Please meet Mom who Blogs, Kelly Connor. She is the author of citymom.ca. She is married to a great guy; they have been married for almost six years. Together they have a five year old daughter who keeps themquite busy. She is a fulltime Quality Assurance Analyst at one of Canada’s banks. Her background is in Internet Technologies but her love for writing is her true passion.
What is your favourite activity to do with your kid(s)?
We love going on ‘rainy’ walks to the park, swimming, hunting for ‘stuff’ and snuggling.
What is your Blog name and what do you Blog about?
My blog is called City Mom. There I blog about a variety of things; my love for my city (London, ON), healthy living, product reviews, recipes and city life.
Why did you start your Blog?
Pre-baby, my husband and I lived in downtown Toronto, right around the corner from St. Lawrence Market. We were truly living up the double-income-no-kids urban lifestyle when we received the most wonderful surprise. We were going to have a baby.
We decided to make the move back to London as the cost of living was cheaper and most of our family lived there too. So we said goodbye to our urban condo and said hello to a small house in the suburbs. Life was good…enough.
We found ourselves longing for the city life. The small yards, driveways and sidewalks actually made us feel claustrophobic. So we put up a For Sale sign and bought a high-rise condo right in the heart of downtown London.
When we made this decision we noticed some raised eyebrows from the people we shared our news with. I think the general belief is that you need a yard and white picket fence to raise a family. After sensing the disapproval enough, I started coming up with rebuttals in my head and one day I just decided I would start writing them down. And that was how City Mom was born.
What tips/advice can you give to moms that would like to start their own Blogs?
Do it for the love of it, not the possible perks. The only thing that keeps you going is the passion for writing and sharing. The amount of work you have to do for the ‘perks’ is surprising. It’s not just about writing blogs posts. There’s social networking, photo editing, corresponding, hitting the pavement and more. At times it can be exhausting so if you’re not in LOVE stop now!
Do you have any favourite Blogs that you would like to share with us?
That’s a tough one to answer. I belong to a wonderful blogging community where each and every one of the blogs is worthy of being listed here. To name just one would be too difficult. I will direct you to my Blogs I’m a Fan of page that lists some of my favs. http://www.citymom.ca/blogs-im-a-fan-of/
What is the biggest challenge you encounter when blogging?
Right now I’d say that there is a large expectation within the advertising industry that we (bloggers) will work for free. It’s not all agencies of course but there are quite a few.
The amount of work that goes into an individual review post is not measureable by minutes and sometimes not even hours. But more, the amount of work and time that goes into creating advertising worthy web space sometimes can’t even be measured in years.
It would be like creating the most fertile piece of land, one that is sure to produce the most colourful and tasty fruits and vegetables around. Imagine the work and time it would take to create such a space. Imagine then allowing other farmers to plant their crops there with no responsibility to care for the growing goods. However, once the plants are ready to harvest, those farmers come back to take their crops and sell them at a premium in the local market; pure profit for them, without any blood, sweat or tears. Doesn’t seem fair does it?
Because new bloggers haven’t necessarily caught on to this yet, they will unknowingly blog for free or for very little compensation and this upsets the balance in the market. Why would an advertiser pay a premium to get something they can get for free somewhere else? It’s tough, but good opportunities come from quality campaigns and those who know where to put their time and energy.
Did I just go on a rant?
What is the best part of blogging?
Making the big bucks! Ha ha…obviously I’m joking.
There are many aspect of blogging I love.
After almost three years blogging, I am still honoured that someone would read something I wrote. I love sharing my opinion and I love hearing the opinions of others.
I love opening the eyes of Londoners and non-Londoners alike to the wonderful things my city has to offer. And I love learning about new products and services that I can in turn share with my readers in hopes that it helps in some way, big or small.
Community; there is a huge sense of community and friendship among fellow bloggers. They’re always there to support you, offering advice and sharing opportunities. If you’re a blogger and you don’t already belong to a likeminded community, go in search of one! You won’t regret it.
And lastly, I love the doors that have opened for me because of blogging. In fact, I just finished taping and airing a TV series based on my blog on our local Rogers TV network. It’s called City Mom and it focuses on being a mom in London, Ontario.
If you asked me three years ago if I’d have my own TV show, I’d have probably laughed. I’m doing things I did dream about, but never thought I’d actually do. I attribute this to blogging for sure!
Thanks so much for the wonderful opportunity!
Thank you Kelly!
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