My Allume Recap and 10 Blogging Tips for Changing the World During Naptime

By October 29, 2012General

A Beautiful Gift

It was the the most nerve-wracking hour of my weekend at the Allume Conference. I was ridiculously nervous about my session talk. While I’d done a good bit of speaking, I’d never spoken in front of my blogging peers before. I wanted to do my best and make it worth their time.

So I sat at lunch, picking at my food. My nervous stomach not very interested. Then, someone tapped me on the shoulder.

“Hi, I’m from ibloom, one of the conference sponsors. We looked at each of the speaker’s sites, prayed and created a piece of art just for you.”

The thoughtfulness and effort of the gesture caught me by surprise. I hugged her, said a profuse thank you and sat down to look at it. A beautiful painting. A lovely quote.

Wait. Did I read that right?

Did they mean it like that…? They did.

Tears.

If you know my story, you can imagine how powerful this was for me.

Never underestimate the power and impact of a thoughtful act.

10 Blogging Tips

I’m sure my mascara was smeared as I spoke during my session, “Blogging as a Ministry: How To Change The World During Naptime.” – partially because of the beautiful painting I’d just received that ministered to my soul and partly because I was just plain fired up. Also, very, very nervous.

My exceedingly beautiful friends Cherie, Sandra and Ruth gathered around me and prayed for me as I tried figure out some last minute technical issues.

3….2….1…. “Hi, my name is Kat…”

Once I stood before them and got going, I *loved* it.

Here are a few tips I thought of later that I wish I’d included. If you’re trying to balance blogging and children, I hope these help you:

  1. Weekly Work Time – A key for me when my kids were little was having an early Saturday work time where I got a few solid hours of work done. I sequestered myself from about 5am – 10am. The early start make it much easier for my husband.
  2. Simplicity. Do as little as possible as well as possible.
  3. Plan, plan, plan. You’ll be so much more effective with your time if you take a few minutes to plan each week.
  4. Schedule, schedule, schedule. Schedule all your posts for each week and some of your social media content as well so that you don’t need to be online all the time. Because we don’t need to be online all the time.
  5. Remember that our blogging is the interruption, not our children.
  6. Pray, pray, pray.
  7. Keep posts concise.
  8. Remember there are seasons. When you are in a easier season, work hard so that you won’t feel overwhelmed when a crazy season hits.
  9. Sleep. It might seem like a good idea to lose sleep, but when we do that we rob tomorrow of it’s joy.
  10. Serve best those who need you most. Our children have one mom. Anyone can be a blogger.

HelloMornings MeetUp

The highlight of the whole event, for me, was the HelloMornings MeetUp. It was so amazing to see everyone in 3D and worship TOGETHER. Also? Lara Williams can preeeeach. I’m so thankful for Katie and the HelloMornings Team for all they have done for these women.


(please note, that my iphone panorama taking skills are subpar. I promise everyone there actually does have a head.)

A Photo Recap

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  • Gina says:

    Well said! Thank you for all you write in this space. I’ve been lurking for awhile and I’m blessed every time I pop in. Hope you have a wonderful Monday.

  • Michele-Lyn says:

    Oh, my heart is full and eyes welling up to overflowing once again. I love this line, “Remember that our blogging is the interruption, not our children.” and this, “Sleep. It might seem like a good idea to lose sleep, but when we do that we rob tomorrow of it’s joy.”

    I love that beautiful picture you were able to receive and the life-giving truth it conveys.

    I love that I got to meet you face to face.

    And most of all, I love your heart for God, family and ministry. I am looking forward to reading your story and getting to know you even more.

    With love and thanks,

    Michele-Lyn

  • oh amanda says:

    LOVE.

    You.

    This post.

    #hellomornings.

    LOVE.

    a

  • Kelli says:

    Oh, I hate it that I missed Allume AND the Hello Mornings Gathering! Sounds like a fabulous time. You truly are an inspiration to so many as you lead us all to put first things first and start our mornings with Jesus.

    I LOVE…
    Remember that our blogging is the interruption, not our children.
    and
    Serve best those who need you most. Anyone can be a blogger.

    I am going to post these in my office (mom-cave!)
    Thanks, Kat… hope to meet you some day this side of heaven… AND hear Lara Williams preeeeach. Already got to hug on Katie Orr. 😉

  • Dionna says:

    Well, I’m so glad you posted a link to your story because I had never seen that video before. And I loved getting a glimpse of your character and personality. 🙂

  • Lori says:

    Kat, I wasn’t at Allume, but reading your post made me feel like I was! I so enjoy you and your heart for women and mothering! Thank you for sharing these “notes,” I’m going to add them to my notebook, because they are good! Thank you for your faithfulness in sharing your heart and the message he has given you!

  • Becky Daye says:

    Oh, I had no idea you were nervous. Your session was one of my favorites and I am so thankful for you!!! Keep making the world a beautiful place, because there is no doubt that you do!

  • Stacey says:

    Love being in the same room with you girl. And you session was awesome! I was so proud of you!

    Can you imagine what God has planned in the days ahead?

    • Kat Lee says:

      Stacey,
      You are so encouraging! I wish we’d had more time to sit and chat this weekend. The time just flew by.

      Also? Glad you didn’t burn the conference down. 😉

  • Amanda says:

    Oh, Kat. Thank you for this – all of it. This is my first time visiting your site, though I’ve meant to visit at least a dozen times. (I’m a horrible blog reader. Ironic but true.) Your “About” video may have just changed my life, and not in the way that good chocolate changes my life. I think you *really* changed my life. I struggle so hard with motherhood, and here in the blogosphere I have found sisters who struggle hard, too. But what you said – your story and the truth you speak through it – I’ve never heard it put quite that way. Thank you.

    And also, thank you for this: “Remember that our blogging is the interruption, not our children.” I can replace a zillion words in the place of blogging here and feel equally as convicted.

    Thank you, new friend. I’ll be back. xo

  • Lizzy says:

    LOVE all these tips. They are so relevant and speak to me right where I’m at. Thank you 🙂

  • Lauren says:

    It was an immense blessing and privilege to be at Allume, experience the worship and connection of the hellomornings meetup IRL YO! and attend your session. Thank you for sharing about your story, and for being so effective in encouraging me as a mother – my kids have 1 MOTHER, anyone can be a blogger. This whole weekend and those words have made me search the depths of my heart and motives for writing. I love this song from Meredith Andrews – one line goes “I won’t speak until you speak, I won’t move until you move me”. May we weigh our words and wait on his promptings! Love you and grateful for what God is doing through you and so many others!

  • Jess says:

    I was so blessed to be at this session. Thank you so much for all that you shared.

  • Melanie says:

    Your words just draw me in to the whole experience. I heard so much from others about your session, and about your heart.
    Thank you for sharing (and I love the art work given to you before you spoke)

  • Crystal says:

    You were literally the first person I met at Allume, and it was such a blessing. I wish I’d had more time to sit & chat with you, but that Hello Mornings meet up ranks in my top 2 favorite moments of the weekend 🙂

  • Joyce says:

    Great tips! #5 is a great reminder. Wish I could have gone to Allume to meet all of you. Blessed to know all of you in the online world though. 🙂