Becoming a blogger has been the most wonderful experience and the best thing I could have ever done. It did start off as a hobby and my little space on the web. For Sharing my thoughts on things that I love amd my thoughts and feelings. Now it’s much more than that. It’s my job. Blogging allows me stay home with my with girls. It gives us lots of opportunities as a family to experience that we could not afford. All of this takes lots of hard work. I’m working at all hours of the day and night depending on my girls. When they sleep I work. Do you know what? I wouldn’t have it any other way.
But I do need to keep pushing, keep up and keep ahead of the game. I’m the type of person who secretly strives to be the best. To do this I need to build on my audience. Create content for them, make them come back to me time and time again. How to do this is to gain their loyalty and get them to subscribe to my blog.
BlogOnToys earlier this month was my first blog conference although I’ve been blogging for 3 1/2 years. I wanted to go back in May but would have had a 3 week old so wasn’t able to attend. This time around baby dottie was 5 months old, so was able to come with me as a babe in arms. I actually used my Baby Bjorn carrier and it was a life saver. You can read my introduction post here to BlogOnToys
Being an introvert and a very shy person heading outside my comfort zone to BlogOnToys was a big thing. I suppose you could say I’m socially awkward and I’ve always preferred my own company. Nevertheless I was doing this for myself and my blog. Heading to a big city like Manchester was in my thoughts weeks before. I was excited but also scared shitless! You see I’m a Cornish girl who has barely been anywhere in the UK. I’ve never ventured to London unless you count Gatwick.
I’m really excited to be able to attend #BlogOnToys on the 16th in Manchester. It’s my first blog conference and the chance to meet other like-minded people who are into their blogging as much as I am. It will be fantastic to meet everyone face to face.
Here is my entry to introduce myself. I’m quite shy so please come over and say hello. I’m bringing the baby with me so I’m sure she will be a good conversation starter!
This Is Me….
Here is a recent photo of the two of us.
- What is the best thing about blogging?
The best thing about blogging, well for me it gives the freedom of working from home with my baby and toddler in tow! We have had opportunities that we could not have afforded ourselves. The best online friends who are just as forgetful and nutty as me!
Being a part of a blog community who look out for one another. We may not have met face to face but we care for one another and always help each other. The BlogOn community helped me out back in April when I lost my dad 3 days before I had to go in for my planned c-section. It was the toughest time of my life and to receive a care package of baby essentials to my door was the most wonderful thoughtful thing that could have happened to me at a really difficult time.
I’m very excited to attend #BlogOnToys and give a little back to the community fund.
Hello, welcome back to the last day of my 3rd blogiversary giveaways. You can catch up with days 1, 2 and 3 here on the competitions page.
Why I’m still in love with blogging 3 years down the line:
In the blog world each day is different. You honestly never know what is going to turn up in your email box. It could be someone wanting the earth for pennies or nothing! But then it could be a fantastic opportunity, well paid and an absolute dream project to work on. These are few and far between these days and as the blogging world welcomes many new bloggers everyday they are becoming very rare. At this point you need to be the one that stands out from everyone else.
Hello, welcome back to Day 3 of my 3rd blogiversary giveaways. You can catch up with days 1 and 2 here on the competitions page.
Blogging can be hard to fit in around a job and looking after your family. I spend every evening after my toddler has gone to sleep blogging away. When I’m at work I spend my lunch break answering emails, checking Twitter and Facebook for blogging opportunities as well as chatting away to my work colleagues. They know what I do so always asking me questions! I try to make the most of the time I have.
Welcome back to Day 2 of my 3rd blogiversary giveaways. You can catch up with the Day 1 giveaway here.
The first year of blogging, I did it as a hobby. Writing about my favourite hobbies – books, gardening and entering competitions. When my daughter joined us, I turned my blog into another direction – family/parenting orientated. At the start of blogging I couldn’t think of a decent blog name so chose my own name Rachel Bustin. Now I’m so glad I did because that name can grow with my blog into any direction and not just the “mummy blogger” route.
Blogging is not just a hobby for me or even a job, it’s a way of life. There is hardly a day goes by that I don’t write something. If I can’t get on my laptop I write posts on the app on my phone.
It’s amazing to find something in life that you know you were born to do. It may have taken me until I hit my 30’s to get there but I’m here at last!
For today’s giveaway I have this lovely makeup brush set and blusher palette.