A Chat with a Member of the HSABPPC in the Virgin Islands: Yvonne I. Wilson
Hello friends, today we are privilege to be having a chat with with one of the women who have shown the stuff they are made of. she is Yvonne I. Wilson; a born again believer and a license Minister of the gospel currently residing in the Virgin Islands.
She is also a certified RN, who nursed for 10 years and although she is no longer in direct practice in that profession, she continue to remain in the health care industry as the Materials Manager of the main hospital here on the island.
Among her many accolades, she hold a Dip.Business Management and an Executive MA Business Management. She is currently a member of the Health Services Authority Building Properties and Procurement Committee.
Efogator: Tell us your full name, where you are from and a little more about yourself
Yvonne: My name is Yvonne I. Wilson and I am originally from the Caribbean twin island federation of St. Kitts & Nevis but currently,I reside in the Virgin Islands. I work full time for the Government Health Services at the Hospital as the Manager of the Central Purchasing Department. I love writing, it’s my passion so I do blogging in my spare time.
Efogator: Tell us about your blog
Yvonne: I am so glad you asked. I like to think of it more than just a blog though. (smile) It is a faith-based lifestyle magazine called Empowerment Moments Blog and it was created as a means to express my thoughts and views and to encourage conversations about the real life issues and challenges that we face each day. As the Founder and CEO, I have committed myself to providing the kind of information that will help to:
Enable individuals to gain clarity about their purpose
Inspire others through impacting real life stories
Teach persons to value themselves and the gift of life they received
Encourage and promote lasting change and transformation
Motivate and empower others to operate in a realm of unprecedented power and so improve the overall quality of their life
Efogator:What are the reasons you are blogging?
Yvonne:In addition to reasons given in my previous answer, the main reason for me getting into blogging was because I had reached an extremely low point in my life, hopeless and admittedly, at times depressed. So yes, initially it was the outlet to encourage myself with the hope that my story will bless someone else.
Efogator:What were the challenges you faced at the beginning of your blogging career?
Yvonne: Wow! There were many challenges and setbacks at the start of my blogging career, so much that I began to question and doubt myself as to whether I was doing the right thing to blog. The main one though was not getting much engagement or traffic at the start.
My blog felt like a ghost town making me feel at times like I was talking to myself. That brought much frustration as you would imagine. It went on like that for close to eighteen months. On two occasions I had major writer’s block and then there was the challenge of not having the right amount of time to write or even focus on my blog the way that one should.
Efogator: How long have you been blogging?
Yvonne: My blogging journey began January 2012. I started out initially on Blogger and then January 2014, I migrated to WordPress. That is what I call my rebirth as far as blogging goes.
Efogator: What are your main sources of traffic generation?
Yvonne: My main source of traffic is through search engines, Google topping the list each time. I also get some traffic through Social Media.
Efogator: If your blog generates income, what are your main sources of income in your blog?
Yvonne: Interesting that you should ask that question. At the end of May 2015 I joined ShareASale and so I just started to work with three carefully chosen Affiliate Marketing companies. I see potential for earnings but no I have not generated an income just yet.
Efogator: Who are the 4 bloggers that has inspired you so much?
Yvonne: You know that is a tough question to answer. A lot of bloggers have inspired me and even though I know naming 4 I run the risk of missing out someone who really deserves to be mentioned, I will say Harleena Singh, Enstine Muki, Sherman Smith and Ikechi Awazie top the list.
Efogator:In this age of high competition in blogging, what do you do to stand out?
Yvonne: Honestly I focus on staying in my own lane, on being me, being myself improving my writing skills and to compete with myself only so that each day I am far better at what I do in the present day than I was yesterday. I believe eventually the right people will find your blog [content]and you do your best to build a relationship with them.
Today I see bloggers who try to outdo the other. I also believe in the law of reciprocity but I find some bloggers don’t comment on your blog even when you comment on theirs. The same goes for sharing your content. You share their content they don’t share yours. But to each his own. Whenever a blogger reach out to me to collaborate with them, I don’t refuse. I work with them.
Efogator: How do you handle the SEO of your blog?
Yvonne: This might be surprising but it is not something I generally focus on. I just write. I get my inspiration sometimes through an image. It also depends on what I am going through or have just come out of so I want to tell people how they too can get the right results when faced with that problem.
We live in a real world and many of our situations are the same or similar but honestly not everyone know what to do to get the problems resolved. So I tell my story so that people can make that connection and they are able to identify with what I am sharing. The best way to overcome is by the word of our testimony.
Efogator: What are the 6 things you do not do as a blogger to keep you on the success path?
I stay away from assassinating people’s character
I do not follow the crowd – not because someone else is doing something mean that I should do it or go in their direction.
I do not do things to please man but to please my Creator
I do not use people’s work without giving them their due credit
I do not write an article without doing research and getting all my facts straight.
I stay away from competition and favoritism that is, favoring one blogger over the other – everyone is blogging for a reason, and everyone deserves a chance.
Efogator:Which of the blogging platform do you prefer and why?
Yvonne: WordPress is my preferred choice – there are a lot more options to choose from and it’s more versatile.
Efogator:In your opinion, why do so many bloggers fail and only few succeed?
Yvonne: Blogging is like getting into a marriage relationships. It takes a lot of patience, hard work and dedication to keep it going but if the motives are wrong from the start, like getting into blogging for reasons such as just making some quick bucks and for fame, then failure is inevitable.
Efogator:What is your next plan for your blogging career?
Yvonne: My immediate plans are zeroing and focusing more on my target audience and building brand. Have some ideas for the medium to long term but can’t speak publicly about those just yet.
Efogator:In your opinion, is blogging a full time business?
Yvonne: Blogging can be a full time business but it boils down to the individual’s personal preference as some people prefer to hold another solid job and just do blogging part-time. If they have monetized their blog then that way they have two sources of income.
Efogator:Which is the Affiliate program you can specifically recommend?
Yvonne: I am not in a position to recommend a specific program since my experience has only been with ShareASale which started May 26th 2015.
Efogator: What do you think made WordPress superior to Blogger?
Yvonne: I can’t say specifically but just from my observation far more people [individuals, businesses, companies and big brands] use WordPress more than Blogger.
Efogator:What advice do you have for newbie bloggers?
Yvonne: No matter what, remain focused. Persevere, be passionate and consistent. Rome was not built in a day and neither would your success come overnight. You are in for the long haul so exercise patience in what you do and be prepared to work smarter, not harder. Keep on writing about the key related topics and the right people will find your content. Quality above quantity is a much better perspective.
Efogator: If you knew what you know today about blogging, what are the things you would have done first before launching your first blog?
Yvonne: The reality is, anything that you are going to do in life must include some sort of research. You’ve got to have the facts and do your analysis, know your target and have plans in place of how you are going to reach that target and accomplish that goal.
If you don’t do that then you are setting up yourself for failure. So in answer to your question, the one thing I would do differently before launching my blog is research.