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Blog Spot: Larger Family Life…

Here we meet someone we follow on Twitter and who has a blog … to answer our quick-fire questions about what their blog is about and why it’s special… Mum of 11 Tania Sullivan

Name: Tania Sullivan
Blog: Larger Family Life
About: Parenting a bigger family
Notable for: Tania and her husband have eleven children. They have appeared in a number of national newspapers, magazine and on TV.

Why you started your blog, when you started it – and how? What were your aims?

I originally started my blog on a free Blogger platform in 2008 in order to answer all the questions we were regularly asked on having a larger than average family. I wanted to provide encouragement and reassurance to other parents, especially to those with large families. I also knew that I wanted the blog to grow into something more and to create an income of sorts from it more than three years on it is! It’s now earning enough of a regular income that my oldest son is taking on some of the reviews and doing some writing for the site too. It’s a great way for me to earn while still being able to stay at home with the children rather than having to work out of the house.

How often you blog … is it hard to think of new blogs? Larger Family Life blog

I try to post something every day. The blog has since grown and grown and now I have many categories that I can write within. Sometimes posts will be topical, sometimes I’ll be running reviews and competitions and sometimes I’ll just be having a general chit-chat. Some days I’ll do more than one thing if I have a lot to say – that can be pretty frequent! Last year I also self published two books, Larger Family Life and Twin Pregnancy Diary. Both are available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle.

What makes your blog stand out?

My husband and I have eleven children so that makes us stand out a little! I write about life in a large family as well as general pregnancy, parenting and family topics. We also cover recipes, moneysaving, crafts, education and entertainment for families too. There’s quite a selection!

Best read blogs – what have they been?

Why SuperMum doesn’t live here

15 Kids and Counting – The truth about the programme

Any awards?

I haven’t won anything. I’m still surprised anyone at all reads it!

What now?

I would love to see it continue to grow and grow. I hope I encourage other parents and would like to continue to do so. I’d also like to be in a position to create paid positions for other mums who’d like to write for it. I would also love to write more for other publications or sites – a column would be a dream come true!

To sum up:

I want to continue to write and to enjoy it. I am very lucky that I am doing what I love and am getting an income for it too. I hope I can continue to be an encouragement to others, even when I’m telling about how motherhood really is some days, warts and all! Mostly, I hope that my blog continues to grow and that people enjoy reading it.

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Alison Smith-Squire

Alison Smith-Squire is a writer, journalist and media agent selling exclusive real life stories to newspapers, magazines and TV. She owns the sell my story website, which was set up to help ordinary people sell their stories to the press.

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