In Answer To Your Blogging Questions by blogger and vlogger Vicki Psarias of Honest Mum

Hey there awesome readers.

I’ve written a post in answer to some of your blogging questions. Each day I receive several emails/twitter and fb messages asking me how to make a blog a business.

Here I share a brief post that will hopefully offer some insight.

First off, I’m truly touched that so many of you are seeking my advice, and to date I’ve had hundreds, make that thousands of queries since starting this blog nearly 5 years ago.

I’ve written lots of posts offering advice on professional blogging, explaining how  ANYONE can go pro (yep I’m shouting because it’s true) so check those bad boys out HERE (also found on my sidebar)-and read on for some short but hopefully sweet answers to your questions.

To offer context-

Please note, blogging is an ever-changing, exciting platform, available to all. It’s a democratic world where talent is sought after, celebrated and opportunity comes knocking (a lot)!

The digital space reminds me of properties-the more online space you own and nurture (or the greater attention you give to one or two sites), the higher the rewards.

I was a Film & TV director pre blogging and now earn 3 times as much thanks to my two blogs, because blogs/sites such as mine can and are, monetised with ad campaigns, display ads, paid events, holidays, social media campaigns, sponsored posts (I also do consultancy for PR firms and business) and I’m often a walking ad (some of the time)-*there goes Kim K worrying again 😉

I’m personally regularly paid to wear outfits, push prams and attend functions.

Everything that falls under this category on this blog or on my social media platforms will be accompanied with #sp, #ad or #sponsored. Honest Mum innits.

Seriously, though, blogging is my dream job.

It’s flexible, well paid and I’m in control of my time and work on my own terms.

Yes it requires a lot of hard work but I can schedule my day around my children, and as my Mum reminded me this weekend, my kids are having a wonderful childhood with a great many trips and holidays away, beautiful clothes and fun days out thanks to my job.

I couldn’t ask for more.

Of course like any job, blogging requires times and dedication, and there are down sides too-it can be hard to switch off, it can feel overwhelming at times with the lines of life and blog work becoming blurred, there are never enough hours in the day- but overall it totally kicks ass.

Now without further ado, here are my answers to some of the most frequent questions I’m asked-

1. How can I be a Blogger/ Professional Blogger?

Some people dislike the term ‘professional blogger’, preferring digital journalist or something to that effect. I personally like how transparent and obvious ‘professional blogger’ sounds. It defines a job that only came into existence in the mainstream a few years ago.

Many brands I work with refer to me as ‘a digital influencer’ too but I rarely refer to myself as such- find what works for you but don’t be scared to own the term or title, as therein lies your power.

Furthermore, you don’t have to have been blogging for a long period of time, have won an award or be earning 6 figures to call yourself a professional.

You make money or EVEN WANT TO from your blog? You’re a professional blogger.

Dream it, do it, I say. Once you put a title on yourself, people respect you and work comes your way.

I was approached to work on well-paid campaigns just four weeks after starting this blog in November 2010 when blogs weren’t even really a thing.

Blogs are big business and can grow massively in a small space of time. I always say, ‘everyone needs a maternity leave’ when setting up a business and it’s remarkable how quickly you can develop your blog into your job if you choose to.

There is room for everyone of us. Each voice is unique, you are your niche so if you don’t want to focus on just one or two areas, then don’t.

I simply write and shoot everything that interests me. This is the magazine of my life.

Hone in on what matters to you and you’ll find that frankly the (virtual) sky’s the limit when it comes to blogging.

2. What are brands looking for?

I do consultancy for some of the biggest global PR firms and I’ve worked with PR’s and agencies for years now.

I also have a much smaller style blog Mummy’s Got Style where I blog 1-2 times a week, much less compared to here which could be 5 times a day due to the demand of paid posts alongside my own personal ones. I like to balance the ration between paid and non-paid posts.

I still receive well-paid commissions on my style blog which perfectly demonstrates that brands are seeking well-written, slick blogs with clear photos (even if that’s on your mobile which many are, over there), and of course if you have the stats and social media following great, but often about reaching a niche, however big or small and fitting the brief and brand.

