Bloggers Behind the Screens

Bloggers Behind the Screens is a monthly interview series, where fellow bloggers come together to answer a series of questions on a specific theme. This is a chance to get acquainted with a whole range of bloggers, some of whom you may not have encountered before, and learn a little more about them!

This month, we’re talking to bloggers about the very thing that makes them bloggers. Their blogs. Here is Claire from Dear Mummy Bear.

 

Dear Mummy Bear

 

When did you start blogging and why?

I originally started blogging a few years ago, I had started a beauty/lifestyle blog. However, I found this wasn’t what I was fully passionate about etc. My blogging had slowed down a fair bit when I found out I was pregnant and I resorted to only posting pregnancy posts and things like that. I had a massive break whilst at the end of my pregnancy and in the first few months of being mum to a demanding newborn but I then started thinking of starting up another blog. I’d read quite a few parenting blogs (and other ones I was interested in) whilst pregnant and in the newborn days and I enjoyed reading them. I also found myself thinking a lot about various different baby/mum related topics and wanted to share my thoughts and write about them so I started up Dear Mummy Bear.

 

How did you come up with the name for your blog?

Parenting blogging was new to me and I had seen so many other blogs with such catchy and great names I really struggled. My first blog was called Hey Claire Bear as my nickname from being young was Claire Bear and I had liked that as a lifestyle blog name. Since having my son, my mother in law has always called me Mummy Bear and I’ve always loved ‘Mummy Bear’ related things. The Dear part was simply because I didn’t want to just name my blog ‘Mummy Bear’ but also because it felt like letters and diary entries a little which was nice thinking about it.

 

What do you blog about? Has that changed from when you first started?

I blog about parenting/motherhood and raising a toddler as well as family related things. I also blog about days out, things we attend, adventures. I enjoy books a lot so they feature quite a lot both mum and toddler books. We’re looking for our first home so that features on there as well as the odd beauty/pamper themed post, product reviews. So fairly varied really haha. I originally started purely motherhood/parenting posts and life with a newborn so I guess I’ve just expanded really and crept away from just the one topic.

 

Is your blog your job, your hobby or your side hustle?

It’s my hobby mostly. I do work a full time job firstly as well as everything else that comes with being an adult/mother/girlfriend so blogging is one of my hobbies, a bit of release. Sometimes I will make a little bit of money from something blogging related but it is quite rare and won’t be very much.

 

What is the best thing or experience that blogging has given you?

I haven’t had many experiences from blogging so far but I absolutely loved a local meal out I was invited to which was fantastic. I’d never been to the place before as I thought it was simply for people having spa treatments or golfing etc. but it turns out there’s a fantastic little restaurant there. I am DYING for my partner to take me there for date night or for us to go back for a meal, it was wonderful! There have been a couple of products we’ve been sent to review which have also been brilliant such as a baby teether, a toddler bike and we’ve also been sent a couple of books recently which we have loved!

 

What is your favourite thing in the whole world to write about?

Probably personal posts whether they’re parenting related or just generally personal thoughts, rambles etc. Obviously parenting takes up all of my time so I find I have different thoughts and experiences that I would just love to write down.

 

What skills (the more unusual the better!) has blogging taught you?

Ooh a good one! Probably to improve my writing. I haven’t written or anything since college and I really enjoyed writing, I enjoyed essays and coursework and things like that. Obviously blogging is a different kind of writing altogether and it’s probably a bit cliche but looking back at my writing from when I started blogging, it has massively improved. Things like this make me happy, little goals haha.

 

What is your favourite post from your blog? Give us the link and tell us why it’s your favourite.

I was torn between my latest book review and this post, so I decided on this one;

https://dearmummybear.co.uk/baby-toddler/getting-toddlebike2-review/

I would say it’s my favourite because I really love the photography I did on this one, again not the best but I was so proud at the time haha. It’s also such a thorough and in depth review and I had put so much effort into it. Even though the product was gifted, we genuinely absolutely loved it and I’ve recommended it to so many people since!

 

Have you ever been on TV or radio in your capacity as a blogger? If so, what for? If not, do you think it’s something you’d like to have a go at?

I haven’t no but I don’t think I’d like to at the moment. I’m really not a fan of the idea of being in front of the camera and I HATE the sound of my own voice. I am super hard on myself but I would be so critical and I would be so anxious beforehand, I’d probably cancel anyway.

