Bloggers’ Bench with Sharon Parry

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Let’s sit down on the bench next to Sharon Parry and ask a few questions about her blog: After the Playground

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Welcome Sharon, can you tell us a little about yourself, and your blog?

I am a married mum to three daughters aged 18, 15 and 10 years. I started my blog because I wanted somewhere to write about being a Mum when your kids are teens and young adults. I also wanted to write about the challenges that mid-life ladies face.

How long have you been blogging for?

I haven’t been blogging for very long – I started in May 2016 but I spent about a month before that preparing and writing some posts.

What inspired you to start a blog, and why did you choose your chosen subject?

A blog seemed a good forum to choose to talk about what I was getting up to and my struggles to come to terms with this new stage of motherhood.

I liked the combination of writing, photography and technology. I’m not especially good at any of them but I’m enjoying learning and my blog allows me to do that.

Is this your first/only blog?

Yes this is my first and only blog and I don’t have any plans to start another. This one is time consuming enough!

How much time do you spend on your blog per week?

I really dread to think! If you add up the planning, the taking photographs, the promotion on social media and the emails and then add that to the actual writing it could easily add up to 10 hours a day. Even our days out can be blog related now as I may write them up for a post. This triggers a lot eye rolling from my daughters.

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What’s the best bit about being a blogger?

Definitely being your own boss and being in control of what gets published.

What’s the most frustrating thing?

Having to promote so much on social media – it eats into your time.

Do you find that bloggers support one another?

Yes, hugely. I have had so much encouragement from fellow parent bloggers – they are an incredibly generous group of people and are passionate about what they do.

Do you tell people when you meet them, or friends and family that you are a blogger?

Not unless they ask what I do! Most of my friends now know that I blog and read what I have published.

Can you remember your very first post?

Yes. It was about the exam season and what parents could do to help their teen kids at that time.

What do you wish someone had told you about blogging at the start of your journey?

I wish someone has told me to keep my photos in some sort of regular order. Then I would not spend hours hunting for the one that I want.

Is there any advice that you would like to give people who are thinking about becoming a blogger, and those just starting out?

Yes, I would say to get yourself organised before you go live. I had 6 posts written but not published so I had something ready to publish a couple of times a week.

What’s next for your blog, any big ambitions for it?

I would love to put together some extra content that would only be available to my subscribers but I haven’t found the time yet. I would also like to be recognised as a strong voice for mid-life ladies and for my blog to be somewhere that they go for inspiration.

Apart from your blog where else can we find you on the internet?

You can find me over at :-

@DrSharonParry1
Facebook
Instagram

 

I would just like to say a very big thank you to Sharon for giving us an insight in her blogging life, and we wish her lots of success for the future.

 

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