Hi Kait! What’s the name of your blog.
Where are you from?
Tell us a little bit more about you and your blog, KandidlyKait.
KandidlyKait is a lifestyle blog that inspires 20-somethings to elevate the everyday through style, faith and lessons from someone that understands exactly what they’re going through. I love sharing what I’m wearing and how I’m adding a little bit of sparkle and joy into everything I do to live life to the fullest. I want every young woman to know that she’s capable of being “that girl” whatever that means to her.
Give us your best tip to staying on top of the blog/work/life balance?
Get a good planner! I tend to like to work on KandidlyKait a little every day, figure out a flow that works for you and stick with it. There’s no one size fits all!
Fill in the blank. What people don’t realize about blogging is….
It’s work– but so fulfilling and fun. Connecting with other women, learning their stories, and sharing tips is such a special thing in this community. There’s inspiration literally everywhere.
What are three things you wish you knew about blogging before you started?
Figure out your niche (you can’t be everything to everyone), focus on quality, and do your research.
What has blogging taught you/given you that no other career or job has before?
How to put myself out there and share what’s on my heart in a super honest way. Followers love the real you.
What’s one piece of advice you would give to someone just starting out in the blog world?
It’s okay to not know it all right away.
What skills and qualities do you think are necessary for a successful and professional blogger?
Consistency, niche-ing down, and a passion for what you’re sharing.
What does a typical work day for you look like? Whether you’re a full time blogger or not, we’d love to learn what your schedule looks like and how you manage it all.
I wake up around 8:30 and walk my puppy. Then I make collagen coffee and a light breakfast, fill out my faith + gratitude journal and pray while I play a few worship songs in the background. Most of the week I’m in meetings and finishing up deliverables for the team I’m on. Then I’ll go for a lunchtime power walk at my apartment gym for about half an hour and blast all the country and pop music. Afterward, I’ll have a midday shower and then finish up my 9-5. Once that’s over, I’ll hop on my personal laptop and respond to emails, post on Pinterest, and work on blog posts for that week!
What would your dream partnership look like? From the brand, the content, all of it! Dream up your perfect collaboration.
My dream collaboration would be Draper James! My roots are in Georgia, Florida, and Texas and Draper James embodies the modern southern woman. I’d love to do a spring campaign with tons of florals, picnic shots and host an event to tie it all together to raise money for foster families in the metro Atlanta area.
What’s your most recent WIN with your blog?
I just got accepted to LIKEtoKNOW.it! I’m excited that the products and clothes I buy will be easier for my followers to purchase and check out. LIKEtoKNOW.it is so huge to have with my smaller following.
What is a current blogging goal you’re working on?
Growing my audience! I want to really niche down, connect deeper with them, and provide the content that helps them elevate the everyday!
What is one thing in the blogging industry that frustrates you that you wish you could change?
I wish everyone knew that there’s space for everyone. Your voice matters. Your expertise matters. There aren’t too many influencers or bloggers in the space– think about the coffee shops in your area. They all serve a different population, have a different menu, and offer a different experience. The industry is SO similar.
How has your content changed since you first started blogging?
I’m a lot more polished with my content. My posts are better quality and match my content pillars. When I first started, I treated it like an extension of my personal social media and that was the wrong way to go!
What’s your favorite blogging memory or highlight?
My Aerie partnership! It was by far the best experience. I got flown out to Aerie HQ, learned about the brand, and was 1000% myself with my content. It reminded me that my voice mattered. Representation matters.