About this time last year I emailed my relatively new online buddy Veggie Mama whom I’d been following and chatting with on Instagram to ask if she was open to guest posts? Wouldn’t you know it… she was! She was about to take a holiday from blogging but squeezed me in, bless her.
I wrote a wee ditty entitled “Festive Digestive” (yes I am a nerd.)
She told me that she’d received some great feedback on it and that I ought to get on with the blog of my own I’d been stewing on. I had indeed been stewing on it… I’d spent a lot of time perusing blog designs, particularly the food and health blogs, I’d read up on how to start a blog by myself and also how to go about having someone else build one for me. I’d filled a notebook with ideas, sketches of how I wanted my header and menu bar to look ~ oh I had grand designs!
I originally wanted a caricature of myself inside four rooms of a cross sectional house, exemplifying the four main facets of my personality (that I had decided I’d show to the world!): Fit, Cook, Nutritionist and Mother. And I found this great artist on Etsy who drew the cutest, most quirky little cartoons and who was able to do the job for me but dang it it was expensive and I’d already paid $500 to have my blog built.
I wanted to launch Katie180 by the new year and when it got to the end of the first week of January without hitting “publish” on the introduction post I’d altered a gazillion times I began to get forehead slappingly frustrated with myself, what was I waiting for?
So I made one of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s *recipes from his latest cookbook which I’d received for Christmas and turned it into a Meatless Monday post. I linked it up with Veggie Mama and with that, my blog had its cherry popped!
*It’s a two-cheese and zucchini pasta bake and you can read it here mkaaay?
I carried on blogging like I meant it.
In March I went to the Digital Parents conference, held here in Sydney and there I got to meet Veggie Mama in the flesh as well ALL of my blogging bests and favourites.
For a short while I sat next to Mrs Woog of Woogsworld who introduced herself as Kate and I turned to Stacey and said “She looks SO much like Mrs Woog!” Ha ha, what an eejit, like I couldn’t fathom that she’d actually have a first name!
I got to meet Eden, who hurried in late on day one and sat at the table right next to mine, stopping on the way to squeeze my shoulder and say hello, erm, exsqueeze me?! I basically went to Digital Parents like a pilgrim to Mecca in order to meet Eden. I even baked her a freaking caramello Easter Egg cake because when you meet God you are supposed to be bearing gifts.
At that conference Eden was on a panel where she was asked by Darren Rowse of ProBlogger “What advice do you have for someone wanting to start a blog in 2013?” and her answer was “Umm, where is Katie of Katie180? Stand up. If you want to know how to start a blog, just go and read Katie180.” (or something of that ilk I can’t remember word for word because my ears were hearing mostly white noise as I SPUN OUT!)
In the tea break I bumped into Nicole Avery of Planning With Kids (the first blog I ever followed) which was also a major moment for me and whilst chatting she told me that she and Darren would like me to come to ProBlogger in September to feature as guest for a 5-minute spot. WTF?? I was about 8 weeks pregnant and busting to pee and just about wet myself with ALL of the goings-on!
Throughout the remainder of that conference I continued to meet and chat with many other bloggers including the big guns (the ones with agents and good pedicures!) and never before had I felt so right about my decision to go ahead and start a blog. It was like being with my “people” you know?
2013 carried on with great blogging moments, such as being nominated in the Kidspot Voices of 2013 which lead to contributing to Parent Exchange as a recipe blogger and indeed flying to the Gold Coast in September at 33 weeks pregnant to attend and speak at the annual ProBlogger conference where I not only had five minutes of stage time but got to meet and hug Clare Bowditch.. Hello somebody PINCH me!
And now here I sit wearing my two month old bubba in a sling, the lights in the lounge room dimly lit and SATC playing on Foxtel; and I think back to this time last year when I summoned up the courage to contact Stacey and she very warmly and encouragingly got on board.
My goals for 2013 were Blog and Baby.
Tick, and tick!
To my online/offline buddy Stacey Roberts of Veggie Mama and now ProBlogger (what a ruddy legend!), a thousand thank YOUSE. You are the shiz.
To my readers… with a gazillion other blogs to choose from, you choose me to include in your reading list and that’s about as cool as it gets for a blogger. Truly. If I could I would bake up a tea party for all of us and we’d sit around in a flowery field noshing and clinking glasses, ahhh!
But instead I’m gonna keep on blogging like I mean it.
~Yours, with LUFF, K180, x