#coolmumclub: Meet the Members…Life, love and dirty dishes

I’m a little bit honored to have such a prestigious blogger on #MeetTheMembers today. Meet Claire from Life, love and dirty dishes. She’s a proper funny writer, so much so that she’s chief of all things funny for Britmums no less. Now that is some serious blog achievement! She also runs a funny-post-linky ‘Friday frolics’, which I totally need to join in with. What makes someone like Claire so spesh, is that she is entirely humble of her own status, which shone through in this guest post. She’s basically wonderful.

x MMT

N.B. This is the last guest post in the pipe line so if you would like to be featured on Meet the Members, drop me an e mail. Don’t be shy, you’re a blogger remember. And yes, you ARE cool enough. 


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Meet The Members: Life, Love and Dirty Dishes

Why is it I can write blog posts all day long, but when it comes to writing about myself and my blog I find it really difficult?!

A few facts about me…

Hi, I’m Claire, I’m in my mid thirties (37 still counts as mid, right?).  My claim to fame is that I once spoke to Phillip Schoefield on a Going Live phone in.  I know, awesome.

I live with three boys; The Husband, The Big One (6) who never ever stops talking, and The Little One (2) who never ever stands still. 

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We live in a Lego house.  We don’t really, but we have so much off the stuff I could probably build one.

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I love Gerard Butler, handbags, chocolate and Rose wine.  My guilty pleasure is James Corden.  Mushrooms make me cringe and I can’t stand bad manners.  I am crap at crafts.  Really really crap.

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I’ve been with my husband since I was 14.  We’ve been married for 10 years.  He’s my best friend, my biggest fan, and my rock.  He rocks.  We are total opposites in pretty much every way but somehow we work!

I have a degree in Advertising & Marketing and worked in print marketing for several years.  I became a stay at home mum after having the big one.  

The birth of a blog…

I’ve always enjoyed writing, but I never really found an outlet for it.  Unless you count some long forgotten poems riddled with teenage angst, that I wrote many moons ago in my bedroom, surrounded by pictures of River Phoneix and listening to REM.

I’ve always been a bit of a bookworm, but after having children found I never really had the time to read books, so I started reading blogs.   Then one Sunday the husband took the big one out to the park, the little one was having his nap, and I was desperately putting off cleaning the kitchen, so I created a wordpress account.  With absolutely no clue what I was doing I published my first blog post.

There was no planning, no big launch, and certainly no idea what a linky party or SEO meant.

It kind of grew…

For a few months I did nothing to promote what I was doing.  I’m quite relieved now, because when I look back those first posts were awful.  But I developed my writing style, and the more I wrote the more ideas I had.

Then I went public.  I set up social media accounts and started promoting my posts.  I was blog of the day for Mumsnet and was literally walking on cloud 9.  I still get the same buzz today when one of my posts is picked up by the likes of Huffpost and Netmums.

I got addicted…

I got addicted to everything;  The writing, the networking, the fabulous blogging community, learning more about blogging, learning more about running a website, the stats.  Oh my god the stats!

Then I started to earn money.  Not huge amounts.  But brands started to approach me and I got a media kit together.  It started to feel like I might actually be able to achieve what I never thought was possible.  A flexible job that I could work around the kids, and it was something that I loved.

Right now…

Right now I blog when the little one naps and in the evenings.  I’m working really hard to make this a successful business for myself.  I’ve done a few freelance jobs, and hopefully my dream might actually come true.   

I’m the LOL round-up editor for BritMums and I host a linky called Friday Frolics for funny posts.  I also run a guest blogger series called Rookie Mistakes.

The future…

I’m just going to keep dreaming big and working hard and seeing where it takes me.

Come and say hi…

You can find me on Facebook and twitter.  If you really want to make a blogger happy subscribe here! ☺

Claire

Lifeloveanddirtydishes.com

 

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81 thoughts on “#coolmumclub: Meet the Members…Life, love and dirty dishes

  1. Life Love and Dirty Dishes Reply

    What an introduction! Wow! Thanks for having me. I love this feature, it’s always nice to get to know other bloggers.

