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Conversations with Katie Thompson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Katie Thompson.

Hi Katie, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
Throughout my time at Meredith College, I have always wanted to start a blog. I followed a lot of preppy fashion influencers, which is my blogger niche, and knew that I wanted to start my own blog too. It is such an intimidating process to start your own platform and really put yourself out there. I had dreamed of doing it, but I finally gave it a shot in January 2020 by creating my blog – The Pink Chickadee. Once I did, it was hard at first as blogging is an ever-evolving learning process and I even took a few breaks the first six months of starting it. However, when COVID-19 hit and I struggled to find a summer internship, I decided to create my own. I took a Website Development course and fell in love with coding from that class, so I re-coded my website and revamped my platform and have loved being a blogger ever since! I have learned so much from blogging and continue to learn – there is no handbook for blogging and one size does not fit every blogger out there – but it is all about giving things a shot and trusting the process. Through trusting the process and having fun with it, I have become proud of my blog and what it has turned into and what it will turn into.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Blogging does not have a smooth pathway to success. There is no textbook or handbook on how to do it and what will make you successful within it all. Through watching myself grow and other fellow bloggers and/or influencers around me, I have realized that blogging is not a one size fits all kind of gig. Every blogger works differently than the next. For me, when I started blogging, I had no idea how to do it or even knew the structure that I needed in place in order to succeed in it all. However, over time, I uncovered that structure and the skills that I needed in order to succeed. Just like a business, blogging is a job and I am so excited to say that it has turned into a side hustle, too. Once you find that success, you can and will succeed and you will fly oh so high in the sky!

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
My blog is called The Pink Chickadee and it is a preppy fashion blog with a focus on affordability. I strive to emphasize the fact that we can ALL do it all – travel, hosting, cooking, shopping, etc. – on a budget and with a sprinkle of confetti. I have also recently moved to the Washington, DC area to begin my post-graduation life as a data scientist and spend a lot of time sharing about my life here in the big city. The Pink Chickadee features a ton of bright, bubbly, and big things, but it is also down to earth and real. Today, it is hard to find influencers who aren’t focused on shopping 24/7, are budget-conscious, and are just real. I hope I can provide just that to my following.

If we knew you growing up, how would we have described you?
I always had a passion for fashion! I used to watch runway fashion shows 24/7 and caught up on all of them in my free time. Funny story, I had a blog called Katie’s Runway Report (since then has been gone) where I would report on my favorite runway trends. In school, I was known as the girl with the bright clothes and the bright lipstick that always looked put together. In high school, people told me to start a blog, so I guess I was destined for it HAHA!

At the same time, I grew up spending a lot of time bonding with my family and friends. To me, family is everything and friends are family that aren’t blood-related. I grew up living in New Jersey and Northern Virginia and have close friends in both places. My cousins and I would also travel up to East Grand Lake, Maine and New Brunswick, Canada every summer for a family reunion. I also spent many summer weekends and holiday weekends with family either in New Jersey, Florida, or Annapolis, Maryland. My mother and I also travel a lot together, and I have been fortunate enough to have traveled with her to New York City, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Prague, Athens, Italy, Germany, Bulgaria, Poland, and Austria. Each of my experiences with family have provided me with so many happy memories that make me feel like I truly have had it all – a blessing for sure!!!


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