Tigerlilly Quinn: A little catch up / loving my city and blogging for a living

Monday, 15 August 2016

A little catch up / loving my city and blogging for a living

bristol harbourside

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These pics were taken a few weeks before before I got all my hair chopped off but I somehow forgot to post them! I thought I might as well now even if they are a bit dated as they show off the beautiful harbourside of this lovely city we live in. I always feel like I'm on holiday a bit going through Bristol harbour in the sun, something about being close to water I think?

Although I was born here we moved away when I was around six months old. I moved back at 22 so I've lived here for eight years now, almost a decade! It's the longest I've lived anywhere as I moved up and down the country (and to Wales) when I was growing up. I like having roots and knowing that this is home. When we arrived back from a trip somewhere it feels like home, it's felt like home since the first week I lived here. Funny how you can find 'your place' isn't it.

bristol harbourside
bristol harbourside

Almost nine months since I became a mother to two I feel a little more like 'myself'. A friend told me that nine months is a marking point, like the first three months or the 'fourth trimester', you can feel a shift. I'm tired, life is hectic but its feeling more manageable, it feels like this family dynamic is now more normal. I'm not going to say I don't remember life with one child, of course I do, I spent four years with Wilf being my only child. There are times when I look at him, growing up so fast, how his face has changed, he's looking older, more like a little boy. Of course the change in Mabli is more noticeable in these past nine months but he's changed too, I don't notice it every day but when I do I can't stop marvelling at him and the person he is. There are times I wish I could give my everything to him like I used to, but I know this gift of a sibling means more. I know that Mabli was the child to complete our family, whilst I can remember life without her I know our lives are so much better now she's here. We didn't realise we were missing her until she arrived.

bristol harbourside
bristol harbourside

I grew up one of five children, whilst there were benefits to that there were also disadvantages. I don't think there is every a perfect number or a perfect time or a perfect financial situation. I know we are done at two though, I know my children will only be this little once. That when old ladies tap me on the shoulder and tell me they are at the best age, that they miss their babies being babies, I know exactly what they mean. I want to freeze time, which I'm doing I guess, with this blog. Of course this space is now my job, something I feel grateful for everyday but really its my time capsule, of our lives together.

bristol harbourside
bristol harbourside

Whilst I absolutely have bad days, I have days when my children are driving me round the bend, when I want to wee in piece and when I feel such rage towards my husband I throw him two fingers up behind his back as he leave the room (he does this to me too we both confessed ha!). I guess people who read my blog or look at my Instagram only see the pretty bits and I think thats OK as long as everyone understands thats what it is. That it took me all weekend to get our house tidy enough to take a picture of our living room and I'll repost those pictures when it's anything but tidy!

I read a comment lately that said they gave up on blog that accepted sponsored posts, that they only read blogs who blog just for them. It's a funny concept I think, as an illustrator I drew for fun but I also drew to get paid, my dream at the time was to draw for a living and I don't really see blogging for a living as any different. I didn't actually intend for this post to go this way but I just started typing and it led me here!

I'd love to know what you think, why do you read blogs (or my blog in particular maybe?!) does it bother you if a blogger is earning a living from their blog?
p.s totally happy for discussion but no mean comments please! ;)
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7 comments:

WHIITELIST by SIMI LINDGREN said...

I love reading blogs and learning from them irrespective of whether there are sponsored posts or not. There is this quote that I love which is " Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it" by Henry David Thoreau and I think it's true for blogging! You don't want to read a blog that's so obviously inauthentic and just blogging about everything and getting paid for it with no rhyme or reason! The blogs I most enjoy are those that may be doing sponsored posts/ being paid to talk about products they would have anyway and you can see how it fits with their brand and ethos. As a blogger and someone who loves blogs, if sponsored posts mean I can continue to enjoy the blogs I like because they are able to make a living from it, it absolutely doesn't bother me. Simi X
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Kellie Kearney said...

I love reading blogs however over time I've noticed some of my favourite bloggers doing more and more sponsored work or paid guest content. Its ruining it for me as half the stuff they talk about isn't their true selfs, it isn't the blogger I followed all those years ago. I blog for me and get my paid work elsewhere. I keep them completely separate although without the blog I would never have got the work.

Kellie Kearney said...

I love reading blogs however over time I've noticed some of my favourite bloggers doing more and more sponsored work or paid guest content. Its ruining it for me as half the stuff they talk about isn't their true selfs, it isn't the blogger I followed all those years ago. I blog for me and get my paid work elsewhere. I keep them completely separate although without the blog I would never have got the work.

Sarah-Kate said...

Hmm, I have thought about this quite a lot, the sponsorship thing. I definitely feel like it does change something of the essence of a blog, in a way that sometimes makes me enjoy it less, but it's not the being paid thing per se, if someone is putting a lot of time and work into something that im enjoying (for free!) I don't see why they shouldn't want to be paid for it!

I think it's more that I sometimes find it strange when a blog I liked reading because I could relate the person's life becomes less and less relatable, because I can't afford all the clothes or gadgets or holidays, so someone whose life I used to see as similar to mine seems less and less like that, and more just part of the whole culture of aspirational consumerism. But to be honest that might say more about me and my tendancy to feel inadequate! I stopped reading women's magazines for the same reason. I really hope this doesn't sound harsh,for what it's worth I think your blog maintains a pretty good balance, your sponsored content never seems 'churned out' and always has a very personal, honest quality to it, if that makes sense, I like the way you always incorporate something more personal into sponsored posts so they seem like actual POSTS not just adverts. If it was the deciding factor between a blog I like existing or the writer deciding not to blog anymore because they couldn't fit it around paid work then I'd be sad if the blog stopped existing.

Sarah-Kate said...

Jeez, that was an essay, sorry!

Sarah-Kate said...

I thought about this a bit more since posting and wanted to add that I would imagine having a very large readership must inevitably change how you (as the blogger I mean!) feel about the blog, it's bound to feel different than when you first start out and are just writing to a small handful of people. So thinking about it from that perspective it seems unrealistic to expect a blog not to change and evolve with that.

kerry norris said...

As a blogger it definetly doesn't bother me if someone is earning money but I know what you mean. I've heard those comments quite a few times. Lovely pics by the way x

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