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  3. Franjones Reply

    That’s awesome. I need to learn more about promoting and building my presence. I love that you’ve been with your husband so long. Thanks for sharing! #coolmumclub

    1. Life Love and Dirty Dishes Reply

      It is pretty cool, all though neither of us had that expectation at the start!

  4. islandliving365 Reply

    What an inspiring post. I love Claire even more now that I know she has a thing for James Corden 😉 #coolmumclub

    1. Life Love and Dirty Dishes Reply

      Hands off, he’s mine 😉

  5. beautybabyandme Reply

    A fabulous introduction and can I say, what an inspiration you are. I can only dream to be as successful as you but I’m going to keep trying!! xx #coolmumclub

    1. Life Love and Dirty Dishes Reply

      Thank-you. If I can do it anyone can. I still feel like a novice most days!

      1. beautybabyandme Reply

        Ha ha 🙂 You’re fab hun xx

  6. Mrs Lighty Reply

    Fab post! I’m glad it’s not just me that gets that ‘high’ when one of your posts is picked up (although I’m by nowhere near the dizzy heights that you are!) and through the stats! Oh my God the stats!!!! Thanks for sharing your blogging story with #coolmumclub 🙂

    1. Life Love and Dirty Dishes Reply

      I don’t think I will ever loose the thrill of knowing someone else liked my post.

  7. Katy (@hotpinkwellies) Reply

    I love these posts – so nice to get to know the people whose blogs I love! I’m inspired by the fact you manage to fit in blogging just around naptimes and in the evenings – I find I’m too tired by the time the evening comes round to do anything that taxes the brain! #coolmumclub

    1. Life Love and Dirty Dishes Reply

      I’m dreading the day the little one drops his nap. Think I will be burning the midnight oil most nights then, until he starts pre-school :/

  8. Rhyming with Wine Reply

    You always come across as such a professional and you really seem like you’ve got your blogging erm stuff together! I love to hear about the story behind the blogger and your journey is not only very funny – as are all of your posts – but also inspirational! Oh and er thanks for the pic of Gerard – brightened my Thursday right up! 🙂

    Dawn x
    #coolmumclub

    1. Life Love and Dirty Dishes Reply

      Thanks Dawn. And you are most welcome, but I don’t understand why you are not thanking me for the picture of James as well???!!!!

  9. Mrs T (@SothisismeMrsT) Reply

    lovely to read all about you hun and your goals. #coolmumclub

    1. Life Love and Dirty Dishes Reply

      Thanks. It’s a great series.

  10. Mum in Brum Reply

    I love Claire’s blog – always makes me chuckle! I love how none of us really understand what we are getting into when we decided to set up a blog, it really is all about getting back what you put in. I’m totally with you on Gerard Butler! x #coolmumclub

    1. Life Love and Dirty Dishes Reply

      I don’t think I would have started if I knew. It all sounds like really hard work!

  11. pinkpearbear Reply

    I love these! I’ll do it if you want me?! 🙂 So nice to find out a bit more about people. Together since you were 14, that’s some epic love story these days I think. #coolmumclub

    1. MMT Reply

      Yes please I’d love to feature you! Pop something together and email it to me (see about me page) xx

      1. pinkpearbear Reply

        Ok cool! Is it just these questions? It will probably be next week if I’m being realistic!!

        1. MMT Reply

          No it’s just a free text space – do with it what you are inspired to do! Check out some of the previous editions for inspo? xx

    2. Life Love and Dirty Dishes Reply

      I know. I think we both feel like we’ve had a relationship with several people in the time though as we have both changed so much. We’ve grown up together really.

