Inspire Me – Life Unexpected

 

It’s such a pleasure to welcome Chloe from Life Unexpected as a guest on the Inspire Me series.

 

Inspire Me - Life Unexpected

 

It’s a bit surreal to tell the truth, as Life Unexpected was one of the very first blogs that I came across in the blogosphere. Way back when I had no idea how little-a-fish I was going to be in this huge ocean of parenting blogs. Chloe has such a kind heart and was so inspiring and encouraging in the first few months of me getting 3 Little Buttons off the page and out there for all to see. As soon as the idea for this Inspire Me series came about, Chloe was one of the first bloggers that sprung to mind. I’m so glad she said yes!

 

 

Inspire Me Life Unexpected

Quick fire questions are so much fun but can also tell us so much about how someone thinks. Let’s see how Chloe got on.

 

  • Tea or Coffee? Coffee! I wouldn’t survive without a morning cup.
  • Cake or Biscuits? Cake. Coffee cake is my ultimate favourite, I’m not a big fan of biscuits.
  • Cats or Dogs? Cats.
  • Lefty or Righty? Lefty
  • Early bird or Night owl? Early bird
  • Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
  • Blogger, Vlogger or both? Both
  • Beach hut or Log cabin? Log cabin, I can see beach huts from my house
  • Unicorns of Mermaids? Unicorns

 

Ahhh, a fellow lefty! What I wouldn’t give to have a view of the sea and beach huts from our house!

 

Inspire Me - Life Unexpected

 

1. How long have you been blogging for and what inspired you to give it a go?

I’ve been blogging for two years next week. It started as a creative outlet for me when I was on maternity leave. I really wanted to do something during my daughters nap times and my love for writing and photography led to Life Unexpected.

 

 

2. Think back to when you first started blogging, what if anything has changed the most?

The way people use social platforms. It used to be all about twitter, you’d hop onto twitter every day for a conversation but now I find its more for self-promotion than chatting which is such a shame. Instagram and youtube have become huge for bloggers in the last 12 months. It’s all turning more visual than written in terms of marketing.

 

 

3. Are you a pen and paper or straight to the screen type of writer?

I have always dreamt of being a writer and ever since I was a little girl you’d find me with a pen and paper, sat somewhere scrawling. I much prefer using pen and paper now but mostly for blog ideas, lists and planning my time. If I need to write a post I tend to write ideas down in a notepad but then type them straight up on the screen.

 

 

4. Where and when do you do most of your writing?

I can write from anywhere. But I can never write in the afternoons. My best times are first thing in the morning or late at night. I love working from a coffee shop or my new office space in our spare room.

 

 

5. How often do you write and what type of things inspire your blog posts?

I write every single day. Even if I’m not publishing anything daily I’m working on future posts, writing stories or doing freelance writing. Anything can inspire blog posts. I get ideas all the time, from conversations, things I read, going out and about. My mind is one constant reel of blog post ideas.

 

 

6. Have you ever had a major case of writers block, if so, how did you overcome it?

Last year I went through a big phase of writers block and felt very demotivated with writing and blogging. My partner ended up having to help me finish off some campaigns because I just couldn’t write them.

Luckily for me he knows my voice so well so could help. I overcame it by turning down jobs and switching off for a few weeks. I regretted turning down the opportunities so much, but I knew I needed space from work to fall back in love with it again.

 

 

7. Complete one or both of the following sentences. A) Bloggers rock because… B) I am a super blogger because…

Bloggers rock because they’re not afraid to use their voice. They’re confident enough to give you their take on the world and a little bit of them. They aren’t afraid to recommend to you the things they love the most and they can really inspire you in so many ways.

I am a super blogger because I have overcome being a completely self-conscious, introvert and have put myself out there. I’m still incredibly shy now and always worry about what people think but blogging has given me so much confidence and I’m no longer afraid to pursue my dreams.

 

 

8. Name 3 bloggers who inspire you?

You Baby Me Mummy – Aby has completely overhauled her blog and has decided to make it her job to help others to blog, at the same time as building an amazing source of income for her family. She writes so many posts a day as well as balancing social media, her new courses and monitoring online groups. I wish I could do as much as her.

Mummy Daddy Me Makes Three – I love how true to themselves this beautiful family still are, despite having blogged for years. Most blogs end up evolving into a mass of sponsored posts and ‘how to’s’. I’m guilty for this myself. But Mummy Daddy Me Makes Three is still a family diary, showcasing both the ordinary and extraordinary moments. I love how the brand work they do slots so organically into family life.

Honest Mum – Vicki inspires me to challenge what I can and can’t do with blogging. She is making her own way, grabbing opportunities but also creating new ways that bloggers can work with brands and new ways that they can make an income.

 

 

9. What is the best piece of blogging advice that you have been given?

‘Be yourself, people will know if you try and be something you aren’t.’

This advice is so true. I went through a phase after my separation last year, where I didn’t feel like writing anything personal. I started to write posts that just weren’t my voice. One of my regular readers noticed a change and sent me a private message asking me if my blog was still run by the same person. That’s when I knew I needed to still be myself. That very day I released my post explaining about my separation. It went viral and is still my most popular post, showing that my readers wanted the real and not the fake.

 

 

10. Share your own top blogging tip, advice or quote.

Don’t be afraid to pitch. If blogging is just your hobby, you can still do this. Especially if there are certain items that you love and that you’re going to buy anyway. I used to be terrified of even the idea of pitching but I’ve learnt so quickly, that if you don’t ask you don’t get.

