Who is Kayte Murphy?

At some stage this week, this little blog of mine will reach quite the milestone. Ten thousand comments. TEN THOUSAND! It is mind blowing, if I really think about it. I used to have a stat counter thing on the blog, so I could see how many views I was getting. My mum used to say “You had a good day on the blog yesterday!” and so I took it off. Because it can be quite overwhelming.

So today I thought I would come clean and introduce myself.

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Hello. My name is Kayte Murphy. I like good eyebrows and clashing colours.

I started writing this blog in 2008. Between 2008 and 2010, I wrote 6 posts. Blogging was still in it’s infancy back then. There were a few veterans, stalwarts if you will. People like Eden, Veronica, Kim and Beth, and there was a growing group of “Mummy Bloggers” connecting over the inter webs. It didn’t even really matter if you didn’t write about your family. You were a Mummy Blogger if you possessed a vagina. The Term Mummy Blogger shitted some people off, but I truly do not care. I did try to re-brand our niche as Lady Writers Of The Internets with a Lax Attitude to Contraception, but it didn’t stick.

I called my blog WoogsWorld, as a nod to my husband’s surname and the film, Wayne’s World. And because I wanted to be anonymous on the internet, I wrote under the name of Mrs Woog, as I figured nobody was ever going to read my drivel and I could get along with my life. Here’s the hot tip. You cannot remain anonymous on the internet.

In 2010, I watched Julie and Julia and something switched on in me.

I was going to write this blog every day for a year.

And I did. And just like Forrest Gump, I kept going and going. The space kept growing and growing until the group of women writers on the inter webs could no longer be ignored by mainstream media.

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Never in a billion years would I have thought that this could have turned into my job. MY JOB? It is fantastic and frightening at the same time. Because, I mean, where is my blog? I think that it is just buzzing around in the sky somewhere, fighting off insistent hackers like some sort of flying, mummy blogger ninja. What if some very aggressive hacker asshole breaks through and steals the site? Like I have seen before. I freaked a tech dude out last week when he asked me about my back-up system and I proudly told him I didn’t have one. I now have one.

So I would have to start again if the blog dissapears . And what would I do differently? Not much. Maybe write under my own name so I don’t have to explain the story each time.

Blogging changes a gal. It really does! It has made me more empathetic and less quick to judge others. It brings out the best and worst in people and you get to see it everyday. People are complex creatures. I find it fascinating to watch and be a part of.

Sometimes I wonder, when will it all end. Will I be a great geriatric blogger, sitting in some nursing home banging out my thoughts on the mundane? I hope so. Imagine what technology will be like then!

And so to the ten thousand people who have interacted with me on this site, thank you so much. Thanks for reading and commenting and helping me to pave a career out of nothing. It is the greatest gift you could have given me. Beats the shit out of a scented candle.

My name is Kayte Murphy, and it is nice to meet you.

  • Chelsea Sutherland

    I don’t know, I think you’re always going to be Mrs Woog to me now, haha. I’m not sure what I expected your real name to be but it wasn’t Kayte Murphy!

  • Ms_MotorbikeNut

    I’m in awe of your blog & you wish I had a great blog like you do, you rock girl

    (((( Hugs )))) XXXX Kisses XXXX

  • Kerryn

    Oh, the best bit about this, is I had just thought “wow, doesn’t she have good eyebrows” when I read that you like good eyebrows. Spooky… πŸ™‚ Also, the best bit is “Ladies of the Internets with a Lax Attitude to Contraception”. I’m taking that one with me thanks! Nice to meet you Kayte.

  • Rosie

    Thank YOU Mrs Woog.

  • Norlin Mustapha

    LOVE your REAL NAME! Hi Kayte! Keep writing xx

  • Sascha

    I love you Woog. I have never once read one of your blogs and thought ‘annoying’… You have always been funny and empathetic.. Keep up the good work.

  • Claire

    My name is Claire – have been reading your blog for a year or so and love it
    Nice to meet you Kayte x

  • Holly Bicknell

    Even though I am not longer a lady of the internets with a lax attitude to contraception, you are still my absolute fave Woogsy x

  • Deb_BrightandPrecious

    Oh I love this post! I’m so glad I discovered you along the way in this world of blogging. Nice to meet you too! x

  • Cara McKee

    Hi Kayte, I love your blog. I shall use you as inspiration to keep doing mine at ohwedo.blogspot.co.uk even though I’m supposed to be writing a book.

