Welcome to the second post in the series, Blog of the Month!
Last month, we heard all about Kelly Robinson-Key and her blog, Nature Mum Blog. If you missed it, you can read it here.
This month, we’re featuring on a blog called Cardiff Mummy Says, which is one of my favourite blogs to read. Witty and intelligent, Cathryn Scott’s style of writing is one that I absolutely love, which is why she is featuring as November’s Blog of the Month.
Let’s find out a little bit about her, shall we?
- Tell us a little bit about yourself
I’m Cathryn. I’m a mum of three children, a daughter aged 6 3/4 and two sons aged 5 and 2.5. I’m from Barry, went to university in Swansea (where I met the man who is now my husband) and have lived in Cardiff since 2003. I’m a journalist, a yoga teacher, a vegetarian, I’m 5ft 0 tall. I love cheesy music, pizza and the sea.
When did you start blogging and why?
I originally started blogging in 2007. I’d just left my job as a staff journalist to go freelance, and although I loved being self-employed, I missed the weekly column I used to write in my job, so I created a blog as a way of continuing with that. I didn’t really tell many people that I’d started blogging – blogs weren’t as big as they are now, and I was worried people would laugh at me because I wasn’t writing for a publication or getting paid for it.
I blogged on and off, very sporadically, for a few years, but only for myself really because although I was always busy with work, I wasn’t doing any of the more chatty informal stuff. I set up Cardiff Mummy Says in 2013, but again was so scared about people laughing at me, I kept it to myself for well over a year. I’d had an idea in my head for a while about a magazine for local parents as there’s nothing here in South Wales that really caters for parents, but I knew I didn’t have the time or resources for a traditional magazine.
One day, in August 2014, I just decided to go for it. I wrote a post in response to an article about my old university, which I’d seen being shared on Facebook, but which I felt did nothing to reflect the amazing time I’d had there. I set up a Facebook page for Cardiff Mummy Says, and used it to share the post on my personal Facebook page.
My very first post I’d shared with anyone went viral – and I suddenly thought, wow, I could actually do this! I’ve been writing the blog ever since and it’s now become a big part-time job in itself. When I started, I had absolutely no idea what a huge blogging community there was and feel lucky to have made some brilliant and supportive friends through the blogging world.
- What is unique about yourself and your blog?
- When you’re not blogging, you’re … ?
- Why should people visit your blog?
- What piece of advice would you give your younger self?
- Tell me something that most people don’t know about you.
- And finally, just for fun, what is your favourite colour and why?