I often get sent emails with the same questions, so I put together a little FAQ page. Hope it helps, but feel free to email me if you want any further info!
Can you give me advice on starting a blog?
Starting this blog is one of the best things I ever did so I would definitely recommend starting a blog to anyone. The best advice I can give is to think carefully about your name (I hate mine!) and then buy a domain. Two great free blogging platforms are WordPress (which is what I am on) and Blogger. Then it’s just about hard work, consistency and staying authentic- I think staying true to what you want to write about is the best advice I can give. Also get on social networks and chat to people- it may seem daunting but it’s the best way of meeting like minded bloggers. I often get asked for individual advice which I am happy to do as I love to support other bloggers, but it may take me a little time to get back to you!Are you a full time blogger?
Yes I am. I gave up my career in the travel industry to work on this blog when I had finished maternity leave with my middle daughter, but before then I had worked on it for two years making a bit of money here and there. In the beginning I mainly had social media clients for the stability, but as time has gone on I have stopped most of these and now my blog work makes up most of my income as I will work on big campaigns. However my blog is my showcase for my other skills, so my work might not necessarily always appear on my blog- instead I will write for other companies, take part in campaigns on their sites, do instagram campaigns, take photos for brands and make videos for brands etc. I work on my blog full time, just in funny hours around my children.
Who does your blog design?
My blog design and development has been completely done by myself or my husband. I am very lucky that he is a developer and I have learnt a lot from him over the years. We used to do blog design for other bloggers years ago but we rarely do this anymore bar the odd occasion as we are busy with other work. If you are a company looking for web design and development then please email us.
How do you make money from your blog?
I am incredibly lucky that through lots of hard work I am now in a position that I work on this blog full time as part of my income. I make money in a variety of different ways, but mainly through brand collaborations and creative content, especially video production. I also do the odd sponsored post (where a company pays for a link on your site), but I turn down most of these down due to them being inappropriate for my readers. I will only ever work with brands who I feel can be a part of our family story. I am also often paid to go on trips and do social media campaigns too. As a by product of my blog and my previous marketing experience, I also have my own freelance social media business where I specialise in social media marketing and blogger outreach. I also write for other companies and blog networks as well.
I really would love to get more into travel blogging, do you have any tips?
The best thing to do is write about your own trips and holidays initially. Brands like to see what you can offer them so even if you are paying for it then write it in a style that would be appealable to a prospective brand. Even if you just write about a free day out to the beach, take lots of photos and really sell the story to your readers- what beach, where did you go, what did you do, what services are nearby etc.
What's the deal with your sponsorship and disclosure policy?
It’s really important to me that Mummy Daddy Me stays authentic, as first and foremost it’s our diary of our lives. If a company has paid to be featured on this site, we will identify the post as sponsored either in the post title or at the end of the post content. We will disclose all commercial content and will only partner with brands and companies that we would write about whether the content is sponsored or not. We could write sponsored posts and reviews every day but we turn 90% of them down as first and foremost this is our family diary.
How do you achieve such a good work/life balance?
I’m not sure that I do. It’s amazing working from home and being around my children, but it isn’t always easy. My eldest goes to school now and my youngest goes to nursery two days a week, the rest of the time I work around her naps or in the evenings. I regularly am up until 1am some evenings doing work and that’s when I get stressed. That’s when I know I need to take a step back. As any blogger will tell you there’s so much that goes into running a blog other than the post you see on a site. You have to write it, take photos, edit them, create video content and promote it, all while networking and keeping up on the admin side of things. Sometimes I fail miserably and sometimes my to do list is as long as my arm. Blogging and working for yourself is just wonderful, I wouldn’t change it for the world.
What camera equipment do you use?
All the photos on my blog are taken by myself, unless I am in the photo in which case I have usually set up the camera so my husband can take it! I use a Nikon DSLR and the lens that is on my camera 99% of the time is my 50mm 1.8 but I also have a 35mm too. I also have a GoPro camera to do action shots in my videos. (like underwater or cycling shots) For vlogging and video I have a Canon G7X but most of the time I try to use my DSLR as I like the quality more. We have also recently invested in a DJI drone, specifically to make aerial video while we travel. A lot of the shots on this blog are from my iPhone. Aside from this we also use a tripod to do certain photos too.
What camera do you recommend I buy?
I think cameras are a personal choice. There are some amazing compact cameras available nowadays but to me you can’t beat the quality of a DSLR. Depending on your budget I would go for a entry level DSLR from Nikon or Canon and then spend the extra money on a better quality lens. Always buy body only and invest in a lens (I have a 50mm 1.8 which was about £100 and is fantastic) The kit lens supplied with a DSLR is nearly always a lesser quality.
How do you edit your photos?
I think it’s important to find your own style of editing and therefore your own style of photography. I like my photos bright and colourful, so I usually just adjust the brightness and up the saturation levels ever so slightly. It’s taken me years to find my specific ‘style’ and for now I’m happy with it. For my phone photos I use a couple of different apps- mainly VSCO and Afterlight.
Do you ever get worried about sharing so many photos of your children?
I would be lying if I said I didn’t. Over the years I have had many a occasion where I have worried about sharing photos of my girls online and so many times I have thought about stopping altogether. But I am making a judgement as their mother that until the day they come to me and say that they no longer want to appear on my blog, that the positives outweigh the cons. We have got to experience so many amazing things that we would never have done as a result of this blog and we are also documenting our lives together which will be wonderful to look back on. I’m aware we all have really different opinions of what is acceptable to share online and that’s ok, this is just mine.
I love your children's outfits, do you ever sell them?
I am really fortunate that while not only I love dressing my little people up, so do some members of my family too. As such they are very generous in buying them clothes. 99% of our clothes are from the high street (our favourites are Little Bird by Jools, Zara, H and M and Next. I don’t sell them, bar really nice bits which my mum often eBays for me, most of them I give to charity as I think it is important to give back.
Is your house really that clean?
I truly get emailed this question quite a lot! The answer is yes pretty much, I am an obsessive clean freak and it drives my husband mad. I clean A LOT. But I will let you into a secret- I never ever iron our clothes. We are fans of the ‘just hang it up and hope for the best’ approach.
What are your favourite blogs to read?
I have lots and lots, you can find some of my current favourites over on my favourite blogs page
Can I email you?
Of course, I love to hear from people who read my blog, whether you are a brand or a reader. I, like lots of other bloggers, get lots of emails each day, and I am either working hard or playing with two small children. I might not reply instantly, but I promise I will do eventually! My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org