The State of the Blog Address


Hi dear friends! I know many of us have never met, but I do feel like you are dear friends. I’ve so enjoyed getting to know you and I love the way you’ve jumped in headfirst with this blog alongside me. I hope you’ve had as much fun as I have.

Well, I have some pretty brilliant interviews coming up and I can’t wait to share them with you (especially the interview with this lovely lady – she has some wiiiisdom).

But this week I want to hear from you. I’m always working on my list of interviewees. Who would you like me to interview? I know there are so many great bloggers out there and I couldn’t possibly know about all of them, so this is where I need your help. Who are your 3 favorites that you would love a peek behind the scenes of their blog?

The Best Thing I’ve Learned So Far

If there is anything I’ve learned from the bloggers that we have met so far, it’s that they work really hard. They don’t just love it 24/7 or simply have a gift. They are determined and disciplined.

I heard a great line recently that says,

“Success is never owned, it’s rented, and the rent is due every single day.”

There is no such thing as “arriving” – this is true in blogging, fitness, motherhood, marriage and just about every other important arena in our lives.

Success in anything is ultimately a product of faithfulness. So be encouraged friends, where ever you are in your blogging journey, the single quality you need to reach your goals is persistance – everything else can be learned.

And You?

What have you learned so far? I’d love it if you’d take a minute and share a nugget that you’ve learned and don’t forget to tell me your 3 favorite bloggers so I can invite them to give us a tour behind their blog. Click here to comment.

p.s. The Blog Planning Kit that I mentioned awhile back is nearly complete. I am so excited about it, but I want it to be great, not just good. So, if any of you are interested in being “testers” for it, trying out the forms with your blog and then giving me feedback on what works and what doesn’t, please let me know in the comments as well. I’ll pick a few of you next week to help me refine them. Thanks!

Recap of what I’d love for you to answer in the comments:
1. What is one nugget of wisdom you have learned so far? (optional)
2. Name 3 bloggers you’d like me to interview here. (Any other blog suggestions are welcome too!)
3. Let me know in the comments if you’d like to be a tester for the Blog Planning Kit.

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  1. I’ve loving reading the blogging “process” from the folks you’ve already interviewed. Thanks for this site!

    Bloggers I’d love to read about in the future: Jolanthe from Homeschool Creations and Jessica Fisher (from Life As Mom). I’d also really love to hear from a team blog (maybe a director or something) to learn more about specifically how other team blogs function efficiently (like HelloMornings or The Write Practice). (You interviewed Mandi and Tsh already, who already run team blogs, which was great.)

    I’d love be a tester for the Blog Planning Kit, if I may be of help! Thanks for all you do, Kat!

  2. First of all, I just have to say thank you for starting this site and for sharing so much encouragement through these AMAZING women!

    I was so encouraged to hear from Crystal Stine! Knowing that there are bloggers out there who aren’t the huge powerhouses {yet :)} but who are still faithfully writing and being themselves was just what I needed to hear. I have been so discouraged lately because I have been wanting to completely re-vamp my blog and not knowing where to start, but Crystal inspired me!

    Hearing from more bloggers like Crystal would be great! I also really enjoy following these bloggers/blogs:, Sally at and Ruth at!

    I would love to be a tester for your blog planning kit too!

  3. I’d love to hear from Jo-Lynne at Musings of a Housewife, Anne from Modern Mrs. Darcy, Amanda from ohAmanda.

    I’d also like to be a tester!

    I think one thing I’m learning is exactly what you said…everyone is in process and working just as hard as I am to make it all work.

    • Oh man, after I left that I remembered that Amanda did do one week . Sheesh! Well, well done!

      • My interview must have been riveting, Amy. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        Actually, Kat, you hsould interview Amy. Has she ever told you about how she was a famous TV blogger? She’s kind of a genius.

  4. Hi Kat!
    Thank you so much for such a helpful site. You don’t know how inspiring it has been! Even if I never get my act together like these others, it still leaves me with so much wisdom.
    I’d love to be a tester, too, if I can.

    Most of the blogs I read on a daily/weekly basis (like yours!) have already been covered. I’d like to hear from Jessica Fisher (mentioned below) and maybe the Hands Free Revolution bloggess, or the “Run Like a Mother” ladies.

