Winnipeg O’ My Heart is a 30-something work-at-home mum and wife, and enjoys reading, writing, cooking, and exploring the city in her ever-dwindling spare time! She lives in Winnipeg, and previously lived in Alberta and BC.
When did you start blogging?
I started this blog in 2009 with two friends who also moved here from other cities. They have since moved away from Manitoba so now it’s just me 🙂
What exactly made you start blogging?
When I decided to move to Manitoba I got a lot of flack from people who thought I was crazy, but I knew there was a secret, under-appreciated side to Winnipeg that I wanted to explore and share.
What motivates you to keep going?
The feedback I get from long-time residents and newcomers alike. I think the locals enjoy seeing a different perspective on the city instead of the usual doom and gloom, and newcomers and people who are considering a move to Winnipeg find the information and thoughts I share really helpful in getting established here. I have also made some great friends through the blog and that’s been a huge bonus.
Tips for new bloggers?
You’ve got to do it because you are passionate about it. Starting a blog with the goal of making money or a sense of obligation is a sure way to kill the inspiration! Before you start, write a giant list of post ideas, and keep that list running once you begin blogging to fall back on when you’re feeling low on ideas. It can be hard to keep up momentum, but don’t be hard on yourself – it should be fun. And be yourself; more than anything, people want to see personality in your writing.
Big thanks to Emma for answering my questions – make sure to go over to her site and check it out! 🙂