Blogtacular Meets…A Playful Day

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1.    Tell us a bit about yourself and your blog:

I’m a busy mum with a strong need to make and create. I’m constantly looking for inspirational ideas and bubbling with excitement about something I just discovered that I can get lost in. I think I need a moment in every day where I’m really inspired to do something creative and so A Playful Day is a blog and podcast for people who feel that desire too. I encourage everyone to find a playful moment in their day too and indulge that urge.

2.    What made you decide to start blogging in the first place? 

I needed somewhere to document all my inspiration. My family have a huge tradition of oral story telling so I don’t think it’s an accident that I picked up a camera, started writing and recording the stories I wanted to tell.

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3.    Talk us through how you chose your blog name? Has it always been the same?

My name felt like home the minute I first typed it into the blog host. It’s a constant reminder to find a playful moment in every day and I’ve always loved returning there to create new content to share as a result.
4.    What has been your biggest blogging challenge?

Reigning in all that inspiration! It can be so easy to share everything, grab every opportunity and then feel like you have lost your way. I have to remember to pace myself, write it down on the calendar and perhaps let go of some of the creative ideas I have- there’s only so much time in one day.

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5.    Over your time blogging, what has been your biggest blogging success? It could be an award, a post that you think really struck a chord or just a “YES!” moment from your blogging experience?

I think whenever I’ve written something that truly spoke to people and they responded. It can feel like you’re blogging into a vacuum at times but when I created a Designalong  for new and emerging knitwear designers, I was overwhelmed by how many people designed, created and contributed. It was incredible and the best part is that so many have kept in touch to keep the conversation going months later.
6.    Tell us about your blogging routine. Do you us an editorial calendar? Do you plan in advance or blog it as it happens?

I think I always mulled posts over but for a long time it was very much a reaction to what I was currently being inspired by. I’ve always jotted ideas down either on my phone or in a beloved journal. As time has gone on though I’ve started to plan more and now have an editorial calendar. I find it easier to focus my story telling when the temptation is to run round screaming with excitement about a new designer I fell in love with or a cake recipe that everyone needs to make (hint: it has gin in it)

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7.    We’d love to see and hear about where you blog. 

I should spare you from the 3 legged kitchen table covered in jam that I use the most. When the weather is better, I Instagram peaceful images of my garden table, my favourite café or a park. Most days though, it’s the jam and oddly, I’ve never captured that with my camera…
8.    What are your blogging goals for 2015?

I threw down a creative gauntlet to myself with An Inspired 2015. It’s a year of creative themes that I really explore both on the blog and podcast but also across all social media. For example, in April I explored how blogs fuel our creativity and interviewed Kat M. It’s given me permission to push harder with content but also indulge that urge to immerse myself in creativity.

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9.    If you could give new bloggers one top tip, what would it be?

Blog more! I don’t think I really found my voice until I stopped beating myself up that I hadn’t blogged in a week and just committed to creating new content twice a week. Now it’s 3 times and while I struggled at first, it really helped me find what I wanted to talk about the most. The more you practice, the more you will find yourself jotting down ideas and making new blogging goals.
10.    What made you push the “Buy Now” button on your ticket for Blogtacular 2015?

Did I mention I like to be inspired? Stumbling over the Blogtacular chat has been amazing. I found so many people that I wanted to hear more about. I have become an Urban Jungle follower, lurked contentedly with the Everyday Sprucers and really improved my photography thanks to Emily Quinton. I want more of that inspiration please!

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11.    How has blogging changed your life?

Wow I don’t think I can convey that in such a short space! I have a career thanks to my blog and I have developed some incredibly strong friendships as a direct result of the people blogging has brought into my life. I still can’t believe that it started with a cookie recipe I wanted to write down!
12.    Which 3 blogs do you read every week without fail. 

This goes through phases depending on what I’m currently excited by but at the moment I am falling back to these favourites:

Woolful– I love Ashley’s insight into sustainable making.

Enjoy The Small Things– Kelle inspires me as a writer, a photogragher and a mother.

Shutterbean– Tracy loves food, iphone pics and maxi skirts. Sold!

You can find Kate:

Name: Kate O’Sullivan

Blog: A Playful Day

Instagram: aplayfulday

Twitter: aplayfulday

Pinterest: aplayfulday

Podcast:  A Playful Day available on iTunes, Stitcher Radio and Player FM