You don’t have to have the biggest, baddest blog to get the gig either.

In fact when I recommend bloggers for outreach programmes for campaigns, I always offer a cross section of bloggers with varying sized audiences, the one thing they all have in common though is a strong voice.

Their work is professional, free of spelling and grammatical mistakes and their blogs are places I want to return to, time and time again.

Yes PR’s/brands are also interested in your Page and Domain Authority (you can check yours HERE) and the reach and engagement you have on social media but don’t stress yourself out about every single platform.

The priority is usually the blog and as video is growing so quickly, good quality videos are important too.

I don’t have a huge amount of subscribers on YouTube but that doesn’t matter because I’m growing and getting views. The more you share, the more people will discover you. YouTube is a search engine too.

Offering video as part of your package can help grow your platforms and will mean more commissions.

…Brands usually want a quick turnaround too, people they can trust to deliver great results, and my rule of thumb is to give everyone more than they asked for so I might shoot an additional quick video or add a gif to a post, and I usually offer more social media support than agreed.

It’s a nice gesture and means I’m commissioned over and over by the same people.

3. What if other readers/bloggers don’t like me?

Easy to say I know as we all want to be liked, but frankly, try not to sweat those who don’t appreciate you and focus fully on what you like about your own work and how to drive forwards with the blog you wish to create/ hone.

Ignore, block if necessary and keep sharp, and joyful. Life is mostly amazeballs, people!

Write the posts you want to read yourself and cultivate a blog that makes you happy, that feels like home.

Also here comes the science bit but as an example and huge exaggeration here, but let’s say 200 bloggers decide not to read my blog every day-they literally make up a tiny percentage of my overall readership so hey ho.

Even if you’re getting 20 people visiting your blog per day, very soon those numbers will grow (we all started at the beginning remember) and those figures will NEVER consist of just family members, close friends or bloggers so remember that.

The majority of EVERYONE’s readers on their blog have got there thanks to SEO (good old Google and other search engines/social media) and yes you will no doubt have bloggers and other loyal readers stopping by (Hi Mum!) and of course you want them to, but if others doesn’t get you, it’s OK, it’s a blog, the whole nature of it is means like-minded readers will find it and you, because they have shared interests be it chocolate cake recipes to laughing about toddler tantrums in Tesco.

Equally, something I noticed particularly over the last 2 years, was the more achievements I garnered, the greater my so called blogging friends began to cut ties. Not many but a handful for sure.

I’ve heard this from many other thriving bloggers in other niches too-fashion, food, beauty etc.

Jealousy is rife, it’s something as adults, people should deal with (nothing uglier than trolling/ bullying behaviour by grown ups who should know better), not let fester or cause reactive or passive aggressive behaviour.

Kill them with kindness as my Mum always says, or if that’s just not possible, I say simply #moveon. Shake it off Taylor Swift style.

Not everyone will like you and that’s OK. Come on women, men rarely worry about these things and nor should we!

I must say I’ve not had it bad at all. I feel I’m mostly liked, have a strong network of close, sisterly blogging friends along with loyal readers and wide reaching readers.

I like to think I’m always genuine and kind to all. It takes a lot for me to get upset and my default is to always see the good in people first-I’m no walk over though, I can only take so much and tend to rid myself of bad eggs and move forwards, without a second glance.

It does make sad though the amount of emails I receive from bloggers from all sectors, mentioning cliqueness and online negativity.

Surround yourself with light, worry about what you’re personally doing and your own goals, push your energy in to your work and family, look at those you love (Hola kids)- and let them ground you and give your purpose.

Onwards!

4. What to charge?

I can’t give you exact figures as it varies from blogger to blogger but work out your worth, the time it will take you to write a post, shoot, share etc and decide what feels right to you. This is my full time job, I have 3 employees, 2 who started last January.

My blog is nearly 5 years old with a high domain and page authority and a large social media following- so my rates reflect this and I charge high fees. Time equals money.

