Hello there and welcome to this week's #PoCoLo - if you were here last week it was great to see you, if you're new here this week then it's great to see you, but either way I know you're very welcome.
The four day week has got me - I'm well and truly confused over what day it is, and I'm never quite sure how that happens. I know that I'm always grateful for an extra day at home, and a sunny Bank Holiday was a real treat.
As well as everything else there was time for some gardening too, and my photo this week is of a variegated ivy at the end of our garden. I was struck by how it looked as if it had been painted, isn't nature wonderful?
This week we've even made it over to the allotment for a couple of hours easy weeding, leaving just as it got dark. Somehow though I've been bitten again and have three bad bites on my foot. They're painful but I'm hoping they'll calm down and heal well, I can't believe that once again I've a reaction to insect bites.
Blogger Showcase: Carmen from Wellington World Travels
1. Who are you?
I am Carmen and I blog over at wellingtonworldtravels.com. I am from the Philippines, but currently live in Doha, Qatar. I am a stay-at-home mom to two beautiful kids: 3-year old son and 3-month old baby girl.
2. Why did you start blogging?
My blog started out as a place to document my travels and experiences. Now, it has become a platform on which I can voice my thoughts, opinions, knowledge and ideas.
3. What do you find most challenging?
The most challenging part is driving traffic to my website. It takes a lot of time. It means I have to be in front of the computer or on my phone all day - being active on social media, joining Facebook groups, creating post consistently. It takes a lot of my time.
4. What is your favourite topic to write about?
I started writing travel guides, tips and musings. But I realised I enjoyed more writing family travels, parenting and perspective posts. I just started my blog, so I am still figuring out my niche.
5. Are you blogging for fun or do you have goals?
I think, I am blogging 80% for fun. I blog for pleasure and leisure. Since I have become a stay-at-home mom, I wanted to do something aside from taking care of kids and doing household chores. It is one way of making my time productive. But I didn't expect it to take up a lot of my time.
I also set goals on my blog, but not being too hard on myself. At the end of the day, I don't want to blog aimlessly. I have goals when it comes to number of visitors and followers a day, and posts per month. Of course, ultimately I want to monetise my blog so that I can help my husband and the family financially.
6. What is your favourite thing about blogging?
My favourite thing about blogging is knowing you have a little space in the big World Wide Web where you can be ‘you’ and share knowledge, feelings, and opinions.
7. Have you ever attended a blogging conference and if so, what did you think?
I am new to the blogging world, so this is my first time hearing about a blogging conference. I would love to attend someday.
8. What are your 3 best posts?
- How Travel Changed My Life
- Why Traveling with Young Children is Worthwhile
- Tips for Traveling with an Infant Alone
9. Describe yourself in three words...
Sweet, Shy. Simple.
10. Are you a tea and biscuits or coffee and cake person?
I don’t drink coffee, so that will be tea and biscuits. I love to eat cake once in a while.
11. What's your idea of a perfect night out?
Nowadays, we rarely have a night out. As much as possible, I want to be home by sunset. I guess, a perfect night out is a good meal with my husband and kids in a restaurant or by the beach.
12. Your perfect night in?
My perfect night means snuggled in my bed, watching a movie or two then an UNinterrupted sleep. That is too perfect for my world. But a girl can dream!
13. What would your best friend/OH/mum or kids say is your best quality?
- Mom: reliable and good daughter
- In-laws: shy but thoughtful
- Husband: kind, supportive and loving
- Son: “I want Mommy.” I guess I am ‘want-able’...!
If you'd like to be a future Blogger Showcase, then please get in touch with either Morgan or I.