Kathy Radigan is a writer, blogger, social media addict, mom to three, wife to one and owner of a possessed appliance. She posts a weekly essay each Sunday on her blog, My dishwasher’s possessed! Kathy is the author of the viral post An Open Letter to My Teenage Son About Drinking and is a contributing author to three anthologies, Motherhood May Cause Drowsiness, Sunshine After the Storm: a survival guide for the grieving mother, and The HerStories Project: Women Explore the Joy, Pain and Power of Female Friendship. She is a Huffington Post Blogger and a contributor to What the Flicka and Scary Mommy. Her work has also been featured on, Yahoo, Elephant Journal, What to Expect,and other online publications. Kathy lives outside New York City with her family.
In this episode of the Boss Mom podcast, Dana chats with Kathy about her journey being an at home mom to a work at home mom, the process of syndicating her writing, and the tools Kathy uses to manage her business. Let’s dive right in.
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What you’ll hear on this episode of the Boss Mom podcast:
- Kathy’s journey from a mom who lived and died by her kid’s schedule to a successful writer and blogger
- Why Kathy decided to step away a successful magazine she started.
- The process of syndicating her writing and why she only writes once a week.
- How Kathy decides what to write about.
- How Kathy manages the overwhelm.
- What happened when Kathy struck up a conversation with a stranger and how that effected her business.
- The tools Kathy uses to run her business.
- What Kathy does to take care of herself.
Recommended links and resources:
- Beyond Your Blog, a website that helps you learn how to syndicate your work
- Other websites to syndicate on: Mamapedia, BlogHer, Today Parenting
- The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
- An Open Letter to My Teenage Son About Drinking
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
- The Book Of Laughter And Forgetting
- Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
- The Brief History of Just About Anything by Bill Bryson (get it on audio)
Kathy’s favorite blogs to read:
- Science of Parenthood (fun parenting advice with pictures)
- Grown and Flown (teen and young adult parenting)
- Rubber Shoes in Hell, Laugh Lines, and So Then Stories (to make you laugh)
- An Inch of Gray (to make you cry and smile at the same time)
- Scary Mommy (great for parting advice for the imperfect parent)
Can I quote you on that?
- For the first 11 years of my motherhood, I could never thing of going into business. I was too busy with my kids. – Kathy
- I started from scratch, just like everyone does. – Kathy
- I went viral and it took me to a new level. – Kathy
- You have goals and things happen organically. And then there is a snowball effect.
- My kids spark my whole passion for everything. – Kathy
- When life gets crazy, I like to call my parents. – Kathy
- When I look at all of the challenges I have in my day to day, I just can’t sweat the small stuff. – Kathy
- My business is a family affair. – Kathy
- I always say yes to everything. I can work out the details later. – Kathy
- If the Today Show calls, you go. – Kathy
- If you’ve got a new opportunity, say yes to the adventure. -Kathy
- I don’t use a lot of technology. Instead, I use my time well and ask for help when I need it. – Kathy
- If you want to do something new, start small. Do one thing well, if that’s all you can do. – Kathy
- Mistakes are nothing to be ashamed of. – Kathy
- I screw up daily and that’s okay. The world has not come to an end. Instead of beating myself up, I try to learn from it. – Kathy
- I started my own business because I wanted to do what I love. – Dana
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