      1. pinkpearbear Reply

        I’ve been with my hubs since I was 19 & know exactly what you mean. It really is wonderful to be able to grow together. Hard work sometimes though!!

        1. Life Love and Dirty Dishes Reply

          So glad you understood my comment as I read it back and wondered if we could be misinterpreted as swingers!!!

  12. rachel Reply

    Such a lovely blogging community. I was so scared of critics when I first started 7 weeks ago but all you lovely blogging mummy’s have made it so enjoyable. I respect you all. This is a lovely way to get to know other bloggers. This is a fabulous read, thanks life,love and dirty dishes you’ve encouraged me to keep it up xx #coolmumclub

    1. Life Love and Dirty Dishes Reply

      It’s a fantastic community Rachel, everyone is always so helpful. Good luck with your blog 🙂

  13. motherhoodtherealdeal Reply

    Yay one of my FAVE bloggers great to see Claire on this series! Big hashtag trending #coolmumclub high five to you co-hosty partner! xx

    1. Life Love and Dirty Dishes Reply

      Thanks Talya xxx

  14. Helen Reply

    Brilliant. Honest and funny – two of my favourite things. Congrats on your hugely successful transition from work to mum to blogger boss! I will be looking out for linky Friday Frolics. From one crap crafter to another, bravo x http://www.gumdropsandthebear.com #coolmumclub

    1. Life Love and Dirty Dishes Reply

      Thanks Helen. Come and join the #FridayFrolics party any time. It’s always good for giggles.

  15. Ellen Reply

    Oh Claire you are one of my faves! Definitely blogging royalty. So good to get to know more about you. You always make me laugh but your blog is so professional too. I think I am a bit of a fan girl haha. #Coolmumclub

    1. Life Love and Dirty Dishes Reply

      Thanks Ellen, such a lovely comment. I’m still in awe of the girl who can devote two whole blog posts devoted to biscuits 🙂

  16. Kat Reply

    Great to know a bit more about you and how happy blogging is making you. Can’t go a miss with a glass of Rose myself! 😉 #coolmumclub

    1. Life Love and Dirty Dishes Reply

      Cheers to that!

  17. emetomumblog Reply

    very inspiring, espec since im just starting out really. i have become slightly addicted too 🙂 #coolmumclub

    1. Life Love and Dirty Dishes Reply

      It’s my third baby! It certainly keeps me up at night too 😉

  18. cherylbarry Reply

    So lovely to hear more about you Claire, I can relate to what you say about blogging because I started in a similar way and I agree that the more you blog the more you get addicted! It kind of takes over! Great to hear that you’re making it work for you now, gives hope for the likes of me and others out there! My little one no longer naps so I frantically try and cram everything into evenings and around pre-school! #CoolMumClub xx

    1. Life Love and Dirty Dishes Reply

      I am so dreading him dropping his naps! I’ve got 9 months until he starts pre-school.

  19. Blue Faced Momma (@BlueFacedMomma) Reply

    I did the same thing with my blog, just kinda went for it. I’ve been at it for a month and am seeing good results so that’s exciting, and I just placed my first ad ever yesterday (woohoo). This is very witty and fun, I can’t wait to read more of what you write! Congrats on making it so far!

    1. Life Love and Dirty Dishes Reply

      Congratulations. Wishing you lots more success. Hope you enjoy more of my blog 🙂

  20. ljdove23 Reply

    This is inspiring, your blog is amazing and I’m so glad that it has the recognition it deserves! I did laugh lots at your claim to fame, I loved Going Live and my right sleeve of my coat was shown on it one week broadcast from the Isle of Man! Ha! #coolmumclub

    1. Life Love and Dirty Dishes Reply

      Saturday mornings TV was the best! I used to have posters of Phillip Schoefield on my wall!