  • Debbish

    You embody most of what I love about the blogging world Kayte. Thanks for sharing you.

  • Karen Ryan Leschnik

    It wasn’t until I saw you on tv that I found out your name. I think Mrs Woog is ingrained in all of us, but it’s nice to know your actual name. Reinforces that you could actually be the lady next door.

  • Having spied you on Channel 7 AND the Napisan ad … I had already got wise to your “real” name. But I still like Mrs Woog … it’s got a good ring to it. Love your blog … it was the very first blog I ever read … and it’s still my favourite.
    xx

  • Laney | Crash Test Mummy

    Hi Kayte. I’m Ngahuia. Pleased to meet you πŸ˜‰

  • Averil

    I always get a laugh out of your blog- nice to meet you Kayte Murphy.

  • Yay! Hi Kayte! I’m still Emily. Nothing new here, folks.
    You made the right choice. MurphyWorld just doesn’t sound the same.

  • Hi Kayte! So lovely to finally meet you! Congratulations on such an awesome milestone. Love your blog. x

  • Steph @ Sassmouth Mama

    Lucky you told me that, I was going to name my next-born Woogina. Or Woogfried. VERY pleased to know you Mrs Woog (I am a creature of habit) and congratulations on 10,000 comments! Brilliant.

  • shoppegirls

    Hello Kayte, So lovely to meet you. A huge congratulations on your achievements. One day jus tone day I hop my blog will do just half as well as your. I love blogging and I love the blogging community. x

  • Pagan

    I hope you’re still going when you’re in a nursing home. Your posts regularly give me food for thought and usually a smile, so thank you xxx

  • Thank you for the bounty of bliss that flows from your wonderful blogging, lovely Kayte xxxβ™₯β™₯β™₯

  • mary_j_j

    Hello Kayte! How funny to see your actual name here, and lovely really – though I’m sure a lot of us people in the real world cannot imagine you as anything other that Mrs Woog. The Women’s Weekly and the clip that you did for Jack’s hearing mob (sorry I can’t remember their name) let your name drop a while ago. Oh, and as you can tell, I’m Mary!

  • Marto

    Nice to meet you Kayte!

  • Nice to meet you, Kayte. What a cool spelling of the name. I always wanted to be a Kate and for a while pretended to be Princess Kate. Unfortunately, it didn’t stick.

    Congratulations on 10,000 comments! Whoa! Can’t even get my head around that number. Keep on keeping on!

    • David

      …..and I know her Mum (as I duck for cover from missiles from Windsor)

  • Morning Kayte πŸ™‚
    One of the best things that happened at pro blogger was meeting you IRL and enormous hug you gave me when you connected the dots of my name to me standing in front of you πŸ™‚
    You’re grand and it was an absolute pleasure to meet you. We faced a snake fear together! That’s monumental !!! Xxx

  • Raylene Barton

    HI Kayte, Im Raylene. you bring a smile to my face every day. Had a dream last night I actually met you in person…. πŸ™‚

  • 26 Years & Counting

    I remember you standing up in a lounge session at pro blogger and saying “I’m Kate” and I thought ‘Hey, I never thought about Mrs Woog’s name!’

  • I still remember our first Tweet 3.5 years ago – it was about Walnut shoes and Ollie & Max shirts – quite fitting really. The internets would be a lonely place without your words xx

  • Alison Asher

    Well that’s all a bit weird.

    I don’t like change much, so I think I’ll stick to calling you Missus, or Woogie if I’m feeling especially familiar.

    It has never occurred to me that you would have a christian name.
    In the pics I have seen of you playing with @StylingYou and @BabyMac and @BigWords and @Edenland, I just imagined you all calling each other by (your REAL, yes, the blog names are your real names to me for ever and always) bloggy monikers.

    “Hey, Stylin pass me the Prosecco”
    “No worries Mrs, would you like the pork belly that BabyMac cooked?”
    “Damn straight, hey Biggie, leave some for me.”

    Etc

    Don’t ever change….. (cough, cringe) ….. Kayte

  • Elaine

    Hello Kayte. Congratulations on a great milestone! You make me smile every day. Lovely to meet you xoE

  • Barb Fisher

    Stop it! Kayte? You’ll always be Woogsy to me.