 

What is your least favourite thing about blogging? There must be something you don’t like about it…

All the drama. No matter how hard you try, you either get caught up in it or it’s just everywhere you look. There’s a lot of pressure too to look a certain way or behave a certain way, like certain people or rave about something everyone else is. There are some amazing people and I’ve made such wonderful friends and confidants through blogging but there is a lot of judging, bitching, pressure. You find that you’re trying so hard to keep up with others in all different aspects and if you can’t you get so hard on yourself.

Do you have any advice to give to anybody out there thinking of starting a blog right now?

I would stay do what you enjoy, write about what you like. Stuff anyone else or what they think or what everyone else is doing or talking about etc. Don’t follow the crowd but don’t be scared to ask for advice, there are some super friendly lovely people there to help you. Don’t let yourself feel any pressure, if you want to write lots that’s perfectly okay, if you feel you need a time out that is perfectly fine too. Just be yourself and do what you want to do. It is your blog after all.

 

Where do you do most of your blogging? Do you have a home office, are you on the sofa or do you prefer to be out and about when writing posts?

Mostly from the comfort of my sofa in my pyjamas haha! I used to have a desk but had to pass it on as it was taking up space and we needed to put baby things in the spare room. I might have ideas for posts or other things to blog about when out and about so I’ll usually make a note of them.

 

Be honest. How many unwritten posts are in your drafts right now? How many are likely to see daylight?

I think there are 2 unwritten posts and I’m unsure if they will see daylight to be honest ha! I have these ideas, I begin them then save and come back to them but I either don’t get the motivation to complete them or I change my mind about them. I try not to have draft posts in there as I hate seeing a list of posts I haven’t completed or want to complete haha.

 

What are you most excited about for your blog in the last six months or so of 2019? Anything awesome in the pipeline for the summer or are we forever winging it?

I am completely winging it if I’m honest! I don’t plan on taking things too much more professional as I am planning on increasing my working hours to completely full time and I get busy quite a lot so can go quite a while without posting. Which is frustrating but life gets in the way. I mostly just hope I am posting a bit more than usual and actually get these ideas into real life blog posts.

Finally, what is your absolute favourite thing about being a blogger?

My favourite thing has to be how proud of myself I get when I create fantastic images and put together a really great blog post. When I get this I feel so good and know that it all goes towards better collaborations and opportunities more so for my family. I love the ‘release’ it gives to get all of my words down and thoughts out too.

 

Blog URL; https://www.dearmummybear.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/dearmummybearblog

Twitter: www.twitter.com/dearmummybear

Instagram: www.instagram.com/dearmummybear

 

 

 

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When did you start blogging and why?

I originally started blogging a few years ago, I had started a beauty/lifestyle blog. However, I found this wasn’t what I was fully passionate about etc. My blogging had slowed down a fair bit when I found out I was pregnant and I resorted to only posting pregnancy posts and things like that. I had a massive break whilst at the end of my pregnancy and in the first few months of being mum to a demanding newborn but I then started thinking of starting up another blog. I’d read quite a few parenting blogs (and other ones I was interested in) whilst pregnant and in the newborn days and I enjoyed reading them. I also found myself thinking a lot about various different baby/mum related topics and wanted to share my thoughts and write about them so I started up Dear Mummy Bear.

How did you come up with the name for your blog?

Parenting blogging was new to me and I had seen so many other blogs with such catchy and great names I really struggled. My first blog was called Hey Claire Bear as my nickname from being young was Claire Bear and I had liked that as a lifestyle blog name. Since having my son, my mother in law has always called me Mummy Bear and I’ve always loved ‘Mummy Bear’ related things. The Dear part was simply because I didn’t want to just name my blog ‘Mummy Bear’ but also because it felt like letters and diary entries a little which was nice thinking about it.

What do you blog about? Has that changed from when you first started?

I blog about parenting/motherhood and raising a toddler as well as family related things. I also blog about days out, things we attend, adventures. I enjoy books a lot so they feature quite a lot both mum and toddler books. We’re looking for our first home so that features on there as well as the odd beauty/pamper themed post, product reviews. So fairly varied really haha. I originally started purely motherhood/parenting posts and life with a newborn so I guess I’ve just expanded really and crept away from just the one topic.

Is your blog your job, your hobby or your side hustle?

It’s my hobby mostly. I do work a full time job firstly as well as everything else that comes with being an adult/mother/girlfriend so blogging is one of my hobbies, a bit of release. Sometimes I will make a little bit of money from something blogging related but it is quite rare and won’t be very much.

What is the best thing or experience that blogging has given you?

