Welcome to the first piece in our “Women In Biz All Around WordPress” feature that will run the 1st Sunday of every month. It’s a brand 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 clients of mine who have inspired me over the years and I think they will inspire you as well.
In the very first of the series, I want to introduce you a lady very dear to my heart and one of my very first clients! She was instrumental in the creation of the “Luxury Maintenance Plan” that I provide to her and others just like her. Well, no one is quite like The Contessa aka Elizabeth Kirkpatrick! She is the best case of originality.
Her site The Vintage Contessa.net is everything you would expect from an Italian Contessa and much, much more. She’s one part fashionista and one part country farmer and that’s only a small portion of what this beautiful woman possesses! From the very beginning, she has reminded me of Jackie O! Both stunningly glamorous and amazingly down to earth! She’s one of my favorite people and once you meet her she’ll be one of your favorite’s too!
1. What made you first decide to build a blog or website? How long have you had your site?
I had an ANTIQUE SHOP and decided I needed to advertise my wares. So a website was built for THE HEN HOUSE. Once I closed my doors I thought “NOW WHAT DO I DO WITH IT?”I was reading a couple of blogs at the time and thought well, I could talk about myself and see how that goes or possibly sell online! That is how THE Vintage Contessa.net came to be. MY guess is going on seven years that I have been puttering away on the BLOG.
2. What is your niche?
GOOD QUESTION! I talk about every day living from Food to clothes, the garden to Manners! Mostly, I write about what I do who I meet where I go. Today I met CHRISTY TURLINGTON’S SISTER unbeknownst to me at THE TIME! I’m a CHARACTER so I guess you could say my niche is HOW I LIVE!
3. Of all of your blog posts or pages on your site which is your favorite?
ON the HOME page if you click up top on LA CONTESSA than click on PORTRAIT SHOOT IN PARIS!THAT would be MY favorite photos ever and a Memory I will cherish the rest of my Life as I was with my TWO SONS who I showed PARIS too for the first time! We were captured inside and outside of THE LOUVRE with CHICKENS!!!! You can see me feeding The Chickens just like the DUCHESS of DEVONSHIRE did in her BALL gown………..A ball gown would have taken up to much space in the luggage so I settled on a red jersey dress with a Taffeta Opera Coat!
4. What is your favorite social media platform and why?
INSTAGRAM.Hands down……. WHY?Because I can travel the world from the comfort of my home each day and have my breath TAKEN AWAY time and TIME again! One can also find FRIENDS through Instagram as we seem to find our TRIBE there.IT can be a Time SUCKER so be careful……….
5. Do you find WordPress easy to maneuver or do you avoid the back end like the plague?
“AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE”!!!! That’s why I have RENA! I have NO desire to know how things work and the technical stuff. I just want to CREATE HUMOR and have FUN! I am definitely MORE of a CREATIVE PERSON than a FIX IT GAL!
6. Is your site a business that makes money or a passion that makes your heart sing?
I think my site is THE ONLY BLOG LEFT that does NOT MONETIZE. Maybe I am making a mistake but I can tell YOU this those blogs that have the ADS in them drive ME CRAZY! I think The ADS is ONE BIG REASON BLOGS ARE NOT EXISTING TODAY! It is very confusing sometimes to find the rest of the POST when an AD is telling you to CLICK HERE! MY BLOG is for FUN and it is a PASSION. I get EXCITED every time I hit PUBLISH! I think of it as a diary of my LIFE! Plus, The reader gets to watch me AGE!
7. If you use your site for business what do you sell or what service do you provide?
NO BUSINESS…………. I do like to suggest how you can dress to cover the exercise gear from time to time. My AGELESS STYLE POSTS that I do with another blogger have been a HIT!More for the middle-aged women and what products they are using and clothes they like is shared on the blog once a month! Tune in and SUBSCRIBE and give me TRY…………THEVINTAGECONTESSA.NET
8. What is one thing you’d like people to know about you?
I AM A SHY PERSON! Believe it or NOT!
Now that surprises me! The Contessa never fails to bring a smile to my face. She’s gracious, elegant, and just lovely all around! Check her out for yourself!
You can also find her on Facebook & Instagram!