Our January UK Parent Blogger of the Month is Katy Stevens. Katy is a full-time family finance blogger from Essex who creates content to help people manage their family finances well. Making and saving money are two of Katy’s passions and she loves nothing more than motivating people over on Instagram via her Instastories. Katy shares a wealth of tips and tricks on getting the most from life, being happy with what you have while striving to have a little more. Katy loves to help people kick their finances into touch! Follow Katy on her blog, Instagram, twitter, Facebook and YouTube
What inspired you to start blogging?
I was inspired to start my parenting blog back in 2014 by a friend of mine, Jon from The Money Shed. He kept telling me that I should be sharing the ways that I am making and save money online with other people. He nagged me for quite a while and then I realised it was only £11 to start my own website, with a year’s hosting, and decided I didn’t have much to lose! I wanted to share ways that people could boost their income and perhaps save a little money from their family budget in the process.
What are your blogging plans for the next 12 months?
I am aiming to double my blog traffic, update 100s of old posts to make them more user friendly, useful and informative and also get out to more events with my blogging friends.
Can you share the three most popular posts on your blog?
As I have a lot of money content on my blog it is never a big surprise to me that my most popular posts are related to money making, money saving and frugal food! All great ways to help your family finances:
The first one has to be my air fryer roast potatoes recipe: It’s been popular for several years now and ALWAYS has a huge boost around Christmas time with 1,000s of extra page views during the festive period.
The second post is this post on my favourite ways to make and save money: It receives lots of hits throughout the year and is the most popular post visited from my homepage too.
Lastly I have a post talking about how much money I won with £50,000 invested in Premium Bonds: Lots of people love this post, I guess because it allows them to be a little nosy, and also I’m really honest in this (like all of my posts) and share the months when I won £0!
Can you share any tips for newer bloggers who would love to set up a parenting blog?
I would say just throw yourself in! Everyone has a different outlook on life and parenting is one of those areas where nobody really feels like they are doing a fantastic job 100% of the time. It is really nice, especially in those dark depressing night-time hours with a reflux baby or surviving on 2 hours sleep, to know that you’re not alone. Tips, tricks, even just sharing your own experiences, are all ways that you can help other parents. If you’re in the midst of having a new baby start some drafts and write notes in. I still have posts I’m working on completing 3 years after that first baby year and I know I’ll go back to them and add again when I have another child!
If you could go back in time to when you first set up your blog would you do anything differently?
I know that almost every influencer seems to say this, but I would learn more about SEO, search engine optimisation. It is SO important and can bring 100s or even 1000s of views a DAY on a single post. Now that I’ve learned more, partly thanks to other lovely bloggers sharing their wealth of information, I am slowly able to go back and update old posts and inject some new life into them for Google and for my regular readers too.
Which blogs do you love to read for inspiration?
I love to read What The Redhead Said as Donna is a great friend and I love to hear her view on things. Donna has lots of fantastic opinion pieces lately that bring a new spin on a variety of parenting topics for me and these are some of my favourite posts of hers.
I also love to visit The Money Shed because I’m a big fan of finding new ways to make money, also I really enjoy the forum that is attached to the site as I’ve made some fantastic online friends there – some of whom have become friends of mine in real life.