The Powerful, Healing Words of Olathe’s Kristin Brumm

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Johnson County Lifestyle: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Kristin Brumm: I’m a writer, a nonprofit executive, a mother, a sometimes world traveler and a dreamer extraordinaire. I’m also a survivor of trauma. As a result, I write a fair bit about domestic violence and child exploitation. Writing has afforded me some wonderful opportunities. I was a Voice of the Year at the 2011 Australian Blogging Conference and my story is featured in two books coming out this summer.

JCL: When did you start blogging?
KB: October of 2009

JCL: Why did you start blogging?
KB: I felt isolated and wanted to connect with a community. I found that through blogging I could connect with people all over the world. That was so exciting to me. I also missed writing, which I had studied in college, and wanted a medium through which to practice the craft.

JCL: Who is the target audience for your blog?
KB: Most of my readers are women in their 30s-50s.

JCL: How often do you blog?
KB: Right now my goal is to blog once a week. I used to blog almost daily, but I found that with kids and a demanding job, I couldn’t keep up that pace.

JCL: Where do you get the inspiration for your posts?
KB: I write about whatever’s in front of me. For several years, it was the fallout from domestic violence and my ex-husband’s criminal case. I write from the inside out, describing my internal experiences. I don’t like to preach or tell people what to do, so I just share what I’m feeling and I find that resonates with people.

JCL: How many readers does your blog have?
KB: When I was writing full bore, I had about 30,000 views a month. I took a hiatus, however, when I was trying to navigate some of the worst of the trauma, and since I’ve come back I post less often. I honestly am not sure what my stats are now, as I found that checking them made me feel anxious.

JCL: What’s been the most popular/viewed post on your blog to date?
KB: Shortly after I was assaulted by my ex-husband, I wrote a post about domestic violence called “If You Read Nothing Else I Ever Post, Read This.” It was a passionate post imploring women to listen to their instincts. People are apparently compliant, because they always click on that first. It’s had about 25,000 views.

JCL: What else do you want us to know?
KB: I think writing can be incredibly healing. When we tell our own stories, we get to shape the narrative and decide what our experiences mean, and in so doing we take back our power. We don’t have to accept someone else’s version of who we are. More than anything, it’s helped me to heal and grow stronger.