Becoming a Serious Blogger - What Katy Said

Taking Myself Seriously as a Blogger

This time 9 months ago I had never really heard about blogging. I knew that people ‘did blogs’ but didn’t have the faintest idea what was involved or that a wonderful community was out there! The last few days I have been taking a look back at my earliest posts- they were truly dreadful I can tell you!! However, the enthusiasm was there and is still going strong today.

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In the past few months I have found my voice, I know where I want to go with my blog. I started so that I could help other people and I know now that this is where I am heading. My HappyDays linky, co hosted by the lovely Jenna, is one of my favourite posts to write but also I thoroughly enjoy reading about everyone’s weeks. We have received such lovely comments from the wonderful ladies that join in each week, such inspirational mothers sharing their happy moments with us!

This month sees the first in my new Real Mums post go live (keep an eye out for that). Too often we think that others have a better life than us but we all need to realise that we are lucky to have our own lives and the grass is not always greener. Hopefully Real Mums will lift those rose tinted glasses and show that we are all fundamentally the same and need to celebrate each other rather than making comparisons.

Something I am really looking forward to is Britmums Live 2015. I started my blog a few weeks before last year’s event and my Twitter feed was full of Britmums talk for weeks! As soon as the earlybird tickets went on sale I booked my place- I want to be a part of it! I was lucky enough to get a ticket for Blogfest in November and if it is anything like the fun I had there then it is going to be amazing!!

Something I noticed is that it is very hard to place faces to names – people you speak to every day but do not recognise when you get the chance to see them face to face! So when Simoney Badges asked if I would like to have a personalised name badge I jumped at the chance!!! People will not have to struggle to see my name badge provided by the venue or wonder who I am.

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How cool is the badge? I want to wear it every day just so people can see I own a blog! A few months ago I was quite shy about the fact I am a blogger, but no more. I will be wearing it with pride at Britmums later this year so keep an eye out for me if you are going. Don’t get me wrong, I will still be nervous as that is who I am but I will not be as shy as I used to be, I am Katy and I am a blogger!

I am proud of everything I have achieved so far and I would recommend starting a blog to anyone (I often do actually). I’m so excited for 2015, if it is anything like 2014 then it is going to be a blast!

I was sent my own personalised badge in return for the inclusion in a post. All thoughts and comments are my own.

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  • Reply
    Fiona @ Free Range Chick
    January 8, 2015 at 8:11 am

    That is weirdly cool, Katy. I want a badge too! There’s something about seeing your brand looking official that is exciting, isn’t there? I’m sure you’ll have a smashing time at Britmums, and that lovely badge will definitely be an icebreaker.

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      Katy
      January 8, 2015 at 3:35 pm

      Thanks Fiona! It makes me want to get loads of stationary too! Haha!

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        Fiona @ Free Range Chick
        January 8, 2015 at 9:05 pm

        Erm, yes! I’m totally after a customised rubber stamp. I have absolutely no need for one, but I’m sure I could think of some ideas if I had one! X

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          Katy
          January 9, 2015 at 8:18 am

          Haha yes!!!

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    Sarah Christie
    January 8, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Ha ha wear it with pride Katy, and hope you have a great year x

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      Katy
      January 8, 2015 at 3:36 pm

      Thanks lovely lady! I hope you have a fab year too! x

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    Mim @ www.mamamim.com
    January 8, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Congrats on a fabulous blog so far! It’s so lovely to hear that you’re still enjoying it so much and you’re still fulfilling your original goal of helping people 🙂 🙂

    PS I LOVE your name badge and I too would want to wear it every day!!

    Mim 🙂

    #brilliantblogposts

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      Katy
      January 8, 2015 at 3:37 pm

      Thank you so much 🙂
      I really do want to wear it all the time but it would definitely get me strange looks at the school gates! xx

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    Lisa (mummascribbles)
    January 8, 2015 at 11:35 am

    I’m a bit like you, I only started out in June last year and when I look back at my early posts they are a bit pants but I think I have definitely improved as time has gone on and I agree that I too have an idea of where I want my blog to go. I was also a bit embarrassed about blogging and it took me a lot of courage to tell people about my blog. Once it was out there though, there’s been no stopping me. So just like you, I’m Lisa and I’m a blogger (also full time worker, mummy, cleaner, taxi driver etc etc!!). Great post 🙂

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      Katy
      January 8, 2015 at 3:38 pm

      Yay go Lisa! Hurrah for being bloggers (and every other job we do fabulously!) xxx

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    Kim Carberry
    January 8, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Good for you! You should wear it with pride!
    I actually thought you had been blogging for a lot longer….hehehe

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      Katy
      January 8, 2015 at 3:39 pm

      Thank you Kim, that is lovely of you to say. xxx

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    Kimberly Temple
    January 8, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Lovely post and LOVE the badge! 🙂 x

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      Katy
      January 8, 2015 at 3:39 pm

      Thank you Kimberley xxx

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    Jenna
    January 8, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Love it – 2015 will be your year!!

