Meet the Blogger Behind: The Quirky Mom Next Door

Happy Wednesday everyone! This week on Meet the Blogger Behind the Blog we are meeting 29 year old Tiffany from New Jersey and her blog The Quirky Mom Next Door. She has a lovely blog about life and parenting. Check out my interview with her below.

1.       What or who inspired you to create your blog? 
Originally, I just wanted to keep my mind active while also catering to the oversharer in me (haha!). I've always enjoyed writing and staying at home with my children just made me feel like I wasn't doing as much real thinking. I wanted to make sure I was exercising my mind, you know?

2.       What is your #1 favorite thing about blogging and why? 
I really love how much it expands my whole world! Socially, I am constantly meeting and networking with other bloggers and brands. As far as experience, I've been to so many places and tried out so many products that I may not have done without doing this!

3.       What main topics do you blog about? 
My favorite thing to talk about is parenting. I feel like there are so many blog posts out there that criticize but I aim to make feel good posts about parenting, to help people whether it's with information or just a good, heart pat on the back. I also really enjoy crafts, although I haven't been able to do nearly as much crafting since having my youngest but that will change within the next several months and I cannot wait!

4.       When you’re not blogging, what do you enjoy doing? 
I really enjoy doing absolutely anything with my husband, he's good company! We love to try new things, especially with the kids, so we're always going to new places!

5.       What has been your favorite place to visit and explore? 
We've recently begun our own little unofficial tour of activities and entertainment in New Jersey so we're discovering all types of cool places right here at home!

6.       Do you blog as a hobby or is it your job? 
It's both! I'm still relatively new to blogging so just like opening a new business, it's less profit and more work right now but I really enjoy it as well!

7.       Where would you like to take your blog in 5 years? 
I would love to be traveling for my blog, heading to conferences all over the country and meeting new people, and I would love to have my blog chock full of crafts and recipes because I'll finally have more time!

8.       What has been the hardest thing that you’ve encountered since you began blogging? 
I would say that the most difficult thing since I've started blogging is when I am turned down for a review because my numbers are low. Brand representatives tell me how much they absolutely adore my writing, it puts a smile on my face from ear to ear, but then some of those same representatives have requirements for viewer statistics that I don't yet meet as a newer blogger and it hurts a little!

9.       From your experience, what’s one tip that you would give to a new blogger? 
Embrace the community! Try to reciprocate when you see other bloggers following, commenting, and sharing your posts. The community is wonderful and it's one of the best and most useful tools out there and all it costs is your mutual love for blogging!

10.   What are your top 3 must watch tv shows? 
My husband and I watch a lot of television together at night so I'm hitting the point where I think that there isn't anything we haven't seen! We really enjoy The Walking Dead, which I was opposed to at first because I thought, "How in the world are they going to make an entire show about zombies when by the end of a two-hour zombie movie, everyone is dead?!" They sure showed me, that show is great! We also really like Grimm, which is sort of derived from The Brothers Grimm creepy fairy tales. It's science fiction and packed with action! Pretty much every comedy I love gets cancelled, sadly. The Millers, Dads, Partners, Legit, and the list goes on! I recommend checking out the Netflix comedies like Master of None and The Ranch.

11.   What is something about you or that you that makes you unique? 
I think most things about me are pretty unique! The most frequent thing said about me in my yearbook was that I was "weird" because I just kind of am, I've always just done my own thing. I embrace that weird side of me and that's why my blog is now called The QUIRKY Mom Next Door! I'm all about doing whatever I think is funny, even if nobody understands it at all! Haha!

12.   Do you have a historical or currently living icon that you look up to? Why? 
Honestly I spent a lot of time thinking about this answer but the only answer I can think of here is Jesus and because, well, Jesus!

13.   What is the one blog post that you are the most proud of hitting the publish button on? 
You know, I have so many posts that I don't hit publish on, posts filled with sarcasm or controversy that I'm nervous about stirring up trouble with or being mocked for. I would say that Confessions of a Selfie Addict (http://thequirkymomnextdoor.com/2014/07/confessions-of-a-selfie-addict/) is one of my most honest posts ever written that I'm proud of myself for being able to publish it!

14.   What is your favorite season and the one thing that you look forward to during it each year? 
I'm thinking that my favorite season is fall because I love how cool it is, plus there's my birthday and Halloween, then we start gearing up for family-oriented holidays, which I adore! Every year I look forward to something different, this year it was my vow renewal ceremony and last year it was the birth of my daughter, before that it was a vacation with my husband!

15.   Is there anything else that you would like to share about yourself, your life or your blog? 
Just the basics, I am a stay-at-home, happily married mother of five who loves writing and hates being serious. My life is full of laughter and my blog is more of the same!

Thank you Tiffany for sharing some things about you and your blog and letting us get to know you. You can keep up to date with Tiffany by following her on: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and of course her blog. Stop by next Wednesday for another "Meet the Blogger Behind the Blog" to meet another amazing blogger.

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