So, you want to be a blogger?


I got an email from a reader last night, and it’s an email that I get quite often about blogging. It’s from the beginner blogger. The thought of blogging can be overwhelming and seem huge. HUGE. So, I thought I’d try to help by answering some of the questions here. Grace wrote: I would really […]

BLOGversation: So… what’s your niche?


About six months after I started blogging I got a hunger for it. I wanted to read books, blogs about blogging, take courses on blogging and just consume as much as I could. One thing that always came up was that you HAD to have a niche. A blog without a niche wasn’t going to […]

BLOGversation: Kicking bloggers block to the kerb {my top 5 tips}


Ah, the old Bloggers Block. That thing where that essential creative part of your mind packs up and goes on holidays and doesn’t even bother to ask for permission. Sigh. It happens. Well, it happens to me. Does it happen to you? I find that’s when I need to get out and get busy living. […]

BLOGversation: Let’s look into the future. What do you see?


I’m a dreamer, and a bit of a planner. I love a mind map, an inspiration board or just some simple day-dreaming… but I have to say it’s been hard to think ahead of time work-wise when I’ve been so stuck into bringing a new baby into the world. So, I don’t really have an […]

BLOGversation: Who inspires you?


Around a gazillion new blogs are created every single day. I made that up. But I bet there are a lot. How many is a gazillion anyway? When I go blog reading I liken it to falling down the rabbit hole {like Alice in Wonderland}. I start on one blog, click through to another… until […]

BLOGversation: What’s your most popular blog post?


Sometimes you write a post and you just know that it’s going to resonate with people, and that it’ll be well received. And sometimes you’re wrong. And then there are times when you write a post, and as you click ‘publish’ you wonder whether it’s really worthy of being published at all… and it ends […]

4 easy ways: How to grow your social media networks

4 ways to grow your social media networks

Last month I was all set to speak at the ProBlogger conference on the Gold Coast. It’s always an honour to be asked to speak, but I did say yes a little hesitantly. Hesitantly because I was due to give birth only a few weeks before hand, and if I was overdue then I’d have […]

BLOGversation: How long have you been blogging for?


My blog was born back in the olden days, July 2008 to be exact. So she’s the ripe old age of 5 years now. How old is your blog? photo credit: withassociates via photopin cc

BLOGversation: Let’s play favourites. Which social media platform is your bestest?


I have a soft spot for Instagram. I’m a visual person, and I can’t go past a good photo {or even a bad one if I’m completely honest}. I love that one photo can tell a story, without any words. I love it. It’s not complicated, it’s easy to use and it’s pretty social too. […]

BLOGversation: What’s your blog dream?

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I’m a dreamer. I have my head in the clouds a lot. My mind never rests. But for me dreaming is different to goal-making. I dream rather than set goals… I let my mind wander and wander, where ever it may go. At first my blog dream was to be able to work from home […]

BLOGversation: What are you passionate about?


Ah, passion. Get your head out of the bedroom for a moment, I’m talking passion in blogging. Some people are passionate about fashion or food, or living a natural life, or parenting, or crafting, or current affairs or travel. I don’t reserve my passion for one thing, I spread it around. It’s distributed among creativity, […]

BLOGversation: This is where I blog, what about you?


You know what I love about blogging, it can happen pretty much anywhere. I was talking to a mum from school recently and she’d just taken a trip overseas. She works for herself, and she said, “A holiday is great, but the problem is that if I don’t work, I don’t make the money. So […]

BLOGversation: What’s your blogging style? Wham-bam? Or slow & steady?


Having been to a few getaways with bloggers, it’s interesting to see the way people blog. We’d have days filled with activities {i.e. no time to blog} and then at night we’d head off to our rooms to get ready for dinner. Some bloggers can whip up a blog in the time it can take […]

BLOGversation: What’s in a {blog} name?


I can remember the exact moment I created my blog. They ask the standard things: email, password, location and then… blog name. It’s so hard to name a blog, don’t you think? I knew I wanted to write about losing weight, so I went with Fat Mum Slim. There have been times that I wanted […]

BLOGversation: Describe your blog in just 3 words. Quick.


Hello bloggers. This one is for you. I used to do this series a little while ago, and I wanted to revisit it. So… if I asked you, which for the record I am, to describe your blog in just 3 words… which words would you use? I’d say mine is: inspired, personal and friendly. […]

So Instagram got video. Here’s what I think…


So, Instagram has video. If you’ve been awake at any point today you probably already heard it or saw it. It’s being talked about pretty much everywhere I turn {online anyway}, about as much as the name of Kanye and Kim’s baby. Moving on. What do I think about Instagram Video? I’ve tried playing around […]

For Bloggers: The Social Media Health Check you need to have.


How long has it been since you went through your blog and social media platforms and gave them a little spruce up? Or a health check-up? Quite often I get so caught up in the ‘doing’ that I forget to check-in and make sure everything is up-to-date and working properly. Below is a checklist of […]

Blogger question: Who are you writing for?


In June last year I spent a week with Darren Rowse {ProBlogger for those not familiar}. No, it wasn’t some romantic trip away, although we did spend some time on an island… rather a trip with Tourism Queensland where 10 lucky bloggers got to learn lots of great blogging information, as well as discover Tropical […]

Finding readers: How to get the people to your blog


One of the most common questions I get when I tell people I’m a blogger is, “But… how do you get all of those people to read your blog?” I’m not holding a room full of people ransom with laptops in theirs laps insisting they read Fat Mum Slim, I promise. Creating and writing a […]

5 things you need to do to your Facebook page {immediately, if not sooner}.


When I was younger my Aunty met this guy and he was different to our family. He was like a breath of fresh, fun air. He said funny things, was full of energy and made us laugh. One thing he used to say was, “immediately, if not sooner”. As in, “I want an ice cream […]