I found this blog challenge at Melange of Musings and couldn't resist giving it a go!
Have you had any past online presence (Youtube,Other blog)?
Yes, I've been around the block when it comes to blogging! I've been very active on Livejournal and Dreamwidth, the fandom blogging platforms of choice, over the years, and I've had endless amounts of social media accounts. The first one I really got into was MySpace; I spent so many hours 'pimping' it out with glitter text, and sparkly hover features.
In the gap between this blog and the last one I was most active on Tumblr, it's such a laid back network when it comes to engagement.
When did you start your blog?
I started this blog at the end of January 2015. It looks like I started earlier though because I backdated a lot of my historical essays and suchlike, because I had so many to move over from previous blogs. I bought my own domain name, www.babiafi.co.uk, in November 2015 when I started to take blogging more seriously.
What was your first post?
My first original post for this blog was a review of the Lamaze Night Night Owl - I like to think I've improved since then!
Why did you start a blog?
I read lots and lots of parenting blogs during my pregnancy, for inspiration and motivation - Marianna was a handful even before she was born! I decided about seven months in that once my baby was here, I'd set one up myself. I've blogged before, of course, but it felt like there was a real sense of community among parenting bloggers which turned out to be true. :)
Where do you see yourself in a year?
Still blogging! Hopefully the blog will continue to grow and, with any luck, I'll be able to make a little extra cash from it.
What is the most rewarding thing to you about blogging? / What motivates you to blog?
The people I've met (in the virtual sense!) from it, and the record it's created of our lives. I love looking back already and seeing how much Marianna has grown and changed over the first year of her life. What motivates me is having something of my own to focus on, and the drive to just get better at it all.
What is the most discouraging thing that happens to you?
Probably just comparing myself to other bloggers. I know I shouldn't do it, but often I can't help myself. Then it seems like everyone else can write so much better than I can, take better photographs, has way better stats, and loads more brand engagement, etc. I just need to remember this quote:
How many hours a week do you spend writing/editing posts?
Too many! At least ten, I'd say, when you factor in checking social media, email, and all the rest of it.
Who is your favorite blogger?
The Toy Box Philosopher. If you're a doll collector, or just looking to buy a doll, this blog is an absolute must! TBP has the most in-depth reviews of dolls you're going to find on the net, and is constantly introducing me (and my poor bank balance) to new doll lines.
Does anything tick off you about blogging?
Not really. It's galling when a post you've worked hard on doesn't do very well, but that's just life.
Share a blogging secret:
Blog comment / engagement exchange groups are the best thing since sliced bread, especially for posts which might not otherwise attract much attention.