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Wimberly of The Wimberly Project

Wimberly of the Wimberly Project

Hey What’s your blog name?

Hey I’m Wimberly and I write the blog, The Wimberly Project!

Where do you live?

I’m based out of Chesapeake, Virginia

Tell us more about you and your blog?

I’m Wimberly. I’m a former second-grade teacher. I’ve been married to my Navy pilot husband for 39 years. We moved 13 times with the Navy! During those moves, I developed a passion for setting up each of our homes to quickly make us feel at home. I blog about home decor, home organization tips lifestyle tips, and living our best!

How long have you been blogging for?

Less than a year.

What people don’t realize about blogging is…

What people don’t realize about blogging is that it is a bonafide job and not just a hobby! Yes it’s fun, but it requires consistent time and attention in order for it to succeed.

Give us your best tip for maintaining a blog work/life balance?

My best tip for staying on top of the blog/work/life balance is to use a planner for the month ahead. Set specific times to work on your blog, then put it away for that day. Otherwise, blogging can become consuming, resulting in burnout. It happened to me when I was not following a planner. So, stay organized and serious about your planner!

What are 3 things you wish you knew about blogging before you started?

  1. I wish I knew the internet technology proficiency required to set up a blog!
  2. I wish I had known years ago, that my life skills and talents can be monetized simply by writing about what I know!
  3. I wish I had taken blogging courses BEFORE actually setting up my blog, so I would have a solid knowledge base. I am learning as I go. It’s easy to feel behind the power curve.

What does a typical work day look like for you?

In the beginning, I had no schedule, no plans, and I felt very unorganized. Once I established a good schedule for myself, my anxiety lessened and I began to enjoy my blog more!

Every day, I spend about 20 minutes growing my social media community by checking my socials to answer anyone who posts on my content and responding to DM’s. I also comment on other accounts in my niche. This has helped me make so many nice friends in my niche!

Monday – I batch and edit my photo/video content for upcoming posts. I spend a lot of this day on Canva. Tuesday and Wednesday – I write what I want to post the week ahead and finish editing if needed. Thursday – I take courses, read tutorials, and/or read posts on Facebook blogging group pages. All of this enriches my knowledge of social media and blogging success. (I’m still new at this!). I typically use Friday to catch myself up on anything I didn’t accomplish during the week.

I like to be at a good stopping point before the weekend, to avoid feeling overwhelmed and behind. I want to keep this fun! Also on Friday, I take a look at my planner for the week ahead. I adjust what I need to, so my efforts are productive the next week.

I aspire to get my workday to not go past 2 pm. Once I don’t require so many tutorials and courses, I hope to have 10 am-2 pm “office” hours! Continuing a weekly schedule where each day has a specific focus keeps me organized.

We love a good plugin, what’s your favorite one and how has it helped your business?

My favorite WordPress plugin is Yoast SEO. Yoast SEO helps me optimize my blog’s searchability by letting me know if I’m using the best keywords for SEO.

What skills and qualities do you think are necessary for a successful and professional influencer?

To be a successful blogger, I think it’s necessary to always be open to learning new internet processes. I took a deep dive into acquiring new internet skill sets so I could set up an aesthetically pleasing blog and be able to manage it.

I also think it’s important that your content adds value so your followers will come back and read more of your posts. It’s important to know what your audience looks forward to reading and learning.

What has blogging taught you that no other career or job has before?

Blogging taps into my passions and interests so I can share them with others. It’s empowering to create a website and bring value to my readers! Blogging also enables me to set my own pace and workload that coincides with my family responsibilities.

If there’s one piece of advice you would give to someone just starting out, what would it be?

Be patient!!! I spent many occasions feeling flustered and frustrated- which made me question my new blog journey. Find other bloggers and resources that enrich your knowledge base.

If you get frustrated, take some time off, then come back recharged. Over time, the frustrations lessen because your knowledge is growing. Know that you CAN be a successful blogger! Most of all, keep it fun!

Give us the inside scoop, is there an app or tool that you swear by?

I use Grammerly every time I write. It’s my “second set of eyes” reviewing my work before I post!

Let’s daydream. What would your ultimate DREAM partnership look like?

My perfect collaboration would be with a successful home decor company that values the work I am doing and wants to use my photos and captions. My dream would be to feel recognized in my niche as someone with talent and vision.

We love to speak our goals into existence. What’s a current goal you’re working on?

I am working on learning how to monetize my blog. I would love to earn passive income so that I generate income while creating new content. I also want to learn how to create a monthly email newsletter for my blog.

Celebrating the wins, even if they’re little ones, is important. What’s your most recent win with your blog?

Getting my blog “public” has been my recent WIN! I learned SO much about coding, widgets, and plugins that I never knew! I’m quite proud to have accomplished this!

What’s one thing in the industry that frustrates you that you wish you could change?

I wish there were a “gold standard” for blogging. In other words, there are plenty of blog “experts” out there, but if they are not teaching the utmost in blogging success tips to beginners, we miss valuable information.

For instance, last year I paid several hundred dollars for a blogging course that never, ever taught me about setting up Google Analytics for my blog. It was not until joining The Blog Societies last week, that I realized I did not have this insight set up on WordPress! I wish the steps to successful blogging were cohesive.

How has your content evolved since you first started out? What would we see if we went back into the archives?

I understand keywords a lot better! As I write, I am mindful of SEO, ensuring my writing stays on topic. My photos have also improved.

We can’t work without a little background nose. What’s your go to?

I have silence! I just like to go into my office, focus, and get in my creative zone. I am more productive in the quiet.

Okay, we’re grabbing a Starbucks for a coffee date, what are you ordering?

Iced, Nonfat Caramel Latte with Oatmilk. YUM!

What’s been your favorite part of being a member of The Blog Societies?

As a new member of The Blog Societies, I feel looked after. TBS feels just like a big sister to me! With my membership, I have access to TBS Academy which is FILLED with the right information for setting my blog up for success!

Also included, is The Library. I have so many powerful resources, that are only going to send my blog soaring! I only wish I had found The Blog Societies at the very beginning of my blog journey. I love being a member here, feeling empowered, and being provided with useful information about blogging. I look forward to the day that I can give back, by empowering other new bloggers. I tried to begin my journey on my own. Don’t do that. You need a big sister to set you up for success. The Blog Societies is my big sister!

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