Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to Welsh Blogger Kate, the author of – Kate Lili
Kate talks about the reason behind her blog ‘The Hippy Christian Mum’ and why she re-named and re-branded the blog to Kate Lili.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m Kate, I am a stay at home mum and I live in Newport, South Wales. I have 2 children who are 8 and 2 and I’m married to Rich. I’ve been blogging for nearly 3 years. It will be 3 years this summer (2019). Blogging is my main hobby, anyone who blogs will know that it can take up a lot of your time, keeping up with social media and promoting your blog posts and things so most of my spare time is spent doing things to do with the blog, which I really enjoy.
I like reading and I’ve recently discovered my library’s e-book service. It’s great because books are so much more accessible now that I can just flick to the app. I love travelling but don’t do much of it so I watch travel vlogs on YouTube instead! I like Kara and Nate at the moment and I watch family vloggers The Michalak’s too.
I’m just getting into screenwriting and I’m hoping to do a short evening course at Cardiff Uni this spring. I also am getting into podcasting and I have 2 on the go. One linked to my blog called the Kate Lili Blog podcast (the most popular one on there is about me quitting church) and another about my journey into scriptwriting called Becoming a Screenwriter.
What is your blog about?
Kate Lili Blog is a mum blog and it’s 2.5 years old now. I started out with the blog name ‘The Hippy Christian Mum’ but in short, I found that it was attracting the wrong crowd so I re-named it and re-branded to my name Kate Lili (Lili is my middle name and spelled the Welsh way). I hope that gives me a wider scope to morph and change over the years in future if the blog does. Right now, I post about my life as a mum and opinion pieces about parenting choices.
What/who inspired you to start a blog?
I had a traumatic birth on my second baby. He was born breech at home (planned homebirth but no-one picked up on his positioning during the pregnancy). He was born not breathing and had to be blue lighted to hospital and was resuscitated twice on the way there in the ambulance. I couldn’t hold him until day 8 and he was in NICU for the first few weeks of his life. I’m happy to say he’s fine and a healthy 2 year old now.
At the time, I was googling from my hospital bed to read other women’s experience’s that might be similar and didn’t find very much that was relevant. I had wanted to start a blog for a while but I didn’t know what to write about and that was like the shifting factor that made me start it up. I thought if I shared my experience it could be useful to another woman one day who might have been through a similar thing.
Little did I know there was an entire parenting blogging industry out there with thousands of other parent bloggers just waiting to network with. I’ve had some great experiences through my blog and met some great people through blogging and I’m so glad I took the plunge and started it up.
What challenges have you faced whilst blogging?
I think one of the biggest challenges was when I changed my ideas about using the kids in my blog. The more time I spent in the blogging world and reading other posts about anonymity the more I thought about it. I never used the kids’ names in my blog posts just in the hope that it would make it that little bit more difficult for google to pluck one of my posts out to show to my kids teenage mates when they’re older but I did use their images and talked about them a fair bit. Over time my thoughts and feelings on this changed and I decided I didn’t want to have them on the blog so much.
This was challenging because I had to become a lot more intentional about my content. What swung it for me in the end was a conversation in a YouTube vloggers group I’m in and a mum said they had someone turn up at their address. Quite a few people have said since how easy it is to find out details like that.
What are your 2019 blogging goals?
I don’t have a posting schedule or anything because I really want to prevent my blog from turning into just another item on my list of things to do. It’s my little haven that only I have created. To keep the pressure off I post as and when the inspiration occurs.
I do want to write a lot more in 2019 though and so my focus is on finding script submission windows and competitions. I have already submitted 2 pieces of work to 2 different companies in January. It’s finding reasons to write outside of the realms of parent blogging.
If you like Disney be sure to check out my Pinterest – I will be pinning loads of Disney Florida stuff as we are going on a big family holiday there this year.
What are the links to your social media profiles?