I’m Francesca and the lovely Emma has allowed me to pop over for a visit here on her blog as part of International Blog Swap Day, a joint initiative of Tots100 (UK) and Digital Parents (Aus). I’ve never been to the UK, so this is a nice way for me to travel vicariously through my blog!
I’m an Australian married mum of three daughters, aged 7, 4 and 2. I’m in my thirties, work part-time in a corporate setting and blog for fun. I also just wrote a novel called Returning (cue shameless self-promotion). You can find out more about it at my author website if you’re interested: www.francescasuters.weebly.com (end shameless self-promotion).
Blogging is an interesting caper. Sometimes it’s easy to put blogs into a box and in most of these cases, this is the intention of the blogger – to have a “niche”: craft blogger, food & lifestyle blogger, “professional” blogger.
Me, I’m a bit different.
Francesca Writes Here is a personal blog about anything and everything that takes my fancy. My little plot of internet land is cultivated by my interests. How many interests? Oh, let me count the ways!
- Wife to an awesome Hubby
- Stay-at-home mum (partly)
- Working mum (partly)
- Mum of a toddler
- Mum of a pre-schooler
- Mum of a school-aged child
- Builder of dream home (I’m not actually building it – just, you know, paying someone to do it!)
- Australian of Italian descent who tries to teach her children (sporadically) her mother’s beautiful language)
- Playgroup co-ordinator
- Book club member
- Eater of chocolate
- Reader of books
- Occasional knitter
- Eurovision tragic
Being a creature of habit, when I get out of the habit of blogging, I tend to be at a loss for what to write. There have been a few breaks in my bloggy “career”! Maybe all I need to do is cast my eye over that list from time to time in order to get the ideas flowing. I’m not a professional blogger with brands bending over backwards to catch my attention, nor am I a parenting / craft / cooking / [insert-any-other-blog-category-you-can-think-up] “expert”. I’m me. And that’s more than enough!
Pleased to meet you.
Thanks Francesca. Do pop over to Francesca’s blog to read more about what she gets up to. You can find her on Twitter and Facebook. You can find the other blogs taking part in the swap at tots100.
Congratulations on your blogging career. Just blog about the things you love and like 🙂
I know all too well about “bloggy breaks”. I’m a blogger of many interest to! Great to see I’m not alone.
Always nice to know more about the person behind the blog. Thanks for sharing.
What an interesting person! I think I’ll pop to her blog to read some more 🙂
Hello Francesca! What an awesome thing to do.. great way to learn about other bloggers this way.. no one ever ask me to do this nor have i.. didnt know there was a day for this! You have some great interests as well 🙂
Hi Natalie, thanks for stopping by. It’s been great fun, and organised by Tots100 in the UK and Digital Parents in Australia.
Thanks Natalie. Yes, it’s a great idea. I didn’t find out about it until the last minute – glad I did 🙂
Refreshing to find someone blogging for fun and not letting herself be caged in a “niche”. Go Francesca! 🙂
I loved that too. Great to have a blogger state where they don’t fit, and how they’re just letting themselves be. That’s what blogging should be about.
The blog swap seems like such a fun idea! Do you just find a friend to swap with, or is there some blog hop organizing thing you sign up for?
Hi Alex. The UK bloggers came via Tots100 and the Australian bloggers joined up via Digital Parents. Then they matched people up, and the posts get added to the linky here http://www.tots100.co.uk/2014/04/30/international-blog-swap-day-meet-the-bloggers/
what a lovely idea to swap blogs! she sounds like a lovely person, I shall pop over ad say hi!
Francesca’s been lovely to talk to, so definitely go and pop over
Thanks Mary 🙂
Wow! So many great interests! I love chocolate too! I haven’t heard of International Blog Swap Day, but it sounds fun. Might try it next year.
Definitely watch out for the opportunities. It’s been great fun, and good chance to find new blogs.
Thanks Ave, it has been a great opportunity to “meet” someone new and find some new blogs to read 🙂
Blog swap is a great idea!!
Never heard of blog swap before. That sounds like fun. Great job on the novel too!
Thanks Michele 🙂
Blogging is an enjoyable thing when you love to blog. Especially when you know your designated topics. and when they read your blogs and give comments to it
So true 🙂
I’m a new blogger, but like you I already have writers block. I knew when I started what I was going to do with my blog and now I’m all over the place with ideas. Things aren’t turning out as planned and I what I thought was going to be my niche is turning into a bunch of other ideas. I really don’t know where to go with it either. I guess just write what feel good at the time. Good Luck!!
Definitely just go with the flow. Lots of people feel pressured to be one thing, but actually variety can be good and keep you interested. We all evolve and so do blogs. Thanks for stopping by
I agree with Emma, go with the flow! You never know where it might take you 🙂
I’ve never heard of a Blogswap before. It sounds really fun. It would be interesting to participate in one.
Think this is the first I’ve seen with UK/Australian bloggers. I’ve signed up to some US Christmas virtual swaps – although I can’t say I got anything back from my swaps in terms of thanks, or the posts going live at the right times etc. The success definitely depends on the organisation and the people taking part doing what they’re asked to.
Hi Amanda. This is the first one I’ve participated in. Thanks to Emma and the support from Tots100 and Digital Parents, I call it a success!
There you go! I just discovered something new about you Francesca! Didn’t know you were an occasional knitter!
I’m a lapsed knitter, Rita! Hoping to remedy that this winter 🙂
Blog swap is a lovely idea 🙂 I thinkost of us aren’t experts, but blogging gives us the opportunity to try and learn new things x
Totally agree on the opportunities. I’ve definitely increased my knowledge of the internet workings, seo, websites, content, social media and marketing – all of which are transferable skills to any company I work for or in other jobs I do.
I couldn’t agree more 🙂
Pleased to meet you too!
Thanks Sharon 🙂
my husband is from autralia too! nice to meet you francesca!
Nice to meet you too, Jane 🙂
I love the phrase “I am me” I actually say that a lot. ty for the reminder.
Lovely to discover a new blog! Loved the description of what you write about, sounds a bit like me 🙂
I’m loving this Sara, finding the new blogs (even amongst the UK as well as the Aussie ones). It’s been great to take part in
I don’t really blog everyday I run out of things to write about.
Love Your Honesty & Yes I Feel The Same As You I Carry On & So Will You & One Day IT WILL PAY OFF!! XO
Blogging can be challenging at times but it can also be great fun. Congrats on the novel
It can be very hard to come up with new ideas for a blog but keep it up!
I know this too Rena. I have a list that I had post ideas to, but they come in blocks…some times I have way too many, other times I run low. But like to have ideas on the go all the time
Blogging can be difficult at times so you’ll just have to create a structure. Nice getting to know more about you.
Hey Francesca, First of all Congratulations for your novel. I can realize the level of excitement you must be going through these days. Good luck. Cheers!
Congrats on the novel! What an exciting time for you!
How fun to swap blogs. Congrats to you.
You’re pretty interesting so I know you would have a large pool of readers waiting for your next post!
I like your list. Best of like! Enjoyed my visit!
Oh wow! Congrats on the novel, Francesca. And thanks heaps Emma for hosting.=)
No worries Brenda. It’s been great fun, and good to talk to another blogger across the world. I’m hoping to find lots more bloggers to read to add to my feed. Thanks for organising.
Thanks Brenda, the blog swap was a great idea 🙂
Excited for your novel! I will pop over and have a look!
Thanks for having me on your blog 🙂
No worries. It’s always nice to host a fellow blogger and find some more bloggers to follow myself.