I have never done a lifestyle blog interview before, so this should be fun! Today I'm interviewing my fellow blogger and fellow New Hampshire native, Kristen Friend. Enjoy!
25. Married. Christian.
In love with New Hampshire and the ideas of homesteading.
Addicted to thrifting, so I now have to start selling if I want to maintain this addict lifestyle.
Passionate about the idea of reusing anything you can.
Big believer in community and creating loyal friendships.
What inspired you to start a lifestyle blog?
I’ve always loved to journal. I started journaling when I was 11 and have kept it up ever since. A blog allows me to share the inner workings of my mind on a relatable level. It’s also been a big help in keeping me connected to those that my husband and I left in AZ.
I have a lot of things that I’m passionate about and blogging gives me an organized realm to express my creativity.
Tell me about your love for vintage.
Oh dear. It’s more of an obsession.
When I was 10 or 11 years old, I borrowed a tie-dyed, fringe shirt from one of my friends. I wore it every day for a week straight, sewed patches of fabric onto an old pair of jeans, and created a corner in my room that I called my “Hippie Space.” I sat on a pillow and listened to music.
I’ve always felt that I belonged to a different era and finding vintage home decor or clothing helps me to bring that feeling to life. It also helps me to feel connected to what once was. It’s important to find use for something that once had so much purpose. Whether it’s clothing, home decor, or a crappy frame, it is possible for it to have a second life.
What do you do when you aren’t working on your blog?
Umm, still working… I work at a coffee shop where I can either be found working behind the coffee bar, helping with marketing, or coordinating a shop event. I love working and find fulfillment in it.
If I’m not working, then adventuring with a friend or Houston. I also love to hole myself up in the library and read or sit on my computer.
What are your favorite topics to write about?
I love writing about emotions. That sounds a little weird, but there’s such a strong emotional experience when you think of something nostalgic or spend time in the quiet. I like to bring those emotions to life, or share some of the ways I’ve been feeling.
I also love writing about people. I spend a lot of time observing people and soaking in their habits or mannerisms. These things highly interest me. I love creating characters in my mind based off of people I see or meet.
Oddly, those are probably the two things I don’t put onto my blog much. Probably because I’d feel a little too vulnerable.
And your favorite post that you’ve written to date?
My last post would probably be my favorite: “The Road Less Traveled.” It was a very real life update about where Houston and I are at in our lives right now. One of my most vulnerable pieces, and oddly my most viewed. I’m finding people really appreciate the injection of emotion and the tales of what’s really going on.
Who are some of your favorite bloggers/creatives?
I feel like I’m a lousy blogger in the fact that I don’t tend to follow or read many other blogs. I love my friend Melody’s blog, because even though I’m not a knitter or avid crafter, her blog is very relatable.
I also love homesteading blogs. I love reading about people who have land, animals, and grow their own food. It’s such a passion of mine that I can’t wait to put into practice.
Any advice for aspiring bloggers?
Don’t take yourself too seriously. I think that’s most people’s hangups.
Post a lot of pictures and keep your content short. Most people have short attention spans and want you to get to the point. Even if it’s your heart gushing out your latest drama, 300 words will be received better than 900. Pictures help to break up your content and keep the reader intrigued, so lace pictures throughout.
Thank you for letting me do a lifestyle blog interview with you, Kristen! You can follow her on Instagram @kristenfriend and visit her Instagram shop @kristenfindsvintage. Don't forget to visit her blog and leave a comment! Thanks for reading, friends!