Welcome to the eleventh edition in our “Women In Biz All Around WordPress” feature that will run the 1st Sunday of every month. It’s a new series where we spotlight amazing women and the ways in which they have used WordPress to spread their message, sell their products, or provide valuable services.

The hope is to inspire other midlife women to build their online businesses and find what we’re all looking for; financial freedom, a lifestyle they love, and excitement they may have been missing! All of these women are current or former clients of mine who have inspired me over the years and I think they will inspire you as well.

This month I want to introduce you to a client & friend (actually I’ve become friends with all of my clients in some way or another) Kelly McKenzie! I can still remember the first time I ever visited Kelly’s blog “Just Typikel” isn’t that an awesome name? You only have to read a couple of blog posts and it will become abundantly clear just how you got its name! Normal things don’t happen to Kelly.

Anyway, she had written a post called, “How My Sister Mothered My Children When I Couldn’t,” that was an instant kick in my gut. You see, Kelly lost her husband when her children were just babies really and this post was about how her sister took over when she couldn’t and how grateful she was for her then and now.

When I was 7 years old my father was very sick and spent several weeks in the hospital. So that she could give my father all of her attention my aunt came and took my two brothers and myself to her house hundreds of miles away for about two months maybe a little longer. At 7, it seemed like years.

Her post brought all of that back for me and I realized how much love, understanding, and compassion that my aunt showed to us. She cooked our meals, washed our clothes and dried our tears when home seemed so far away and never, not once, did her or my uncle lost their patience with us. I had to call her that day and tell her how thankful for being exactly what we needed at that time and that I loved her dearly and then I contacted Kelly and our friendship began!

I know you’ll love her just as much as I do!

Tell us a little bit about you 
I’m a quirk magnet. Things happen to me that don’t usually happen to others. I delight in sharing these by writing about them. My husband passed away when our two were 16 months and three and I’ve devoted my energy to ensuring that their lives aren’t defined by the early demise of their dad. He’d expect nothing less.
What made you first decide to build a blog or website? How long have you had your site? 
I joined an online writing group when my youngest went off to college. My brother read one of my pieces and said I’d be a perfect fit for the Canadian online newspaper he wrote for. I applied, was picked up and then exposed to weekly newspapers across Canada. Readers were intrigued by my stories and wanted more so I started to blog. I started Just TypiKel in 2013.
What is your niche?
Humor. I mostly write about how my two survived being raised by me and also about my type-A, even quirkier than me, my 97-year-old mother.
Of all of your blog posts or pages on your site which is your favorite?
I’d have to say the post about the “tell us about your family” project at preschool. My then 3-year-old son shared that I “drank vats of wine,” forced him to “only watch chick flicks” and that I was 62. That was 21 years ago. And no, my mother did not have me at 14.
What is your favorite social media platform and why? 
Instagram. I’m writing a book on the 10 years I worked with Mom in her Vancouver Asian antiques store (believe me, there are stories) and have cut back on the blogging of late. I use Instagram to do a quick post, keep folks interested and curious and to hopefully engage more followers.
Do you find WordPress easy to maneuver or do you avoid the back end like the plague? 
I’m getting better at it and dreading it less. However, I can’t imagine doing it without Rena on standby.
Is your site a business that makes money or a passion that makes your heart sing? 
Definitely a passion. I love to write. Time melts away … I can sit down at 10:00am and emerge to find it dark outside and the dog demanding her dinner.
If you use your site for business what do you sell or what service do you provide?
I don’t receive a dime blogging. However, it has led me to write the book which I hope will soar into the world.
What is one thing you’d like people to know about you? 
Share a secret with me and I’ll take it to the grave.
Find her on her website Just Typikel (kellylmckenzie.com)
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