When did you start your blog?
Mummy Hearts Money started up in November 2011 and has been steadily accumulating posts ever since.
Why did you start blogging?
I like to win things. And it seemed like all these bloggers were on a pretty awesome wicket with some brilliant giveaways and events being attended. So I figured why not me? And there was an element of loneliness as well, being a stay at home mum for the first time left me with a lot of time on my hands once the house was clean every day. Blogging (and reading blogs) gave me a new connection with other women in similar situations.
I’m all around tightarse, so Mummy Hearts Money is mostly my chance to write about the various ways to live life on a shoe string budget. I share way more than people probably want to know about the lives of me and my family.
What are your 5 must have tools for blogging?
My iPhone for snapping spontaneous shots, my kids, the internet (anyones free WIFI will do in a pinch), sleep and some comment love. A little Facebook like goes a long way for motivating me to write more.
What is your favourite part of being a blogger?
Free stuff. I can’t believe how much cool stuff comes my way, events, samples, it’s awesome. What’s even better is I keep being given stuff to give away! I’m like the worst smallest blog but I still get to give away brilliant things.
And socialising. Bloggers are the coolest people in the world. Even if I don’t read your blog. My key interest in you is the fact you are a blogger. Not sure why I find them all so fascinating but there it is.
What would be the biggest thing you have learnt since starting your blog?
It’s hard work if you want to build it. I’ve done all the reading on moving a blog to the next level, and I’m just too lazy to make it happen. I like writing, I like being read, and I like giving things away….I do not like studying stats, fiddling with HTML, and trying to actively influence traffic.
If you could start again, what would you do differently?
I would come up with an alias straight away. Fingers crossed my mother never googles my name because I am all over the net these days because of the blog and blog reading (commenting). It’s too late now.
What has been your blog’s biggest achievement?
Getting full sponsorship to DPCon12 only 3 months after being set up. Hola Lasoo.com.au for your faith in me, which in my rookiness I probably didn’t repay as well as other bloggers might have. I haven’t won any awards, I don’t nominate myself and as said above I’m the smallest blog in the world so no-one else has a reason to nominate me.
What do you find is the best way to help promote your blog?
Playing nice with other bloggers. It’s all about who knows you. I tend to get more new visitors that stick around when another blogger gives me a shout out.
Not sure how much my shout outs are worth but I try to pay it forward whenever I see someone new and special come on the scene or when a favourite of mine is getting near some fabulous milestone.
What advice would you have for new chick bloggers?
Pay a whole lot more attention to your first post. It’s supposed to add context to your blog and I often go back and read someones first post to see what kicked them off. Don’t read mine, I haven’t gotten around to fixing it yet
Do you (or do you plan to) make any income from your blog?
Meh, too much work. If anyone wants to pay me to advertise, I have some pretty cheap rates, but mostly I just like getting products and events. I don’t even charge for a review or press release if you give me something cool to give to my readers.
What future goals do you have for your blog?
Probably to be big enough to get bigger opportunities. I don’t have a clearly defined number, but I guess PR companies do. The bigger the blog, the bigger the opportunities, the bigger the prizes that can snagged for everyone else is kind of my logic. So I guess I care about the stats a little after all. See? Hard work.
What is your all time favourite post that you would love people to read?
Chrisco Hampers – How does the value stack up?
Not because I think anyone else is all that interested in the value of Chrisco hampers, but because I felt like I was working for one of the current affairs programs doing an expose when I was researching and writing it. It just shows you the effort I will go to to prove a point (even to myself) and save a buck or two.
What is your most popular post (in number of comments, or traffic received)?
Cosco Membership – Is it worth $60?
This one gets lots of constant traffic, I think it’s been picked up by a few membership only budget sites, so I can’t see what they said about it, only that I get a steady trickle of visitors. It probably gets the most genuine search phrases into this post too. You know, search phrases that are not “Catholic school girl” and “why am I so hard?”. Dirty dirty people out there.
Who are your 5 favourite chick bloggers and why?
Daisy Roo and Two – This women is the blogging trifecta. Red headed, twins, and pee my pants funny. Any one of those 3 ingredients makes a successful blogger and this chick has all of them.
Salz Dummy Spit – And here I have to edit because I was originally going to write EXACTLY what she wrote about me without even knowing she wrote it. So instead I will get myself some better family karma by saying she is hysterically funny, keeps me in the loop with my adorable nieces, and is proving to be one of the best Muslim female role models I know. She impresses me all the time with her strength of mind and willingness to share her life and culture. I believe women like her are doing great things for eradicating some of the terrible stereotypes held about Islam and women in this country. So ner Sal, now you have to find nicer things to say about me.
Louisa Claire – Red head again. I’m obsessed with them. They are the most beautiful people on the face of the earth. Practical, down to earth and sweet, I love following the lives of her family.
Big Family Little Income – I’ve been reading Bruce (I also think of Nemo when I say that) for ages. I love his story telling style, and those 7 kids of his keep coming up with more material every week. I love that he manages to find enough things to post pretty much daily, and I’m fascinated with that 18 year daughter of his, possibly because she makes it into the blog the least. Whenever I have a hospital appointment I gear myself up to read through his archives.
Kylie Ofiu – The first blog I ever read. She and I feel like kindred spirits and I always like to see what she’s up to. She keeps me motivated whenever I start to go on a spending slide.