FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR BABES ABOUT TOWN
I get so many questions about blogging and Babes about Town, I thought it would be helpful to answer them in one spot. Here you go!
How long have you been blogging?
It will be 10 years in 2020. I’m one of the grandmas of the Internet.
Why do you blog?
Short answer: Because I can and because I love it.
Slightly longer answer: I love inspiring parents to make the most of these intense but rather brief years we have with little children. I blog about what to do in London with kids, but I hope to encourage families wherever they are to get out there, have adventures and make lasting memories together. I blog to express myself, because I believe stories are the best way to reach people on a meaningful level. Storytelling is my passion and my blog has become an important part of our story as a family.
How did you come up with the idea for Babes about Town?
I had the idea when my eldest was a baby, as I wanted a site that would tell me cool stuff I could do, and parent-friendly places I could go. But I couldn’t find anything right in London. Then I came up with the name ‘Babes about Town’, but I sat on it until my youngest was born. Finally, I launched my blog when Jed was about to turn one. You can read more on my ABOUT page.
Do you make a living off your blog?
After years of blogging, I’m lucky to command three to four figures per campaign. However, I’m very picky with collaborations and blogging has never been my full-time gig. I’m also a writer (TV, freelance, currently working on a book and a novel) and media consultant. I like to say that I ‘make a life’ with my blog, as it brings me and my family so many opportunities (including a side income) that we might never have had otherwise.
I would like to start/grow my blog too, how do I go about it?
Just start. Don’t overthink it. Your blog will evolve as you go, so if you have a strong idea and a drive to tell your story (whether through words, pictures, recipes or whatever motivates you), then do it. If you would like extra help, I run blogging workshops with MOTHERS AND SHAKERS. We’ve also got a 30-Day online Blogging Course for beginners, that you can do at your own speed. Learn more HERE.
Do you accept guest posts?
Sorry, not at this time.
I’m interested in advertising or collaborating with your blog in some way. How do I go about it?
You can GET IN TOUCH to discuss. For quick reference, you can request a copy of my Media Kit.
I don’t have a budget but I’d love to work with you. Is this possible?
Short answer: Nope.
Slightly longer answer: I already provide TONS of free content to my audience, through my blog and newsletter. So I’m afraid I have very little bandwidth for unpaid work. If you feel your idea is strong and of value to my audience, you are welcome to get in touch. But please do lower your expectations if you can’t afford to pay for promotion.
Can you offer me some help with blog content/social media marketing for my product or service?
Can you give me feedback on my idea/service?
I don’t offer free consulting at this time. However, you are welcome to get in touch via MOTHERS AND SHAKERS to discuss your needs and our packages.
Where else can I find you online?
I’m @Babesabouttown pretty much everywhere (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest). I’m also a boss mama at MOTHERS AND SHAKERS, offering digital consulting for bloggers, creatives and family-friendly brands.
I would love to feature you on my blog, TV show, podcast, print or online platform. Is that something we can discuss?
Sure. GET IN TOUCH and let’s chat.
What can I do with a baby in London?
London is bursting with baby-friendly activities. Why not take your baby to the cinema? Or try one of the baby-friendly raves and discos? I’m working on a free guide to London with a Baby, out soon.
Do you have any advice for things to do with older kids?
By popular request, I’m putting together a specific guide for young teens and tweens. In the meantime, my regular Weekend Scoop and Holiday Guides always feature activities for all ages, including older kids ages 8+.
I’m in London for the weekend. Where should I take the kids?
Can you suggest any good family-friendly places to eat?
We love eating out, so much that I have an entire section Eat London with Kids.
What are the best child-friendly day trips from London?
There are loads of places to take the kids. If you’d like a copy of my guide to Child-Friendly Day Trips from London (out soon), do sign up to my WEEKLY NEWSLETTER to stay in the loop.
You do SO MUCH with your boys. Should I feel guilty/lazy?
Heck no! I’ve had a few people tell me that and I always remind them a) This is my gig, so we get tons of invites everywhere b) More often than not, I have to drag the babes out with me. They’re happy about it in the end, but just getting them out of the house can be a struggle c) We spend a LOT of time just lounging/boys playing video games or football etc, so these are simply the highlights of our activities. My goal is not to guilt trip you, only to help when you’re stuck for ideas and the kids are climbing the walls!
How can I keep up with your amazing content?
Glad you asked. Sign up to my COOL KIDS CLUB (weekly newsletter).
Finally, how do you make it all work i.e. creating, mothering, being a badass?
Vodka. I’m not even joking. Ok, maybe just a little. I think the trick is to cut yourself some slack, focus on what matters to you most (for me that’s family and creative work), and let everything else slide (i.e. having a spotless home). Whether you’re a career mama, work-from-home or stay-at-home, it’s all HARD work. So don’t put too much pressure on yourself and pat yourself on the back for even the smallest wins. ‘Everybody fed, nobody dead’ is a good enough mantra.
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One More Thing: Why are you dressed like a tiger?
Lol. My husband bought the tiger hat for me as a birthday present a few years back. It’s kind of my signature look around town in winter. Super duper warm, gets props from small kids, and I love it. You can’t see in this photo, but it comes with paws to slip your hands into. Snug. You can find similar hats here.
Still here? Take a peek at these 10 (Possibly) Surprising Things about Me.