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Interview with Milveen, Blogger at Journey to Better
What's the name of your blog? What do you blog about?
My blog is called Journey to Better. When I started blogging my focus was anything related to parenting and personal growth for women.
But since then, my focus has evolved and narrowed to offer content that caters specifically to single moms. In June I changed the name to Journey to Better because I felt this better reflected the goal of my blog. Women become single mothers a number of ways – through divorce or separation, death of a spouse or by choice, etc. – so the purpose of my blog is to show that even though solo parenting is hard at first, it's only the beginning. I want single moms to know that there's better to come but getting there requires a journey full of learning and adjustments.
Some of the topics I write about include personal growth, fitness, finances and parenting. It all comes from a place of helping single moms navigate their new normal.
How long have you been blogging and what made you decide to start a blog?
I've always loved to write so it made sense to start a blog and share my story. I've been blogging for 2 years now and still enjoy it. As a first-time mom I was learning a lot and wanted to share these tips and tricks with other new moms. Blogging started off as an occasional hobby that has grown to become my passion project.
The next step is turning it into a full-fledged business in the near future. I plan to launch a product line in the fall! Moms will soon be able to buy cute accessories that keep them motivated and inspired during their journey to better.
How many children do you have? Ages? What do they think about you being a blogger?
I have a four-year-old daughter. She doesn't understand the concept of blogging or that I write for a living so when I ask her about what she thinks I do at work, she says, “you play with the other mommies.” That's what she does with her friends so I can see why she thinks that's what everyone else does all day 🙂
She loves to be read to and we make up our own stories from time to time. Who knows, maybe we'll collaborate and write a children's book together one day!
What's your favorite thing about blogging?
My audience is still growing but I love getting to know my readers and understanding what they're most interested in reading about. I like digging into topics and researching what I don't know. Because of that, I'm constantly learning.
I love to write so blogging is the perfect opportunity to hone that skill and write about topics that matter to me. In my day job, I write about tech, apps and analytics so it's refreshing to write about meal planning and activities for kids.
I like the freedom of blogging and telling my story in the hopes of inspiring someone else.
What your least favorite thing about blogging?
I'm really into the mechanics of growing a blog and writing content people want to read. However, keyword research and SEO stuff are really time-consuming. They pay off when they're done the right way but I have to invest a lot of time into them.
What's your favorite blogging tool that you simply cannot go without and why?
I have a few go-to tools but I love Canva. I find that pictures are a huge part of a great post because before someone reads anything, they check out how interesting the post looks and decide if they'll jump in and read on.
Canva has lots of free templates to choose from and is really easy to use. I even use it to create my pins for Pinterest.
What's the best advice you would give to a mom looking to start her own mompreneur business?
Just do it. It's a little scary to put yourself out there but it's worth it to try. You can look at what other people are doing but don't compare yourself to them. Your mompreneur business is your own and is unique to you.
I also want to say that there's room for everyone. Everyone has a specific purpose and passion that doesn't conflict with anyone else's. Find what you do best and what you enjoy and run with it!
Just for fun: If you were a beverage, which beverage would you be?
I'd be a cosmopolitan.
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