    Congrats on the ten grand! My life definitely feels that little bit brighter for having you and your awesomely funny, amazingly truthful words in it. X

  • Go you honey x

  • Kayte Murphy, you rock my interwebs. Much love, Sonia Bavistock. xx

  • Hi Kayte, I’m still Tamsin. I was a little disappointed we never got the opportunity to meet at PB. I used to go by Miss T but eventually decided my real name was probably more useful since I appear to be the only Tamsin Howse on the internet. That, and Miss_T was taken on Twitter.

  • Miriam

    2 years ago I started reading your blog and it’s now part of my daily ritual. I don’t think there’s a post I’ve read that I don’t like. Congratulations on your 10k. Cannot wait to see what you do in 2014! Love ya Kayte Murphy xx

  • Hello! I’m Sarah. Congratulations! Such a milestone.

  • Janey MM

    Hi Kayte, that was a really sweet post – my eyes even welled a little. Congratulations.

    Janette

  • Kathy www.yinyangmother.com

    Well done Kayte – what a credit to your writing to have connected with so many people.

  • Jac

    Thank you for your blog and congratulations!
    I read your blog every day, your writing makes me laugh and cry.
    Please continue after we both enter nursing homes. xxx

  • BrissieDeb

    I admit to being a blog commitment phobic but yours is the only one I ahve not abandoned. It is refreshlingly succint and lacks self indulgence. Love it! Nice to meet you Kayte!

  • Hi Kayte Murphy, nice to meet you too! But I think I’ll still call you Mrs Woog πŸ˜‰ I’ve been blogging since 2002. Yep, 11 years! There was (and still is, although it’s going down the shitter) a website called OpenDiary, kind of the founding blog website of the whole internets. Thats where I started. Now I blog at Hippie Mumma but I’m still finding my niche there because I’m so used to Open Diary. Hope I’ll stick around with you and the other mummy bloggers πŸ˜‰

  • Trishna

    Hello Kayte,Nice to meet you.I started as a mummy blogger in 2007 and have kept up blogging,though some months are very quiet.I found your blog via Retro Mummy’s last year and have been hooked since..You and Corrie,have inspired me to revive my blog and starting this month,I am trying to write everyday and enjoying it too..so THANK you πŸ™‚
    Ohh and LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog.
    http://aadya-ananya.com

  • Hey Kayte. I have always loved your blog even when I’ve disagreed with you. You’ve supported my blog too, being my second biggest referrer of traffic to my little space (only Facebook becomes before WoogsWorld!). I haven’t thanked you before because I was worried you’d forgotten I was on your blogroll and maybe take me off. *blushes*

    Well done on such an awesome milestone. Here’s to the next 10,000 comments and their associated blog posts!

    V.

  • Yay – so glad I can call you Kayte to other people now. And this bit:

    “Blogging changes a gal. It really does! It has made me more empathetic and less quick to judge others.” It has done exactly the same for me.

    And PS – you totally had a backup system for your blog the second you moved over to us!!

    • vegemitevix

      ^ What she said. πŸ™‚ Loving your work Kayte. xx

  • Catherine Horrocks

    Ah, so it is you on the Nappisan ad!

  • You’ve done a beautiful job of bringing the everyday to everyday people. Please don’t stop.

  • neetz

    Well done πŸ™‚

  • Amba

    Your name suits you, you are beautiful.

  • scandi coast home

    HeLLo! You give really good hugs!!!
    I’m glad I only had a seconds notice before I met you so I wasn’t even nervous.
    Tania xx

  • Congratulations lovely! Huge milestone! x

  • helsbels

    Lovely to meet you Kayte…must say you will always be Mrs Woog to me in a blogging sense, I love your blog and the name just really suits your blog πŸ™‚ Thanks for keeping us smiling!

  • mumabulous

    You don’t do back ups? My Dadabs is shaking his head in disgust.

  • Amy Zempilas

    Love your work Kayte! Thanks for all the great big belly laughs and for sharing snippets of your antics with us. A x x

  • Kylie

    AWESOME! Congratulations – perfect name – love a bit of colour clash!

