Amber Shimel is a fellow mom of five whom I met via Instagram. She’s also a homeschool mom and a blogger—in fact, we’ve both said we have so much in common that we’d love to sit down for coffee together. However, we live on opposite sides of the continent; Amber is a Florida native who has an annual pass at Walt Disney World. So if we ever manage to pull of a Disney trip for our kids, I’ll be asking Amber for tips on the best places to go.
TKM: First, tell us a bit about Amber Shimel.
Amber: I am a work from home mom of 5. We homeschool three days a week and the children go to a homeschooling support school two days per week. I’ve been a Walt Disney World annual pass holder for ten plus years.
TKM: When and why did you start your blog?
Amber: I have had a lifelong love of writing, and have been doing it in some fashion for decades. I started my blog when I started feeling like my children were getting older, and more self-sufficient. I wanted a way to connect with the world more, and to share my thoughts and experiences.
TKM: How did you come up with your blog name?
Amber: In coming up with my name, it was a journey from my initial primary and sole focus of Disney World, to being more all-encompassing. I changed my web presence name from Live from Walt Disney World to Amber Likes. I wanted a name that I would be able to use in a lot of different ways moving forward, for lots of different purposes.
TKM: Do you have a blog schedule or do you post when you feel like it?
Amber: I post at a minimum one day per week. My ideal posting schedule would be twice a week.
TKM: What is your favourite part of blogging? your least favourite part?
Amber: My favorite part of blogging is the actual writing. I recently enjoyed writing about the Edison and Ford Winter Estate: Creating Future Scientists and Dreamers.
My least favorite part is the technical side. Although I use Wix for my website hosting, I have a very hard time even adding in comment boxes or adding new features to the site.
TKM: What advice would you offer other bloggers?
Amber: My advice would be that if you are thinking about starting a blog or becoming active on another social medium, just go for it! I heard the advice to just try something for a year, give it your all, and see what happens. That’s exactly what I did, and I have been amazed at how much has happened in that year.
TKM: What is your favourite social media platform and why?
Amber: My favorite platform by far is Instagram. I love the simplicity of it, and the quick way you can connect with others. It is a platform that I feel I have mostly figured out, and know how to manage.