Parenting Blog of the Month – Becky Goddard-Hill, Family Budgeting

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Blog of the Month

Becky Goddard-Hill is a long-term blogger with rather a lot of blogs! Her three parenting blogs Baby Budgeting, Family Budgeting and Simple Parenting are all consistently in the top 100 of the Tots100 charts and Becky is the winner of the Outstanding Contribution award at the last MAD blog awards.

Becky is having a very busy year! So far, Becky has published a happiness book for teens with Harper Collins called Be Happy Be You which she co-authored with Penny Alexander. Becky’s next book Create Your Own Calm is for 6-12 year olds and is to be published by Harper Collins in May. Becky’s’ kids are 12 and 15 and her absolute pride and joy (but they don’t let her write about them anymore so that is all we can say about them!) You can find Becky on twitter and Instagram Instagram.

What inspired you to start blogging? 

I began blogging back in 2009 and am still going strong, it is a full-time job for me and I love it as much today as I ever did. I had a book deal with Random House with my book ‘How to afford time off with your baby’. It was my first book and I was unknown so, as part of the book deal they told me I needed to write a blog to gain some audience before the book came out! I began baby Budgeting and never looked back.

What are your blogging plans for the next 12 months? 

I have never got to grips with SEO really and yet I have so much content on my blogs. It is time to focus in on making sure it gets seen rather than always moving onto the next thing!

Can you share the three most popular posts on your blog?

Now this is tricky because I have 12 blogs (I know!) six of which I am really active on.

Family Budgeting

My current favourite of my three parenting blogs is Family Budgeting and my most popular posts on there are

Can you share any tips for newer bloggers who would love to set up a parenting blog?

Oh, absolutely go for it! And join a really supportive Facebook group or blogging network like Tots100 where you can ask advice and be cheered on, it can really help keep you motivated.

If you could go back in time to when you first set up your blog would you do anything differently?

Yes. My first blog was called Baby Budgeting and of course my kids were not babies for long. I SO wished I had picked a different name because I outgrew it very quickly.

Becky Goddard-Hill

Which blogs do you love to read for inspiration? 

I love to read Dorkymum blog – Ruth’s tales of her life with her family in Hobart. Ruth writes so simply yet so touchingly and her writing moves me. I want to be able to write like her!

I am also hugely inspired by Chris at Thinly Spread; her vegan recipes are just gorgeous, her photography beautiful and her blog is a thing of beauty.

And I have to say I do love Sally’s blog Who’s the Mummy. She makes me think and laugh and both of those things are pretty fabulous.

Tracey is the Contributing Editor for Tots100 and Trips100. She also blogs at PackThePJs. Tracey writes mainly about family travel; from days out to road trips with her pet dogs, to cruises and long-haul tropical destinations. Her family consists of her husband Huw, a science and technology writer, Millie-Mae (13), Toby (11) and Izzy and Jack the spaniels.

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