Fun Facts: Kristin and Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) founder Ananda Leeke met during the BlogHer 2011 Conference held in San Diego, California. They had some great conversations during the BlogHer breakfast and recorded an impromptu Cinchcast interview with Ananda’s smartphone. Since then, they reconnected at the BlogHer 2012 Conference in New York City and have followed each other on social media.
Digital Sisterhood Leadership Project (#DSLead) Interview
1) How can people find you online?
- Web Site/Blog: http://kristinglas.com and www.homemadefrontier.com
- Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/kristinglas
- Twitter: http://twitter.com/kristinglas
- YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/HomemadeFrontier
2) Why did you start using social media?
I started using Facebook in 2008 to keep in touch with friends in other parts of the country. I started using Twitter in 2009 to keep up with celebrities. I don’t follow many celebrities anymore.
3) What has social media allowed you to do in your life (personal, professional, business, nonprofit, community)?
It’s allowed me to build a network of friends that I don’t have in my area. It’s also allowed me to learn and grow, as a person, as a writer and as a crafter.
4) In her 2011 Digital Women: from geeks to mainstream presentation that was given at the WIFT International Women Conference for Digital Women, Dr. Taly Weiss, a social psychologist and CEO/Founder of Trendspotting, concluded that “women are dominant digital users – they breathe and live digital.” Dr. Weiss’ conclusion echoes BlogHer’s 2011 Social Media Matters Study findings. They include 87 million women (18 to 76 years old) are now online, 69 million women use social media weekly, 80 million women use social media monthly, and 55 million women read blogs monthly. These facts illustrate the power and presence women have in the digital space. Now that’s Digital Sisterhood!
How has social media helped you carve out leadership roles as you interact online and offline?
Social media has given me a voice and the opportunity to share topics that I am passionate about. A space to share that without judgement, which I don’t often have in my ‘real’ life.
5) Social media has helped women become Digital Sisterhood Leaders, ambassadors of social expression who share what they are passionate about online. In her upcoming book, Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online (2013), Ananda Leeke, founder of the Digital Sisterhood Network, writes, “Without even knowing it, women have become Digital Sisterhood Leaders as they use their social media platforms to advocate causes; to build communities; to create apps, art, books, businesses, products, publications, services, tools, and webisodes; to curate content; to educate and inform; to give voice to their thoughts as subject matter experts, thought leaders, and brand ambassadors; to share information and experiences; to explore and experiment with new technologies as early adopters and trendsetters; to engage in social good; to influence others with their lifestyles and personal interests; to inspire and motivate; to mentor; to network; to tell their personal stories; and to promote and celebrate the expertise, gifts, and talents of others. Based on my online and offline interactions, I have identified 12 key leadership roles they play: advocate, community builder, creator, curator, educator, influencer, mentor, motivator, promoter, social do gooder, storyteller, and thought leader.”
What other types of leadership roles do women play in social media?
I think Ananda covered it all.
6) What types of leadership roles do you play in social media?
I’m not sure I play a leadership role in social media. If I do I’m not actively doing so.
7) What lessons have you learned as a leader in the digital space?
I’ve learned to think twice before I publish. I’ve learned to unfollow or unfriend anyone who is overly negative, social media is part of my life and I don’t want to invite negativity into my life. I’ve learned to turn my negative emotions into something that is constructive before sharing online. I’ve learned to apologize and take responsibility when I put my foot in my mouth.
8) Do you have plans to expand your leadership roles in the digital space? If so, what are they?
I would like to continue to build my presence.
9) Who are your favorite social media women leaders and why?
I admire women who are at ease online, it doesn’t matter how many followers they have. I like quick wit and interact.
10) Share three ways women can use social media to define and express their personal leadership brand.
- Support others doing similar things.
- Listen and interact with people trying to do what you are.
- Be yourself.