Happy Thursday everyone and welcome back to another Meet The Blogger feature. I’m thrilled to say today’s blog is something completely different to others I’ve featured before as it focuses on DIY and woodwork alongside posts relating to home and garden – something I’m sure many of us could do with a little expert help with! Wood Create is run by Ben along with his wife and I hope you enjoy reading more about their little corner of the internet.
Tell us a bit about yourself and your blog
My name is Ben and I’m 35 years old. I live in Gloucestershire with my wife and our two children, Bella and Reuben. My blog is called wood-create.com which is a home, garden, DIY and woodwork blog which I run with my wife.
How long have you been blogging?
I started the blog in June 2017, so one year and eight months so far.
What or who inspired you to create your blog?
My wife inspired me to start my blog. I wanted to share my experiences of DIY with other like minded people. I’ve been working on a lot of DIY as we do up our home. Victoria is already a full-time blogger and suggested I start a blog. I also had a business idea to start making furniture from reclaimed wood, so she suggested starting a blog to document my journey and as an extra platform to share my creations in the future.
What’s your favourite thing about running your blog?
I enjoy being able to write about the things I make or do around the house. I think people need easy to read and understand guides when they want to make things in their own homes, even if it’s something simple. I always turn to the internet when I need help or guidance, so it’s great to give something back and share my own experiences. It’s also brilliant to get feedback about my creations. I built a veranda on the back of our home and it’s my most popular ‘how to’ blog post. It’s great knowing that people find the blog helpful.
How do you stay motivated?
Knowing that people are reading my blog is very motivating. It motivates me to create more useful content.
What’s been the most challenging part of your blogging journey to date?
Time has been the biggest challenge. I work full-time, have two young children, I’m doing up our house and trying to start a handmade furniture business. I’ve not found as much time to blog as I would like. Luckily my wife blogs full-time so she started creating content for the blog last year and creates content on a regular basis. I pitch in a few times a month when I have the time or the inspiration for a great blog post.
Tell us about your favourite blog post
My favourite blog post I’ve written so far is all about how to build your own garden shed from scratch. It’s not a flat pack, but totally from scratch so it’s fully customisable. I put so many pictures and detail into this blog post based on my own experience. I would have found this blog post really helpful to guide my build.
Describe your blog in four words
Wood, Creative, DIY, Improvements
What are your future hopes and dreams for your blog?
To write more content that people love, which will in turn raise more awareness of my blog and brand. I’d like to grow my readership and connect with more like minded people across the globe.
QUICKFIRE GET TO KNOW YOU QUESTIONS:
Early Bird or Night Owl?
Night in or night out?
Ketchup or mayo?
Summer or Winter?
Tea or coffee?
Bath or shower?
Pizza or Chinese?
Dog or cat?
Movie or box set?
Sweet or savoury?
I’d like to say a massive thank you to Ben for taking part. Check out next week’s post as I welcome another fabulous blogger.