      1. ljdove23 Reply

        I still love the silver fox!! Xx

  21. Mess and Merlot Reply

    Ha I just read your (very funny) post on DIY through another linky and then popped over here to find you on MTM – HOW WEIRD?! So glad to have discovered your blog today, I can already tell it’s going to be one of my new faves! Lovely to get to know you a bit better on here. Not to kill the buzz or anything but you just reminded me of when I queued for ages to get Pips autograph, post Radio 1 Roadshow and just as I got to the front of the queue they CLOSED THE BARRIER!!! As you can see I’ve never quite gotten over it 🙂 🙂 #coolmumclub

    1. Life Love and Dirty Dishes Reply

      Scared for life! So great to have a new reader 🙂

  22. Emma Jones Reply

    Lovely get to know you post. My house is also lego filled. We’ll done on a your blog achievements. I’m a relative newbie as only started in November. #coolmumclub lifeinthemumslane

    1. Life Love and Dirty Dishes Reply

      Love the name of your blog Emma 🙂

  23. Life Love and Dirty Dishes Reply

    #heartbroken! So please to have got a new reader 🙂

  24. A mum track mind Reply

    Ah this gives me hope that I might be able to make blogging work as a career for me too! I’d be doing a little dance if Mumsnet or HuffPost picked up one of my posts too!! #coolmumclub

    1. Life Love and Dirty Dishes Reply

      Go for it!

  25. rightroyalmother Reply

    Oh goodness, I just trickled a bit of Weetabix out of the corner of my mouth at the James Cordon pic (sorry, tmi!) Really lovely interview; great to get to know a bit about REAL blogging royalty Claire 🙂 You were my first real ‘friendly voice’ when I started blogging at the start of this year and definitely encouraged me to keep going. And oh god I feel it about the naps. My two both kip in the day still (aged 7mo and 2.5yrs) and when they go, I am doomed! Long may they continue … #coolmumclub PS we are exactly the same age so I know a phone conversation with Philip Schofield on Going Live is MEGA.

    1. Life Love and Dirty Dishes Reply

      Mega mega! I love your blog 🙂

      1. rightroyalmother Reply

        EeEeek. From you THAT is mega! What a day 🙂 Happy happy weekend. (oh gosh, just remembered I haven’t linked to #FridayFrolics yet … I’ll be there after supper!)

  26. min1980 Reply

    I’d like to say I’m most impressed by your blog achievements but, though they are certainly impressive, being on the phone in of the great Going Live is the most impressive of the lot! Can we have a post about that please? Great to hear about the “blogger behind the blog.” Love it. #coolmumclub

    1. Life Love and Dirty Dishes Reply

      I know, I’ve been trying ever since to reach the same dizzying heights of fame and achievement!

  27. jaxbest Reply

    A great post thank you! Your enthusiasm and excitement is catchy! Great for a new blogger to get caught up in! #coolmumclub

    1. Life Love and Dirty Dishes Reply

      Thanks 🙂

  28. Nicole Reply

    Recently stumbled upon your blog Claire and instantly fell in love with it. More so, with the way you write. Brilliant, funny, easy-to-read prose. Great to read about your blogging journey and how it all started; and as Sarah from MMT has said, it is your humble nature that makes you and your blog all the more wonderful. We haven’t met in person, but I sensed this humbleness through our interactions via social media and blogging. Here’s to more from you, and all the best.
    #coolmumclub

    PS: MMT, I enjoy this series too. It’s a great way to get to know the blogger behind the blog:) Thanks.

    1. Life Love and Dirty Dishes Reply

      Thanks Nicole. That’s such a lovely comment.

  29. Tracy Reply

    Had to laugh at James Cordon being your guilty pleasure – mine’s Alan Titchmarsh ha ha. Pleased to ‘meet’ you. 🙂 #Coolmumclub

    1. Life Love and Dirty Dishes Reply

      Just spat my tea out. I love hearing about other people’s guilty pleasures. I also have a thing for Ray Winstone!!!

