It is with a heavy heart that Victoria is saying goodbye to hosting #PoCoLo or Post Comment Love Linky. She has hosted this brilliant linky for a few years now and done a fantastic job of sharing the blog love, but now she is taking on new challenges and I wish her all the best with it.
As of 8th January 2016 both Stephanie and I will be co-hosting #PoCoLo. I was thrilled when Victoria decided to hand on the reigns to me and Stephanie and I look forward to sharing the blog love and bigging up all you fantastic bloggers out there.
If you'd like to learn a little more about Stephanie and I we both wrote introductions over on Victoria's blog, you can find them here:
What is #PoCoLo?
A linky where you can share a post you're proud of, one that perhaps didn't get the exposure you were hoping for. You can share a personal post, a sponsored post, a review, a photo, a competition, whatever you like - as long as it was written in the last week.
You'll be able to add your link to either of our sites every Friday and between us we'll comment on every post in the following week.
- Please comment on at least two other posts and share the word about #PoCoLo on Twitter - be sure to tag us: Stephanie - @LifeAt139a, Morgan - @MorganPrinceCom.
- Your post has to have been written in the past week.
- Please include the #PoCoLo Badge on your post.
Every week Stephanie and I like to showcase you lovely lot so we alternately host Blogger Showcase, a chance for you to tell us and other bloggers about yourself. Over the last few months we've showcased some great bloggers but now we've decided to change it up a bit.
You have a choice, you can either get in touch to be featured and we'll let you know what we need from you, OR you can answer a list of questions and we'll host your answers as the Blogger Showcase.
Just to show you what we mean Stephanie and I have answered the questions ourselves. You can read my answers below and you can find Stephanie's answers here.
Who are you?
I'm Morgan, I'm 35 years old and a stay-at-home mum to my two boys, LP (7yrs old) and BP (12yrs old). I've been a stay-at-home mum since BP was born. I like spending my free time (when I get it) building Lego sets like my Taj Mahal and Tower Bridge and I occasionally enjoy piecing together jigsaws. I'm a bit of an introvert and prefer being on my own or in a small group of people.
How did you discover blogging?
It was about 6 or 7 years ago, I'd just finished reading a great book by Heather Killough-Walden and did a search for more of her books. I stumbled across her blog and got reading, I was hooked. It was then that I began writing.
Why did you start blogging?
Unlike most parenting bloggers it was not to keep an online diary of my boys' lives. I began blogging as an aspiring author. I was writing a novel and spent a lot of time reading authors' blogs and learning about how I should be writing a blog myself. I started my blog as a writer but it was just because I thought I had to. It wasn't until I began spending more time on the blog than on the novel that I realised how much I enjoyed blogging.
What do you find most challenging?
Balance. The balance between being a mum and keeping the house running smoothly and blogging. Blogging takes up a lot of time and sometimes it can spill into the time I generally save for my boys. It's tough keeping them separate.
What is your favourite topic to write about?
Being a stay-at-home mum and being proud of that. Most of my posts come from my experience as a SAHM and through the years I've battled with self-doubt and loathing because I didn't earn the money. I'd like to think that my blog posts on this topic help other SAHM's realise that they're doing an important job and just because they don't earn the money doesn't mean they're not valued.
Are you blogging for fun or do you have goals?
I've always had goals with my blogging, it started out as an outlet for my author side and since switching to a parenting blog it's now my chance to do something helpful for others. Eventually I'd love to earn a living wage from blogging but I'm in no hurry. I don't need it to happen this year, or even in the next 2 years. I'll keep chipping away slowly at my own pace, I think this will help me not get burnt out and I'll still be around in 10 years!
What is your favourite thing about blogging?
The people. I know everyone says this but that's because it is true. Every single blogger you interact with is caring, helpful, and always on hand to answer questions if you need them. Even when I think I'm being totally rubbish and not helping others they're still there to help. Bloggers are a lovely bunch and I wouldn't want to be without them.
Have you ever attended a blogging conference and if so, what did you think?
I have - I went to Blogfest 2015 (that was my first) and I attended BML 16 in June too. I loved them both but for different reasons. Blogfest was terrifying, mostly because it was my first conference and I had no idea what to expect, but at the same time I had a great day. I learnt a lot and it helped my confidence. BML 16 (BritMums Live) was more about the people, meeting people I'd spoken to online hundreds of times, listening to other bloggers and their thoughts, finding like-minded people and knowing I was in the company of friends. They are a great way of meeting the people you interact with all the time and you may even learn a few things too. That's why I'll be going to Blogfest 2016 in a few weeks.
What are your three best posts?
This is a tough one because it really depends on what mood I'm in, but here's 3 of my faves:
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Are you a tea and biscuits or coffee and cake person?
Gotta be coffee and cake for me! I'll occasionally have tea but not often and I rarely have biscuits in the house but coffee is a must and well cake is just a given right?
What's your idea of the perfect night out?
The Hubby and I going to a quiet restaurant and eating a tasty meal then heading to the cinema to see a romantic comedy. Heading home knowing the boys are staying with their Aunt so I don't have to worry about morning breakfast duties.
And the perfect night in?
Again the Hubby and I watching one of our favourite movies. Popcorn, snacks, and drinks are sorted and the boys are in bed so we can get on with the movie, uninterrupted.
What would your best friend/OH/mum or kids say is your best quality?
Grr to Stephanie again - I can never settle on something when asked these kind of questions. I'd like to think they'd say I'm caring, that I'm always there for people when they need me, but who knows, it depends what mood they were in when asked I guess!
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