This week meet South African mom blogger Cat, who blogs at Boots in the Big City.
1) What do you normally get up to on an average day? (Give us a brief description about yourself)
I work full-time in HR at a Publishing House in Cape Town but as that doesn’t leave much room for creativity, my blog is my creative outlet. I love being active so I try to fit a in workout in the afternoons and always take my dog for a walk. My evenings are spent cooking dinner, writing blog posts or catching up on series.
Weekends are spent enjoying our beautiful city and catching up with friends and when I need a little me time, love indulging in a pedicure or spot of shopping!
2) How do you feel about motherhood – what are your struggles and joys?
I’m currently pregnant with my first child and could not be more excited! I am amazed every day by the changes taking place in my body and the fact that I am growing a person. That being said, it certainly comes with a fair amount of anxiety around the unknown as I don’t think you can ever fully prepare yourself for what lays ahead, despite all the advice given and books read, but I do think it’s important to take one day at a time and then hold on tight when the rollercoaster starts moving! Right now though, I’m trying to enjoy every moment of this amazing, mind-blowing journey while I still have my little human safely tucked up inside me.
3) Tell us about your kid(s)
I have a beautiful 10-year-old chocolate Labrador called Wellington and this gentle soul is my four-legged child. Anyone who knows me, knows how much I adore Wellie and ask about him as they would a two-legged child! Our evening walks are our bonding time but also an opportunity for me to walk off the stresses of day and feel like I’m ready for the evening. My husband travels a lot for work so Wellington keeps me company and gives the best cuddles 😊
4). How did you start blogging?
I started my blog in August 2015 not long after I got married. I wrote an article for our company newsletter about my wedding day and I realised just how much I loved writing and being creative. I’ve followed a number of blogs for many years and decided it was time to try my hand at it. It’s definitely a labour of love and has become something that I am really proud of.
5) Share with us a valuable blogging tip you’ve learnt. (or more)
As hard as it is, don’t compare your blog to other blogs, especially those that are more established. Your blog is unique and that’s what makes it special. Be authentic and write content that resonates with you. If you try to be someone you are not, or you are blogging for the wrong reasons, your readers will pick it up very quickly. And lastly, consistency – both on your blog and social media is key. I try to post on my blog once a week but engage with my social media daily and definitely noticed an increase in my readership/followers.
6) If you make money from your blog, give us a breakdown on how you do it. Give us some of your methods on how to get started on this, or any tips or advice.
I’m not making money from my blog at the moment and while it’s not the driving force behind my blog, I would definitely like to be able to make some money off it and see some of the hard work and many hours I’ve spent on it pay off. I have done a few partnered posts where I’ve done reviews for brands and I think that has come from posting consistently and engaging with brands that I like.
I am a wife, soon-to-be mom, dog lover and certified chocoholic, born and bred in Cape Town. I have a love for writing and all things pretty and it was this passion that led me to establish my blog. Boots in the Big City is a beauty and lifestyle blog, where I share my thoughts on favourite products, tips and tricks, places to go and things to do, providing my readers with honest product reviews and first-hand real experiences
Instagram: @bigcityboots – https://www.instagram.com/bigcityboots/?hl=en
Thanks Cat! I think one of the things I really like about her blog are her lovely pictures. She really can style a photo. So go and have a look!