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Yvonne and I, along with ten others, co-host a weekly Social Media Blast link up party. (Don’t forget to link your Facebook page to this week’s Social Media Blast). Although, Yvonne and I still getting to know each other. I was more than delighted when she wanted to join us here at #FierceFriday!
Yvonne is a freelance writer and reporter, sub-editor and blogger at Double the Monkey Business. A mother to twins, she spends her time juggling work with running after her cheeky, three-year-old boys. Towards the end of her pregnancy in 2012, Yvonne survived pre-eclampsia and HELLP Syndrome (a life-threatening pregnancy complication which usually occurs during the later stages of pregnancy, or sometimes after childbirth). She now raises the awareness of HELLP Syndrome through blogging and social media.
Let’s get started!
Share Your Story Yvonne
Hi Yvonne, tell us a little about you.
I am a married mummy to twin boys. I try very hard to juggle family life with blogging and working, which is sometimes easier said than done.
We currently live in Germany, planning a move back to the UK next year.
I love to write (it truly is a passion), which led me to blogging and writing for a newspaper. I wish nothing more than to have a writing haven in my home where I can retreat and be buried in my work – one can dream!
How would you describe your blogging style?
This is something that I have tried to figure out this year. My writing style has changed a few times while I try to find what works for me and the readers. I think my current style is quite informal, conversational and relaxed. I like to think my writing reflects the real me.
The saddest time that shook your world?
There was a time, a few years ago now, when I lost someone incredibly close to me. It took a long time to get my head around that and I still struggle to talk about it.
What’s your best tip for balancing work and personal life? How do you do it with being a mom to twins, blogging, etc.?
Oh gosh, not sure where to start
I struggled with this so much over the summer, everything on the blog got busier and I felt like I was drowning. I decided to stop trying to do everything on my blog and concentrated on one thing at a time increasing things gradually, I find it much easier to juggle now!
Balancing work and personal life is not too bad, I work the same amount each week so I know what I have to do in that respect. Friday’s are my day off and the kids are in kindergarten, so that is the day when I concentrate solely on blogging (usually writing blog posts), I would be lost without those precious hours! Of course, I still have to promote my blog the rest of the time, which I tend to do in the evenings (usually staying up until a ridiculous time to get things finished).
What was your greatest blogging failure and what did you learn from that?
I am not sure I have been blogging long enough for anything truly terrible to happen.
However, I have tried to do things on the blog which has just not went down well with readers. For example, earlier on in the year I started a roundup of Instagram photos for the week which was a complete flop, what I don’t think about was that people have already seen those photos on my Instagram account! Anyway, it made me realize that I should think about things from a reader’s point of view next time.
How did you come up with the idea of your #parentingscoop interview series? What do hope that your readers will receive from these stories?
The reason I started my blog was to share my pregnancy and birth story. So when I started to get to the end of that chapter on my blog, I started to think about the other people I knew who all have their own story to tell of pregnancy and parenting. So, I thought I would start a guest series. I love that people are willing to share their incredible stories with me.
If you were going through pregnancy again, what would you do differently?
This is easier said than done, but I would try and not worry so much. At the end of the day, life has a plan and worrying about things that may or could happen really didn’t help wonderful.
Do you have any specific goals for the rest of this year?
I am looking forward to starting another linky – more info to follow!
Other than that, my plans are very much behind the scenes. Looking to increase the speed of my site and looking to tighten the security as well. Not anything that the reader will see but I will be happier when it is done. Oh and remember to use Pinterest more – I am not very good at that!
What has been your biggest achievement?
I was thrilled when I was accepted as a contributor for the Huffington Post. That was the highlight of the year.
Share your funniest parenting story.
Oh gosh, I have so many! The funniest has to be when we went to the alpaca farm with the boys’ kindergarten. The boys were devastated – they had misheard me and thought I have said Chewbacca not alpaca. They are big Star Wars fans.
The philosophy that underpins your life?
Be kind, it doesn’t cost anything and you never know what is happening in someone else’s life behind closed doors.
Anything else you’d like to share with us?
I have been very lucky to find some wonderful, supportive friends in the blogging industry. I feel very lucky to have them in my life. Their support is invaluable.
Where can we find you? (blog link and links to any social media)
Yvonne is thirty-something and lives in Germany with her twin boys (monkeys) and hubby (known to her readers as Daddy monkey!) She has blogged for a few years but started her blog Double the Monkey Business in January this year after she decided to share her struggles with preeclampsia and HELLP Syndrome.
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