I do also support charities for no fee and I don’t review restaurants for a fee unless it’s part of a specific campaign either.

I am paid to review items/holidays/clothes and this is always clear in my work.

If I dislike an item, I will speak to the client to explain why, and see if they can solve the issue/ send me an alternative, or if not, whether I can publish the review as is. Either way, they pay for my time and if it’s published here, I am 100% honest, always.

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t work in exchange for goods you want though. If it builds your experience or you need those shoes/ swing in the garden go for it. I still do reviews that I fancy and I often combine these with competitions so I can drive traffic and social media follows to myself and the brand too.

Also don’t expect to charge thousands for a post at the start, it takes time to build a brand.

5. How can I switch off?

I am asked this a lot and I don’t have any magic answers, it’s true we are all addicted to our phones/laptops, it’s the age we live in but there are measures you and I can take to help the mania.

I’m pretty strict with myself. The laptop is off by 9pm most nights and is always off after pick up, dinner and bedtime.

I schedule blog pots, tweets and fb statuses for any time away if necessary.

I’ve started daily vlogs which are incredibly good fun and have made me feel more confident than ever in front of the camera. I shoot bits of my day and my husband edits at night ready to go live the following day. You can watch them HERE.

I’m organised on the three days my kids are at nursery and school and I try to be kind to myself where possible.

I eat well in the day, take time out for a quick run most mornings and also a quick yoga session watching Yoga with Adrienne at least three times a week.

I take on bigger jobs that pay more and allow me more free time and greater balance.

To me, that’s success, more time with the people who matter, my friends and family.

That goes for sponsored breaks too. I share a few photos as I would on any break, but we HAVE a holiday. The big work comes on our return.

Told you blogging was a dream job.

Got any more questions?

Happy to answer them in the comments.

Photo by Kirsty Mattsson Photography

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73 Responses

  1. Babes about Town

    The secret of your success Vicki is that you are flipping brilliant. End of. Lol.

    Ok, just to add that you are born to this, I’ve watched you grow over the years and it’s nothing short of knock-me-sideways awesome. Blogging would be crying if you hadn’t got together. It’s a Bonnie & Clyde thing 😉

    As always I love your positivity, how passionate you are about blogging, how encouraging and generous in your insights and how open you are. Being that open makes some people see you as vulnerable and try to attack (cue the haters) but actually it’s your strength.

    I can’t wait to see where you take this and by the way I fully expect you to OWN YouTube in a matter of minutes. Thanks for another excellent and useful post xoxo
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    • Honest Mum

      Uju you’ve brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for your awesomeness, for always believing in me and for being a gifted writer and all round human being. Together we are strong-I feel like blogging is my dream career and I want everyone to feel that joy. Thank you girl for being you x

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  2. Wheelie Good Meals

    Hi Vicki, this is an excellent post and really informative. I feel like I’ve hit a wall in some respects with my blog now and am looking at ways to develop it. This post is really helpful as always. Richard

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    • Honest Mum

      So glad it’s helpful, I would read lots of blogs, from many genres, write a list of what you like about them and how you can implement changes to your own blog with your own personal spin, are there pictures clearer, should you invest in a camera, can you post more etc etc.

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  3. Mummy here and there

    You are so genuine and that is what is so lovely that do what you want to do. Sometimes people get lost in numbers and it is refreshing to hear you speak about what you want. X

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  4. Debbie

    Hi Vicki, I think the secret of your success is that you are being you (it comes across that way). I can’t imagine you’d be much different in ‘real’ life and that’s refreshing.It’s sad to think that you’ve lost blogging friends on your climb, but life is too short to worry about them.

    I’ve been toying with the idea of taking my blog up a step next year, not entirely sure how, so reading posts like this are of great help.

