Episode 12: Natasha Chiam

Natasha ChiamMeet Natasha Chiam, the woman behind The Stay At Home Feminist, a blog that makes me laugh, cry and think.

As we learn in this episode, Natasha started as a reluctant blogger on her online baby boutique’s website in 2008. And then she had an experience that got her hooked on writing, and away she went. The story of how her blog acquired its name is great, too — props to Jen Rollins and Brittney Le Blanc for that moment of inspiration.

We talk about the phenomenon of “mommy blogging,” the choices around whether and how to monetize, and how much we say about our kids online, among other things. I love the way Natasha weaves feminism into her life, her blog and, indeed, our conversation.

You can find Natasha’s social media profiles on her blog, but I particularly recommend her Instagram: @stayathomefeminist.

You can also listen on SoundCloud, in iTunes, or on Stitcher.

Here are Natasha’s recommendations, which she emailed me with comments, so I’m going to quote her verbatim:

Lori Godin at Frugal Edmonton Mama — she makes the best list of things to do in and around Edmonton, has simple, easy-to-follow recipes and gets the best deals around!

Laura Frey at Reading in Bed. Mostly because I think she is a brilliant writer, and I trust her reviews and often check with her before purchasing new books. I think she must be a speed reader as well!

Daveberta.ca to satisfy all my political analysis needs and keep me up to date about what’s going on in the political world around us, both locally and federally.

Christina Dennis at The DIY Mommy — I’ll never be as DIY as she is… EVER, but her design aesthetic is inspiring and we have a similar love of all things turquoise!

Mandy and John Trapp from LifeStyle Meditation, who are now living a year in Bali with their three kids and blogging about their adventures and huge life transitions at balibecause.com.

She also recommended a few Instagram accounts in the podcast:

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Musical credits:

  • Beethoven’s Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 2 No. 1, played by Daniel Veesey, from freemusicarchive.com.

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