    I also want to echo Katie’s sentiments in that it’s great to hear from other bloggers who aren’t “big” in numbers, but who write important content that can help even just one reader. I’m trying to remind myself of that when I post about very topic-specific ideas.

    Thank you!!

  5. Oh, yeah! I was just thinking tonight, “I wonder if it’s ok to suggest a blogger I think would be great to be interviewed?” and then I saw this post. ๐Ÿ™‚ You’ve already interviewed some of those I wanted to hear more from, but the one I would like to suggest is Rachel Pieh Jones at She comes at things from a very different (challenging and encouraging in so many ways) perspective because of where she lives and the work her family is a part of – I think your readers would be encouraged to hear from her.

    I especially appreciated hearing from Crystal Stine because of where she’s currently at in her blogging adventure. I was already beginning to step out and begin commenting more on specific blogs, etc. in order to create some of those online relationships Crystal was talking about, so hearing from her about that was so good.

    Keep up the great work at this blog, Kat!

  6. I have loved your interviews to this point. I’ve enjoyed the inspiration & encouragement from the bigger bloggers & loved hearing from Crystal since I am definitely not a “techy” person.

    I would love to hear from Julie at Come Have a Peace, Rachel from & Courtney from Women Living Well.

    This summer I am planning to revamp my blog & would love to be a tester for the Blog Planning Kit.

    Thanks for all you do.

  7. As another person mentioned, I’d like to hear from Courtney at Women Living Well. Two others would be Crystal from Money Saving Mom and Laura at Heavenly Homemakers.

  8. The interviews have been great and so helpful. Three bloggers that come to mind that I would like to hear from are: Flower Patch Farm Girl, Jaime Martin of Steady Mom/Simple Homeschool and Trina Holden.

    I would like to be a guinea pig for your blog planning pack.
    Thanks for all that you’ve done to provide encouragement for other bloggers.

  9. It’s been so fun to read all of the stories behind some of my favorite blogs! I’ve been blogging for several years now, but haven’t yet streamline my blog and take it to the next level, which is one of my goals this year. I would LOVE To be a tester for the blog planning kit!

    I’d love to hear from Crystal Paine (Money Saving Mom), Sarah Mae (, and Jessica Fisher (Life as Mom).

    Thanks for all your hard work here, Kat!

  10. I so enjoy this blog. It is one of my must reads. Even when I am behind, I always make sure I read your posts. The thing I have learned is that A. there is no magic formula and B. you just have to be true to yourself.

  11. 1.) I’ve learned that there’s no recipe for “success” in blogging; there’s just showing up, faithfully writing, and building authentic relationships with fellow bloggers. And I’ve learned that you don’t have to be super tech-savvy.
    2.) I’d love to hear from Anne from Modern Mrs. Darcy and Edie from Life in Grace.
    3.) And I would like to be a tester for the blog kit, too.

    Thanks for starting up this site, Kat. It came at the perfect time and it has been so helpful and practical.

  12. What about 100 Days of Real Food (Lisa Leake) and Everyday Reading (Janssen)?

    • I was going to ask about some foodie blogs, too. I read so many (for allergy free cooking I don’t know which to suggest! Some favs are Spunky Coconut, and Elana’s pantry)

  13. I would love to hear from Jamie Martin (steady mom and simple homeschool),Laura from Heavenly Homemakers, and in tie for third place Kate from Small Things or Audrey from Putting Me Together

  14. 1. I’ve learned a lot from Emily Freeman (both here and on her blog!) One practical takeaway I liked is how she looked at her most viewed blog posts and realized what kinds of things she’d been writing that most appealed do her readers. A really helpful way to figure out what’s “you” so you can be an even better you.

    2. Mandy B @ Biblical Homemaking | Kelli @ She Learns As She Goes | Annd The Nester

    3. Also, YES! I would love to test your Blog Planning Kit ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for asking us!

  15. I second a lot of the people already mentioned; Lisa Leake of 100 Days to Real Food, Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool, Crystal from Money Saving Mom and Laura at Heavenly Homemakers are all people I love reading and would be interested to know more about how they do things.

