Meet Katja, Mom Blogger ExtraodinaireINTERVIEWS | Nirasha Jaganath | June 3, 2009 at 7:52 pm
I have known about Katja Presnal, blogger at Skimbaco Lifestyle, for a long time but when I met her at the Today’s Mom Book Event (yes the one with Sarah Ferguson as the special guest) I was ecstatic beyond words. Look in the blogging world the Katja‘s of the world are our celebrities. Here are a few questions I asked Katja to get to know her better.
How long have you been blogging?
I have been blogging two years this week actually! I can’t believe how fast time has gone and that I have written over 800 blog posts, just in my main blog.
What got you into blogging?
I had an online store Skimbaco.com, and several bloggers like Jane of MomGenerations.com and Stephanie of AdventuresInBabyWearing.com wrote about my store and I was amazed with their blogs and the community around them, and just wanted to be part of the community of bloggers. I also wanted to give back to all of the nice bloggers who wrote about my store by giving them free banners and sending traffic for them – what ever I could do for them. I felt really blessed to have a network like that around me.
How do you carve the time to blog?
Now it’s easier when all of my kids are in school. I take the kids to school on the morning and pick them up on the afternoon – and blog the time between.
When offline what do you indulge in?
I watch movies with my family, and if I really want to relax I get out of the house to do something fun with the kids. We just moved to New York last fall, so trips to Manhattan are an adventure and always fun for us.
I notice you travel a lot, how do you make sure that family life stays as normal as possible?
I am really lucky that my husband can have flexible working hours when needed. Our oldest is now nine years old, but we have never hired a babysitter or nanny. If my husband can’t take care of the kids while I travel, I won’t go. Since I have been a stay-at-home-mom for such a long time, me traveling now has actually been good for my family, weird huh? They appreciate me more when I am home, and at the same time the children enjoy the special time just with daddy.
What was your proudest moment as a parent?
I actually blogged about it! My son had sent a letter to his sister through school’s own mailing system and said how much he loved his sister – that was something I’ll treasure forever.
And your moment of “Aha, this is why I blog!”
I blogged that one too I hosted an Oscar Mayer sponsored hot dog BBQ lunch at the West Point Military Academy Flight Detachment and also gave out Hanes products for soldiers. I put the event together with my husband, and it got such a good response from the soldiers. It felt amazing to do something good like that.
What would your advice be for up-and-coming bloggers?
Create your blog around what you are passionate about, and pay it forward – help others and they will help you, simple as that.