You have most likely seen Karen on Snapguide. Not only has she shared an incredible amount of guides, teaching us everything from Danish traditions to basic cooking skills, she is always active in the community. We love how she is constantly contributing her insights and encouraging other guide makers.
We want to celebrate her accomplishments! In honor of her reaching 100 guides (last time we counted she was at 107), we interviewed the woman behind the lively how-tos. It was an extremely fun conversation and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m 55 years young. I’m Danish, I grew up on an isolated seaside on a small peninsula. I could sail before I could walk – well almost. My parents showed me and my two siblings how to fish, hunt, and make our own toys. So “do it yourself” is how I was raised. Not out of necessity but because it gives you a feeling of accomplishment.
Why did you start sharing guides and what has kept you continuing to share them?
I’m a stay at home mother and my husband is British. I can’t remember how I happened to find Snapguide. I looked through some of the guides and thought that I could contribute with some of my experimental cooking. My first guide was about how to make oatmeal cookies and boy was I scared when I pushed the Publish button. I quickly found a community of kind and helpful people who are just as eager to learn and teach as I am. I’m driven by the urge to show that cooking and creating is great fun and not hard.
Where do you get your inspiration for what to cook or make?
My inspiration comes from every possible source. I see things that I want to buy or food that I want to try and then I just try to make it my own way. Most of my guides are just a recording of what I always have done: cooking, sewing, and creating.
You not only share guides, you are very active in the community. What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned on Snapguide?
The most interesting and wonderful thing Snapguide has given me is a feeling of global sharing and caring. Total strangers have become friends and I receive and write many emails to Snapguide friends all over the world. Magic.
Which of your own guides are you most proud of?
I don’t quite know how to answer that. I think you have to be Danish to understand this, but being proud is just not really something you do here. Denmark is a small country and we are proud of our country and our culture but we just don’t like to show it. One of my guides that I’m happy I have made is also one of my least popular ones – How to Play on a Pain Organ. I like it because it is a reminder to me not to be too serious and to laugh every day.
Anything else you would like to share?
I want to mention the strong bond I have with my fellow Snappers, especially the young boys and girls making guides. One girl asked me why I cared about her, I care about everybody, in my opinion that is why we are here to care about each other.