Interview With A Blogger: Jenny, HerScoop
Today I’m honored to be sharing an interview with someone who I’ve known online since 2009! She is a fellow Canuck, she was my editor at CelebrityBabyScoop.com, and I’ve learned a TON from her over the years — take a peek below to learn more about the fabulous Jenny of HerScoop and how she got her start in the blogging world!
So, what prompted you to start blogging?
After I had my first child in 2006, I knew I couldn’t return to social work. Although I loved my job, and I was very career driven before motherhood, I knew I couldn’t return to the grind of the workforce.
So during my son’s naps, I searched online for job opportunities and quickly learned about blogs. I became a fan of a fun and growing site, CelebrityBabyScoop.com, and when I saw a tiny ad for writers I jumped at the opportunity. Within weeks, I was promoted to senior editor and I haven’t looked back since. I knew nothing about blogging, but had passion for writing and connecting with other moms.
My writing career has been all about timing, and I owe everything I know about blogging to the owner of Celebrity Baby Scoop, my mentor and my friend Lisa Weber.
In 2013, Lisa and I co-founded HerScoop.com, a spinoff of Celebrity Baby Scoop. We hope to continue growing and evolving with the ever-changing blogosphere.
Tell us about your day job/educational pursuits?
I have three kids (aged 3, 5, & 8) and I write everyday. Unless it’s Christmas Day or I’m on vacation, you’ll find me blogging.
Writing from the comfort of my own home has given me a tremendous amount of freedom and job satisfaction. I’m at my best around 5 a.m. with a cup of coffee in hand, and the silence of the household still asleep. I have a passion for blogging and connecting/engaging with women across the globe.
I have two undergraduate degrees (BA and BSW) and I can’t see myself returning to academia, but would love to pursue future writing courses/workshops.
As well, I am writing a book about postpartum depression. It showcases individual stories of everyday women, as well as celebrity moms, who have survived PPD.
Where’s the farthest from home you’ve ever travelled? Tell us about your experience.
Prior to motherhood, in my late 20s, I travelled to Africa. It was a life-changing experience that, oddly, I’ve yet to blog about. I went as a social worker when I was employed by the BC Paraplegic Association. We brought over wheelchairs and other equipment, and provided rehabilitation counselling for people with disabilities. During my days off, I volunteered at a local orphanage — they needed adults to cuddle the babies. I was definitely up for the job! I can still remember some of the babies’ faces, and that experience will live in my heart forever.
What skill do you hope to master over the next year?
I want to learn how to vlog well! Of course, we can all create a YouTube video, but I truly feel that vlogging and podcasting is the future of blogging.
What’s your current favorite song/band? And what are you reading?
It kills me to say that I don’t have the time to read or explore cool music. I will listen to whatever is on the radio (preferably Bon Jovi or Madonna), and I haven’t read a novel in well over a year.
Share three blogs you adore!
Thank you so much for sharing yourself with us, Jenny! You rock!