Following the Milton Keynes Digital Awards on 13 October, we spoke to Laura Miller of Milton Keynes Kids, who won Gold for Blog: Entertainment.
Could you tell us a little about Milton Keynes Kids?
I am a mum of a 3 year old and 1 year old. Milton Keynes Kids is a personal blog about our adventures around Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas. I started a facebook page in April 2015 sharing pictures and edited videos of the fun places we visited. I had so much positive feedback on social media and we visited so many places, that I set up Miltonkeyneskids.com in October 2015 as a way of storing all of that content and reaching parents, grandparents and childminders who weren’t on Facebook. I set up the website whilst on maternity leave with my second baby and updated it in the evenings whilst both children were asleep. The website features reviews parks, country parks, museums, days out, indoor places, splash parks, farm parks amongst many other places – many of which you can’t find elsewhere on other websites. You can go on to my blog at any point and easily find somewhere to take the children. It features a lot of free places so is accessible whatever your budget.
What made you get involved in the MKDAs?
I don’t make any money from my website. It’s a hobby I’ve continued to do late in the evenings whilst working a 32 hour week in a normal job. In July 2016 I reached a high of 47,000 unique visitors to the site. I have almost 9000 facebook followers and a good following on instagram and twitter. I have an extremely loyal following and am now really influential in helping parents make decisions about what to do with their children. I got involved in the MKDAs as I thought it would be fabulous to get some recognition for everything I have achieved in the last year and decided a local digital awards ceremony would be the best way of doing that.
What does winning gold at the MKDAs mean to you?
I’m so delighted. I have no experience of website design and so to win gold in an industry I don’t actually work in is such a big achievement. I also hope in winning that I can be an inspiration to both my followers and a good role model to my children.
Where will you be putting your award?
It’s currently on my mantel piece but we’ll probably put it up in the hallway alongside some photos of some of the places we have visited.
What was your most memorable moment from the MKDA presentation evening?
Seeing how much winning a gold award meant to both West Four Street and Wise Guys. I admire the work of both companies and I was so delighted to see them win.
What’s the best thing about the Milton Keynes business community?
The support from businesses. I’m a blogger, not a business and when the awards were launched I had so much encouragement from companies to enter, they were so complimentary about my site and it gave me the boost to believe that it might be possible to make the final.