Meet Anne Marie
#FierceFriday is a weekly feature on Everything’s Coming Up Rosie (ecurosie) – celebrating all the incredibly inspiring and kick-ass women out there! With that, I am excited to share this week’s interview with family blogger, Anne Marie from Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated.
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I have learned a lot from Anne Marie. We originally met through a Twitter Chat called #sitsblogging. I learned a lot about blogging from her and the other bloggers. if you need to know anything about podcasting or creating videos, Anne Marie is your gal. She can definitely give you tips on how to schedule your social media posts! And if I remember correctly, we both have a love of Gilmore Girls..I mean who doesn’t?
Let’s Get Started!
Share Your Story Anne Marie
Hi Anne Marie, please tell us a little about yourself. And what are some of your interests outside of blogging?
I’m just Anne Marie. I am a wife and mom of 3 who *really* likes coffee and mimosas. I like to be crafty and binge watch TV shows on Netflix and Amazon. I used to be an avid reader, but since having kids (and Netflix and smartphones!) my focus for reading has gone down.
How did you discover the blogging world and what made you decide to start a blog of your own?
Since the dawn of Facebook and then Pinterest I have been into reading blogs. Never too consistently, but I did it. I had tried to start a few over the years, but never more than a bit of an online diary. One day I was exceptionally bored, as a SAHM tends to be, and I decided to get serious about it. People were always complimenting my baking and I was getting really into Paleo so crunchy made sense. I didn’t want to limit myself to just food, so I decided to throw some crafts in there. I believe that glitter solves all problems. And with coffee basically running through my veins it had to be included, thus Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated was born!
What types of topics do you post and how often do you blog?
When I first started my site I hated being called a “mom blogger.” I found it insulting because, at the time, I didn’t write about my kids a lot. I wanted to be known as more than a mom. Over the years CCHC has changed. It is now what I call a family blog. I still do recipes and crafts, but overwhelmingly I write about family experiences. My kids even have their own section, Crunchy Crafty Kids, that started because they wanted a YouTube channel like mom and dad.
Do you have a dedicated office space and if so, what is the importance of having this?
I think that a dedicated office space is important…unfortunately I don’t have one! When we moved this past summer we had to sacrifice our office in order to stay within our school district and budget. Hopefully in our next move we will be able to work this out because I think having a space dedicated to work is important. It helps unblur work time from family time. Right now I am writing in the living room to the soundtrack of Skylanders and crunching cereal…not optimal.
Anne Marie, with so many bloggers nowadays, how have you learned to stand out?
This is something that I have always struggled with. Growing up I never wanted to stand out…I did everything I could to blend in…but as an adult I am trying to blend the two. I think that I need to blend in and befriend the crowd before I am able to make my thoughts and opinions really stand out. A sort of gaining credibility so that people will take me serious.
What’s your best tip for balancing work and a bloggers life? How do you do it when you are working full time?
You let me know when you learn the trick! Haha I do my best to schedule my day and follow my planner to a tee, but it is hard. While I do not work “full time” at any one thing, I work more than full time through my other commitments. Between co-hosting/producing at least 3 podcasts per week, freelance writing, and my PTA commitments I am BUSY without much wiggle room these days.
What are your top three favourite blog posts? And why?
I Didn’t Plan This, The End of the “Baby” Phase, My Dark Day – These are three of my most personal posts and they have meant the most to me to write and share. They aren’t the type of stories I ever expected to write, but I am glad I did. They were all very therapeutic for me.
What is something that you can’t live without?
Haha I know that sounds awful, but since I live pretty far from most of my family Facebook is an amazing way for me to easily share what is going on in my life.
Anne Marie, what has been your proudest moment with “Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated”?
It’s kind of right now. Over the past few weeks I have been spending a large amount of my time focused on my podcasts versus CCHC and I have still been getting a consistent amount of traffic on my site thanks to my Bad Moms Drinking Game post and Pinterest. I think I that when I get back to focusing on my writing this might be the direction I go.
What are three things you’ve told yourself that kept you going during your darkest hour?
It isn’t the end of the world. Everyone has bad days. Coffee and chocolate make almost everything better.
What 3 blogging tips would you recommend that you’d only share with a close friend (and everyone reading this blog)
- Schedules are important. They keep you organized and on task, but DO NOT be afraid to veer from them. You never know when inspiration may hit or an event/product might come up with a timely review and you have to be willing to alter your schedule. On the other side, if the post you planned to write does NOT inspire you when you sit down to work on it, it’s okay to skip a day. You are better off resharing an older post versus sharing less than stellar work.
- Automate!! There are endless options for automating/scheduling and you just need to find what works for you and your site. I try to take an hour or so in the morning and schedule most of my social media for the day which would free me up to create more content.
- Make blogging friends!! This actually might be the most important tip I have. Join Twitter chats, Facebook groups, Instagram loops, IRL meetups – it doesn’t matter how you do it, just do it! I think the majority of my growth and confidence has come from my fellow bloggers. It is also amazing what you can learn just from watching your friends work.
Any guilty pleasures?
Planners and planning supplies!! I am absolutely in LOVE with my Erin Condren planner and would be lost without it!! I spend so much time going over my planner to make sure that I am organized.
What does the future hold for “Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated”?
That is the million dollar question. I’ll let you know when I have a plan! 🙂
Last but not least, where can we find “Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated? I’m sure many of my readers will want to continue following your journey.
Anne Marie is a writer and podcaster with Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated and Universe Box who spends her “free” time as PTA Secretary at her kids’ school. She runs on a constant flow of coffee, chocolate, mimosas, and Netflix binges.
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