It's Friday!! I have the next week off work and it's time for another installment of My Name Is. Every week I'll be featuring another amazing blogger! This week it's Joanna from Teacups & Trainers!
Hi! I'm Joanna and I blog over at Teacups & Trainers. I'm a 30 year old mother to a toddler, and work part time as well as trying to fit blogging in! I'm a bit of a girly tomboy and am rather obsessed with tea and keeping fit. Hence the blog name!
About your blog
My blog started as an 'opinion blog', but I've recently expanded it to write more about parenting and health & fitness as well, so it probably falls under the category of lifestyle now! I aim to post once a week at the moment, but would love to be able to post on a much more regular basis. I've started a new feature - Parenting Pet Peeves - in which I have a grumble about the things that bug me about parenting!
What made you start your own blog?
I have always wanted to be a writer, but never had the courage to put anything out there. But I got a real bee in my bonnet about a particular issue, which along with some encouragement from a friend, inspired me to write my first post -Real Women Have Curves
What are your blogging goals?
For more people to read my words. That's always been my motivating force, and nothing makes me happier than knowing that people have enjoyed what I've written. Except perhaps tea.
Any advice for other bloggers or new bloggers?
Don't read too many blogs when you're starting out. I'm blog obsessed now, but I really wanted to find my own identity first and make sure I wasn't copying anyone else.
Blog post your most proud of?
Ooh it's really tough to choose, but there are two I'm particularly proud of. The first is a piece I wrote about my experience of depression. I really wanted to try and help break the stigma surrounding the illness and speak out about it. It was quite difficult to write and scary to publish, but I'm really glad I did. The second one was even scarier, but for me, even more important to publish, and that was about my experience of domestic violence. Again, I really wanted to break the wall of silence around the issue, and if it helped just one person feel that they were able to speak out, then job done.
I love to chat so please feel free to pop on over to the blog (or Twitter or Instagram) and say hi!
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Until next time,