Meet Crystal of Simplify Mommyhood!


Your name: Crystal Hill
Name of your blog: Simplify Mommyhood
Blog social media accounts: 
Meet Crystal #TheBloggerBehindTheBlog
Let’s get to know YOU:
Tell us a little bit about yourself (mini bio): I’m a mom by profession for the past 16 years. I have 5 kids; a degree in Marriage, Family and Human Development; and a lot of experience carpooling and changing diapers. I ain’t too bad at this momming thing although sometimes it feels like it. I’m really good at oversharing and cracking myself up. Usually at the same time.
What do you do outside of blogging (think school or work): I’m a stay at home mom
What do you like to do on your down time? Blog! But also watch crime dramas and randomly hilarious shows. Oh, and play Words with Friends.
Blog niche: Overwhelmed moms.
What’s the purpose of your blog? To help frazzled moms calm the chaos and parent more efficiently.
What’s the best way for your audience to contact you? email: crystal@simplifymommyhood.com
How would you describe your blogging style? Real and relatable.
When did you start blogging? 2011
What inspired you to start blogging? I read an article on mental illness that seriously annoyed me (being someone who suffers from anxiety and depression myself) and the rant I wanted to go on was just too long for a facebook post so I decided to start a blog to say all the things I had in my mind.
What’s the biggest change in your life since you started blogging? A lot of my early blogging was raw and sad. Real, but depressing. I was going through a really hard time with a lot of mental and physical health problems. But as I started to get help and get more healthy I started getting more excited about my blogging and started a whole new blog dedicated to helping moms who were just as overwhelmed with the struggles of momming as I was.
Blogging goals:
  • Short term: To reach more people.
  • Long term: I’d eventually love to be able to help supplement my family’s income with blogging.
If you could start blogging all over again, what would you do differently? Nothing. At the time, blogging was therapeutic for me and I liked doing it as a hobby.
How do you motivate yourself to continue blogging? I simply love it. It’s what makes me feel like I have a purpose in life. Besides, you know, raising responsible humans. But that’s not always as fulfilling as you’d think.
What attributes has helped you become successful blogger? I don’t know that I’d call myself successful. But I’ve gotten better over time because I’m willing to keep learning more about writing and blogging.
How have you tried to increase your blog traffic? Which way has been the most successful? I’ve tried pinterest group boards, Facebook groups, Stumbleupon, asking friends and family to subscribe to my blog. Stumbleupon has been a helpful one.
What’s your favourite social media platform and why? Facebook, Facebook, Facebook! I guess I’m just so used to it after all these years, but I also find that you can do anything on it. Instagram is mostly just photos and Twitter is tiny little snippets. Facebook is everything.
Most of your traffic comes from which social media platform? Facebook.
Do you have a freebie for your readers? If so, what is it? Do we need to subscribe to receive it? It’s an eBook about why and how to get more “me time” in your life and 45 ideas you can start trying right now. Yes, subscribe to get the eBook sent right to your inbox!
What’s your greatest win so far with blogging? I got more email subscribers with my new blog than I ever had with my old one because I flat out asked people I knew to subscribe to it. That was hard for me because I’m very insecure. But I’m proud of myself for putting myself out there. And it turns out, many of my friends were excited to subscribe and love the things I write.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve so far with blogging? That you need a focus to what you write about, not just to write whatever happens to be on your mind.
Has blogging surprised you in any way? If so, how? I had no idea blogs could get so BIG and actually earn money. And SO much money.  I don’t, but some do.
How often do you publish a post? I’m working on a schedule to start posting every other day.
Have you had writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? Honestly, getting help for my mental health issues was the best thing to get my creative juices flowing.
Have you guest posted for someone? Several times. But my favorite is “I’m Glad my Kids Aren’t so Little Anymore” on Scary Mommy. http://www.scarymommy.com/glad-my-kids-are-growing-up/
Do you accept guest posts? If yes, tell us about it! I‘ve never considered it before but I would consider it if someone wanted to!
Have you made money from blogging? If so, how? Not yet!
Who’s your favourite blogger before you started blogging and why? (Name and blog URL) Scary Mommy http://www.scarymommy.com/ They are just so funny and real.
Who’s your favourite blogger now and why? (Name and blog URL) Unremarkable Files http://www.unremarkablefiles.com/ She runs a smaller site that is always hilarious and relatable.
What type of blogs are you interested in reading and why? Funny and relatable mom blogs, mostly.
List the top 5 blogs you are reading currently: (Names and blog URLs) 
  1. Unremarkable Files http://www.unremarkablefiles.com/
  2. Scary Mommy http://www.scarymommy.com/
  3. Her View From Home http://herviewfromhome.com/
  4. Perfection Pending http://www.perfectionpending.net/
  5. Red Tricycle http://redtri.com/
Give advice to someone who wants to start blogging: Learn how to do it properly from other successful bloggers. There are a lot of free and paid courses and ebooks to get you started.
Tell us one thing your readers don’t know about you: I recently had weight loss surgery. I’m still recovering from that and looking forward to getting healthy this year. I miss backpacking and running marathons!
Anything else you’d like to share with us? Go for it!!! 
Leave a message for your readers: I’m so grateful to those who read and comment on my blog. It’s been a great way to get to know people and relate to others about this whole momming thing.

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