Ella is a part-time drama teacher and examiner and full-time mum of 2 (a boy aged 8 and a girl aged 4) from Staffordshire. She is a mental health warrior and suffers from various auto-immune conditions but is proof that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. Her blog, Typical Mummy, began as a sort of online diary and she loves having her own little space on the internet to share her family’s adventures and activities. Follow Ella on social media too: Instagram, Facebook, twitter.
What inspired you to start blogging?
I have always had a love of photography so initially started the Typical Mummy Instagram account to share photos of our adventures as a family alongside moments of positivity and humor. One of my best friends, Katy from Otis and Us then encouraged me to start a blog as well and as soon as I had started writing posts I caught the blogging bug!
What are your blogging plans for the next 12 months?
Firstly, I’d really like to develop the “Family Activities” section of my blog. During lockdown we have discovered lots of ways to keep ourselves entertained in the house, garden and local countryside. I have also enjoyed home-schooling the kids and finding ways to educate and entertain them in a fun and exciting way. So, I’ll definitely be sharing more of this on my blog in the coming months.
We had some amazing travel plans as a family this year which unfortunately have had to be cancelled. The first trip was with Eurocamp and Best Child Friendly Holidays and we were staying at La Croix du Vieux Pont campsite near Paris. We were looking forward to exploring Paris with the kids (I’ve never been) and we’d promised them a trip to Disneyland too. We had also planned a second trip to France which consisted of a family road trip with our tent for a couple of weeks and then a final week meeting up with my parents, sister, brother-in-law and nephews at a chateau on the Champagne/Burgundy border. Thankfully, we will be able to reschedule both trips so I’ll eventually be able to share those adventures on the blog but I’m hoping share some more UK travel and days out posts in the meantime.
Can you share the three most popular posts on your blog?
- I worked a lot with Visit Stoke, our local tourist board, on promoting the city as a tourist attraction for families and subsequently this post proved to be very popular.
- This post from when we reviewed a Blume Doll last year also seems to be very popular. It appears that a lot of people type “What are Blume Dolls” into Google!
- Le Clarys Plage is a great French campsite for families and this post was shared quite a lot on social media which I was pleased about as it meant that it received lots of views.
Can you share any tips for newer bloggers who would love to set up a parenting blog?
Personally I would say to be true to yourself, be honest, and write in your own voice. Everyone is different – we all have different opinions and experiences and our own unique style. When I read a blog I like to feel as if the writer is talking to me, like I’m having a chat with a friend over a cup of coffee.
If you could go back in time to when you first set up your blog would you do anything differently?
Yes, I’d attempt to get my head around SEO as quickly as possible!
Which blogs do you love to read for inspiration?
Oooh, I love to read a variety of different blogs, there are far too many to list them all! Katy from Otis & Us often gives me travel inspiration and I love to read anything written by Emma from Dirt, Diggers & Dinosaurs as she is a friend I have made through blogging and reading her posts really is like sitting down and having a face-to-face chat with her over a cuppa! I’ve always admired A Moment With Franca and Zena’s Suitcase so love popping over to check out their latest posts too, and the lovely Becky from Cuddle Fairy is so positive so her posts always cheer me up.