I’m delighted to welcome our latest Worth Casing Blogger, Renee from Mummy, Wife, Me to AMC to discuss the business of blogging.
Mum to two precious girls and wife to one patient man, Renee blogs about life as a mummy and wife and her journey of rediscovery. Renee focuses on building a happy and relaxed environment for her family to grow in, while attempting to not lose sight of herself along the way.
How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I leapt into the blogosphere on 1 May 2013. I was deep in the trenches of motherhood with a five month old and a two and a half year old. I felt trapped in a mummy fog and feared I’d lost sight of me. I knew I had to snap out of this fog and challenge myself. I wanted to get my brain working again and get back to me. I remembered an article a friend at work had shown me previously about mummy bloggers and decided that it was something I’d like to have a crack at.
Tell us a bit about your blog and what we can expect to see in the next 12 months?
Mummy, Wife, Me is where I write about motherhood, marriage and my journey of rediscovery. I feel lucky to have built a very supportive community of women who love being parents and recognise the everyday beauty in their lives, but who can’t help at times to feel lost and tired and crave some time out to remember and rediscover who they are and to celebrate the person they are becoming.
I want my readers to feel like they can relate to the musings about my life and my own journey through motherhood and marriage and feel like they’re not alone. We’re in this together.
The next 12 months will hopefully bring more great content, more laughs, and a few great giveaways thrown in to boot!
Do you have a favourite place or dedicated space for blogging?
I wish I could tell you I had a perfectly styled office space, but I can’t. I blog at the dinner table while my husband sits a couple of metres from me watching docos. I don’t mind though. There’s plenty of room and it works for me.
What are your must have tools and resources when it comes to blogging?
I’m a pen and paper girl. I carry a notebook in my handbag and have one beside my bed. I’m constantly writing down ideas and phrases. I find things form better for me on paper first and then I transfer them onto the computer.
I’m attempting to learn how to use Canva at the moment to try to make some of my posts more visually appealing. It’s a great tool to create everything from Facebook covers to infographics.
Have you ever experienced blogger’s block and what are your top tips for when it strikes?
Yes, I sure have. The best thing you can do for blogger’s block is to step away from the screen.
Live and love life and the stories will come. Some of my best posts have been reflections on some very simple everyday moments which really aren’t that simple at all.
What have been your blogging highlights and biggest challenges?
This is going to sound corny, but every time someone comments on my blog or interacts with me I consider that a highlight. It is the greatest feeling in the world to receive private messages from people telling me that they can relate and have them share their own stories with me.
My biggest challenge is time. I work part-time in addition to running this blog, plus I have two young children. Oh, and the husband. I suppose I should spend some time with him too 😉
Other than that, I’m a terrible photographer. Just terrible. I suppose it doesn’t help that I don’t own a camera. I will be asking for one for my birthday coming up though.
Who inspires you and what’s on your Worth Casing list when it comes to other bloggers?
Gosh, there are so many people who inspire me on an everyday basis. In the blogging world, I would have to say Create Bake Make and The Plumbette who are reaching new heights with their blogs daily. They are trying new things, putting themselves out there, and working bloody hard to achieve their dreams while they raise young families. It is an honour to call them my friends.
What advice would you give to anyone that is thinking about starting a blog of their own?
Just do it! I ummed and ahhed about starting mine for months before I did. My friend, who has years of blogging experience, told me not to worry about getting it perfect right off the bat. That will come.
I will say though that the time I spent cementing my goals and objectives for this blog has been something that has kept me focused and grounded. I put together a communications strategy and business plan to outline these goals and objectives and to be clear on my blog’s brand from the get go.
What makes a good blog post?
A few of my most popular posts on the blog to date have been Where have my boobs gone?, Sometimes you need to get a little drunk and Work in progress. They are stories that are straight from the heart, open and honest. They are stories that people can relate to.
I like to keep my posts between the 400 to 600 word mark and keep my paragraphs on the shorter side to make them easy to read. I like to ask a question at the end of each post to engage my readers.
If you weren’t in the business of blogging what would you be doing?
I currently work part-time in communications where I write media releases, news stories, review and create online content, edit corporate publications, proofread, write speeches, briefs, develop communication strategies and organise events. Phew!
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Thank you so much, Raychael. It’s a little bit exciting to see my words up there. You presented it beautifully. Thank you.
Thanks Renee, super excited to have you here on AMC.
It’s always nice to meet another dining table blogger, and how cool is that light fitting? Can’t stop I’m off to case Renee’s blog for myself!
I’ve recently moved on from my dining table but oh how I miss it. I just know you will love Renee’s blog Sammie.
