Leawood Lifestyle: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Kathleen Fisher: I am transplanted to Kansas City via Chicago and then Maryland. We came here with two kids and then had another. Each of my kids has the distinction of being born in different states. The plan was to be here for a few years until something else opened up for my husband. We’ve stayed for 23 years. We wanted to stop at three so maybe that’s why we never moved.
LL: When did you start blogging?
KF: I started five years ago – very much on a wing and a prayer. I come from a big family and knew that I’d at least have my siblings and their spouses reading. That’s 10 views right there.
LL: Why did you start blogging?
KF: I had been in a writers group for a couple of years that met once a month and so I would work on a piece for each meeting. I knew that if I wanted to get better I would need to write more than that. A blog was the answer and the motivation.
LL: Who is the target audience for your blog?
KF: I speak to all age ranges, both male and female. I have twenty-somethings reading, as well as middle aged and older.
LL: How often do you blog?
KF: I post something once a week, however, it’s in my head 24/7.
LL: Where do you get the inspiration for your posts?
KF: I think most people have a fascinating story to tell. I am always listening and always curious. It seems these tidbits tend to unfold before me – often without me knowing what they even mean. Much later they will show up in my writing.
LL: How many readers does your blog have?
KF: When I post something new I get between 100-200 views. It has taken me a long time to get to that point and believe me, I am grateful for each one.
LL: What's been the most popular/viewed post on your blog to date?
KF: I wrote a piece about our son coming out when he was in high school. Over the course of a couple of days it got nearly 3,000 views. I will always be proud of that piece. To this day it continues to resonate with parents that find themselves in those shoes.
LL: What's your favorite local restaurant or family attraction?
KF: My husband and I are regulars at Spin Pizza in Prairie Village. It’s kind of embarrassing.
LL: What else do you want us to know?
KF: If you love a blog or someone’s writing let them know. Writing is a lonely endeavor. Interrupt the crickets with a comment or email expressing that. You have no idea how motivating it is to hear.
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