- What drove you to start becoming an influencer?
In many ways I became an influencer by accident. I started my blog Grumpy Mum Reviews while on maternity leave with no intention of it being anything more than something to keep me busy, but after only a few of weeks I started to be approached by people wanting me to review their products and it all went from there.
- Name one thing that has helped you grow your following?
The support of other bloggers. The blogging community is extremely supportive with many bloggers more than willing to take less experienced bloggers under their wing and give them a little push. Without the support and advice I received from some wonderful people I would still be on the starting line wondering what to do next.
- What are your personal brand values?
I pride myself on my honesty and thoroughness. I only ever agree to work with brands if I honestly like their product, in my view, if I wouldn’t recommend something to my best friend I shouldn’t be recommending it to my readers.
- Are there any companies or brands that you would not work with?
None come immediately to mind however I do try to avoid brands which aren’t relevant to parenting and lifestyle.
- Please tell us one story from your past that will help us get to know you.
A long time ago I was a medieval re-enactor. At one particular large event my friends and I were having a drink or two at the after hours beer tent while listening to a German bagpipe heavy metal band, when we got chatting to a Belgian re-enactor who just happened to be part of a fire display team. Well, a few drinks later it seemed like a very good idea to take part in a fire limbo display… and that is the story of how I busted my knee and the reason why I never have more than two drinks!
Grumpy Mum Reviews is a Parenting and Lifestyle Blog by Tessa Lake