And to think I nearly stopped blogging… + chance to win $5,000

Around this time last year we had a devastating loss in our family, I took quite a few weeks off blogging to spend time with my loved ones.  After having this break I realised the blog was taking a lot of my spare time, I was having trouble balancing family and blogging and thought I couldn’t continue.  I made up my mind to quit blogging. But I found that very difficult to do, I thought I would give it 2 more weeks, then that’s it.  I remembered I wanted to write about a particular topic, so I did, then there was a recipe I just had to share, so I did, then there were the readers asking for help in all the emails I was receiving, so I answered. 

But I couldn’t bring myself to stop.  I loved SHARING my ideas, I loved WRITING and I loved INSPIRING my readers, I wanted to HELP you to create a home you are comfortable living in.  So instead I found that balance and haven’t looked back.

I am SO glad that I continued with writing my blog, I have achieved so much in the past year – I have nearly reached 30,000 likers in our facebook community, the readership has tripled in the last 6 months, I strive to write a post each day, I am now delivering the daily tasks to your inboxes each morning, I travelled to Kuala Lumpur last year thanks to Nuffnang, I won the AusMumpreneur Best Blog for 2011 and I have been to quite a few conferences to help me improve my blogging skills.

It has been a wonderful journey and I am so pleased to dedicate my time to writing The Organised Housewife blog.  And I am VERY THANKFUL to those wonderful readers that nominated me in the Kidspot Blogger awards.  I made it to the Top 50!!!!  View the full list here.

{Squeal}… I am in the Top 50 Kidspot Bloggers!!!!! 

The winner is announced in July and that very lucky person will receive a FORD TERRITORY for one year (we are huge FORD, fans in our household) and a TRIP TO THE BLOGHER’12 CONFERENCE IN NEW YORK.  Yes, you know I like my blog conferences and this would be a dream to attend.  So just putting it out there:


There are two parts to this competition.

Part 1 –  I will write a blog post which will be judged by a panel of amazing ladies.  All Top 50 participants will write about the same topic.  PLUS I need to collect votes from my readers, 1 vote only per reader. By voting you are then in the draw for a chance to win $5,000.  That is well and truly worth the 2 min it takes to place a vote!!  While you are there check out the wonderful Kidspot website.

Part 2 – From this the judges and the votes help to choose the Top 5 bloggers, to make it to this point would be just as amazing as winning.  We will then write a series of blog posts which again will be reviewed by the panel of judges.  

I would love your support, I hope you don’t mind me asking if you have the time can you please place a vote.


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Mistyjones April 4, 2012 - 6:20 AM

It is so lovely that you found a passion, something that makes you feel alive! Xo

Katrina April 4, 2012 - 1:03 PM

I have and I really love it!!

Julz April 4, 2012 - 6:51 AM

Glad you did not stop, I am a new reader and am loving your blog! Good luck with the competition!

Katrina April 4, 2012 - 1:02 PM

Welcome Julz. I’m glad I didn’t either!

MelindaD April 4, 2012 - 9:14 AM

voted 🙂 I love your blog and emails, they encourage me to take small steps, instead of looking at my house and crying because there is just so much to do 🙂 I love being organised but since having kids I struggle to keep the momentum and your blog is an inspiration 🙂 Thanks for all the fantastic ideas!

Katrina April 4, 2012 - 12:51 PM

Thankyou Melinda, and that is exactly what this blog is about to give ideas and inspiration and find a happy mediun to suit your family.

Jackie_connelly April 4, 2012 - 10:11 AM

just voted for u….
good luck x

Katrina April 4, 2012 - 12:50 PM

Thankyou I really appreciate your support x

Christeen April 4, 2012 - 12:09 PM

Hi Just voted for you and your wonderful blog. Good Luck!!!!

Katrina April 4, 2012 - 12:50 PM

Thankyou so much Christeen!

Jacqueline Cunningham April 4, 2012 - 1:11 PM

Hi – voted for you and your great blog.
Would love you to like my new FB page
Good luck! Hugs Jac

Claire @ Claire K Creations April 4, 2012 - 2:27 PM

Of course we don’t mind! Good luck!

Katrina April 5, 2012 - 2:43 PM

Your so sweet x

kendallx3 April 4, 2012 - 4:46 PM

Just voted. Love your blog and emails. They’ve been so helpful, keeping me motivated. Good luck!!!! You deserve it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Katrina April 5, 2012 - 2:42 PM

Thankyou so much for your support!

Julie K April 4, 2012 - 6:18 PM

Hi Katrina
I just love your blog, keep up the good work.
Good luck!!!

Katrina April 5, 2012 - 2:42 PM

Thankyou Julie!

Jenny April 18, 2012 - 7:03 PM

Voted! Good luck, hope you win, and I’m glad you kept blogging.


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