Back by popular demand is another Winston-Salem blogger, Kristen Daukas, you should know. Kristen is a busy lady writing Four Hens and A Rooster, a great blog about her take on raising tween, tween girls and everything in-between . She also is Director of Social Media Services at Atlantic Webworks, where she creates comprehensive social media plans that help to brand a company. If that weren’t enough, she is the Triad Blogger guru who is always getting conferences together, meet and greets for bloggers and basically every blogger in the Triads biggest cheerleader. I’m not sure where she finds time to sleep and how she had time to answer my questions. Whew… Get to know Kristen.
DTWS: First, how did you get into blogging?
KD: I started my blog 10 years ago when we were living outside of Philadelphia. None of our family lived nearby and of course, they always wanted pictures and to know “what are the girls doing??” I had barely enough time to breathe much less run to Walgreen’s and the post office to send pictures to everyone and there was no Facebook, so at the encouragement of my BFF, I started the site. The name Four Hens and a Rooster just came to me and the rest is history. What kills me is that Jen and I also started a site at the same time called “Mom Sanity Tips” where we shared our opinions on products we were using. Ten years ago. We were trailblazers and didn’t realize it. I think of the millions we’d be raking in now had we kept it up.. we were the original “mommy bloggers”. 😉
DTWS: Second, what has been the biggest surprise with blogging?
KD: On the positive side, the community is incredible. If you can find a good group of fellow bloggers (like our community!), your blog will grow so much faster and you’ll always have a support system and people to bounce things off of and in a safe environment. However, on the negative side, there are too many bloggers that are truly cut throat. They will cut a b-logger (see what I did there?!) if that means they get a sponsors attention first. That’s one of the main reasons that I have no interest in going to some of the really big blogging conferences.
DTWS: You are a huge cheerleader for other bloggers, what keeps you motivated?
KD: I love the community we have. There are so many great bloggers and blogs and I am always finding someone new. I wish we could all get together once a month and share best practices with each other but man, life is just so busy that I’ll settle for once a quarter. Just being around all of you truly inspires me and gives me an energy that I can’t describe. I’m a dork, I know it, but I love it.
DTWS: Three, what gets you excited to write/speak about?
KD: Gosh… I think it’s whatever has me fired up at the moment and that’s not always a good thing. There have been times that I’ve had people come up to me and say “Oh! I read your post about….” and I’m never sure how to respond and I’m always thinking to myself “you read my blog?!”. When it comes to speaking, I love teaching parents who aren’t as connected about social media and technology that their kids are on. A lot of times, it’s just not a medium they’re comfortable with and they don’t want to admit it to their kids, but they need to know what’s going on.
DTWS: Fourth, I love your posts about your girls how do they feel about you posting about what is going on in their lives?
KD: Ooooo… this is a touchy one that I struggle with. The easy answer is that they’re like most teens/tweens and are so self-absorbed that I don’t think they even know that my blog exists. My oldest knows about my social media presence (and she’s secretly proud of me.. I know it.. ) but she doesn’t go further than that. (I actually had one of her male friends say to me last year “You have a blog, don’t you”. Wasn’t sure how to answer that one.) I try to keep any stories about them as unidentifiable as possible but it’s not always easy. My biggest indulgence is my “Welcome to Text-as” series and I’m sorry.. it’s just too easy. (http://fourhensandarooster.com/?s=text-as)
DTWS: Finally, what is the most exciting thing happening in Winston-Salem right now to you?
KD: What isn’t there to love about our town right now?! From the incredible food to the arts to the street festivals and now the renovation of the Reynolds building – I can’t wait for our girls to move out so we can buy a loft downtown! Okay.. maybe I’m not quite that ready, but that IS the plan!!
Many Many thanks to Kristen!! If you haven’t read Four Hens and A Rooster… click NOW! You’ll enjoy her tidbits about raising girls and also her posts on Social Media.
She is very social here is how you can catch up with her:
Dashing – xoxox