I'm Going To Blog On

This weekend I am going to a blogging conference in Manchester. I’m very excited, but a bit nervous to be leaving my baby for so long. This is an intro post to the other lovely people going to help break the ice and to encourage them to come and talk to me.

This is me (trying to get a selfie on a giraffe)
Me pulling a cheesy face riding a giraffe on a carousel at Chessington

Describe yourself in three words
I am Kate.

How long have you been blogging and what made you start?
I started blogging 6 years ago, but I stopped when my marriage broke down (not due to blogging I hasten to add). I relaunched 17 months ago with a shiny new blog. I love documenting my thoughts and feelings, I love finding new products and great places to go, but most of all I love helping readers feel it's normal to find parenthood challenging. 

What was the inspiration behind your blog name?
My eldest daughter is amazing, but she also drives me mad. The main inspiration behind my blog name is my frequent need to count to ten to try and keep my patience.

What is the best thing to come from your blog so far?
The friendship and support I get through the blogging community.

Your most remembered thing from your childhood
I have a rubbish memory so probably the long holidays spent with my sisters at my Grandparents' house in Dorset. It felt like we were always at the beach (Weymouth) or playing 'house' in their garage. I don’t remember it ever raining.

Something interesting you might not know about me is ...
It’s my birthday on Thursday, but if you would like to save postage costs you can give me my cards and presents on Sunday.

Which social media platform best describes your personality and why?
Different platforms suit my different moods: I’m a very visual person so I love Instagram, but my life is a bit chaotic so I often don’t have photographs good enough to post, I like Twitter for when I have a quick thought to share and I find Facebook brilliant for chatting in groups and socialising.

What is your happy song?
I’m not very up to date with music; I tend to only listen to Disney these days. A current favourite song is Shut up and Dance by Walk The Moon because I find it’s great for doing daft dancing around the room.

What is your favourite alcoholic drink
I’m a lager girl, but I love a glass of champagne or prosecco too. Unfortunately alcohol doesn’t like me so I have to enjoy it in small quantities, boo!

What is your favourite cake? 
At the moment I’m not eating dairy because my breastfed youngest seems to react to it. Most of my cakes at the moment are homemade: I make a great chocolate brownie and Victoria sponge. Not fruit cake though because that is disgusting. 

What is your favourite takeaway dish? 
Being dairy free rules out a good pizza and Indian so the best take away I can get at the moment is Chinese. I love sashimi when I’m feeling rich too. 

Where is your dream holiday destination and why?
I don’t really know. It would be somewhere warm, some where we got to spend lots of time together as a family and where both girls could be in their own rooms so we get as much sleep as possible.

What would your superhero name be?
The Invisible Lady. I’m totally average and easy to forget so I could brilliantly blend in and disappear. 

If you had a magical power, what would you want to have and why?
The ability to control time. I’ve always loved the idea of being able to freeze time or relive moments. 

What one weapon would help you survive a zombie apocalypse?
I’m fairly sure I wouldn’t survive a zombie apocalypse, it might be better just to embrace being a zombie instead of living in fear and still getting caught.

If you could send something into space, what would it be? 
A few of the current political leaders. I'm sure I could do a crowd funder to send them to Pluto.

What would you have on your gravestone?
“I am a rock”, but seriously I don’t want money to be wasted on a gravestone.

You make headline news around the world in 2 years time... but for what reason?
Oh gosh, I don’t know, what could I have done? I have no special talents, I don’t make headlines, I don’t even make waves. It would probably be something stupid I had done like “tired mother walks into glass door and breaks her nose”.

If an EMP wiped out all mechanical forms of transport, how would you get to BlogOn?
It depends when it was. If it was on Saturday I wouldn’t be coming any longer as it’s too far from Essex. If it’s after my train gets in then that’s ok because I can walk there, but lets not talk about this because I’m going to be emotional enough spending my first night away from my baby and the thought of something happening which would stop me getting home again is enough to stop me getting on the train.

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone, please say “hi!”. I’m very friendly, but I’m often half asleep so it can take me a while to process someone is talking to me and I need to respond.
Blog ON Conference


  1. We always spent Summer holidays at places like Weymouth too! Those are the best memories. I hope you have a great time at BlogOn, hope to bump into you!

    1. I have happy memories of sandy chips, pooh corner cafe and trampolines :)

  2. Happy birthday!! I hope it's an awesome one.
    While the ability to slide unnoticed into the shadows is definitely a super-power, I think you are too hard on yourself! 2 years is enough to do sooooo much. Walking into a glass door is definitely aiming your bar far lower than you are capable of :)
    I love your blog name - it always actually makes me pause for breath when I read it. Have a safe trip – see you at the weekend!

    Thanks for taking part in the linky. Jenny – commenting on behalf of myself and Blog On UK

    1. Thank you Jenny, some times I think I just need a kick up the behind

  3. We've recently been to Weymouth with the kids over Easter - my wife spent some of her school years there and we had a great time on the beach and in the arcades. :-)

    1. I haven't been back for such a long time, I really should plan a visit