Jo Fraser writes the parenting blog mummyjojo.com. Her writing style is honest, funny and tear jerking all rolled into one . She has a passion for life, writing and documenting the ups and downs of being a Mum, a wife, a blogger, a budding runner and ambassador for mental health charities.
1. Who or what inspired you to start your own blog?
My kids – becoming a Mum changed me so much. I have always loved writing but I wanted my kids to have something consistent. These years are flying by at the speed of lightening and I adore writing about the highs and lows.
2. What has been your most successful article to date?
I write about a lot of taboo subjects. The one I wrote about my experience of depression had a great response.
It really started to get people talking and many who have suffered depression or cared for those with it wrote to me saying it was the most powerful thing they had read. The piece I wrote about staying in love also had a great response as I think so many can relate to it.
3. Where do you get your best ideas for new blog posts?
Day to day life. If something funny happens or I have a conversation that inspires me I note it down. I am never short of ideas but very short of time with two young kids. I currently have about 30 drafts I am working on covering a range of topics.
4. What has been the hardest challenge so far?
The balance of time which is very limited. If my kids are sleeping (my chill time) I write. I am getting new readers every day so I strive to remain consistent. Hard work pays off and in time I can watch more TV again – haha. I make sure I take a break at the weekend and have a few well earned glasses of wine with my hubs.
5. Where do you see your blog in 5 years?
I would love to be an author or have my own column connected to my blog.
And Just For Fun…
6. When was the last time you felt nervous?
Our trip to sick kids over the weekend – my baby had a very high temperature and took a funny turn (he is fine now thank goodness).
Write or run. I am running my first marathon in May to raise awareness for The Mental Health Foundation, a subject I feel strongly about, and I and am writing lots of blog articles in line with this.
8. If you could witness any event in the past, present or future what would it be?
I would love to have seen my dad before he lost his eye sight at 19. I would love to see him admiring a beautiful sunset or a cute moment – something we take for granted. Our sight is such a blessing. I am in awe of how he he dealt with it and my Mum (they were dating when it happened) and still together now 47 years later!
9. What have you learned in the last week?
Hard work really pays off – there are no quick fixes.
10. What is your favourite quote?
Am I allowed two? ‘Contentment is key’ – a friend and reader of my blog made a keyring design for me with this on it as I inspired the design (I bang on about my goal to be content a lot). Also, ‘Without Passion we have no energy’. I love the word passion so much I have the tattoo to prove it but that is another story! 🙂