      1. Tracy Reply

        My worst one is Robbie Coltrane, as Hagrid. 😉

  30. wendy Reply

    Lovely to get to know more about you Claire and find out more about your amazing blogging journey. Not so sure about the James Corden thing but I’m definitely with you when it comes to Gérard Butler!xx #coolmumclub

    1. Life Love and Dirty Dishes Reply

      That’s ok, I get to keep James to myself!

  31. Tracey @ Mummyshire Reply

    lovely to meet you and I’ve popped by many of the BritMums LOL roundups (very funny, btw) – great idea! Lovely to ‘meet’ you and you have a new convert! So many people seem to start off with a random idea it and just grows into something amazing – it’s always reassuring to hear too, that not everyone starts off with a plan!

    1. Life Love and Dirty Dishes Reply

      I actually cringe when I look back at some of my first posts! I am by no means an expert, but I have certainly learnt a lot since I started!

  32. G Reply

    It’s so nice hearing more about you! sounds like you’re living the dream and your blog is fab by the way! I’m a new blogger so always looking for tips and any advice, which is why its nice to hear about those first few bad posts. I’m also going to check out the friday link. thanks for sharing #coolmumclub

    1. Life Love and Dirty Dishes Reply

      Never be afraid to ask. In my experience bloggers have always been really friendly at offering advice and answering questions. Good luck with your blog.

      1. G Reply

        Thanks, it’s so true it’s a very friendly bunch mostly and I’ve been loving blogging 🙂 thanks x

      2. G Reply

        Thanks it’s so true! The blogging community is a friendly one 😉

      3. G Reply

        Thanks! bloggers really are a friendly bunch and I’m always asking questions and advice.

  33. This Mum's Life Reply

    Yay, I finally got to find out more about an absolute legend, and one of my firm favourites!! I did the biggest of wows that you’ve been with your husband since you were 14! I don’t know of any other childhood romance that has been such a success-you need a huge congratulations! I love that you started the same way as me too-just wrote a load of stuff on an empty WordPress site, without knowing what you’re doing! (Well, visually I’m still struggling, but it looks a bit better now than just a blank site with no pictures/header etc!!) I do have an admission though-I’ve only just got google analytics, and I’ve only looked at it twice! I don’t seem to have the blogger thing with stats like everyone else-maybe I’m weird?! You can most definitely make this your career, as you are too awesome not to have people falling over themselves to have you write for them!
    #coolmumclub

    1. Life Love and Dirty Dishes Reply

      I still don’t really understand Google Analytics, but shhhh, don’t tell anyone 😉

  34. absolutely prabulous Reply

    I still can’t believe you fit in SO much blogging into such little time. When we meet at Britmums, you’re so going to have kick my arse over my appalling time management skills. Great post as per usual, my dear blogging bestie x

    1. Life Love and Dirty Dishes Reply

      Before or after drinks? 😉

  35. DomesticatedMomster Reply

    Hello Claire! I keep meaning to come link up with your linky as I too love humor! You have had quite the success with your blog…congrats!!! And where do you find the time to fit it all in??? I feel like I rarely have time to write because I’m so busy doing my linky and commenting. I just need to get more organized I think. Thanks Sarah for hostessing another fab #coolmumclub! I didn’t realize the badge hadn’t posted but it’s on there now!

    1. Life Love and Dirty Dishes Reply

      Hi Trista. Linkys are hard work aren’t they. I think because mine is for a specified type of post I have few link up which makes it easier to manage. It’s a lovely little community though. 🙂

      1. DomesticatedMomster Reply

        Yes I will have to link up. If you get a chance do send me an invite on Twitter! I have lots of funny posts 😉 My linky community is small too and I like it that way. Otherwise I wouldn’t have time to write!

  36. Naomi Reply

    I cannot un-see that picture of James Corden… My eyes!!! Seriously, though, it was great to hear about your journey. So many bloggers start out the same way but you’ve made a real success of it… It’s inspiring. #CoolMumsClub

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