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!
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!
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.
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 sometimes 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Nearly 7 years now, I can't believe it!
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.
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