Blogger Story: Katy Kicker

Tell us your name and a bit about your family? When did you become a
Mum and to whom?

I am Katy, late 20s from Essex. I live with my husband, Tom, and we
have one daughter. Our daughter, Daisy, was born in March 2016 after
waiting more than 7 years to finally conceive!

What’s your blog called?

Can you describe it in one sentence?

Money making, money saving and my lifestyle in general.

When did you become a blogger and what inspired you?

I started blogging around two years ago, back in September 2014. I was
inspired because people used to message me on forums to ask me how I
was making money online. I decided that I could start a website and
this would allow me to direct the people somewhere. It would save me
LOTS of time having to reply to messages with paragraphs of text and
it would allow me to help people in the process.

How do you manage working around your children?

I have just one daughter and at present it isn’t too bad. I tend to
work during nap times and in the evenings when my daughter is asleep.
My husband is a shift worker so I can work more when he is at work, in
peace, and work less when he is home. My daughter goes to see
relatives once a week usually. This gives me a chance to work, for a
full day, and also enjoy a little bit of ‘me time’ too.

Can you describe a typical day, what tasks do you have to get done,
how do you manage your time?

A typical day involves the usual tasks for a small person. Feeding,
clothing, bathing, playing toys etc. Besides that I have a daily
checklist of jobs for my blog. I do a little blogger outreach and
social media management for other brands too. Each day I ensure that I
dedicate 30 minutes to working on these areas, for myself and others,
and I run a very tight ship. I use to-do lists, check lists and set
myself daily targets to achieve what I need to achieve.

Once I’ve done a short amount of work I don’t mind if I don’t achieve
much during the day as I prefer to spend time with my daughter while
she is awake.

What challenges have you faced in with your blog and how have you overcome them?

So far not many. I have been fortunate to have regular traffic from
the beginning and I am experiencing some real exponential growth now.
My blog has changed direction now from being solely about moneymaking
and it is more about my life in general now.

What’s the best thing about being a blogger?

Being able to create my own job. I’ve been working for myself
full-time since 2013 and I have been blogging since late 2014. Since
2015 my blog has been earning me a nice amount of money. This gives me
the freedom to branch out more in other areas of my online work, turn
down low paying opportunities and generally do more work that I
actually enjoy.

What are your plans for the future?

At the moment I am just working on doing what I do! I love blogging,
love writing, love helping people. I am working on being more helpful,
writing more and growing my website reach even further.

What advice would you give for someone just starting out in blogging?

Ensure that you are blogging about something that you are passionate
about. I am passionate about making and saving money, parenting and
food. These are the areas that I tend to stick to blogging about and
so far it hasn’t steered me wrong.

Try not to worry too much about stats, competitors or being number 1
in any rankings. Ranking, stats and work comes with time, usually. It
is better to enjoy the journey rather than constantly worrying about
being better. Obviously growth is good, and should be a goal, but
nobody needs the stress of constantly obsessing about how many real
time visitors they have according to Google Analytics.img_4288

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