They say never meet your heroes, right? Well, what happens when you meet someone in life who ends up becoming one? And no, it’s not the World Record Egg. We haven’t had a chance to interview that egg yet, even though I’m sure that picture last week really tricked ya.
Anyway, Kristi Gustafson Barlette from the Albany Times Union is one of those people I’ll have to thank someday if I ever make it in this big bad media biz. I’ve known her for almost a decade, meeting her when I first started as a student in the New Visions: Journalism & Media Studies program at the TU (RIP –the program is unfortunately no longer) and then became her intern back when interns could still work 40 hours a week without pay.
But for those who don’t know, KGB is what I’d call the queen of the Capital Region blogosphere. She started up a very successful life/fashion/ dating blog with the TU before blogging was even a thing. And today, her blog continues to thrive as a place for social commentary, crowdsourcing and a fair share of compliments and complaints. She’s got thousands of followers, fans (haters, too), and even a blue checkmark on Twitter. Goals, people. Goals.
My favorite part about Kristi, though, is that she is genuinely, just, Kristi. Her opinions are her own, but she never backs down or says something without rationalizing or thinking things through.
She’s an excellent writer with wit, humor, and a little bit of sass –and whether you like her or not, you know the name Kristi Gustafson Barlette if you live in the Capital Region.
This was a special episode of Ten Questions Deep for me as I’ve looked up to Kristi throughout my entire professional journey, and today I still consider her my “moral compass” when it comes to how edgy I feel I can get with 2BD without losing her respect, and also how I hold my own self to a standard of quality writing and “reporting” —yes, I still do traditional reporting aside from asking random people on the street if they drink milk with dinner.
Check out the latest episode of Ten Questions Deep and keep an eye out for who we feature next in the series. And hey, have someone in mind who’d be great on camera? Shoot us a message with a cool person we should talk to right here in the 518.