The worst someone is going to say is no. Now I pitch my little heart out all the time and it’s amazing the opportunities you get from it. You don’t need to have a big following to work with brands. Even big brands. Just an engaged audience, passion for that brand and the desire to show off why you love them.

 

 

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Inspire Me - Life UnexpectedYou can read more from Chloe by visiting Life Unexpected and following her on twitter, instagram, facebook and pinterest

 

 

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.

 

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35 Comments

  1. March 28, 2017 / 12:08 pm

    What a lovely series. And cute picture/button too! I love the quote. It applies on a broader level too. We must stay true to ourselves in everything we do. #DreamTeam

  2. March 28, 2017 / 12:30 pm

    Lovely interview. I really need to get back into “proper writing” I have so many ideas but they never seem to make it to paper. #dreamteam
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  3. March 28, 2017 / 12:40 pm

    Oooh what a fab idea for a series! Great to hear about Chloe’s reasons for blogging and methods. I love how it’s given her so much confidence. I wish I wrote something for the blog that regularly, I am sporadic at best!! #DreamTeam
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  4. March 28, 2017 / 12:56 pm

    What a great series to have! Loved todays blogger, like A LOT! I’m constantly reminded of how big our bloggy world is when you can find amazing new bloggers everyday. Thanks for also hosting our linky today! #DreamTeam
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  5. March 28, 2017 / 1:25 pm

    This is lovely. Some really great advice. I agree with how the social platforms are changing. I wish I could right everyday. Getting some of these ideas out of my head can be hard sometimes.
    #DreamTeam

  6. March 28, 2017 / 1:27 pm

    Hi, I really enjoy reading posts like this giving a little insight to the person behind the blog. I wish I could write everyday. I to like the Honest Mum blog, very inspiring #dreamteam
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  7. March 28, 2017 / 2:08 pm

    Lovely to het to know a bit more about you Chloe and comforting to know that everyone gets writers block sometimes! Some really useful advice here too, thanks! Will pop over and visit your blog x #DreamTeam
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  8. March 28, 2017 / 3:01 pm

    A really enjoyable read. Nice to see there are other ‘lefty’ bloggers out there. I agree with the point about Twitter not being the main social platform. I just wish my photography was better and I wasn’t too chicken to vlog!

  9. March 28, 2017 / 3:04 pm

    LOVE this! I just think it’s wonderful to get to know the bloggers behind the blogs I love. Also You Baby Me Mummy was one of the first bloggers that I really felt a connection to when I started blogging 2.5 years ago. It’s amazing to see how she’s grown, and that little one of hers! Goodness 🙂 Thanks for sharing part of who you are with us!
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  10. March 28, 2017 / 4:31 pm

    Some really great insights here, especially the info about the changes in the use of social media platforms. Cx #DreamTeam

  11. March 28, 2017 / 5:30 pm

    There is nothing better than reading another bloggers experience when it comes to the blogging world. It always makes me feel motivated and confident. This Inspire Me is no different. #DreamTeam

  12. March 28, 2017 / 6:52 pm

    Thats a really interesting read, it makes me realise I need more time to work on my writing. It’s so good to hear peoples stories in this way xx #DreamTeam
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  13. March 28, 2017 / 7:18 pm

    Chloe sounds great and we also find it easier to blog late in the evenings. It’s almost therapeutic x Our blog is a hobby and we pitch our little hearts out too x #DreamTeam
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  14. March 28, 2017 / 7:54 pm

    A really interesting read. It’s good to know that even the most motivated of writers can get writer’s block! #DreamTeam
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  15. Nige
    March 28, 2017 / 9:10 pm

    Love reading other bloggers views really interesting not heard of this blogger but will checking them out great interview thanks for hosting #dreamteam

  16. March 29, 2017 / 8:52 pm

    Really loving these, another great one here. It’s so interesting finding out more about other bloggers, their inspirations and struggles. Keep them coming please 🙂 #DreamTeam

  17. March 29, 2017 / 9:02 pm

    This was a really lovely interview. I completely agree about Twitter, it does seem to be all self promotion rather than interaction, I think that’s why I don’t get on with it. Mummy Daddy Me Makes Three is my favourite blogger, Katies’s photography is beautiful! #DreamTeam
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  18. March 30, 2017 / 1:01 pm

    Exactly the same, I’m inspired morning and late at night. Thanks for sharing, I’ll be sure to check out Chloe’s blog

  19. March 31, 2017 / 1:12 am

    Great post! What a lovely series. I definitely agree with a advice to be yourself. Sometimes it’s easy to get a little lost but you have to be true to yourself #dreamteam
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  20. March 31, 2017 / 12:27 pm

    I love this series and she seems so friendly! definately gonna pop over and check the blog out! #dreamteam

  21. March 31, 2017 / 8:53 pm

    What a great idea for a series. It’s amazing the power of blogging can do for someone. I was a bit of an introvert before blogging #dreamteam
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  22. April 2, 2017 / 12:10 pm

    Love this edition of the series! What I wouldn’t give to see the sea and beach huts from my home too! Totally agree re: Twitter…when I started An Answer on a Postcard there was definitely more conversation. Such a shame that’s changed! #DreamTeam
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  23. April 2, 2017 / 6:24 pm

    Lovely to read more of your story Chloe. I really need to embrace the idea of pitching to brands as I just don’t have the confidence. I found this so inspiring to read. A brilliant piece in a fantastic series! #DreamTeam xx
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  24. April 3, 2017 / 8:13 pm

    What a lovely series. I don’t think I have come across it before but it great. I agree about twitter sadly and I can also see the beach and see from my house minus the beach huts. #dreamteam

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