Kirsten Thompson will be teaching Brooklyn and Chicago SoFabU On the Road attendees how to create an email strategy for their blogs. We thought it would be fun to ask Kirsten a few questions and get to know her better.
What interested you in teaching at SFUOTR?
I’ve been part of the Social Fabric community as an influencer for a few years and have always been impressed with the support SoFab provides through SoFabU and SoFabU On the Road. I attended SoFabU On the Road in Atlanta in 2015, and enjoyed the hands-on educational approach.
I’m passionate about coaching & teaching bloggers, so when SFUOTR 2016 dates and locations were announced, I knew I wanted to be part of it. It’s awesome to be surrounded by a community of people who speak “blog” while also implementing what you are learning at the same time.
They say inspiration can be found almost anywhere. What is the strangest thing that has inspired you?
I recently visited Raleigh, NC with my daughter, and while in Raleigh, we were able to enjoy a private tour of Raleigh Denim Workshop. Initially it was a tour to satiate my daughter’s love and fascination of the fashion industry, but it turned into an inspiring look at how to run a business.
The story of Raleigh Denim’s creation, the attention to detail and the quality of their work inspired me to apply similar principles to my own business. It’s amazing what you can learn from a pair of jeans.
What animal best represents you and why?
I asked this of my Facebook group members and this is what they came up with: “A dog… it might be because Dakota and Savannah (my dogs) popped into my brain. Dogs are intelligent, but fun loving and silly. They’re energetic, but know how to chillax. They’re cuddly, loyal, and protective. All qualities that I believe you possess.”
What is your favorite social channel to personally spend time on and why?
I spend more time on Facebook than any other social channel simply because I host a group for bloggers. However, my favorite social channel is definitely Instagram. I love connecting with other bloggers in my niche and I’m constantly inspired by the beautiful imagery. It’s also a great platform for micro-blogging.
What is one thing you wish you could go back and tell yourself when you were a new blogger?
All of the technology and information is very overwhelming, particularly for new bloggers, and it’s easy to get sucked into it all and forget why you started blogging in the first place. I remind myself, six years into this blogging journey, to stay authentic and enjoy the ride. Don’t worry about trying to learn all the things. Make mistakes. Get messy. Be original. And by all means, have fun!
Thanks for sharing with us, Kirsten. We’ll see you on the road! Not registered yet? Grab your ticket today!