Interview with South African Mom Blogger - Prinita Alexander
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 - Prinita Alexander who started Mommy Merry-go-round
How long ago did you start your blog?
Why did you decide to start a mom blog?
I wanted to talk about the experience I was having, so others that could relate wouldn't feel alone. I wanted to be raw and real. I also needed an outlet for me, it was a way for me to deal with what I was feeling and a way to not feel isolated.
What was it like in the beginning?
It was a bit scary, I was worried I’d be judged, I was leaving it all out on a page, my emotions my experience. I felt vulnerable and liberated at the same time. Then more and more mothers started sending me messages to say how they could relate, how they loved the realness because motherhood is often made out to be this fairy-tale, it got easier since then.
How did you come up with the name for your blog?
I wanted something to do with a circus or carnival. Something that summed up my experience of motherhood and captured all the craziness and fun of it as well.
What is unique about your blog?
My blog is about me and my personal accounts of motherhood as a South African woman who has grown up in a very traditional family, where the rules motherhood is pretty much like the 10 commandments. Thou shalt give birth naturally, thou shalt breast feed exclusively etc and this blog is basically about me calling bullshit on those rules and encouraging other moms to do the same.
How do you market your blog and what has been the most successful way of marketing?
Mostly word of mouth, advertising on my personal social media platforms. I’m not particularly after a big following, if my blog touches the life of one mom (or dad) if it helps that one person feel less alone and isolated, feel less like a failure and maybe judge themselves a little less, then I’m happy.
How many hours a day do you spend on your blog?
I share as and when thoughts or experiences happen. Its difficult to post on a daily or even weekly bases because I have a full time job, a household to maintain, plus I do dancing twice a week and I’m currently studying.
Can you describe/ outline your typical Day?
Wake up at 5am, go to my day job, go to dance class after, then home, eat, put kids to bed, pack school bags, prepare for the evening shift by sterilizing bottles, do washing and cleaning, attempt to sleep to do it all again the next day.
Has being a mom blogger affected your family life at all?
It's allowed me to be open and honest and has brought us closer as a family.
Do you have any advice for a fellow mom wanting to start their own blog?
Don't second guess yourself, be real, be raw you'll be surprised at how many moms are going through the same thing.