Interview with South African Mom Blogger - Tasha-Leigh Williams

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 - Tasha-Leigh Williams who started OT 2 M.a.m.a (Malakhi And Mom Adventures)

How long ago did you start your blog?

I actually started my blogging journey as a teenager. My blog used to be called Me in 3D and was just a small hobby. Life became busy and I went years without blogging at all. When I fell pregnant in 2018, I decided to take up my blogging again and share my journey as a first-time single mother. I revamped my blog website and in July 2019 the official OT 2 M.A.M A blog was birthed.

Why did you decide to start a mom blog?

I’ve always loved writing, collecting and sharing everyday little adventures and moments that bring my heart life and joy as well as the power that lies in sharing one’s story. This alongside my passion for helping young mothers and women, inspired my mom blog.

What was it like in the beginning?
Starting my mom blog was one of most freeing experiences – especially since I battled a lot of stigma and shame that comes with being a single mother. It was a scary thought to start sharing my story as I feared the judgement that would come with this, but as soon as I made the choice to own my story, the focus was immediately shifted.

How did you come up with the name for your blog?

I wanted something that would encompass the little daily life adventures with my son while keeping OT perspectives alive. With that said, My sons name is Malakhi and as an OT Mom, it became OT 2 M. A. M. A (Malakhi And Mom Adventures), which covers everything from OT tips to motherhood.

What is unique about your blog?

My blog not only shares about motherhood, but raises awareness on single motherhood, the challenges, the wins and the in-betweens. I also share how parenting can be influenced by an OT background, regarding our little one’s development and stimulation. My aim is to support, encourage and inspire other mamas as much as I can by sharing developmental tips, activity ideas and of course my own unique motherhood journey.
How do you market your blog and what has been the most successful way of marketing?

I am still in the process of discovering specific marketing strategies, but I’ve used my Instagram and other social media platforms to share my blog posts and run giveaways with brands that are close to my heart.

How many hours a day do you spend on your blog?

Time and days vary, but on average, I spend about 2 hours at a time, which usually includes write ups, an Instagram share, updating and any additional research (especially when it comes to the OT side of things). This excludes organising the actual content itself.

Can you describe/ outline your typical Day?

Wow… haha , its messy and does not always follow the same outline...I’d usually work part time/from home so most days it’s a SAHM life. When we wake up, we’d have our morning routine, which includes breakfast time and getting M ready for the day. Our morning’s are filled with lots of movement play, free play,
songs, snack-time and eventually nap time. During this time, I’d either get myself done, some work done, or prep for lunchtime. When M wakes, it’s Lunchtime and clean up, outdoor play on warm days, then more playtime. On workdays - I’d work my part time job in the afternoon, while my parents would take care of M. Once I’ve finished work, it’s usually supper time and then our evening routine starts – including clean up, bath-time, reading and bedtime routine. When M is finally asleep, I get to sit with all my work and blogging. I also run an NPO to support single mothers (@singlemomsandbeyond), so this is the time I usually get to work on this too.

Has being a mom blogger affected your family life at all?

Mom blogging life definitely takes time, but I usually work at night when my boy is asleep and when we have family outings we usually love taking lots of pics (which I enjoy using as some of my content too), so not really.

Do you have any advice for a fellow mom wanting to start their
own blog?

Definitely know your why for starting your blog and be consistent. Don't go in thinking you'll make lots of money unless of course you have a clear defined business strategy. Lastly your story is your power and the world needs your voice. Once we own it, we won’t be prisoner to it.

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