    I’d also love to hear from Rachel of Finding Joy ( She writes beautiful posts (on a regular basis) and seems to be very involved with her family. Would love to know more about how and when she writes.

    I’d be interested in checking out your blog planning toolkit, too.

  16. I have found some great photo editing apps for my iPhone! I’m working on making my posts more “Pinable” and these have been a huge help!

    I’d love to hear from Lara Williams, Ann Voskamp, and Claire at Peak313.

    And I would love to be a tester! I’m trying to get into my “new normal” routine and I definitely need to get more organized.

  17. Really enjoying the interviews so far! My suggestions are: Amy from, JessieLeigh from & Jessica from

  18. I’ve enjoyed reading about the blogging process because I’ve been struggling a bit with balancing blogging and family responsibilities. I love writing and taking pictures. I hate to cut corners with blogging, just like I hate to cut corners with my family. Reading about Mandi of Life Your Way doing things a little differently because she’s in her first trimester was very inspirational.

    I second the recommendation for Jo-Lynne of Musings of a Housewife. Thanks to her work with Philly Social Media Moms, I know her personally. She is such a down to earth blogger and mom, and she works so hard to create an inclusive group for bloggers at all levels.

    I also enjoying reading Premeditated Leftovers. Alea has such a personal touch when it comes to blogging. She continually inspires me to share the personal side and turn everything, even recipes, into stories.

    I would love to be a tester for the Blog Planner kit. While I am mostly happy with my current planning method, I feel like I have some holes like planning and scheduling guest posts for the blog and remembering to rerun seasonal posts at the appropriate time later in the year. Not to mention finally tackling an ebook. Oy!

  19. I’d love to be a tester for the Blog Planning Kit!

    One particular blogger I love for her authenticity and passion for the Lord is Marla Taviano – hearing from her would be really interesting. I’m not sure the other two… I’ll think on it.

    Great blog series here- it’s become my most favorite place to learn about blogging!

  20. Kat,
    Thank you for creating this site and many thanks to the amazingly talented women that have contributed. It has been a blessing as I finally got up the courage to begin my own blog a couple of weeks ago.
    The interviews have helped me learn more about ways to build my blog but most importantly just to be myself!
    Of course I would love to help you test your kit as I don’t know anyone personally who blogs so I’ve been slowly figuring it out on my own. Thanks again for all that you do:)

  21. I just recently subscribed to emails and have really loved reading them – I can’t wait to go back and catch up on the interviews I missed! So much good stuff, I’m not sure I can pick out one thing!

    Bloggers I’d love to read more about: Katie from Kitchen Stewardship, Stacy from Stacy Makes Cents, and Ruth from Living Well, Spending Less. Oh and Anne from Modern Mrs. Darcy – can I have 4?! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’d also love to test your blog planning kit if you still need people too!

  22. I have loved taking a peek behind the scenes with the bloggers you’ve featured. 3 I would love to see featured:

    1) Kate from The Small Things Blog
    2) Jon Acuff
    3) Sarah and Dimity from Another Mother Runner

  23. I’ve really enjoyed following these posts. I’ve picked up some good technology ideas for making the writing life go a little easier, but I’ve mostly just been inspired to hear how normal these seemingly big bloggers lives are when it comes to juggling everything.

    I know most of the bloggers mentioned so far have been women, but I think it would be pretty cool to read how Jeff Goins blogs. I know a lot of fantastic blogging mamas out there too that I’ve spoken with frequently, but figure your readers may want to know — a few that come to mind are: Barbie at My Freshly Brewed Life, Christin at Joyful Mothering and Natasha at Christian Mom Thoughts.

    I would also be happy to test out your blog planning kit. I run two blogs, and, so I need all the blog planning help I can get. Haha! ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. AHithersay says

    I’d love to hear from Shannan from Flower Patch Farmgirl, Jeanne from Jeanne Oliver Designs, and Laura from Hollywood Housewife. Oh and Megan from Sorta Crunchy, except she’s sorta busy with those baby boys. I’ve loved reading these interviews. I don’t know if it’s something I’ve learned, but I love seeing the vulnerability and humanity that comes out when you talk to someone about how they’ve gotten to where they are. It’s easy to see what is and not the whole journey. It’s encouraging to see that!