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

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      Katy
      January 8, 2015 at 3:40 pm

      Thank you gorgeous. What with your super photos it is going to be your year too! x

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    Another Bun
    January 8, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Your enthusiasm for blogging is quite infectious – don’t let anything stand in the way of that!

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      Katy
      January 8, 2015 at 3:40 pm

      Thank you! My goal of 2015 is to try and be really positive, so if I can spread it around that is great! xx

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    Hannah Mums' Days
    January 8, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    You should definitely be taking your self seriously as a blogger – what a great year you’ve had – so much more proactive than I was in my first year, now is a great time to be starting I think!

    As for Britmums and your badge, can’t wait to see you in it and finally meet!! #BrilliantBlogs xxx

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      Katy
      January 8, 2015 at 3:41 pm

      I actually want to scream that we are going to meet!!! So exciting!! Apologies in advance if I cry haha although I managed to hold myself together when I met Aby at Blogfest lol xx

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    Laura Evelyn Bee
    January 8, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Love your badge!! Definitely wear it to the shops 🙂
    Wishing you all the best in 2015 on your blogging journey x
    #brilliantblogposts

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      Katy
      January 8, 2015 at 3:42 pm

      Can you imagine? The ladies on the till at Tesco would be like oh you have a badge toooooo! lol xx

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    Honest Mum
    January 8, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Just wonderful lady, hope to meet you if I attend. Well done on everything you’ve achieved, blogging absolutely rocks as do you. Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts x

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      Katy
      January 8, 2015 at 3:43 pm

      Oh I hope you do come, I would love to meet you! You have been an inspiration to me. Thank you for being you and showing me I can be me! xx

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    Jess Paterson
    January 8, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Love this positive post, lots of good things coming to you in 2015 I’m sure! I love how your nail varnish matches your lovely new badge. Hopefully catch you at BritMums!

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      Katy
      January 8, 2015 at 4:25 pm

      I do love a bit of baby pink! Oh definitely come say hi at Britmums, I will be the loud mouth pretending I am ok when really I will be nervous as hell! Lol xx

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    Ali @ Mum in a Nutshell
    January 8, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    Lovely post Katie, it’s amazing where our blogs can take us. I’m just writing a similar post on how life has changed post blog and some of my 1st posts are so utterly crap I’m tempted to delete them

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      Katy
      January 9, 2015 at 8:17 am

      I have put mine in drafts, can’t bring myself to delete them but they are truly a waste of a blog url! x

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    Ali @ Mum in a Nutshell
    January 8, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    oops, pressed enter before adding the #brilliantblogposts

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    Glasgow Mummy
    January 8, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    Hi 🙂 I was at BritMums last year and I had a T-shirt that had ‘Glasgow Mummy’ across the front so that everyone would know who I was 🙂 Not got a ticket for this year as yet, but hopefully will be there. Sarah x

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      Katy
      January 9, 2015 at 8:18 am

      A t-shirt is a great idea! I hope you manage to make it! x

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    Becky | Spirited Puddle Jumper
    January 8, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    Blogging is ace- I’ve loved my first year! I’m hoping I get to go to Britmums this year, although it’s a week before my wedding so I’ll have to see how organised I am before I commit! Great name badge 🙂 #brilliantblogposts

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      Katy
      January 9, 2015 at 8:21 am

      Haha there is no way I would have been organised enough to go a week before my wedding! But it would be lovely to meet you! x

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    El and Baby A
    January 8, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    Ohh Real Mums sounds interesting! I would love to be going to Britmums this year but maybe next year 🙂 Love the badge too!! xxx

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      Katy
      January 9, 2015 at 8:22 am

      I would love it if you joined in Hun, email me if you would like more info. xx

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    You Baby Me Mummy
    January 8, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    So you should take yourself seriously huni. You know I love you and I can’t wait to see you soon #BrillBlogPosts x

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      Katy
      January 9, 2015 at 8:23 am

      Love you too! xxx

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    Wave to Mummy
    January 9, 2015 at 1:02 am

    What a lovely post and I thought you’ve been blogging for ages! You seem a natural 🙂 I am going to Britmums Live too next year, quite exciting! I enjoyed Blogfest, even if I did feel a bit lonely, but I did learn a lot so it was useful in that sense. Might bump into you somewhere at Britmums then 🙂

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      Katy
      January 9, 2015 at 8:25 am

      Thank you hun, that is lovely of you to say! Oh please come and find me at Britmums- no need to feel lonely. I will be super nervous although I put on a brave face. xx

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    Lisa Shearon
    January 9, 2015 at 7:52 am

    Brilliant that you’ve found your voice! Love your blog, and this one struck a particular chord. Keep up the great work x

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      Katy
      January 9, 2015 at 8:25 am