    Have a great weekend.

    xx
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  5. Rebecca

    Great post thank you. You are very inspiring, and your attitude always makes me think ‘yeah, I can do this!’ even though I’m right at the beginning of the journey.
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  6. Min

    Fab tips and advice here as always. You’re right about everyone having their own niche. I’m not sure if most of my traffic is coming from SEO though. I still haven’t quite grasped how it works!
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    • Honest Mum

      You might not even realise it is, but most sites’ traffic comes from people typing questions into google and other search engines 🙂

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  7. Ellie @ Hand Me Down Baby

    Thanks for writing so openly about your job. Not many people would share so freely and it’s refreshing…as well as inspiring and insightful.
    I’ve just started my site but I’d love to make it into a full-time career.

    I know you were approached by brands early on. If you hadn’t been, would you have written product reviews independently? I’ve done a few of them as I hope it will encourage interest from other brands. What are your thoughts?

    Ellie
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    • Honest Mum

      Thanks Ellie, glad you found that so, I did and still write reviews off my own back. I am paid for reviews but I will also mention brands or products I naturally buy. I think the key whether you are starting or established is to write what you love and are interested in and to have a synergy with whatever you’re covering, paid or otherwise. Thanks

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  8. Everything Mummy

    Fab vicki recently I have managed to make my blog into my job, still small part time type money coming in but still as you say its a start onwards and upwards its amazing what you have done with your brand in 5 years I am excited for where the future will take me! Blogging is the best job ever x
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  9. Sarah

    Wow the Page and Domain Authority Analytics is fascinating, although sadly I have now reached my daily limit of checking people out! You clearly have phenomenal energy and commitment, and that really comes across in your posts 🙂
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  10. Joanna @mumbalance

    Thanks for the insight 🙂 It’s great to know how people got to where they are.
    I am at the point where I have no problems getting items for reviews and giveaways, but all he brands I’ve worked with (bar tow) where funny when I mentioned payment. At the moment I am building my following and page views, so if I am offered an extra item for giveaway I don’t charge. Though I keep on asking myself ‘how much longer’?
    The only time I got paid was when a company approached me (this happened twice). Because they showed interest in my blog I had the courage to ask for payment. And I did receive it.
    If I am asked to review something, which fits the blog but I’m not keen on it myself, I’ll ask for payment. Which mostly means the emails stop. If I want the item I won’t mention charges, not to miss out. It’s not really the way I want things to go though…
    I do worry that by not asking for payment I am spoiling the market…
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    • Honest Mum

      I think it’s always worth asking if there’s a budget and ask for secondary items when you review for a giveaway too so you can boost traffic to your post. Get a media kit too and put all your social media follows-you can see mine on my Work with Me Section. It will happen.

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  11. Lisa (Travel Loving Family)

    A truly inspiring post! It is so easy to read your articles, you sound really down to earth and supportive of others:) My blog is only four months old but I am really enjoying writing articles and I am learning lots by reading helpful articles such as yours. Your social media followers are very impressive! Keep up the good work:)
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  12. The DADventurer (Dave)

    Good post and thanks for sharing Vic. Love how you always have time for others and share what you’ve learnt – at times blogging can feel very secretive, so I’m sure I’m not alone in saying thanks for sharing.
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    • Honest Mum

      Aw that means a lot Dave, I love sharing, helping and supporting. I was a teacher in another life and there’s nothing more rewarding than sharing what I know. I’m learning from everyone too, thanks for a fab day the other day too-you have a fab energy and it’s always so much fun! Love your little lady too, what a sweetie!

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  13. Tracey Williams

    Even though I have been blogging for over 2 years I have only recently discovered your blog. You are such an inspiration, and its lovely that you share what works for you. It just goes to show with hard work and determination it can pay off. Well done xx
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  14. Leigh - Headspace Perspective

    Honest and sharing as ever, lovely Vicki. We all need to celebrate who we are, and stuff those who don’t like it! Life is too short to not go for what we want xxx
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    • Honest Mum

      Oh Leigh your comment raised the hairs on my arms. Absolutely, thank you for being such a great friend to me, love you lots xx

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  15. Jenny

    Thanks Vicki, I was lucky enough to come across your blog when I started mine in July and it’s something to aspire to xx
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  16. Mim

