BritMums Live! Guest Post: The Real Life of a Narrowboat Wife

When I went to Cybermummy2011 I had been blogging for about a year and felt like a nervous newbie. I was intimidated by the thought of being among so many influential, high profile bloggers who worked with brands and apparently (I thought) blogged for a living. I had never even met a blogger in real life before, but I was going for the things I hoped to learn about this strange new world. I scribbled in a notebook learning how to tell my SEO from my elbow and got inspired by women earning full time incomes on part time hours. I bought my own ticket because I didn’t have the readership to even hope for sponsorship; but I left London floating on a bubble of inspiration, motivation and complimentary wine.

I still have no idea how to work with brands but I’ve now been to two more blogging conferences, studied business blogging, online marketing and social media and given up my day job to start my own business: providing business blogging among other services!

I’m looking forward to Ruby Wax talking about depression. The first year of my blog was a kind of therapeutic outlet for my depression. The reason I started my blog was because I was writing a book; a memoir about the highs and lows of parenting on a narrowboat. So how will I choose between the Getting Published workshop, Moving up to the Next Level, or Juggling it All with the amazing Mrs Muddling, Lucy and Allison Pearson? My book idea was something like ‘I don’t know how she does it – on a narrowboat’ – before I’d heard of ‘I don’t know how she does it’

I still feel I have a lot to learn, so the blogging basics workshops look good to me. Then I think I’d like to find out more about v-logging. Somehow, you feel you ‘know’ a blogger better when you see them frankly and openly talking to camera; it adds a completely different dimension to a blog.

I’m now at the stage where I’m considering moving NarrowboatWife from blogger to self-hosted WordPress. I still find the vast and intricate world of WordPress a bit of a mystery. My blog could be anything I wanted it to be – if only I had the knowledge and the widgets! So I’m looking forward to the BritMums WordPress sessions. My newest idea is to create a personal development e-course based on helping people to follow their dreams. Before I had children I was a clinical hypnotherapist so I have a background in using the power of the subconscious mind to achieve goals. I’ll be attending the session on creating a social media plan to publicise my new e-course and to help me promote my current clients.

For me it’s all about the fascinating things I can learn but I know it’s also going to be a whirlwind of fun. I’m looking forward to meeting the lovely bloggers I’ve met before, and also meeting new ones who I’ve only ‘met’ so far in cyberspace.

As for what am I wearing? Perhaps I will go for the traditional Victorian ankle length dress, apron and sun bonnet of the working boatwoman, just so’s y’all know which one I am!


Twitter: @boat_wife



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About Karin Joyce

Karin Joyce is the creator of Embrace Happy, an inspirational and motivational website where the focus is on celebrating the good in our lives every day. The Embrace Happy tagline is: Not every day is good but there is good in every day.

Before starting Embrace Happy, Karin was one of the “old school” bloggers from the early days of what was then British Mummy Bloggers with her parenting blog Cafe Bebe. In between school runs, blogging and being a wife to Mark and Mum to Ella (6 1/2) and Sam (3), Karin also works as a freelance social media manager and consultant.