Interview with South African Mom Blogger - Mari-Louise Candiotes
Emma Kate started this blog series to showcase what great mothers we have out there and to show support between fellow mothers. The series showcases how these ladies became mom bloggers and what inspired them to start this journey in their lives. The interviews may even inspire another fellow mom to start their own blog.
Today I would like to introduce Mom Blogger - Mari-Louise Candiotes who started Just a Mamma
How long ago did you start your blog?
A little over 3 years ago.
Why did you decide to start a mom blog?
My heart beats for family and being able to help one other mama figure out, or enjoy motherhood more is a passion of mine. I want Just a Mamma blog to be a space space where other parents can escape to and catch their breath.
What was it like in the beginning?
Like most new things, blogging held a lot of uncertainty and doubt. I needed to find my voice and also learn what worked for our family. At the same time I loved the challenge of taking on something new and building it from ground zero.
How did you come up with the name for your blog?
I’m nothing fancy or special. I’m not a celebrity or a super woman. I am 100% ordinary (in the most extraordinary way), and in a season where being a mom consumes most of my time. I am juggling work, wife-life, family, friendships and kids - just like most other women, and although we all differ... At the end of the day we are all still “just mamas” doing our best for the ones we love. And that’s where Just a Mamma is rooted, in the mundane, everyday.
What is unique about your blog?
I speak from a mom’s perspective BUT Just a Mamma is very much about family and parenting as a whole. My husband features a lot and even writes (not often enough) in our Just Dad section.
How do you market your blog and what has been the most successful way of marketing?
Social media, primarily Instagram. It takes a lot of time and dedication but we have built our blog on relationships. Not an easy task but definitely the most rewarding route.
How many hours a day do you spend on your blog?
That’s almost impossible to say and very dependant on the time of year, school holidays etc. I would say at least 6 hours a day.
Can you describe/ outline your typical Day?
06:00 - Wakeup with quiet time (My husband does breakfast)
06:30 - Pack school lunches and get the girl’s dressed, packed and ready for school
(My husband does school drop-offs)
08:00 - Get dressed and start with the day’s housework. I also try to squeeze in a bit of physical activity either walking with our puppy or exercising at home. (I do have a cleaning lady that helps but we work together)
9:00 - First Social media checkin of the day
10:00 - Continue with housework but also check emails and plan content.
12:00 - Start dinner, make lunch and do a 2nd social media checkin for the day.
12:30 - Leave home for the afternoon school-run and after school curricular activities.
15:00 - Homework time
16:00 - Fun with our girls catching up and hearing what’s going on in their life.
17:00 - Mr. Perfect gets home and takes over playing with our girls, taking the dogs for a walk etc. I finish dinner.
18:00 - Dinner and bath time
19:30 - Bedtime
20:00 - Last social media checkin of the day
Then I usually have some quiet time with my husband
22:00 - I start my “work day”. This is usually when everyone is sound asleep. I have a quiet moment to blog, answer emails, type up reports etc.
00:00 - That’s usually when I go to bed as well.
Has being a mom blogger affected your family life at all?
Yes, in the most amazing ways... From the people we’ve met, the brands we’ve worked with and the personal growth gained. It’s been incredible for our family. Most of all it’s given me the opportunity to earn a living while being able to be fully present and involved in our girl’s 1st years. Years that are speeding by. I have also gained a TRIBE of mamas that bless us without even realising it every time they read our posts, like what we are doing in social media and share our blogs. Women that I would never has gotten to know if it wasn’t for Just a Mamma.
Do you have any advice for a fellow mom wanting to start their own blog?
Like anything worth while, building a successful blog takes time and a lot of hard work BUT if writing and connecting with other mom’s is a passion or dream of yours... Blogging the most rewarding work you’ll ever do. It won’t even feel like work.