Thanks Sam! I think blogging at the dinner table is the bomb. Close to food and amenities 🙂
Thanks Raychael – it’s lovely to learn some more about Renee! Loving that light fitting and it looks like you live in a really lovely house Renee! I started blogging in Sept 2012 – so about 8 months before you. I’m onto my second blog now though. Lovely to SEE you at the Brizzy PB event. 😉
I started blogging in Sept 2012 too and this is my second blog having merged both blogs late last year.
Yes, I remember your old blog too. You’re doing so well! The light is something I bought Dave a few years back. It came with Japanese cartoons. I took them all off and replaced them with photos 🙂
I’ve been a regular reader of Renee’s blog for a while now. I love it!
There is always something that resonates with me on Renee’s blog.
Thanks Ingrid. Love your work too 🙂
I love Renee. I think her and I would be gal pals in the flesh if we ever met (I’m sure we will one day). She seems to down to earth and I always enjoy reading her words. Glad she is featured here to be discovered by so many more x
I think the same way Vicki. There is something about Renee and her approach to life and blogging that really resonates with me.
Vicki, I have always thought the same thing. I know we’d get along so well. Oh well, maybe at some blogging event in the future we’ll get to meet up x
Renee is awesome 🙂 … even though we are in vastly different stages of parenting, I still enjoy her blog!
Have to agree, it wouldn’t matter what stage of parenting you are at, it’s Renee’s approach to life that resonates with me the most.
I loved our lunch catch up recently, Janet. Great to get to know you more.
I love Renee’s blog!
Me too Toni.
Straight back at ya, babe.
Love your work Renee. Very real.
I love Renee’s keeping it real blogging style.
Thanks so much, Michelle. Appreciate you dropping by.
So nice to go behind the scenes of Renee’s blog. She’s one of my favourites (and p.s how awesome does that lounge room look – that light is sublime). I’m in awe of how she fits everything in to her busy life. A generous gal and a great blog. Really enjoyed this post.
I know, the minute I saw the photo of her lounge room, I wanted to speed track selling our NSW property and building over here.
Thank you so much, Tonia. Love your work too x
Hello Renee good to read more info about you… Btw love the head phones on while blogging
I just want Renee’s spacious living room and that light shade. How cool is it?!
I’ve got them on right now, Natalie 🙂 Thanks for reading!
LOL you have made me laugh cause now I can see you in the living room ( maybe hubby and kids running around) and you content with earphones on….
I love Renee. She’s awesome.
Also I suck at taking photos too. I just don’t have the photo taking gene
Practice, practice, practice and good lighting as far as photo taking goes. Although, I’m still needing lots of practice and a refresher course my self. All my photography courses were back in the dark (room) ages.
I’m glad I’m not the only one. I even did a photography subject at uni. Still hopeless!
Great interview! I love Renee’s place – stunning and spacious!
I love her space too.
Thanks Deb. Definitely plenty of space to make a mess in 😉
Loved reading more about Renee – her posts are always so warm and relatable. That’s what keeps me coming back to her blog each time (plus she is a super lovely gal!).
One of those keeping it real and authentic bloggers that I would love to meet in real life.
Thanks Raychael. You are too kind. Would love to meet you IRL too 🙂
Thanks so much, Tash. That’s what I love about your blog too.
You sure are busy Renee, I have no idea how you work out of the home and blog so much and be so organised! You’re one of the good guys my friend x
Thank you so much, Em. That’s so sweet of you. The feeling is mutual. Was lovely to catch up last week. I just wish we had more time to chat x
I have no idea how Renee does it either.
I met the beautiful Renee at a blogging event late last year. What a lovely soul, and SN inspirstional blogger. Thanks for featuring her, so cool to find out a little more about her!
Thanks Bronwyn. You are too kind. I hope to see you around the traps again soon 🙂
So envious of all these blogging events over East.
Thank you so much for introducing me to Renee. I haven’t read her blog yet. Can’t wait to head over and check her out. I have a feeling she will be talking my mum language. x
I have a feeling you will love Renee’s blog.
So nice to see some insight and meet a new blogger! What a super Mum and organised lady 🙂
I am in awe of that much organization raych!
as I don’t have much of that in me!
I love her chandelier of photos! … love m:)X
Me too Merilyn.
Such a lovely chick 🙂 love the look of your Great Room (like the Americans call it) Renee!!! And that photo light fitting is awesome!
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Love that photo light fitting.
I love reading Renee’s blog. She keeps it real and comes across as a very genuine human being. It was great to read this and get inside her head. She is definitely worth casing.
Thanks Peachy Keen Mumma. Couldn’t agree more.