      Thank you so much Lisa, that is so kind. x

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    Kgomotso
    January 9, 2015 at 10:38 am

    I love your badge and that you are proud of who you are as a blogger and not afraid of telling the world about it! Might just steal your idea and get myself one too 😉 #PoCoLo

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      Katy
      January 9, 2015 at 11:20 am

      Do it! They are a lovely company to work with! x

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    Claire Kirby
    January 9, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    I was so naive when I started my blog in September. I feel like I’m part of a whole new world and I love it. Everyone is so friendly and willing to share and help. #PoCoLo

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      Katy
      January 9, 2015 at 12:10 pm

      I love it too, I so wish I had started sooner though, been missing out for years!! x

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    Kriss MacDonald
    January 9, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    The blogging community really is rather wonderful and glad you’ve joined it. And great badge!

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      Katy
      January 9, 2015 at 2:14 pm

      Thanks Kriss, I really love the community, it is what makes it fun! x

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    Verily Victoria Vocalises
    January 9, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    You are doing such a wonderful job Katy – and this is a lovely post. Great badge – I shall make sure to look out for you at BritMums and will certainly make sure we have a proper chat – as I intend to do with most people this year. Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo 🙂 x

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      Katy
      January 9, 2015 at 9:05 pm

      Thank you so much, I will look forward to that chat! xxx

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    Katie / Pouting In Heels
    January 10, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Lovely post and I’m so thrilled you love blogging! Gosh it’s just bloody brilliant isn’t it?! 🙂

    Loving the sound of your Real Mum feature – will keep my eyes out for that – and hopefully will get to say hello at Brit Mums later in the year.

    Keep up the wonderful work xxx

    #brilliantblogposts

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      Katy
      January 10, 2015 at 6:33 pm

      Thanks Katie, it really is brilliant! So glad I started it up! Definitely catch up at Britmums! x

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    Zena's Suitcase
    January 10, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    I started out just like you, not really getting blogging and the world that goes with it. It’s awesome though isn’t it, and the opportunities it creates are amazing. I love your badge and I’ll be looking out for it at BritMums zx

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      Katy
      January 10, 2015 at 10:40 pm

      I am loving it! Feel so silly not to have looked into it sooner! Will keep an eye out to say hi to you too! x

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    Wander Mum
    January 11, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    Fab badge Katy! Like most things, blogging is a learn as you go experience and I, certainly, still haven’t got the foggiest what I am doing half the time but just keep writing and sharing! Look forward to meeting you at Britmums!! Elizabeth #pocolo

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      Katy
      January 11, 2015 at 9:57 pm

      That’s it, just keep writing and suddenly you will ‘know’. It is fun whether you know what you are doing or not though isn’t it? Definitely say yhi at Britmums! x

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    Joy
    January 12, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    OMG that badge is AMAZING! I want one! Four years later and I still get shy telling people about my blog. But I have assigned 2015 as the year to make things change with by blog. The badge will make thing a little easier at events like Britmums

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      Katy
      January 12, 2015 at 7:06 pm

      Yes you need to be proud! Blogging is amazing isn’t it? I wish I had started 4 years ago, I feel like I have missed out on so much! x

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    Morgan Prince
    January 13, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    That badge is cool! It’s so great to hear someone speaking so enthusiastically about blogging. I hope you enjoy Britmums Live – I hear it’s great. x

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      Katy
      January 13, 2015 at 7:39 pm

      I love it so much- I tell everyone I know they should start a blog, best thing I ever did! x

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    Amy
    January 16, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Oooh I’m so getting a posh badge Katy! I really hope I meet you in June I can’t wait for BritMums! Fab post xxx

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      Katy
      January 16, 2015 at 8:59 pm

      Thank you Amy! Would love to meet you too! I will keep an eye out for a badge 😉 x

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    Beth Twinderelmo
    January 16, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Definitely want to catch up with you at Britmums – I’ll keep my eyes peeled for that lovely badge!!

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      Katy
      January 16, 2015 at 8:59 pm

      Yes do! I will be the nervous wreck with a badge haha! x

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    Karen
    January 19, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    Yay! I have my Simoney badge too! Can’t wait to see.you at Britmums!

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      Katy
      January 20, 2015 at 7:19 pm

      Yay! It is great isn’t it?

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    Adventures of a Novice Mum
    April 20, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    Wow, you were at blogfest! I was there too; with my little one and a dream to become a blogger sometime.

    I was just talking to someone at work about outing myself as a blogger and we both laughed about it.

    Anyway, congratulations on how far you’ve come; to more exciting times ahead. If I make it to BritMums, I’ll look out for you 🙂 #aNoviceMumTwitterFeed

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      Katy
      April 20, 2015 at 9:19 pm

      Oh yes do! I’d love to meet you. I am always so nervous so i’ll be a wreck somewhere until someone talks to me! xx

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