  • Ms Midge

    I thought you were more of a Miriam than a Kayte! lol. Great introduction. Congratulations and see you same bat place, same bat time in 2054. πŸ™‚

  • Jay – Moodie Foodie

    Here’s to the next 10,000! Well done you xo

  • I know, I totally wonder when I will stop. I’ve come close a couple of times, but I just don’t know what I want to do πŸ™‚

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    I knew you were Kayte Murphy all the time.I love how you spell Kayte btw very fancy but we still love you as Mrs Woog as well,both of you are lovely and have great brows xx

  • Sue N

    Well done! I love your blog and I will keep reading every day that you keep writing it……even if I am in a nursing home.

  • Murphy ladies are great ladies! (as are others, to be fair) x

  • Annaleis Topham

    Nice to meet you Kayte – love what you do

  • Ness

    Most ‘mummy blogs’ bore me to tears, yours is one of the few that makes me laugh and think ‘yeees!!’

  • Eileen McGregor

    When i saw the Napisan ad i freaked my freak because i thought they had gotten your name wrong! you will always be Mrs Woog to me. x

  • I love your blog and sense of humour. I relate to almost everything you write. I remember you did a story a few months ago on the online dating trend of men texting photos of penises (penii ?) and I had just been talking with a single girlfriend about the exact same thing a few weeks before you actually wrote a hilarious post on it. And I laughed as you took the words right out of my mouth, albeit in a much more eloquent and funny way. And then I watched as Mamamia stole your idea (yet again!) about two weeks later. Thanks Mrs Woog for being so original. X

  • Deb

    You have no idea how nice it was to read this. I saw you on the tv a few weeks ago and they said Kayte Murphy and I was like What the? It’s Mrs Woog. The next day I said to my colleague (who I had just introduced to Woogsworld) Mrs Woog is Kayte Murphy.. and for the life of me I couldn’t work out why this was a ‘thing’ with me. I guess I knew you as Mrs Woog (even though we have never met) and it felt weird. Anyway Kayte Murphy, pleased to meet you!

  • ShoesonSus

    Hi Kayte, my name’s Susie. I don’t often have the time/brilliance to comment, but you make my day x

  • Kellyland

    Nice to meet you Kayte, love your work. You’re a woman of my own heart. Xxx

  • Nice to meet you Kayte, and thank you for blogging. You are one of the blogs that inspired me to start my own. Love your work, Lady xxx

  • I think I read those first 6 posts, and kept waiting for you to write more. So glad you did. And so glad I started blogging too x

  • Vange Asuncion Langford

    Congratulations and it’s no surprise you have a huge following. You make me laugh and I agree with you all the time and lots of other people too obviously. I bought a kimono first time in my life because of your blog! Nice to meet you Kayte πŸ™‚

  • Emily @ The Beetle Shack

    Hi Kayte (geez, auto correct doesn’t like that), it’s nice to meet you. I must confess to being a little bit of a enum ‘fan girl’ if you will, who thoroughly enjoys symmetrical eye brows. I’d love to have some myself but unfortunately for me, not even my eyes have symmetry.

    Thanks for writing. I’m grateful.

    Em

  • seventiesbaby

    Hi Kayte, I’m Tania. Reading your blog was the reason I started writing. Thank you for your honesty for your words and for your inspiration x

  • Penny

    Ahh there you are. I was never sure when to call you Kayte and when not to πŸ™‚ Congratulations. Biiig milestone xx

  • Alli @ ducks on the dam

    Go you. I started semi anonymous but got outed a few weeks ago when I was in anewspaper article talking about my blog. And it had my name and where I live. Ooops. Funny watching some making the connections between my different personas.

  • Birdy Num Num

    Congratulations Kayte. Thankyou for the great posts and to motivating me to keep writing (even if I never reach the 10k milestone).

  • TanG

    Thanks for being your awesome self- no matter what name you want to use. Love your work and I look forward to growing old with you!!

  • Angie

    Mrs Woog you have a first name, and a last name come to that! I have enjoyed reading your blog each and every day. You quickly became a must-read every day blog for me as soon as I found you months and months ago. Your humour is awesome, as is your no-bullshit take on life. I’m so pleased for you that this has morphed into your career – nobody deserves it more than you.

  • Megan Williams

    A rose by any other name would smell as sweet…you’ll always be Mrs Woog to me but pleased to meet you Katye.
    Just to go off topic a bit, your Napisan ad came on the TV a few weeks ago and I nearly fell of the couch shouting I know her! My husband tried to tell me that I didn’t know you, I just read your blog. What little he knows…Or maybe I’m deluded and he’s right…Nope I refuse to believe that and stand by my first comment. I feel like I’m friends with someone famous…yeah,, that sounded stalkerish even as I typed it! Love your work Mrs Woog!

