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PA blossoms into flower blogger while working from home

Rona Wheeldon of FloweronaWhen I noticed that The Organised PA had transmuted into Flowerona on Twitter, it was obvious that there was a home working story behind the tweets that demanded investigation!

I had tweeted with Rona Wheeldon about Jelly when she was running her Virtual PA business, and gave her a call to find out what had been going on…

‘I had been running my VA business for over two years and was feeling rather tied to my desk. So I went to see an astrologer for a business consultation.

She pointed out that I didn’t have a creative outlet, and suggested I put together a mood board of things that inspired me.

Most of it was flowers, but that’s as far as it went until I stumbled upon the blog Wee Birdy, which features items illustrated with birds. I realised that I could do the same with flowers!

I already knew a little bit about blogging, but decided to take an e-course, through which I’ve met other design bloggers who’ve been very helpful. I’ve also discovered a new passion in photography and have taken a number of courses.

I started my blog Flowerona in December 2010, alongside my Virtual PA business. By last summer it was obvious that there wasn’t time to continue both, and I was very fortunate to find someone to buy The Organised PA in September.

I now write six days a week for Flowerona, as well as a regular column for Wedding Flowers magazine, plus Heart Home magazine and blog. My aim is to provide an escape for people, somewhere they can go for inspiration and to feel good.

I love visiting places like New Covent Garden Flower Market and I’m meeting some wonderful, talented people in the floristry industry. I enjoy writing about them and enhancing their profile.

But life isn’t a bed of roses – even for a flower blogger! I’ve had labyrinthitis/BPPV for nine years, a condition affecting the inner ear and balance.

But I’ve been seeing a physiotherapist since August last year and with her treatment and my daily exercises, my condition has improved a great deal. And my last session with her is next month.

My aim for the future is to develop the blog further and create revenue streams since it’s now my main source of income. I have some exciting ideas for content that I can’t wait to get going…’

Visit Rona at Flowerona to see her beautiful photographs and flower-themed posts.

3 Comments on "PA blossoms into flower blogger while working from home"

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  1. Merchant Account says:

    “My aim for the future is to develop the blog further and create revenue streams since it’s now my main source of income.”

    I’m sure you’ll succeed. It took our blog a good two years to grow to a good number of visitors. Like you, we also blog six times a week, but we have several bloggers, which makes the task a little more easily managed. Persistence is everything!

  2. Yesenia says:

    Superb website you have here but I was wondering if you knew of any discussion boards that cover the same topics talked about here? I’d really love to be a part of online community where I can get opinions from other knowledgeable individuals that share the same interest. If you have any recommendations, please let me know. Also would you mind if I share your blog with my twitter group? There’s a lot of folks that I think would really appreciate your content. Please let me know. I find writing decent articles a difficult thing to do. I seem to have a dificult time writing my issue’s on to paper. I’ll go ahead and bookmark your website to come back later on Cheers!

    • Judy says:

      Thanks, Yesenia, I’m glad you like the site! I’m afraid I don’t know of any discussion boards – the work from home space has been so thoroughly colonised by the ‘make $1000 a day working from home part-time’ kind of scams that I tend not to venture too far.
      By all means tell all your contacts about the site, and don’t forget to visit next Thursday when writer’s coach Leda Sammarco will be describing how to structure an article – sounds exactly what you need!
      Leda has already written two other posts.