Meet the 2014 Finalists: Around the World with a Highchair

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Mrs Around the World With a Highchair (ATWWAH) has actually taken a highchair on holiday with her, only to discover that the self catering accommodation where they were staying already had one… She and Mr ATWWAH are expecting their second baby any day now. She tells us about her blogging life.

How did you get started in blogging, then?

I got the idea for the blog after a friend sent me an email asking for advice about taking her baby on holiday. The name of the blog came up after a holiday we went to where we did actually take the highchair with us.

I bought the domain name and then wrote a couple of posts to share with friends who thought they were funny and it all sort of took off from there.

I went to the Blogcademy which was really useful in getting inspiration and making me think I can have a go at this. I decided to leave my three day a week marketing job and take a two day a week job leaving one day to concentrate on my blog and I’m glad I did.

I earn zero from it at the moment, but I love doing it and it has opened up other doors in terms of writing, which is what I want to do. Also earlier in the year I won Best Individual Travel Blog at the UK National Blog Awards which I was gobsmacked about, but it made a drop in salary and doing something I was passionate about worth the risk.

What did you do when you found out you were a MADS finalist?

Shrieked in delight and checked out the other finalists.

I didn’t expect to make it as a finalist as there are so many good family travel blogs out there so I was really proud. I definitely wrote a post thanking those who had voted for me too as well as doing a lot of retweeting.

Can you describe your MADS outfit in three words? What do you mean you haven’t thought about it yet? (If you haven’t, are you going formal, informal, sleek and slinky or casual?) 

Er, I don’t have one yet, but I’m currently due to have a second baby at the end of June so any clothes purchases are being delayed until after then. At least I have incentive to stop eating cake and biscuits.

I’ll try to aim for ‘quirky, short and bright’.

Who are you most looking forward to meeting at the awards ceremony and why? 

Fellow bloggers. You sort of live in a virtual world where you feel like you know some people really well but you haven’t physically met. It will be nice to put ‘real’ faces to names and not just people’s avatars or blog pics.

As a finalist, you’re undoubtedly very wise. Tell us something you’ve learned about life and the universe, through blogging: 

Despite the world being a big place social media and blogging can make it feel that bit smaller and friendlier.

I’ve also learnt that sometimes it’s good to have a go at something you have always wanted to even if it means putting yourself out there for potential criticism, and for me that is writing.

Best. Post. Ever. What’s yours? 

Do toddler tantrums get worse on holiday?

The MAD Blog Awards ceremony is a night away from the family. What’s the first thing you’d do given a fancy hotel room ALL to yourself?  (We starfish on the bed. Every time.) 

Open the minibar.

Anything to say to all the people who nominated you, and (obviously) voted for you? 

Thanks very much, it is very much appreciated. When you’re sat at home on your own writing a blog post you hope people read it and enjoy/share/comment on it so being nominated shows that there must be some people who take a look at it and get something from it.

Aside from being nominated for awards (obviously) what’s the best thing about being a UK parent blogger? 

The community of people that you meet through blogging, albeit virtually.

Being a parent can be pretty daunting and I think we’re the first generation of parents who get to share our experiences with total strangers. Sometimes that can be a very empowering thing especially if you feel like you may be helping or amusing parents who have similar dilemmas to you.

Find Mrs ATWWAH on twitter: @ATWWAH

Sally Whittle is founder of the Tots100, Foodies100, Trips100 and the Flea Retreat. When she's not working, she can be found blogging at Who's the Mummy, or having fun with her 13 year old daughter, Flea.

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