I've been blogging on Instagram for roughly three years now and it all started when I became a stay at home mum after having my second son. Being at home more made me see our home in a different light and I took to Instagram for inspiration and ideas on how to revamp our home. After following many amazing home accounts I decided to take the plunge and start my own.
What has been your biggest challenge so far?
I would say my biggest challenge so far has been trying to balance home life and social media. It's so easy to get carried away on social media, spend hours glued to your phone and before you know it you have missed out on all the little things with your family. Maintaining an Instagram account and co-hosting a weekly hashtag competition requires lots of manpower both on and off screen so I try to do as much as I can when the children are in school or once they are put to bed.
A typical day starts once the children have been dropped off at school, after a quick gym session I come home and reply to any comments or emails from the night before, spend some time checking in and engaging on my favourite accounts and style a shot ready for an instagram post. After a quick tidy up its usually time to collect the children and spend the rest of the afternoon with the family and some after school activities. I will usually post to my feed after tea time (personally I find this my best time) and then check in again once the children are in bed. Then its time for me to relax!
Finally, If you had one piece of advice to give to other aspiring influencers, what would it be?
My advice to anyone wanting to become an influencer would be to put yourself out there! Don't be afraid to comment and reach out to other accounts and brands, building relationships are crucial and you could end up collaborating in the future, and always respond to comments and messages, engagement is key for growth. Don't necessarily think opportunities will come to you, be pro-active and reach out, introduce yourself, you never know where things can lead!