a favourite place or dedicated space for blogging?
The dining room table is usually my hover space for writing. As long as I’ve got laptop, power, and a fresh cup of coffee I’m all good.
What are your must have tools and resources when it comes to blogging?
My phone for taking quick pics, I use Google Drive for writing, sharing, notes, bookwork…. everything and I love PicMonkey for quick photo editing and making things look awesome.
Have you ever experienced blogger’s block and what are your top tips for when it strikes?
Thankfully bloggers block is not something I’ve ever really experienced. In fact it’s the opposite. I have so much content and not enough time to publish it. I’m forever writing notes and ideas down (my draft folders are quite horrific).
What have been your blogging highlights and biggest challenges?
I’ve been really fortunate with some wonderful opportunities working with some great brands. I’ve also done a bit of work for brands that hasn’t been related to MT5 at all and I have enjoyed those opportunities. I’ve met some fabulous people and made some life long friendships.
Another highlight would have to be the massive growth of my technical knowledge. I had no idea when I started my little blog that I would need to know as much technical stuff as I did, let alone find it fascinating. I really enjoy the massive forever evolving online world, there is always so much to know, learn and discover.
Biggest challenges is time management. I’m still a Mum to three busy kids first, I have a house to run and I also assist a couple of small businesses with their digital marketing. Balancing everything can sometimes be tricky but I’m pretty driven so it all gets done.
Who inspires you and what’s on your Worth Casing list when it comes to other bloggers?
I like to read blogs that educate me and provide me value. I think it’s really important as a blogger to establish your own identity, and to really know what you want to achieve with your blog. Blogging has evolved so much in the years since MT5 first started.
Everyday there’s a new blogger, and the techniques behind blogging are always changing. I like to keep on top of these trends, reader demographics and changes so that I can evolve with the tide. I like to look to the larger digital marketing firms and brands serving my target audience and see how I can re purpose their same strategies on a smaller scale to my niche audience. I view MT5 more as a site, providing guidance, resources, and community, rather than a bloggy blog.
What advice would you give to anyone that is thinking about starting a blog of their own?
Have a plan. Start as you mean to go on. It takes a lot of hard work, make sure you’re ready for it. Know that blogging isn’t an overnight success, but it can be quite enjoyable to share your story with your readers and know that you’re genuinely helping them.
If you weren’t in the business of blogging what would you be doing?
If I wasn’t blogging hmmmmm maybe my own pizza shop. I’ve been told I make the best pizzas around. I spend a lot of time in the kitchen with my kids creating new and interesting recipes for MT5. So if I wasn’t blogging, I think I’d still be in the kitchen, but ideally it would be a slightly larger kitchen with loads more bench space, and without the little fingers getting into everything.
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