    Hello there – thank you once again for sharing a little piece of your blogging life! I really enjoy these posts and the transparency of them – I find it fascinating to hear what motivates others to succeed at work and how they apply themselves to do so, whatever the job, although of course Blogging is particularly of interest to me 🙂 It really sounds like you’ve got the right balance of work and family life and things are going brilliantly for you – hurray and well done! Mim x
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    • Honest Mum

      Thank you lovely Mim. I think getting to this point after years of hard work has meant although I still work hard, I have much more freedom and days off with my kids. For me, that defines success. I hope it continues. Thanks for your support and keep up your brilliant blog x
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  17. Lucy @bottlefor2

    Just what I needed to read this morning Vicki! I’ve really missed blogging since I went back to work. Although I’m keeping it going I have less time to dedicate to it and have missed it. I’ve been debating turning my blog into a business, amongst other things. You always make me feel like I should and I could. X
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    • Honest Mum

      You 100% could do it. I’m not trying to say everyone should blog for a career but if you want to, it can be an incredibly fulfilling and well paid career. So happy this has inspired x
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  18. Laura Evelyn Bee

    Such an inspiring post. You always come across so enthusiastic and are so supportive and encouraging of other bloggers. Great tips and you deserve every success! Good luck with the daily vlogging! x
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    • Honest Mum

      Thanks Laura that means a lot to me, I’m hugely passionate about blogging, and helping others. I want us to be always respected as parenting bloggers by the industry and to push boundaries xx
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  19. My boys and me

    I remember coming across you when I first started blogging a year ago and you were so encouraging and supportive! I know what you mean about people -unfollowing’ you as you get successful. I noticed this more with mums from school who started off commenting on my fb page and as it grew they tapered off and I even had one send me a message being so critical and negative. I just put it down to a jealous person not liking seeing others doing well and all she did was inspire me to write a blog post I am publishing soon so I had the last laugh there 😉 I think your success is great and very inspirational. I haven’t blogged much this month as just published a childrens book so have been too busy but your lovely inspiring post has given me the kick up the bum to get back to it so thank you!

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    • Honest Mum

      Huge congrats on your book lovely lady and thank you for your inspiration when I was looking to publish on Huffington Post. I’m sorry you had issues with school mums, really does make me sad when others can’t be supportive. I love your blog x
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      • My boys and me

        Thanks hun. I am really excited about it. You’ve published some great stuff on the huff post! If only all women were as positive and supportive as us hey 😉 The world would be a far less bitchy place;) xxx
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      • Honest Mum

        Thank you darling and ditto, I believe and practice the sisterhood, no other way for me, I feel so happy and grateful to amazing women in my lives, thanks for being so supportive and fabulous xx

  20. Helen at Casa Costello

    Ooh Vicki, I love this post – it does scream honesty. I’m sorry you have come across some of the more jealous bloggers – most of us are happy to celebrate & bask in the success of others. As Colette (going on an adventure) says, “comparison is the thief of joy”. There’s a huge world of opportunity & possibility out there that we should launch into. Here’s to many more years of happy blogging! Ps In awe that you have the stamina for 5 posts a day! Xx
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    • Honest Mum

      I love that saying, spotted it on pinterest a while ago although I don’t think comparison is always a bad thing though, not if you compare and allow that to motivate and inspire you. I have so many incredible, gifted, strong women in my life and they push me onwards. I write very quickly and not all are written in one day although I do publish 4-5 a day usually to meet commercial and personal demands. I like to have a balance. Thanks for your kind words and support, the majority of people I’ve come across are incredible and I feel very lucky to have found great friends thanks to blogging x
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  21. Gemma

    Well, you deserve so much respect after writing this blog. For me, this has given me the boost I needed to go ahead and create my own blog which I’ve been pondering on for a while. The thing is I want to include so much, mostly about life and every aspect of it. Does it matter if my subjects will vary? Also what about being slightly controversial is that a good thing when it comes to blogging as I do have strong options on things that would come across as controversial subjects. I guess maybe so long as my communication in the blog is never “finger pointing” as I would never want my readers to ever feel like they are wrong if they have a different view? Also would it be helpful to attend a creative writing course? I never finished school when I was younger so I do feel that his area is a slight weakness and maybe I would benefit from a small course.

