Krystal is a first time mum, soon to be wife, Paramedic and because that’s not enough on her plate, she has most recently added the title of ‘Blogger’ to her list. Starting her blog in just November 2014, Krystal has already surpassed the goals she set and is inspiring women just like herself all over the world. Krystal blogs about her opinions, experiences and passions and underlying everything she writes is the message that life may not be perfect, but if you’re happy, healthy and have each other, then life is Perfect Enough For Us.
Please tell us something about yourself?
I love my jobs. All of them. I love my job as a mum, it is by far the most amazing role I have ever had. My son spent his first few months of life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a unit that cares for premature and critically ill babies. Now my son is healthy and happy and makes me smile everyday. I love my job as a Paramedic, I get to be the support and help for people on their worst days, I have the skills and knowledge to save lives and when you realise that you are responsible for saving a persons life, it is incredible. And I love my job as a blogger, I get to share my stories, interact with other women and inspire and support them. I’m learning new skills and loving every minute of it.
When did you get an idea to launch your own blog and how important is it for you to be online?
Prior to launching Perfect Enough For Us I had dabbled in blogs previously but none ever had the right fit for me to keep going with them. I had been talking to my fiancé about how we all have plans for our life, the ‘perfect’ plans, but rarely do they ever fall into place. I realised that our life may not be perfect but we have a life that is perfect enough for us and that’s what I wanted to share with others. Being online is something I have really started to embrace. I have always wanted to run my own business but never really liked the idea of a shop front and the ‘traditional’ business model. Being online opens up a whole new array of opportunities and trends show it will continue to pave the way for Entrepreneurs.
Did you have someone help you make your blog or did you do it by yourself?
I started out with a Blogger blog that I had my fiancé help with – we kind of stumbled our way through it together. I then decided that for what I wanted from my blog, WordPress.org was the best option but I wanted something professional, responsive and easy to use so I invested in the Genesis Framework. While yes, I did make my blog myself, I credit a lot of the work to the Genesis Framework and Studiopress theme. Without them my blog would not look how it is now. I’m also looking at getting some help to make a few tweaks to the site, I had tried myself previously but ended up crashing the site so I’m happy to outsource that. I know my strengths and weaknesses.
The right domain name is important. How long did it take you to come up with the domain name for your blog?
For me it honestly didn’t take that long. I sat brainstorming with my fiancé about what the blog was going to be about and what the key words were. After saying that I wanted the blog to be about sharing that life may not be perfect, but it is perfect enough for us it just clicked.
What kind of Theme do you use on your blog and what are the “must have” plugins for a blog?
I am currently using the Lifestyle Pro theme from Studiopress and run the Genesis Framework, an investment worth every cent. I don’t run a lot of plugins but the ‘must have’ ones are certainly Yoast as it makes SEO a breeze, Akismet as it blocks the tons of spam that gets sent my way and the Mailchimp plugin to help expand my email list.
How much time do you spend blogging?
The short answer, a lot. When I was starting up I would easily spend 60 – 70 hours per week researching, experimenting, implementing, writing and reviewing. Now that I have a lot of processes in place I spend around 40 – 50 hours per week. I have a lot that I want to do with my blog and a clear direction in which I want to take it so achieving these goals takes a lot of commitment and a lot of work.
How do you promote your blog? Do you use social media channels to attract more visitors to your blog?
Social Media has been brilliant for blog promotion. While there are some social media channels that are a little more frustrating than others, they all have their perks and with a little effort, you can easily figure ways to make them work for you. Pinterest drives a large percentage of traffic to my blog and therefore it is where I spend the majority of my social media time. I also have a presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and love interacting with people.
Is there a way to monetize (make money) through a blog?
Absolutely. I am in the process of researching and implementing monetisation strategies for Perfect Enough For Us at the moment. I made sure everything was set up how I wanted first so my blog was in a good place to start with monetising.
Would you encourage other people to make their own blogs?
For sure!!! There’s plenty of room for everyone to have a blog. People start blogs for different reasons but whether its to give yourself a platform for expression or because you want to grow your blog into being a business, blogging is highly rewarding (and a lot of hard work).
Please give us some advice for new bloggers and for people who are still not sure if they need a blog of their own?
Give it a go. You’ll never know if blogging is right for you unless you have a go at it. The wonderful thing about blogging is that you can start one without having any financial outlay. There are plenty of platforms for you to start your blog for free so you can test the water and see if you like it. Once you have decided that blogging is amazing and you want to do more with it, you can upgrade your domain, upgrade your host and start investing. Even if you are blogging as a hobby it’s okay to outlay a little money for something you love.
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