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How to start a blog – the things I wish I had known

October 11, 2019 admin 0

The online world is fast becoming saturated with blogs. From personal journeys to medical blogs and even businesses with a blog section on their website. Blogs are far more common than they used to be but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start one. In fact, if you love to write and have something to say then you absolutely should join this growing platform and get yourself set up. Someday I find my blog a hard […]

How to make money blogging

March 20, 2019 admin 0

A little over a year ago I left my teaching job due to the stress and demands it was putting on my life and the realisation that I had less and less quality time with my family each week. After handing in my notice without a clue what I was going to do for money I decided to focus on turning my hobby of blogging in to a paid job and after 12 months of hard […]

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Self employment – the six month mark

June 19, 2018 admin 0

In January I made the very scary decision to hand in my notice at the college where I taught, without a back up plan, without any savings, and without the faintest idea what I was going to do or how we would survive but with the support of my husband and the encouragement of my friends and family I handed in my notice to concentrate on my blog and the possibility of working for myself.   […]

How I chose the name for my blog

March 15, 2018 admin 0

So many people ask me how I chose the name, The Strawberry Fountain, for my blog and so I thought I’d let you in on the secret. When I first started writing my blog I knew that I wanted to talk about two things: parenting and beauty reviews (although I don’t do many beauty reviews any more), anyway, I knew that I wanted something that could cover both so names like The Parent Blogger or […]

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A personal update

February 13, 2018 admin 0

It has been one and a half months since I left my career as a teacher to become a freelance writer. It has been the quickest 6 weeks ever, it literally feels like it has passed in the blink of an eye and teaching seems such a distant memory. I miss my students, loads, people think this sounds weird but I genuinely do miss them and wonder how they are getting on. It’s a bit […]

My blogging highlights

April 21, 2016 admin 0

This week I published a piece about how blogging is not  all free stuff and nights away  and it got me thinking about how much cool stuff i have been given for free and the opportunities that have arisen as a result of being a life style blogger. Here are my top 5 ***My children and I got to have a meal in Ginos Manchester restaurant. This was not only an all expenses paid event but my […]

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Blogging – it’s not all free stuff and nights out

April 18, 2016 admin 0

When you read my blog you will see a mixture of reviews from products and events that I have paid for myself or been bought as gifts and items that have been sent to me from various PR agents in a exchange for a review. Free stuff is definitely a huge perk of being a lifestyle or beauty blogger but trust me writing a blog is not all free stuff and nights out. Over the last […]

What exactly is a lifestyle blogger?

April 16, 2016 admin 2

A couple of years ago I started a blog outlining 30 challenges I wanted to complete before I turned 30 and on completing each challenge I wrote a summary or review of how it went. I had loads of fun and really enjoyed the whole writing process but when I turned 3O the blog became a bit redundant  and after a short break I decided to start a new one, this one, The Strawberry Fountain, a […]