Every week I feature an interview with a blogger, so that whether you know of them or not, you can get to know them a little better! This week we meet the lovely Nicole from Tales From Mamaville. Thanks so much for taking part Nicole 🙂
Tell me a little bit about yourself and your family
Hi, I’m Nicole, first-time mum to four-year-old Zach. I live with my husband and son in Kent (we moved to the countryside from the hustle-and-bustle of London this summer).
At the moment I am a SAHM who blogs and does freelance writing. I guess that makes me a WAHM:) Prior to becoming a mummy in 2013, I was a Lifestyle journalist with a national newspaper in Mumbai, India (where I was born and am originally from; however, now, UK is my home) after which I worked for a magazine and a website in London.
What do you like doing to be you, when you are not parenting, working (if you do), or blogging?
When I had all the time in the world, you could find me with a book or in the gym! Now, most of my day revolves around parenting and I dedicate all the other time to my blog. I will admit, however, you will also find me scrolling through FB well past midnight!
What is your biggest achievement to date?
On the personal front, I went through the loss of my fiance; he passed away in an accident just three months before our wedding. It was the most difficult time for me. But I grieved, accepted and found the strength to move on. I found my peace.
And on a more joyous note, giving birth to my son. Childbirth has terrified me since I can remember, but I did it:)
From your own experiences, what do you find the hardest part of parenting and what is the easiest/most rewarding part?
The hardest part is the fact that you are learning on the job and will make mistakes. There may be books and information galore but there is no one-size-fits-all solution, so you just have to trust your gut instinct as a parent. Change is constant, and you must learn to go with the flow. Every stage and age has its own challenges, so parenting is a constant learning curve.
The most rewarding part of parenting is seeing your child grow into this wonderful, kind, smart human being who you know has been created and nurtured by you. That, and the impromptu kisses, hugs and ‘I love you’s’ that they shower upon you.
Parenting in itself is no mean feat; how do you juggle everything you need to in order to get everything done on a daily basis?
As I mentioned in the previous point, you just learn on the job and go with the flow. Changes will take place, unexpected things will happen, but you cannot stop. You just learn to work around them. I’ve seen so many mums who seem baffled with one child managing so well when there’s another baby added to the mix. They found a way that worked, and did it.
That said, having a routine of sorts does help, especially with younger children. It is easier getting things done when you know what to expect. I have a loose routine I follow, and that helps keep things in perspective.
With regards to blogging, having a plan and a schedule helps. I’m working on that at the moment.
Why did you decide to start blogging?
Writing has always been my thing; I’ve written for newspapers, magazines, websites, catalogues and advertisements. But took time out after becoming a full-time SAHM. When my son started three days a week at nursery, and I found some time to myself, I jumped back into doing what I love and so my blog (my second baby) Tales from Mamaville was born.
Tell me a bit about your blog?
Tales from Mamaville is a blog about motherhood, toddlerhood and everything in between. I wanted to document all the new experiences motherhood was teaching me and record the precious moments as well as the silly ones. As I learnt the tricks of the trade, I wanted to share tips and advice that could benefit other new mums as well. But above all, I wanted the blog to bring a smile to a tired mum’s face. I wanted her to read it and feel that she’s not alone in this journey. I’m glad that in my two years of blogging, I have ticked all these boxes.
What do you want your blog to achieve and where do you hope to see it go as it grows?
I am now focussing on making a career out of blogging, while being a SAHM. The foundation has been laid, and the next step is making an income out of it. The essence of my blog is still parenting and motherhood, but I am broadening it to include parenting-related lifestyle topics as well.
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about starting a blog?
Write from the heart. Don’t follow the crowd. If people like what they read, they will come back for more irrespective of your following/ DA/ etc.
If you plan to monetise your blog, then get the technicalities sorted right from the start. Do your homework and then jump right in. Go self-hosted from the beginning, and learn about SEO, keywords and DA. Start growing your social media. But also remember to not loose the YOU in all of it.
If you could have dinner with three people (dead or alive), who would it be and why?
1) My hubby! I know it sounds weird but as parents, date nights are so few and far between that a nice romantic uninterrupted dinner with my better half would be wow!
2) A convention of some of the best bloggers in the business – who will walk me through the intricacies of the blogging world.
3) My besties from when I was growing up – those times were carefree and loads of fun.
Tell me three random facts about you
1) I’m always up for a crazy challenge – I’ve even eaten vanilla ice-cream with tomato ketchup!!!
2) I’ve always wanted to go to the moon
3) I sing quite well in the bathroom – or so I think – but sound like a hoarse cow when singing in public!