  25. Sarah (theGIRL) says

    1 – I loved hearing from Annie Downs…she seemed so down to earth and just like she’d be a great friend. I’ve liked seeing the behind the scenes of EVERYONE, though. This is truly the blogger’s blog.
    2 – Some bloggers it would be fun to hear from…Jessica @ The Mom Creative, Ann Voskamp and Lara Williams.
    3 – I’d be glad to test the Blog Planning Kit. ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Danielle says

    I’ve been loving all the interviews that you have been hosting. Thank you for all the hard work that you’ve put into this!

    The top three bloggers that I would like to see interviewed would be Kristen@Food Renegade, Sarah Mae, and Jeff Goins. Can I throw Sally Clarkson in the mix as well?

    Thank you for interviewing a variety of women. It’s helping me see that blogging looks different for everyone and that there isn’t a box that I have to fit into. Hearing these women talk about their successes and failures has been a real encouragement to this aspiring blogger.

    I’d love to be considered as a tester for the your Bog Planning Kit. Thank you for offering us this great opportunity!

  27. Kat! I’ve so enjoyed reading these interviews! And, several of my favorite bloggers have been interviewed! Good stuff! While I’m not a “big” blogger or even close, blogging is an outlet for me that I love! I’ve been encouraged and inspired by people to keep me writing for more than just memory keeping of my 4 littles and our life! But, our life IS life, so my writing just melds it all together. For me or whoever pops in! Anyway, that leads me to say, several of your interviewees mentioned just being real to yourself and commenting on other blogs. I read TONS of blogs and hesitate to comment. Yet, I do SO love it when people comment on my blog. Time to jump in and do so for others! Not sure if I’d fit your desired tester, but I’d love to see! AND, Ann Voskamp and Kelle Hampton would be interviewees I love to read more about!
    Thanks Kat for this inspiration!
    And, Go Bears! ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. I have loved reading about the bloggers you have already posted. Some other that I would love to hear about are Jamie Martin @ Steady Mom, Crystal Paine @ Money Saving Mom, and Andrea Dekker @ real life.. simplified.
    I, too, would love to test out your forms. As a new blogger I am trying to get organized ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. I would love to test your Blog Planning Kit. I am just now in the process of getting ready to launch my new blog sometime this summer and would love to use your product and provide feedback to you.

  30. The thing I’ve loved the most is that I have been continually reminded to do what works best for me. And Crystal Stine… ADORE her. I can’t wait to hear more from bloggers who are just getting their start- I feel like I can relate most to them!

    Bloggers for the future (besides me of course!): Tamara from Tamara Like Camera (, Jeanette from Life Rearranged, and Kelle Hampton from Enjoying The Small Things. A question I’d love to see asked is the interviewee’s take on conferences and which one has been their favorite to attend (if they’ve gone).

    I’d love to be a tester for your blog planning kit! Happy to help anyway I can!

  31. I’ve really enjoyed finding out that there’s no true formula & that blogging has its own seasons just like everything else. Probably most practically I’ve enjoyed reading what “tools” people use-it’s great to know you don’t have to have the latest fancy equipment and a gazillion apps to be a successful blogger.

    Bloggers I’d like to read: Jen of I heart Organizing, The Blog Maven, Playful Learning
    I’d also like to read more “new” bloggers.

  32. 1. I love Power Hour! I think I definitely need to make this a regular part of my week.
    2. Many of the bloggers I would love to hear from have been mentioned already (Crystal Paine, Courtney/Women Living Well, Ann Voskamp, Jeff Goins…), so maybe I’ll throw some other names out there…Darren Rowse (ProBlogger, blogging), Toni Hammersley (A Bowl Full of Lemons, cleaning/organizing), and Carisa (1+1+1=1, homeschooling). And I love Caroline’s idea of hearing about team blogs too (MomHeart, The Dating Divas, Six Sisters’ Stuff, Allume, Incourage). I would love to continue reading more about bloggers with smaller audiences too.
    3. I would honored to be a tester for the Blog Planning Kit!

  33. This has been an immensely helpful blog to follow and I have so enjoyed getting to know more of the processes of some of my favourite bloggers.