    Anyway, your an inspiration and I think I’m speaking for a lot of here but I love what you do. 👍🏻👍🏻

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    • Honest Mum

      Hi Gemma thanks for your comment, so glad you’ve asked this and I will go in and update my post, as I regularly mention in other posts that you are your niche. I simply write about all my passions-this is a magazine of my life so you write whatever you like. I think it’s important to be true your voice and your opinions, blogs are personal, I always try and be just and fair but you will never please everyone.

      Yes to a creative writing course, that sounds wonderful and we all never stop learning. Thanks very much for your words and good luck with your blog.

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  22. Charlotte Oates

    Thanks for this Vicki, I may not always comment on your blogging posts but I always have a good read.

    It’s such a shame how some people have treated you. Jealousy is a funny thing.

    Do you mind me asking what sort of things your staff do for the blog? I get Jon to help out (a lot) but I couldn’t imaging letting go of control of bits of my blog to someone else.
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    • Honest Mum

      Thanks Charlotte, I’ve not had it bad at all to be honest and I’m thick skinned but I’ve had so many emails from those who have, so wanted to share my thoughts. So my publicist deals with business development, she manages my inbox (most of it) and negotiates on my behalf. I’m an experienced negotiator but having a middle person to negotiate fees is always wise, that’s why creatives tend to have agents. My assistant schedules shoots, responds to event emails, does admin and my designer keeps the blog looking slick, manages new ads/features etc. My husband edits the daily vlogs I shoot myself as well as also shooting some videos (not vlogs) that I’m in along with shooting stills too mostly for campaigns. I also shoot photographs. We are a real team. I write all the posts myself but these people help to keep me sane, my business running alongside me, and wonderfully this means I can spend more time with my kids.

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      • Charlotte Oates

        Sounds like a great arrangement. I’m now officially jealous of your husband’s photography equipment and your staff (but jealous in a nice way 🙂 )
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      • Honest Mum

        Haha thanks, staff only started in January but have helped with my schedule. I love shooting myself and am really enjoying the vlogging but equally fab to have Peter shoot me and he takes exquisite food and landscape photos too x

  23. Katie

    What a useful post! I started a blog a few months ago – mostly just to keep my brain somewhat active while on maternity leave. I’m in awe of people like you who have managed to make a living from blogging. I don’t know if I’ll ever make money from my blog – or if that’s even the right path for me – but I’m just trying to enjoy the ride.
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  24. Adrian

    Inspiration and great advice as always. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience. I have no idea how you write five posts a day on top of being a mum but perhaps you’re incredibly organised and focused and don’t procrastinate! Hope it all keeps going from strength to strength for many years to come.

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    • Honest Mum

      Thanks very much, I publish 5 posts a day, they are not all written in one day although I am a fast and prolific writer so I do write several and for others sites in a day, always been a fast writer. Many thanks for your lovely words!
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  25. linda hobbis

    A really helpful post. I must admit to a twinge of guilt when I read that you are disciplined in switching your PC off to make the most of your time with the boys. That is something I must do! It’s also good to read that your blog is 5 years old and I must confess to some enviousness of your stellar success (even though I know you’ve worked damn hard for it). It’s good to remind myself that I am a baby blogger in comparison and to knuckle down, focus and do the work rather than obsessing over stats and rankings. x
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    • Honest Mum

      Really don’t get obsessed with stats and rankings, blog can grow quickly as my style blog shows but yes this blog is 5 years old and that makes a real difference. Thanks for your comment, I do find I sleep so much better too when I’m strict with switching off x

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  26. Pat Jones

    Thanks for this. I’ve been thinking about starting a blog for months – even though it will probably just be mither about buggies, cots and everything baby. This is going in my favourites folder as a reference point. 🙂

