I do things wrong but I don’t really mind. At least it gives me little anecdotes to tell at parties in that awkward first bit when everyone’s just arrived and is on their first drink.My blog tales are in no particular order. There’s no storyline to follow; just disaster after disaster. You’ll see there are general themes of boys and bras. Class act, me.
What made you decide to set up a blog?
It was two-fold, the first reason being that I was feeling unfulfilled in my career and looking for a new creative outlet. I used to love writing at school and uni, so decided to get back into it. The second reason was the COPIOUS amount of disaster stories I had! I wanted to get them all written down, so it made sense to create a blog about them. People often ask me about my various disasters – some particularly AWFUL ones became legendary among my friends – so I thought having them all in one place would be a good idea. And future generations of my family can read what a complete MORON their great aunt was.
What do you enjoy most about blogging?
I enjoy pressing ‘Publish’: that feeling of “eek! I’ve written something that’s now live in pixels on the world wide web!”. That feeling of “I really hope people get it. I really, really hope they laugh”. Then obviously the feedback is great too. Some friends never like or comment on any posts on social media, so you’re not sure people are actually reading anything you’re writing. But then you’ll bump into them at a party, hear “I’m obsessed with your blog!”, and it’s one of the best feelings in the world.
What challenges do you face?
The biggest challenge I face is being British. Haha, let me explain. Us Brits invariably shy away from ‘self-promotion’ so it sometimes pains me beyond belief to keep flogging links to my latest posts online. Although, as I’ve said, I love getting feedback from readers, I do feel awkward about saying “READ THIS, PEASANTS!”. Perhaps it’s the ‘peasants’ bit that’s alienating my nearest and dearest.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Since my blog is about my own disastrous life, my inspiration tends to come from genuine cock-ups I make throughout the day. And historical ones which are etched on my retina. However, since starting the blog, people have also started confessing their own worst mistakes and embarrassing catastrophes to me – so my inspiration also comes from those brave enough to tell me their tales. I wanted disastersofathirtysomething.wordpress.com to be the antithesis of the lifestyle blogs that show how amazing people’s jet-setting lives are; sometimes we all just need to be reminded that we’re flawed, we make mistakes, and it’s OK to OWN those mistakes by turning them into amusing anecdotes.
What do you hope to achieve with your blog?
I’m a realist. I know that it’s hard for blogs to ‘take off’ (whatever that means) but thankfully that’s not my objective. My objective is to just make as many people laugh – and be encouraged about their own awkwardness – as possible. So if that’s just my husband, my mother-in-law (she’s a fan bless her!) and the local stray cat then GREAT, but if it ends up being seen by more then (who am I kidding?)…EVEN BETTER.