I was interviewed by Essentials magazine for an article in their August issue entitled “My Online Life“, some of my answers can be read on their website but I thought I might share the entire interview with you here as an insight into my life behind the blog….
Job title: Mom, Blogger, Social Media Writer
Children: Benjamin (6) and Abigail (3 going on 13)
Live: Southern Suburbs, Cape Town
Becoming you is a women’s lifestyle blog which I started 2 and a half years ago when I realised that as a mom of 2 kids I had forgotten what it was that I enjoyed and what MY interests were, aside from my kids. My blog started as a space for me to document what I enjoyed most and when I noticed that many other women also struggle with taking time for themselves I decided to use my platform to encourage them to stop neglecting themselves and to rediscover who they were: to become more of themselves.
The name Becoming you reflects that journey but is also a play on the word becoming as an adjective which means attractive, lovely, pretty, handsome, fetching; stylish, elegant, chic, fashionable, tasteful. The motto for Becoming you is “Inspiration for the journey of discovering yourself” but could just as easily be “Becoming the ultimate you”
My blog started as a hobby where I blogged about everything I loved and has grown into an inspirational online space for women featuring articles across many topics including beauty, fashion, travel, interiors, photography, motherhood, celebrities, product reviews, interviews and competitions, all of which are aimed at encouraging women to take some time to remember what it was that made them unique and gave them joy (aside from their kids!)
I know the label many people use for what I do is “Mommy Blogger” but I like to think of myself more as “A Mom who Blogs”. I made a decision from the beginning that the focus of my blog wasn’t going to be my children, which is quite the opposite of what most mommy bloggers do. Obviously they do creep in to some posts as I am a mom first and foremost and they are a HUGE part of my life! I do share ideas of things to do with kids in the school holidays or feature photos of our family outings but my blog isn’t a diary of our daily lives and I don’t blog about everything we do. My private life is quite separate and I actually prefer to keep photos of my family and friends off my blog as much as possible. That being said, readers will pick up a bit more about my personal life by reading my posts regularly. I like to share snippets of my life occasionally as I know many people follow blogs for the story and the person! It’s not an easy balance but I try!
My blog is primarily a happy place for me and I see it as a place of encouragement for other women too. I want Becoming you to be known as a space that is uplifting and a source of inspiration for my readers – somewhere they can visit while drinking a cup of coffee and taking 5 mins for themselves – which is why I tend not to share negative stories or bad things that are happening in my life. I know some people criticise bloggers for only showcasing the good stuff and not portraying “real life” but I don’t know why you would want to read about someone else’s bad times? To make YOU feel better?? There are better ways of doing that!
My friends and family have been really supportive of my blog, initially my husband was a bit put out when I would spend hours in front of my computer at night, instead of on the couch watching tv with him (and sometimes he still moans) but over time he has come to realise how valuable the blog has been to me and my self-esteem and how much I get out of it, so he is now my biggest cheerleader esp when I have moments of self-doubt. That being said he prefers not to feature on my blog and would prefer if our kids didn’t either, but I manage to sneak one or two pics in occasionally – after all they are incredibly cute 😉
One of the benefits of blogging for me has been meeting so many amazing people, especially other bloggers. I have loved getting to know bloggers via reading their blogs and then bumping into them at a launch or event and connecting immediately. I am fortunate that my blog crosses over quite a few subjects. I have befriended beauty, fashion, food, lifestyle and mommy bloggers in Cape Town and really enjoy chatting to all of them and learning from each conversation I have. I think there is huge potential for bloggers to help and support each other and I’m really excited to see how the blogging community of South Africa will develop.
For me blogging has changed my life for the better, it is still a hobby but I am currently growing it into a small business that hopefully one day will pay me a salary! I feel so grateful to have discovered my passion and along the way I have become more confident, enjoyed amazing experiences and met wonderful people. I’m so passionate about blogging that I now encourage anyone who has the slightest interest to start one of their own. My top tip for new bloggers is to always be yourself – your unique voice is what will attract readers. Read more of my Top Tips for New Bloggers.
I have always been a huge fan of magazines and since I was 16 my dream job was to be a Magazine Editor! Well, through my blog I have made my dream job come true – I am now the editor of Becoming you and I’m loving every minute!
Images: Inspired Exposure; Essentials magazine