I think it’s fair to say that Kate McKibbin likes to keep busy! Not only does she own the super successful blog Drop Dead Gorgeous Daily (DDGD) , but she also somehow manages to find time to run Secret Bloggers’ Business – a fab website offering resources and e-course for bloggers both new and advanced.
Kate has a wealth of knowledge on what does and doesn’t work when it comes to blogging, as she has been there and done that! She’s also a pretty wonderful lady and I am so excited to share this Kate McKibbin Blogger Interview with you.
Tell us a little about you:
I am a very tall (six foot one) fur-mother to two pug-crosses. I am more of a nerd than I am a ” fashionsta” (hate that word). I adore peanut-butter flavoured everything almost as much as I adore the business and problem solving side of blogging. I also have the sense of humour of a 14-year old boy, and have a fantastic knack for appalling strangers (and friends) with my jokes.
What’s on your desk right now?
Trying to keep it clean, but it’s proving tricky! Usually at least 2 half empty cups of tea and a water bottle. Multiple not pads of various sizes. My day planner. My custom-made ” Boss lady” candle, which was a gift from my team. Hand cream (organic, I try to avoid chemical products), lots of products (that need to be instagrammed), my phone, my disco-ball calculator (it’s so shiny!), and a rose water face mist for when I’m feeling a bit stressy.
Describe your perfect Sunday
No computers would be a good start (I love my job, but it’s very easy to get lost in it). Bit of a sleep in, leisurely breakfast at home. Then meet friends for a big walk a long the beach and have lunch somewhere yum. Throw in a spot of shopping, and then maybe a few wines in the sunshine somewhere and I am in heaven (all of this while accompanied by Ryan Gosling of course!)
You just can’t live without:
Dark chocolate and blue berries (but not combined)
How did you begin blogging?
When I first started DDGD, I didn’t think it was a blog (it actually started as a daily email newsletter). I was working in fashion magazines at the time, and wanted a way to write a bit more than I was, and to also possibly earn a little extra shoe money (publishing salaries are appalling!)
What resources/gadgets/apps do you find essential to your blogging process?
So, so many! Google Drive is my obsession (love a spreadsheet), all of the social media schedulers (Viraltag, Schedugram, Hootsuite). Pic Monkey I use almost daily as well. And Evernote for saving things to “come back to later” .
What do you consider worthwhile investments when it comes to blogging?
I think it’s worth spending money on a good back up and security plugin (because when you actually need them, you need them to be awesome), and also good hosting and a decent (and mobile responsive) theme.
What do you gain from blogging?
Apart from a job that I love, that lets me live a life that I love even more (and live it anywhere I want… London here I come!). I have met some of the most amazing people through blogging, and that’s definitely the best bit.
Where do you go online when you need a break from blogging?
What advice do you give to someone who is new to blogging?
Start (it doesn’t need to be perfect, everyone’s’ first posts are terrible), Keep going (it’s a marathon, not a sprint), and get help (there are plenty of people out there willing to share their 1000 hours of knowledge, both free and paid, why learn things the hard way if you don’t have to?)
What do you see for the future of blogging?
I am terrible at this game! But I actually see a lot of bloggers moving away from the traditional methods of monetisation (aka ads and sponsored posts), and becoming more independent. I also see that as the blogosphere grows, I think more and more opportunities and even mini industries will appear for bloggers to support other bloggers, and to monetise that way through providing services, products, photos, know-how you name it!
Thanks so much for spending time giving us an insight into your world and for offering us your tips and advice, Kate!
If you are wanting to take your blog from a hobby to a business, you really need to check out the Secret Bloggers’ Business Bootcamp.
Or if you’re a new blogger, Kate has a brand new ecourse Ready, Set, Blog to help you learn the ropes.
Images provided by Kate McKibbin