I haven’t had many experiences from blogging so far but I absolutely loved a local meal out I was invited to which was fantastic. I’d never been to the place before as I thought it was simply for people having spa treatments or golfing etc. but it turns out there’s a fantastic little restaurant there. I am DYING for my partner to take me there for date night or for us to go back for a meal, it was wonderful! There have been a couple of products we’ve been sent to review which have also been brilliant such as a baby teether, a toddler bike and we’ve also been sent a couple of books recently which we have loved!

What is your favourite thing in the whole world to write about?

Probably personal posts whether they’re parenting related or just generally personal thoughts, rambles etc. Obviously parenting takes up all of my time so I find I have different thoughts and experiences that I would just love to write down.

What skills (the more unusual the better!) has blogging taught you?

Ooh a good one! Probably to improve my writing. I haven’t written or anything since college and I really enjoyed writing, I enjoyed essays and coursework and things like that. Obviously blogging is a different kind of writing altogether and it’s probably a bit cliche but looking back at my writing from when I started blogging, it has massively improved. Things like this make me happy, little goals haha.

What is your favourite post from your blog? Give us the link and tell us why it’s your favourite.

I was torn between my latest book review and this post, so I decided on this one;

Getting Out on Our Toddlebike2: A Review

I would say it’s my favourite because I really love the photography I did on this one, again not the best but I was so proud at the time haha. It’s also such a thorough and in depth review and I had put so much effort into it. Even though the product was gifted, we genuinely absolutely loved it and I’ve recommended it to so many people since!

Have you ever been on TV or radio in your capacity as a blogger? If so, what for? If not, do you think it’s something you’d like to have a go at?

I haven’t no but I don’t think I’d like to at the moment. I’m really not a fan of the idea of being in front of the camera and I HATE the sound of my own voice. I am super hard on myself but I would be so critical and I would be so anxious beforehand, I’d probably cancel anyway.

What is your least favourite thing about blogging? There must be something you don’t like about it…

All the drama. No matter how hard you try, you either get caught up in it or it’s just everywhere you look. There’s a lot of pressure too to look a certain way or behave a certain way, like certain people or rave about something everyone else is. There are some amazing people and I’ve made such wonderful friends and confidants through blogging but there is a lot of judging, bitching, pressure. You find that you’re trying so hard to keep up with others in all different aspects and if you can’t you get so hard on yourself.

Do you have any advice to give to anybody out there thinking of starting a blog right now?

I would stay do what you enjoy, write about what you like. Stuff anyone else or what they think or what everyone else is doing or talking about etc. Don’t follow the crowd but don’t be scared to ask for advice, there are some super friendly lovely people there to help you. Don’t let yourself feel any pressure, if you want to write lots that’s perfectly okay, if you feel you need a time out that is perfectly fine too. Just be yourself and do what you want to do. It is your blog after all.

Where do you do most of your blogging? Do you have a home office, are you on the sofa or do you prefer to be out and about when writing posts?

Mostly from the comfort of my sofa in my pyjamas haha! I used to have a desk but had to pass it on as it was taking up space and we needed to put baby things in the spare room. I might have ideas for posts or other things to blog about when out and about so I’ll usually make a note of them.

Be honest. How many unwritten posts are in your drafts right now? How many are likely to see daylight?

I think there are 2 unwritten posts and I’m unsure if they will see daylight to be honest ha! I have these ideas, I begin them then save and come back to them but I either don’t get the motivation to complete them or I change my mind about them. I try not to have draft posts in there as I hate seeing a list of posts I haven’t completed or want to complete haha.

What are you most excited about for your blog in the last six months or so of 2019? Anything awesome in the pipeline for the summer or are we forever winging it?

I am completely winging it if I’m honest! I don’t plan on taking things too much more professional as I am planning on increasing my working hours to completely full time and I get busy quite a lot so can go quite a while without posting. Which is frustrating but life gets in the way. I mostly just hope I am posting a bit more than usual and actually get these ideas into real life blog posts.

Finally, what is your absolute favourite thing about being a blogger?

My favourite thing has to be how proud of myself I get when I create fantastic images and put together a really great blog post. When I get this I feel so good and know that it all goes towards better collaborations and opportunities more so for my family. I love the ‘release’ it gives to get all of my words down and thoughts out too.

Blog URL; https://www.dearmummybear.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/dearmummybearblog

Twitter: www.twitter.com/dearmummybear

Instagram: www.instagram.com/dearmummybear

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