“Create. Not for the money. Not for the fame. Not for the recognition. But for the pure joy of creating something and sharing it.”
In our Blogger’s Interview series, today we are here with our first She-Blogger – Clearissa Coward of ClearissaCoward.com (The Command Center). Clearissa is a grand-mom of two adorable kids and loves to spend her free time in DIYing and crafting. Her knowledge in organizing and DIYing has made her to feature on many blog networks.
Although she is a fulltime professional, but she is very much efficient in managing her time with blogging and at the same time living life to the fullest. Clearissa believes that it is easier to share your passion compared to sharing something you care less about.
In this interview with WPB360, she has discussed about her blog, her love towards crafting and her upcoming ideas. We are very much thankful to Clearissa for taking time to answer all the questions. Let’s start the discussion now.
- 1 WPB360: Could you please introduce yourself to our readers?
- 2 WPB360: When and why did you think to start blogging?
- 3 WPB360: What is your blog Clearissa Coward’s Command Center all about?
- 4 WPB360: Are you a fulltime blogger? Would you like to share your daily blogging routine?
- 5 WPB360: Did you face any challenges during your starting blogging phase?
- 6 WPB360: You have been featured in many blog networks. According to you, what are the best methods to boost one’s online presence?
- 7 WPB360: Which is the most awesome moment in your blogging journey so far?
- 8 WPB360: Are you providing any service through your blog? Would you like to share about your major sources of income?
- 9 WPB360: Blogging has taken a big change in recent years. What are your ways to outshine in this very competitive blogosphere?
- 10 WPB360: What do you prefer to do when you are not blogging?
- 11 WPB360: What are your next blogging plans?
- 12 WPB360: Please share some tips for the newbie bloggers who are recently getting started.
WPB360: Could you please introduce yourself to our readers?
Clearissa: I am a lifestyle blogger with an emphasis on organization, redesign, DIY-ing, upcycling, and crafting. My niche is that I do all this and keep it budget friendly. I believe we can all live well without spending a fortune. Besides, many of us don’t have a budget.
WPB360: When and why did you think to start blogging?
Clearissa: I began blogging a year ago because a friend suggested that. I share my organization tips and DIY-ing projects on FB. So I began there and I had a blast. It was so much fun that I decided to build a website. And as they say…the rest is blog history.
WPB360: What is your blog Clearissa Coward’s Command Center all about?
Clearissa: As I said above, I am a lifestyle blogger with an emphasis on organization and redesign and a personal organization consultant with a flair for design on a dime. My website, The Command Center, is a conglomerate which includes, Divinely Organized – Professional & Personal Organization & Redesign service, Customized Virtual Business Solutions (CVBS) – a full service virtual assistant business.
And Clearissa’s Avon Boutique – a 24/7 shop till you drop skin care/glam site where the focus is on looking and feeling good. Although there are several tendrils to my business, they are all centered on living an uncluttered, successful and feel good life. Simply stated, I blog about my passions.
Clearissa: I am not a full-time blogger. I have a regular 9 – 5 job. I generally devote 1 – 2 hours in the evenings to my blog. That can include writing and publishing a blog post, sharing a post on social media, completing a DIY project or responding to comments.
I take Saturdays off and I spend Sunday afternoons writing and pulling pictures for my articles for the next week. My personal goal is to write two articles each week, but with my busy life, I sometimes fall short. However; I do not beat myself up about it. I allow myself the luxury to re-evaluate my priorities.
WPB360: Did you face any challenges during your starting blogging phase?
Clearissa: I faced and I still face many blogging challenges. I’ve learned over the past year that one must LOVE blogging, sharing and writing to do this because it is indeed a journey. It is very time consuming and it is not as easy as it looks.
When I began, I knew nothing about blogging on WordPress or blogging groups and there are several tools that I’ve learned to use along the way. Also, I had to learn, the hard way, that photography is also a huge part of blogging. I am still struggling with that one. Most importantly, I had to develop a thicker skin and learn to deal with rejection and not to expect those closest to me to understand and support my passion. Because it takes up so much time, sadly sometimes those closest to you are the least supportive.
WPB360: You have been featured in many blog networks. According to you, what are the best methods to boost one’s online presence?
Clearissa: I have been blessed to be featured in a few blog networks. Believe me, I am no expert, but I would suggest consistency. Make a deal with yourself to write 1 or 2 posts per week and maintain the blog update frequency. Whichever your schedule permits and that you can accomplish without burnout.
Once you have committed to you, commit to your followers. Tell them in an article or on your website in the about section. That way they will know what to expect. And always, always be you. Do not try to be like or write like or connect with your followers like another blogger. Everyone has their own personality and your followers want to know you.
WPB360: Which is the most awesome moment in your blogging journey so far?
Clearissa: I have had many. When I received my very first subscriber I thought my heart would burst with excitement. When I received my very first comment on an article, I was simply over the moon.
But the best of all so far is when I was interviewed and featured as an organizational expert in an interview with Homeyou. So far, that was a moment when I felt as if all the hard work was beginning to be recognized. And now I have this interview with WPBlogging360 …another defining moment added to my blogging journey.
Clearissa: I do offer services. I am an organizational consultant and I can do this locally or set up online meetings. I am also working toward launching The Command Center Craft Boutique on my site where I will offer some of my hand painted and hand made one of a kind crafts and upcycles. I am also working on an organization eBook. However, my main source of income remains my full-time job for now. We will see how it goes.
WPB360: Blogging has taken a big change in recent years. What are your ways to outshine in this very competitive blogosphere?
Clearissa: Since I am a newbie, I don’t know that I can speak to the changes. And as far as outshining other bloggers…well that is not my goal. My goal is simply find my blogging niche where I can share with those who choose to follow me.
I think there is enough love and loyalty to go around and I do not feel I need to extinguish someone else’s flame for mine to burn brighter. I would love to connect with other like-minded bloggers and share the love and help each other grow.
WPB360: What do you prefer to do when you are not blogging?
Clearissa: When I’m not blogging, I Iove to spend time with my family. I have 2 grandchildren that make my heart sing and I like my hubs quite a lot as well. I also love gardening when the weather permits and of course a lot of my time is spent crafting, Diy-ing and thrifting. And although it is not a popular past time, I love watching TV. HGTV, DIY, Lifetime and the ID channel are among my favorite.
WPB360: What are your next blogging plans?
Clearissa: I am aiming to get my craft boutique launched and my eBook up and out and continue to do what I do. I would also love to find my way into the world of product testing/reviewing as well.
Clearissa: Do not be intimidated by the success of others. They had their journey and you are on yours. Also, know that blogging is fun, but it is not easy and you’ve gotta love it to stick to it.
Find your passion and center your blog on that. It’s not as difficult to share your passion consistently as it would be to share something you care less about.
And finally, be respectful and kind to your followers. They will be your incentive to keep plugging along. Respond when they comment, answer any questions they ask as honestly and transparently as possible and share, share, share. Just enjoy the ride.
Thanks again Clearissa for your time and sharing your valuable insights with the readers of WPB360. Please feel free to ask in the comments below in case you want to know any other blogging tips from her.