MUM-of-two Edwina O’Connor set up her blog, TheLifeOfStuff.com, seven years ago. She spoke withabout pop culture and lifestyle blog.
“When I’m not running around after my sons, I’m an award-winning blogger and freelance writer,” she says.
“My blog is about Irish culture, travel and lifestyle. And my freelance writing mostly involves travel writing, with a splash of lifestyle — be that food, culture or creative writing. I consider myself a creative.”
Edwina works on her website from her home in Co Kildare.
“I live in Athy, the town I grew up in, then left to go to college, travel the world and have a career. I would never have predicted I’d return 20 years later to buy a house and set up home.”
Edwina’s blog has been in existence for many milestones in her life, both positive and negative.
“My blog has been live since 2012, so it really has been around for the biggest milestones in my life; the highlights of getting married, having babies, buying a house and family travel. All these life-changing experiences have influenced what I write about.
“The challenges that have come with them is time management and energy — my only free time to write are on my husband Patrick’s days off work when all I want to do is be with him and the boys and go on a travel adventure. Most commonly the time I write is when the boys are settled in bed at 8pm.
“The extreme low of my Dad’s death recently has proven to be a different type of challenge. Getting my head around it and around writing has proven to be difficult. Freelance deadlines are always met. And although I threw myself into my site, and blogging after a couple of weeks after his death, it wasn’t real, the distraction wasn’t sustainable to what I was and am feeling.”
She has found support from creative people for her blog and, in turn, Edwina writes about similar Irish businesses and people.
“Blogging for me started out as a creative outlet and it has remained so. It has opened up doors with regards to life experiences.
I’ve met some fantastically creative people through my blog — fellow bloggers, writers and creatives. I have a grá for supporting Irish businesses and I’m always excited to write about inspirational men and women creating and making a go of their passions.
Edwina has also found work through her writing.
“It has given me the chance to work with internationally renowned companies I admire. It has also opened up the doors to freelance writing on a national and international level, and has brought travel opportunities for my family and me.”