    1. I have learned to be your own voice, to show up, to write, and to encourage others.

    2. I would love to hear from Anne of Mrs. Modern Darcy, Jessi from Naptime Diaries and Aimee from Simple Bites.

    3. I’d be quite happy to be a tester for the blog planner if you need another one.

    4. I have really enjoyed reading your heart here, Kat, so encouraging and refreshing. =)

  34. Hi Kat!
    I continue to love this blog, so thank you for all of the time and effort you put into it.

    Two of the blogs that continue to be the most influential to me are Rachel’s “Clean” blog: and Alicia Paulson’s “Posie Gets Cozy” at
    Both women are wonderful writers and photographers who really capture life at its finest–they are so honest and talented. LOVE them.

    What I’ve learned in the past year (well, 11 months!) of blogging is to manage my own expectations for how fast my blog can grow. I’ve had some very nice critical response (BlogHer chose two of my posts for syndication; I was invited to guest-blog at a much larger blog), but have found it’s still a slow process to grow readership. You have to be patient and make the connections little by little. I’ve also learned that you can’t just grow your blog through social media connections–the best way to grow it is to connect to like-minded bloggers in your niche (for me, that’s environmentalists).

    Would also love to be a tester for your Blog Planning Kit.

    Keep up the wonderful work!

  35. I have absolutely loved this blog. You stumbled across an amazing idea with this.

    I think the underlying theme I keep learning is that a successful blogger is not a woman who has all the latest technology, clean desk, and a hired housemaid. They’re just regular women blogging on their ol’ faithful laptops from their couches.

    I’ve learned that blogging success doesn’t magically come from some sort of blogging superpower, but from the hard work of updating a blog and going out to love on the masses.

    Three bloggers I loved to have interviewed:

    Crystal Paine (
    Jolanthe (
    Nonny (

  36. Hi Kat,

    I really have enjoyed learning from the bloggers that have shared so openly and honestly on How They Blog. I love that they are “real” people, and that they have lives offline too, that fuel their online message so beautifully! Truly inspiring one and all!

    The three bloggers I’d love to see featured would be:
    1. Sheila from To Love Honor and Vacuum
    2. Rachel from Rachelwojo
    3. Emily from EmilyWierenga

    Also, I’d relish being a tester for the Blog Planning Kit ๐Ÿ™‚

    Blessings to you, dear sister!

  37. I love reading about how others blog.
    Thank you for taking the time to share with us.
    I would love to be a tester for the Blog Planning Kit.

    Bloggers I’d love to hear from in the future would be:
    Ann Voskamp – A Holy Experience
    And more bloggers that work outside the home and blog too.

    M. Waters

  38. I usually read the posts via email on my phone so don’t get to come over and comment, but I wanted to say how much I’ve enjoyed them. So much wisdom here!

    I’d love to get a behind the scenes peek into the blogging of Ann Voskamp, Sarah Bessey, and Kristen Strong, to name just three. ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. I’ve enjoyed them all so far! I’d love to hear from Crystal Paine of Money Saving Mom and Ree from The Pioneer Woman. I’d love to be a tester!

  40. What I have learned is that it is important to have a purpose with your blog. Having a message and a purpose I think will help when the motivation becomes a struggle. Kat, I would love to read an interview with you (if you have already done this, sorry I missed it). I am in the process of putting my blog together and I would love to get some more information on the blog planning kit. My website is still majorly under construction but it will be at I have written a few months worth of articles, I just haven’t figured out how to get it set up and looking half way decent. Thank you so much for this resource! Your two blogs are my two favorites!

  41. I am seriously LOVING this blog, Kat! It is so fun to get a peek into the world of various bloggers. I have learned much from reading here. Especially that there is no one right way to blog – just be exactly you!

    I’d love to see interviews from Shannan of Flower Patch Farm Girl and Kristen of Chasing Blue Skies. I really like the idea of hearing from a team blog as well.

    And I would love to be a tester for the Blog Planning Kit. I’m getting ready to kick-start my blog this summer (possibly starting over completely). The planning kit would be the perfect tool for me!

  42. I’ve loved hearing about how these amazing accomplished bloggers still struggle with some of the same work-life balance things I am! I’d love to hear from Gretchen Rubin, Rachel Meeks, and Kelle Hampton!

