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?
10 years in 2020. I’m one of the grandmas of the Internet.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA FOR BABES ABOUT TOWN?
When my eldest was a baby, I longed for a site that would tell me cool stuff I could do as a new parent. I came up with the idea and name for ‘Babes about Town’, but I sat on it until my youngest was about to turn one. You can read more about Our Story HERE.
DO YOU MAKE A LIVING OFF YOUR BLOG?
After years of blogging, I’m lucky to command decent fees per campaign. However, I’m super picky with collaborations and blogging has never been my full-time gig. I’m also an author, screenwriter and creative consultant. I like to say that I ‘make a life’ with my blog, as it brings me and my family so many rewarding opportunities.
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. If you have a strong idea and a drive to tell a story (whether through words, pictures, recipes or whatever motivates you), then do it. If you would like extra help, I offer training for bloggers through MOTHERS AND SHAKERS.
DO YOU ACCEPT GUEST POSTS?
Sorry, not at this time.
I’M INTERESTED IN ADVERTISING OR COLLABORATING WITH YOU IN SOME WAY. HOW DO I GO ABOUT IT?
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, social platforms 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 lower your expectations if you can’t afford to pay for promotion.
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 a baby-friendly rave? 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 feature activities for all ages. Sign up for the WEEKLY NEWSLETTER and never miss a trick!
YOU DO SO MUCH WITH YOUR BOYS. SHOULD I FEEL GUILTY/LAZY?
Not at all! 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 had to drag the boys out with me. They were 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 the blog offers a ‘highlights reel’ 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 WEEKLY NEWSLETTER. You can also follow me @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.
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.
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.