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Why I Blog…

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This weekend I’m speaking at one of the biggest conferences in the blogging calendar, Britmums Live, alongside people like Deliciously Ella – aka Ella Woodward and Eleanor Mills! *gulps

I always love the conference and it’s a highlight of my year, culminating in last years shenanigans when I walked away with the Brilliance in Blogging Fresh Voice Award!  I think you can tell from my face in this picture, for me it was kind of a big deal!

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The week before BML, I always feel the blogging pressure, knowing that new people might be checking out my little corner of the globe and knowing that some people blog professionally and I’ll be judged against them.

But this week has totally run away with me.  I’m now back at work so a combination of Heart Breakfast and This Morning duties, plus running a house and being wife to one and mum to two has left me exhausted. To prove the point, this is being typed on my laptop in the back of a car home from This Morning!  Yup – It’s been one of THOSE weeks!

Then I realised, that’s no bad thing. I never started blogging for it to be a pressure or a chore,

I started because I wanted to keep my voice.

When our daughter Kaya was born, almost 9 years ago now, I decided to slow down my career. I’d been working flat out since starting on Blue Peter in my early twenties so now, 15 years later, I stepped off the showbiz hamster wheel. I wanted to be able to enjoy being a mum and I didn’t want someone else to raise my daughter.

But a tough part about being “that girl off the telly” is that you’re used to having a voice. You’re also programmed to equate success with broadcasting time, so whenever anyone said “Haven’t seen you on TV for a while” it was like a dagger to the heart.

Like many mums, I felt that part of my identity had disappeared as I fully embraced the world of baby music (who dreamt THAT up?), hours spent in those not-so-relaxing-anymore-coffee-shops and *Iggle Piggle.
*there are no words. No really, there aren’t.

I found my body changes tough to deal with and when my son Akira came along, almost 3 years later, I was borderline with PND, just never officially diagnosed. It was a pretty dark time and it freaked me out that I could feel low when I’m generally so positive and happy as a person. If I felt like that with my “glass half full” outlook, how many other mums felt lonely?

Then I discovered blogging.

I found a whole new and exciting world where I could be me and get everything inside my head, outside! I found a world where I could encourage others, build the sisterhood, make amazing friendships and meet phenomenal and inspirational women. And I loved it!

I blogged about our life as a family

I blogged when I wanted to support others on their new journey into motherhood

I blogged when we explored the world

I blogged when I wanted to inspire

I blogged when I wanted to encourage women

I blogged when I wanted to use my voice

And I never want to lose sight of why I started blogging in the first place!

Don’t get me wrong – it’s exciting when things take off, like the time I blogged in support of my inspirational friend, Stephanie Hirst, and got 55k hits in the space of a few hours!  Or the time I went viral after speaking out in support of new Mums like Kate Middleton and the ludicrous pressure to get their bodies back after the birth.

But mainly, I started blogging to be me and to have a voice. It’s not about popularity or stats or rankings. It’s about BEING YOU, being true to yourself and being authentic.

A passion for life and the desire to be heard is truly something to be celebrated, so buckle up for an inspirational few days!

K x

PS – On my first visit 4 years ago, I spent my time between sessions hiding in the loos as I found it all a bit overwhelming. TRUE STORY! So don’t be nervous. We all feel the same but you’ll LOVE it – I promise! x

19 Comments

  • Reply Steph February 21, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Hey Katy, just looked up your blog after hearing you talking about it on the way to work this morning and wondered what it was all about. I’ve really enjoyed reading your posts tonight….great job. I’m a part-time fitness instructor who has been on a right journey (lost 5 stone, found fitness, qualified to teach to inspire others) and have been wanting to start my own blog to inspire women out there….also a Mum to 2 crazy boys….first step was creating an instagram account. So blog lady who will soon be hobknobbing with Monica and Alan Sugar…..any tips on where to start with blogging???

  • Reply Jess Moody May 24, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Only just read this one Hill! It’s a good un and one I totally relate to. I’ve been trying to start a blog for the same reason you started yours. Mine is yet to materialise but I love to write, and that part of me stopped when children arrived. Darn those pesky kids! It WILL happen though, and SOON. Hope all’s well with you and yours xx

    • Reply Katy May 25, 2016 at 4:24 pm

      DO IT LADY!! You’d be AMAZING! xxx

  • Reply Alicia June 22, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    I Love these blogs Katy especially the mummy ones when I’m up feeding they are to me a god send and make all those mummy feelings of dispear feel totally normal while helping me not to nod off
    Keep up the great work please

    • Reply Katy June 23, 2015 at 6:28 am

      Ah – Alicia – I remember those nights when I was up feeding and felt like I was the only person alive who was awake, even though my husband was sleeping next to me! Huge love… xx

  • Reply Elinor Hill June 22, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    Wonderfully honest Katy x

    • Reply Katy June 23, 2015 at 6:21 am

      Thanks Elinor x

  • Reply suzanne3childrenandit June 22, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    This is so true Katie. It’s an important to stick to the reasons you wanted to blog in the first place and not be swayed by the masses. You’ve done some good things with yours too which is certainly the icing on the cake. Well done. I was sad not to make it to Britmums this year – too many family commitments, ironically! But there’s always next year. I love it 🙂

    • Reply Katy June 23, 2015 at 6:21 am

      Ah – thanks lady. I love it too. Would be weird not to be there. See you next year! x

  • Reply ojosworld June 21, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    I love your blog, and read every post. However,to me you will always be ‘the lady off the tv’ which means I will not be brave enough to approach you again (made a dick of myself at last year’s BML).

    Keep your voice, it’s a good one x

    • Reply Katy June 23, 2015 at 6:21 am

      Ah – that makes me sad 🙁 I’m not the “lady off the tv” at BML! Or generally in life! Just little old me! NEXT TIME LADY! xx

  • Reply Kate Holmes June 21, 2015 at 11:20 am

    You see, that is why I like you so very much. Wise words and for me life is all about memory-making and ensuring when our days are done someone stands up and describes a unique individual who contributed something good to the world. You do! I started blogging with no particular plan and have enjoyed the journey with all its twists and turns all the more for that. Your post should be required reading even more after blogging conferences than before.

    • Reply Katy June 21, 2015 at 2:24 pm

      Ah – it was SO lovely seeing you over the weekend. I so admire your drive and determination and you always have a smile when I see you. Keep up the good work lovely! x

  • Reply Alison @ Not Another Mummy Blog June 20, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Ahh this just made me well up. I started blogging at the same time as having undiagnosed PND too and it’s crazy how much writing and the community can help you during dark times like that, isn’t it? I feel like you and me need to have a proper sit down with wine some day rather than just the fleeting quick chats we always have xx

    • Reply Katy June 21, 2015 at 2:22 pm

      I know – crazy how much that sense of “belonging” helped me. And YES to a proper sit down please! Would be lovely xx

  • Reply Clare Goldsack June 18, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    I love reading your blogs Katy, keep up the good work and enjoy the weekend xx

    • Reply Katy June 19, 2015 at 10:19 am

      Ah – you’re the sweetest! Thanks lady x

  • Reply Laura G June 18, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    I found your blog after you went viral and I love it! Keep it up Katy- we all love a good nose at what you get up to and I must add your ‘patio’ clean up you did last year inspired me to attempt it myself! Good luck over the weekend- lots of pix please xxx

    • Reply Katy June 19, 2015 at 10:19 am

      Thanks so much Laura! Haha! Love that I inspired your patio! xx

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