  43. I would LOVE to participate with your “blog planning kit” for reals. Honestly, I love the idea of your “every day bloggers”–I tend to shy away from mega-huge blogs because I feel the smaller blogs are where it is at (maybe that’s because I’m a waaaay small blogger?). I love Sarah from and NancyJo from, Heather at, or Kris at ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. First of all I would be interested in testing the blog planning kit. Please keep me posted!

    As for interviews, I don’t have specific people in mind. One thing I would love to see more of is the beginnings. I would love to see how these amazingly accomplished bloggers started out. As a newbie it can be intimidating seeing the great success without seeing where they started.


  45. I learn a lot from all the interviews! Thanks for starting this site, Kat! One thing I remember was Annie Downs where she talked about balancing her life and putting more effort in her offline relationships. It literally made me call my bff!

    I don’t have specific bloggers to suggest to you, but could you interview more single bloggers? I don’t know how I haven’t stumbled onto their blogs, but it was fun getting a sneak peak into Annie’s life.

    And I’d love to be a tester for the Blog Planning Kit! I need all the organizational help I can get ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. I love reading the interviews and “seeing” behind the scenes! Thanks for starting this blog Kat!

    I’d love to hear from Ann Voskamp, Jessi Conolly from Naptime Diaries and Kate from the Small Things Blog

  47. Ann Voskamp, Holley Gerth, Shaun Groves, Holley Gerth, Single Dad Laughing, Michelle from A Life Surrendered (for another small blogger one)

  48. Kat~

    What a blessing to be able to see this from the very start! Thanks for all of your hard work in taking us behind the scenes and allowing us to be able to tap into inspiration, tools, and encouragement to grow our blogs in order to share our story with even more people.

    1. The one thing that I have learned so far is that consistent blogging takes work and planning. I thought I knew that, but to see it, see how hard others work and that it doesn’t always “just come easy” and to really try to put that knowledge into the practice of becoming disciplined is a blessing. It takes discipline to write and I pray that I can become more disciplined in the planning part so that I can write while still living this life with my family that brings God honor and joy to my husband and kids.

    2. As far as the bloggers, you have been amazing already in your line up and there are some great choices for people in the comments I have read. I am grateful for each writer you choose who allows us to peek into their writing lives.

    3. And oh my goodness…. If you do not have the planning kits already accounted for, I would love to be considered and would be so appreciative of the chance to really be more intentional about my writing for my blog. I would be happy to be a tester and give you feedback.

    Thanks again!

  49. I loved the wisdom from Mandi of Life Your Way-how blogging is constantly changing, and what doesn’t work today might work tomorrow.

    As for three bloggers, I would say Crystal from Money Saving Mom, Jo-Lynne from Musings of a Housewife, and Erin from Living in Yellow

    And I’d love to be a tester!

  50. hello Kat! 1,000 thanks for this blog! I am a new blogger (6 months) and manage a collaborative women’s blog, Holy Hen House.

    1. The interviews have been great for me to keep encouraged and learn that being faithful is a LARGE part of blogging. Also, that success isn’t determine by numbers but by true community. Awesome. Not giving up! I love that our content is to encourage Christian women and glorify God – because even if NO ONE is reading – writing and studying God’s word strengthens my faith and that is enough for me to continue. ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. I’d love for you to interview a) Rubyellen of b) Al of and c) the already mentioned Ann Voskamp

    3. I would be full blown over if chosen to be a tester of your Blog Planning Kit! So.. yes! I’d like to! I have spent so many hours trying to learn the best way to organize a team of writers, when to post, how to post, how to use social media and feel that since my information has come from such a variety of sources that they don’t blend well. I love our writers, I love our designer, what I need next is a cohesive how to – from you! Please help!

  51. I have LOVED every week of interviews! I really enjoyed Crystal’s week because even though she says she is just starting out, I feel like her influence is huge! I really enjoyed Tsh & Emily Freeman too.

    I’d love to hear from Ann Voskamp (how does she do so much?!), Holly Gerth, & another beginner.

    I’d also be interested in the kit, if its not too late ๐Ÿ™‚

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