Name...Kimberly Jones, but everyone calls me Kimmie
Birthday...November 18, 1982. I am a Scorpio through and through
Where are you from...I am from a suburb outside of Nashville, TN, where I still reside. I am crazy in love with Middle Tennessee and can't imagine myself anywhere else.
3 words that describe you...observant, genuine and sarcastic
Occupation...In December, due to restructuring, I lost my ho-hum job as an insurance-adjusting cubicle dweller, which was a total blessing. Currently, I am pursuing what has always been my dream -- to tackle several different freelance writing projects all at the same time. It's like being thrown off a boat and not being entirely sure how to swim. It's scary and refreshing.
Blog: My blog is That Girl In The Wheelchair, and I talk about basically anything that I feel like delving into. The unifying force is that everything is from the perspective of a girl in a wheelchair with a slightly odd sense of humor. Most of the content is cultural trends and popular culture, but I pepper in a lot of personal stories and nostalgia.
When did you start your blog...I've always felt at home in the blogosphere. I had a Myspace blog. Then when I was in college, 2004ish, I started a blog called As The Wheel Turns. Around summer 2010, several years after that blog had gone to blog heaven, I started That Gilrl in the Wheelchair after I got a sinus infection and basically had nothing better to do. The decision was hands-down one of the best ones of my life. These last two years, my blog has seen me through a very serious month-long stay in intensive care after a collapsed lung, meeting the love of my life and the loss of a job, a gallbladder and most difficult, my father. Writing about these events was the best form of therapy.
That Girl in the Wheelchair because that is the superficial thing that sets me apart from the pack. It also gets it out of the way early on....kinda like saying, "Yes. I am disabled. Let's move on."
What do you love the most about blogging? Does anything about it stress you out?
The amazing kinship you can have within a community of bloggers is something I never expected to find. Seriously, the talented people I follow are bad-ass. I'm lucky enough to have found some great disabled bloggers and also have a family of Nashville lady bloggers who give me great feedback and ideas. They also can totally relate when I get weird search terms in my analytics or are great sources of advice. Sometimes, I do tend to get stressed out when I write something I think is great and it gets no views, yet the post I put little thought into gets really popular. It's hard to know what people like, so you just have to follow your gut and stick to writing what you love.
If you had to describe your blog in one sentence, what would you say?
The sometimes-coherent ramblings of a disabled woman who is fully inspired by the ridiculous.
It has taught me that it's OK to be weird. In fact, it is completely encouraged. My odd sense of humor and unique perspective are embraced and have made me feel more myself than I have in years.
What advice do you have for new bloggers?
Be consistent and find inspiration EVERYWHERE! My iPhone holds a constant list of writing ideas, so if I ever hit a dry spell, I consult the list. I also take pictures all the time which serve as a good basis for blogs. Also, read a lot of blogs voraciously. This is a great way to gain followers and get ideas.
Where do you see yourself and your blog in 5 years?
Professionally, I see myself consistently writing and hopefully having completed my autobiographical book of essays. Personally, I hope to be in the Middle Tennessee area possibly married to my bearded ginger love and working on starting our life together.
Probably most surprising to me is that people care what I say. Sometimes when I send my thoughts into cyberspace, I forget that others are reading. Then months later, an acquaintance will bring up a story I told in my blog, and it will shock me that they know about it. Apparently, a lot of people share my lame hobbies of watching Family Feud and knowing verbatim every episode of Full House. Who knew?!?