Your name: Tina Wilson Nadler
Name of your blog: No, YOU Need To Calm Down!
Blog URL: http://www.noyouneedtocalmdown.com/
Blog social media accounts:
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/noyouneedtocalmdown/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/noyouneedtocalm
- Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/noyouneedtocalm/
Let’s get to know YOU:
Tell us a little bit about yourself (mini bio): I’m a 40 (mumble, mumble) yr old mom of 4 kids ages 2-8. My degree is in Interior Design, but I don’t miss it as much as I thought I would. Very stressful. I work from home as a blogger while caring for my little ones and homeschooling my preschooler. Shoot. Maybe I should go back to design. I don’t think I drank as much then. I am psychotic about being organized. I have a sense of humor that not everyone gets (shoulder shrug). I am a foul-mouthed smother mother.
What do you do outside of blogging (think school or work):
See above. 🙂
What do you like to do on your down time? That probably means I’m actually sleeping or passed out. We should probably leave me be.
Blog niche: Imperfect moms?
What’s the purpose of your blog?
Here’s my tag line: Life is stressful. Here’s an outlet – without the safety covers. It really sums it up. It’s a place where people can go to see that not everyone is perfect, that other moms cuss and scream. There are categories for enjoying time with kids (I’m working on filling that up), and time savers to make days less stressful. I also have a Living With series where readers can send their story in about what it’s like to live with certain challenges – health condition, living situation, child issues. It lets them vent, and lets others know they’re not alone.
Who’s your target? That sounds so ominous. I guess mainly moms in any stage of mommying with a sense of humor of some sort.
What’s the best way for your audience to contact you?
Flash a beer bottle signal in the sky. Or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org – Totally their call.
How would you describe your blogging style? Unfiltered. I’m just talking to friends.
When did you start blogging? August 2016
What inspired you to start blogging? Bills. And my oldest son’s need for more and more Legos.
What’s the biggest change in your life since you started blogging? I seriously can’t find time to breathe. That and my carpel tunnel is back.
- Short term: Get enough traffic so it’s worth the 4 am nights.
- Long term: Becoming crazy rich so I can pay somebody to go to the store with me and open those stupid plastic produce bags.
If you could start blogging all over again, what would you do differently? Know what I’m doing first.
How do you motivate yourself to continue blogging?
I think of the stress it could take off of my husband and I to not have to worry so much about money.
What attributes has helped you become successful blogger?
I should probably answer that once I’m successful. But if I get there, it has to be because I’m so relentless.
How have you tried to increase your blog traffic? Which way has been the most successful? I have just started trying REAL,concrete ways to get more views. I’m working on figuring out how to use Pinterest the most efficiently, and participating in blogging Facebook groups.
What’s your favourite social media platform and why?
Facebook. I love the interaction that is possible there. I find Pinterest a little more sterile. I’m trying Twitter a bit, but I #suckattweeting
Most of your traffic comes from which social media platform?
Facebook, but Pinterest is catching up.
What’s your favourite blogging group on Facebook?
I just joined the Mom Blog Tribe and LOVE IT!
Do you have a freebie for your readers? If so, what is it? Do we need to subscribe to receive it? Free ridiculous parenting advice and some printables here and there. You only need a subscription if you want immediate access to that.
What’s your greatest win so far with blogging?
Nothing monetary yet, or even remotely related to numbers. But, it sure feels like a win when someone comments that they love a post, or thanks for sharing.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve so far with blogging?
You really can run out of time in a day.
Has blogging surprised you in any way? If so, how?
I can’t believe how much there is to learn, and how many bloggers are out there!
How often do you publish a post?
I started at 3 a week, went to 2 when I was left no time to figure out what I’m doing, and have just started a new approach. I post one in my “Basic Blah, Blah, Blah” category, a round-up or 2 of a few misc posts I’ve worked on (recipes, music, crafts), and a Living With or Furry Family Members post each month. That works out to 3 or 4 actual notifications my subscribers actually get a month. This has increased the number of views from my subscribers. It made sense to me to try this because once I started subscribing to a few fellow bloggers’ blogs, I noticed I didn’t even open the email if I was getting multiple notifications a week. My target is moms, and they just don’t have time for that.
Have you had writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it?
Nope. I have a couple of years worth of post ideas written down. Once I’ve had the idea, it means I could talk about it forever. Check back with me in a couple of years on that one. 🙂
Do you have a blogging schedule? Daily theme? Please share!
My posting schedule is as listed above. I’ve just started a theme-based interactive post daily on my Facebook page.
Have you guest posted for someone? No.
Do you accept guest posts? If yes, tell us about it!
I definitely am interested in getting stories for my Living With posts. Those are written by the submitter, and I only give an opening and close, and include any links they want mentioned. That could be considered as a guest post opportunity.
Have you made money from blogging? If so, how?
I think I’m up to $6. I can’t get to it, though, because of the minimum earning threshold before they’ll send a check!
How long had you been blogging before you made any money?
If that $6 counts, then a few months.
Who’s your favourite blogger before you started blogging and why? (Name and blog URL)
I actually didn’t really read blogs before I started blogging myself. I had people suggesting that I try it, but wasn’t sure exactly what it was all about. There was no blog that I visited on a regular basis.
Who’s your favourite blogger now and why? (Name and blog URL)
Here I go again! Now that I’ve added blogging on to my schedule, I’m finding it hard to find a favorite!
What type of blogs are you interested in reading and why?
If I am going to read a blog, it usually revolves around parenting. I love looking for ideas about things to do with the kids.
List the top 5 blogs you are reading currently: (Names and blog URLs)
I just suck at this.
Give advice to someone who wants to start blogging:
Research first! There are so many articles on how easy it is to set up a blog. Then they just suggest you start writing great content and voila! Nope. I recommend learning a little more of the ins and outs of blogging, joining Facebook groups and asking questions there, before launching. Once you’re doing it, especially if you already have a full schedule, it can be very hard to find time for researching how to grow while still maintaining what you’ve started.
Tell us one thing your readers don’t know about you:
Hmmm. I really don’t hold anything back in my posts. Maybe that I’m scared of the Easter Bunny and Blue Man Group. Wait. I did tell them about the Easter Bunny.
Anything else you’d like to share with us? Go for it!!!
I’d really like to connect with other like-minded (which means potentially a little crazy) moms. I want to find them as my readers, but also as blog-buddies – is that a thing? Being an unfiltered mom sometimes feels like you’re always passed over. That when you can share to a group of all kinds of bloggers, and they can pick any 2 or 3 to like or share, they skip the mommy ones, and just hit up the ones about blogging. I want to find more moms with material like mine that I can share to my social media groups.
Also, I’d like to share that light beer is not really beer, but I drink it anyway when counting calories. I’m not happy about it,though.