Little Green Duck, AKA, Katie is a food and parenting blogger sharing vegan recipes, stories of mum life and organising EVERYTHING using her trusty bullet journal. She lives in Surrey, UK, with her husband and two children, and you can find her on the Little Green Duck website and on Instagram.
Can you tell me a little bit about the focus/vision/ethos behind your blog?
I’m still finding my way with it a bit to be honest. Initially all my posts were vegan food related because at the time cooking was pretty much all I was doing, but as my youngest son is getting a little older I’m finding the parenting stories are a bit more prevalent, and of course the lists and my journal have to feature too. So many people say that to have a successful blog you need to find a single niche and stick to it, but I feel like I would be doing myself (and my readers) a disservice if I ignored the other areas of my life to focus on one. So a random mishmash of food, babies and lists it is!
Who, or what inspired you to start out on your blogging adventure and how has the journey been so far?
Halfway through my second period of maternity leave I was suddenly left without a job to go back to. Even though I hadn’t planned to go back for another 6 months or so I felt I needed something to focus on that gives me a bit of a creative outlet and helps me connect with people (motherhood can be a lonely old business sometimes, especially when your days are focussed on being home for naptime, and I’m a stickler for a decent nap routine!). I also thought that if I’m not going to do it now, when I’ve got a bit of work-free headspace, I never will, so here I am!
How challenging is it to find the time to write good content with work and family commitments? Do you have a set time or day that you set aside specifically for blogging?
It’s pretty challenging balancing two young children and writing but I do find that if a topic is worth writing about, the words do just flow. And if I get writers block or have to try too hard, it’s probably not worth sharing.
Which of your blog posts has attracted the most readers?
There are a couple. This banana bread recipe is one that pops up as a favourite in my stats pretty much every day and on the parenting front, I find that this one about adjusting to life with my second baby, and trying not to forget my toddler is still a baby too is always one that people tend to read and share a lot.
If a reader only has time to click on one blog post of yours which one would you recommend?
THESE PANCAKES. They are SO GOOD!
How is 2018 unfolding so far and do you have any exciting plans or adventures planned?
Funny you should ask, I’ve written a blog post on that too! Goodbye Winter, Hello Adventures! I plan on making the most of the rest of my maternity leave then cracking on with trying to make some money whilst making sure I’m there for my babies too. I’ll let you know how it goes.
What would you say to anyone thinking about starting their own blog?
Just do it! Don’t think too much about it. Think of a name, set up a free blog and start writing. See where it takes you and don’t put pressure on yourself. The more you just relax and let things flow the better your content will be and the more you’ll enjoy it.
What keeps you motivated in everyday life and in the blogging world?
A general sense of positivity that whatever life throws at me I’ll be OK, the connections I’ve made since starting my blog, and my family. Oh, and food. ALL THE FOOD.
How has blogging impacted your life? Has your outlook on the world changed? Has the way you live changed?
It’s given me something I feel proud of, that I can put my own personality into and nobody else has a say in. It’s also made me think about the presentation of my food because I photograph EVERYTHING for Instagram these days (doesn’t stop me taking a photo of a massive chip butty though – everything has a place, especially when it comes to junk food). I don’t think my outlook on life has particularly changed but I do feel happier for going for it – I know I would have always wondered “what if” if I hadn’t.
If you had to recommend one other blog that inspires or encourages you what would it be?
Her blog hasn’t actually been launched yet but check out Sophie Bullimore on Instagram. She’s all about the beautiful food and positive vibes and brings a little bit of sunshine into my days. I’m hoping one day she’d like to do a little collaboration with me because she’s just lovely!
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