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  27. Steph Oakes

    Great post lovely, as always! Very helpful and informative. I’m always asked by friends if I want to make blogging my full time career but at the moment I just don’t have enough hours in the day with the kids and working to even contemplate making the move and giving it a go (i really don’t know how you do it, you must be superwoman!!) but I think you’re ace and a true inspiration to all bloggers x
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    • Honest Mum

      Not a superwoman at all lovely, in fact I wrote a post on that recently: http://honestmum.com/im-not-superwoman/ and this grew while I was on maternity, both times progressing to my full time job, having employees now means I have more freedom than before, although it’s still a lot of work. Blogging doesn’t have to be a business, I would do this even if I wasn’t paid alongside another job but I love it’s my career x

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  28. A Cornish Mum

    I never understand why some people can’t just celebrate other’s successes and be pleased for them! When something good happens to a friend of mine I am thrilled for them, I don’t immediately think why not me, or it’s unfair… As for kill them with kindness, that’s always been my motto I wouldn’t stoop to their level.
    I’ve been reading your blog since before I started mine in January, and I find your success inspirational lovely.
    Stevie xx
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    • Honest Mum

      Thanks darling, aw if only everyone was as lovely as you hun and I feel exactly the same, it saddens me how many emails I receive about people online and in real life not wanting them to succeed. I’ve experienced this myself, luckily not to a great extent but it’s there. The important thing is to never let it stop or stifle you-to push onward and keeping being yourself. Thank you for your support darling. Love your blog x

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  29. Alex Gladwin

    You know how much of an inspiration I think you are Vicki and I love how much you try and share with others. Also, I am loving your daily vlogs! x

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    • Honest Mum

      Thanks so much Alex, I feel the same way about you and you are such a lovely lady- love your blog and videos too. So fun sharing a slice of our day here, really has helped me feel more confident in front of the camera as the process is so naturalised xx

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  30. Ciara (My Fussy Eater)

    Brilliant post as always! I love that you are so open and share so much about the business side of blogging. Most people are very coy about sharing the secrets to their success but as bloggers, by sharing our knowledge and skills, we in turn will help the entire blogging community, pulling everyone up together. Hooray for blogging solidarity!
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  31. Lizzie Roles

    This is a great post Vicki with loads of insights and great energy. Thank you so much for your mentoring behind the scenes, you are such a help and a joy to know, I hope for more people to know that about you. You are kind and always answer questions with grace even if stretched for time in London. I have so appreciated that. Have a great day lovely, we’re Cornwall bound xo
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  32. Elaine Fitzpatrick

    This is a great article. I found your blog after I started my own blog. I just started mine spontaneously, no research or advice beforehand – I just did it! Well I did have a false start a couple of months ago with a differently named blog and different lifestyle stance, but I couldn’t feel the passion for my first attempt. I feel the love for this one. How do you promote yourself? Or is it just by being viewed? I haven’t started mine as a business venture, more of a hobby but if it was to develop I wouldn’t be unhappy. Thanks for the inspiration

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    • Honest Mum

      Well done Elaine, I’ve actually written this post on being your best publicist and I promote myself on social media and write for other sites too. Content is king, great content will be discovered and shared. PR of course is a crucial part of it-people need to know you exist to find you. Also linking up to popular linkies helps ( I run several here) and commenting on lots of blogs will help get you out there.

      http://honestmum.com/be-your-own-best-publicist/

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  33. Becky, Cuddle Fairy

    Your post published has on the perfect day for me! I have been doubting myself as a blogger all week. Your story is both inspirational & motivational. Thanks so much for sharing x
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  34. amanda

    One of the things I love most about you darling, is your willingness to share information on being successful and not being territorial about it. I find it so refreshing and motivational. This post was crying out to be written and comes the very day after I was wondering how to find my inner fabulous in what I feel is a hugely over-saturated blogging market at the moment. Fab tips, thanks for returning my mojo xx
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    • Honest Mum

      That is so kind Amanda, I love sharing what I know and supporting others. Thank you for your support and your blog is utterly brilliant so please believe in that x

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