I think it’s safe to say that Vicki from Honest Mum needs no introduction. She’s cool, smart, sassy and a celebrity of the blogging world. Right here is my queen bee of the Inspire Me series!
When I think of the super bloggers, Vicki from Honest Mum is it. Her blog is always stuffed full of current, fresh posts and her warm welcoming voice keeps me coming back for more. But how does she do it?
Pen and paper at the ready everyone, because you are going to want to take note.
Inspire Me Honest Mum
Quick fire questions are so much fun but can also tell us so much about how someone thinks. Let’s see how Vicki got on.
- Tea or Coffee? Rooibos tea or decaf coffee.
- Cake or Biscuits? Can I not have both? At a push, gluten-free dark chocolate cake.
- Cats or Dogs? Cats.
- Lefty or Righty? As in my writing hand? Right.
- Early bird or Night owl? Night owl. I frustratingly always seem to create my best work at night but I am trying to get to bed earlier thanks to Arianna Huffington’s brilliant book, Thrive.
- Facebook or Twitter? How can you make me choose. Twitter because it was the first social media platform I embraced and it was a life-line to me in those early days particularly. I could chat to people during night feeds and it helped me feel less alone.
- Blogger, Vlogger or both? Both and I was TV Director, Screenwriter and Filmmaker pre-blogging so I’d say storyteller covers it.
- Beach hut or Log cabin? Both please.
- Unicorns of Mermaids? I always wanted to be a mermaid when I was little. Any day now, huh?!
I’m still waiting for my mermaid tail to appear too Vicki!
Right. Get ready because we are about to hear from the pro herself, as Vicki treats us to an insight into life as Honest Mum.
1. How long have you been blogging for and what inspired you to give it a go?
I set up Honest Mum in November 2010 at a time I felt rather lost and low. I was recovering from a traumatic birth and had gone from being a busy and successful director to just baby and I, far from family and friends. It was actually one of my closest friends, the filmmaker Amancay Tapia who encouraged me to start blogging at a time very few were. I have a lot to thank her for. My blog helped me rediscover my voice and my identity and gave me a platform where I could create, share and reach others. I adore it and my love keeps growing as my blog and the spring-offs from it, keep evolving.
2. Think back to when you first started blogging, what if anything has changed the most?
Blogging wasn’t an industry then, I was one of the first bloggers (I’m a blogging Grandma in that respect) so it’s changed a lot. At it’s core though it hasn’t, really. These are still personal platforms which staggeringly now, reach millions. I work with brands I love and adore the creative control and freedom blogging and vlogging full time, gives me. So much of my work and purpose, is helping others seize the digital space and become tech entrepreneurs themselves.
3. Are you a pen and paper or straight to the screen type of writer?
Both, I write endless lists and have notepads everywhere for when inspiration hits, but I also often write straight to my laptop and have done so a lot with writing my book. I spent time writing my proposal and detailed chapter summaries so refer back to those, and although the first chapter was written in my notepad first the rest have been straight to screen.
4. Where and when do you do most of your writing?
Either the kitchen table or the breakfast bar. I used to work for an incredibly successful film distributor and producer who started his business from his bedroom and sold his company for millions. That inspired me from the start to crack on wherever I could. To not feel I needed an office. When it comes to blogging you just need a table, your laptop and an internet connection. Boom.
5. How often do you write and what type of things inspire your blog posts?
I usually post daily on the blog, sometimes 3-5 times a day at best and often not at all on weekends. I host guest posts from authors and bloggers I admire and these are often scheduled 4-6 weeks in advance. I often work on campaigns months ahead too. I like to write my book at night when the house is quiet and I can completely focus. Thematically, I write about my own family and experiences, I write about my passions: tech, embracing it, how to find your confidence, juggling work with family, anything which reflects my life and work at that moment in time. I love food, film, fashion and travel so those things are always naturally covered too. I adore using my space on the internet to champion other women and my most favourite feature is Wonderful Women.
6. Have you ever had a major case of writers block, if so, how did you overcome it?
Not really to be honest but with a background as a screenwriter and director, writing block wasn’t an option, not with the turnaround in the media industry. I think breaks when you feel overwhelmed are good for the soul, but creativity needs to be exercised so the more you write, the more you write. When I used to lecture screenwriting and direction at universities my favourite book on my recommended reading list was Dorethea Brande’s Becoming a Writer. Her morning notes can revolutionise the way you write.
7. Complete one or both of the following sentences. A) Bloggers rock because… B) I am a super blogger because…
Bloggers rock because we fearlessly and endlessly, get our art out into the world.
8. Name 3 bloggers who inspire you?
Marie Forleo, Kelcey Kintner of Mama Bird Diaries as she was the first blogger I ever read and Dooce. I was incredibly humbled when co-founder of BritMums, Susanna Scott kindly compared me to her saying, ‘Vicki is a groundbreaking blogger and vlogger, always pushing boundaries – and glass ceilings – through her voice and great work. She’s the closest the UK has to Dooce and I can’t wait to see what she does next!’.
9. What is the best piece of blogging advice that you have been given?
The best advice I’ve been given as a creative is to ‘just not stop’. Simple words, right yet so often we allow self-doubt to squash our dreams, to hold us back. Don’t confuse excitement for fear too. Those who succeed don’t stop cracking on.
10. Share your own top blogging tip, advice or quote.
I actually wrote a post recently including my top 5 tips on making blogging your career.
JUST FOR FUN, THIS IS ME!
INSPIRE ME GUEST SERIES
The Inspire Me guest series will be running over the coming weeks. It will be featuring some of my favourite bloggers. From the queen bee’s themselves, to the much newer bloggers on the scene. All have that elusive something that you can’t quite put your finger on that makes them stand out from the crowd, as well as being key inspirers.