    • Kylee

      Do it all the time too Megan. I’ll say “Mrs Woog this…”, “Lovely Eden that…”, oh and “that sweet Beth”, like their old mates I’m talking about. My teenage daughter eyes me suspiciously, knowing full well who I’m talking about & that I haven’t bloody well met them…yet πŸ™‚

  • BK

    For some reason I thought y were Jennifer…

  • Squiggle

    Mrs Woog, sorry Kayte its stuck now, you are such a part of my daily life and I love it! even my partner asks what you have written about most days! love ya work! don’t change!

  • Victoria Murphy/Casey

    I also luv your humour and no bullshit in how you write.My Dad thinks we are related with the country pub and Murphy name scenario,regardless I just look forward to your next story.Thanks for the laughs.Victoria.

  • Lisa Lintern

    And thank you for everything you have done for blogging and for us. xo

  • orangebirdie

    Woogsie – you are hilair, I think you were outed in the National Mag – Woman’s Weekly anyway. Your blog is completely the best in the whole interweb and universe, anti bullshit, empathetic, thoughtful and so funny. You seem to nail every single post, can’t think of one where I rolled my eyes and signed out without a giggle, belly laugh or at least a smile. Keep on keeping on.x.x.

  • Congrats! I love reading your blog, you make me laugh a lot. As I am in gastro land as we speak, I am going to read your love letter to gastro again shortly to make myself feel better. Keep keeping on. Love your work!

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  • The Plumbette

    I love reading about where you started and where your blog is now. I love reading your posts. Keep them coming cos I’ll keep coming back for more. πŸ™‚

  • Wendy

    Love your work Mrs Woog – love watching you on tv as well now as I work part time but don’t work Tuesdays! Please please keep the blog going as long as you are enjoying it!

  • Lee-Anne Walker

    A delightful revelation/post… As a relative newcomer to reading/writing blogs I’m enjoying Woogsworld. Might you be changing that to Kayte’sworld?? (It doesn’t have quite the same ring to it!)

  • Congrats on all your successes! May you have many many more πŸ™‚
    I tried to be fairly anonymous in my blogging ever since I started years ago (on different handfuls of abandoned blogs) because I was scared of people I know in real life lurking about for all the wrong reasons. I didn’t have the self confidence I have now. While I have a blogging/social media handle, I do realise that bit by bit I am letting my true identity reveal itself. It’s kind of liberating – although I’m a bit freaked out by it too. It’s more to protect my son, I think.
    You are truly inspiring and I love that you were inspired by Julie and Julia. I only just watched it for the first time and I swear that during the whole movie, I was all fired up and wanting to write!! So cool πŸ™‚

  • TwitchyCorner

    Hello Kayte and congratulations! Does it feel WEIRD to out yourself? Do you feel NAKED now? That’s how I think it would feel to see your real name up there on the screen for all to see. How did it feel the first time you saw *Kayte Murphy* plastered across the bottom of a telly screen? Because the first time I saw *your* name on the teev, I twitched for you. (ps I did know your Muggle name because I once had the gall to ask you.)

  • Every time I’ve met you you’ve said “call me Kayte”.
    I have blogged on and off since 2001 and until my MySpace blog (2006-2009) I blogged anonymously, under a pseudonym where I didn’t reveal my face or name. When I started putting my face and name to my blog, and writing about really personal experiences, that’s when my blog resonated with people. They related, they empathised and they cared. Most of all, they wanted more. Blogging under my real name and face is the best thing I’ve ever done.
    Welcome to the club Mrs Woog.

  • Tori

    great eyebrows ……….xx

  • A HUGE congrats to you lovely. You have been such an inspiration to so many, with myself at the top of the list of the inspired xx

  • Kelly Hudson

    I love your Blog Mrs Woog Murphy xxxxxx i love your “realness”.

  • Shazziebazzie

    I love your realness, not pretending your life is like a Hello magazine spread. I also appreciate your use of the word “root”. Makes me laugh every single time!

  • Guest

    You’ll always be Mrs Woog to me πŸ™‚ Congrats!!

  • Happy to say I have been reading from the start.

  • Maxabella

    You will be a geriatric blogger, sitting in some nursing home, banging out your thoughts on toast colour. And I will very happily be reading all about it. x

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