Today I would like to welcome Heather from Cool Canucks. I had a chance to learn more about her blog and here’s what she had to say…
Please tell me about yourself.
I am a 40 yr old happily married lady from Northern Ontario Canada. I have been working as a HCA/PSW since 1990 until I just resigned in Feb. of 2009 because my hubby has a really good job and told me that I could stay home, so took advantage of it! lol
Please tell me about your blog.
My blog features all of the best and latest contests, coupons, deals, and freebies all exclusive to Canadians. It originated from my CoolCanucks Contest and Freebie forum here: http://forum.coolcanucks.ca/
How long have you been blogging?
I have only starting really blogging in September of this year! Now I have become addicted with all of this extra time on my hands!! My tech guy figured to get more exposure, that our CoolCanucks Forum required a blog! And he was right!! I love him! 🙂
How did you get started?
Well, I have been an avid contester since 2002 when my first win arrived! I have been a moderator on a few Canadian Contest and Freebie sites, alot of members and guests know me as ‘roxxyroller’. After that first contest win which was a huge Tim McGraw prize package from CMT, I was hooked!! Since then I have won a whack of things from books to DVD’s, iPods, BBQ’s, China Sets, to 3 trip wins now!! My most favorite win was a trip to Costa Rica from Air Canada Vacations!!
What kinds of products do you feature on your blog?
We have a ton of sponsors from both Canada and the US that I am, and will forever, be grateful for. They are so wonderful!! We do reviews and giveaways for both Adults and Children’s clothing, shoes, and accessories, Skin Care products – again for both Adults and children, Scholastic has been wonderful working with me to review children’s books and DVD’s, Cosmetic’s, and we pretty much review anything! Today I posted a review from Nature’s Path Organics, so you can say that we feature food products as well!
What was your favourite giveaway?
Although I LOVE all of my giveaways, my favorite one was with Angela at Planet Forward! They are a company in Vaughan Ontario Canada, and the HUGE box of items that Angela sent me to review was overwhelming! All of their products are of great quality, they have very inexpensive prices, and environmentally friendly which is important! This giveaway is still running actually, and can be found here! Angela is the greatest! http://coolcanucks.ca/coolcanucks-blog-contest-planet-forward-giveaway/
Who does your blog appeal to?
We have quite a variety of members now, but our blog mostly appeals to women I would say. We have alot of younger mothers on our site. Our ratio would be approximately 78% women, and 23% men. The guys are now starting to participate more in our blog giveaways though now, which is wonderful!
What direction do you see your blog going in the future?
Well I have some helpers who post with me quite often which can be a real stress reliever!! Hats off to my sidekick Sherry, who’s username on CoolCanucks is ‘cqueen2’. I also have Belinda, who’s username is ‘prairiebelle’ who can also be a real God Send when she is needed, so I think that CoolCanucks will eventually be climbing right to the top!
What is the biggest challenge you have faced so far with your blog?
When it comes to dealing with technical issues, I have a very ‘tech-savvy’ guy who does all of that work for me. Sometimes when things go wrong, or I need things added technically and he is not around, that can be extremely frustrating! So waiting for him is alot of times my biggest challenge!! (I really think it’s just a man thing though to be honest!! LOL)
What do you love about blogging?
I love the fact that I can blog all of the newest contests, coupons, deals, and freebies for Canadians so we can all take advantage of these great money savings coupon and deals, we can also actually fill out simple forms and get things delivered to our homes for FREE, and we at CoolCanucks mostly all love entering and winning contests, so the CoolCanucks Forum and Blog is a win-win for everyone who joins us, subscribes to our emails, follows us through Google Friend Connect, follows us on twitter, or subscribes to our RSS Feed!!
Do you have a blogging pet peeve?
I cannot think of anything other than the occasional spelling error that myself or one of my other fellow bloggers made and by the time we catch it, our email has already been sent out to everyone’s inbox! ARGH Other than that embarrassment, We love it!
Do you have any advice for the readers entering your giveaway? newbie review bloggers?
Yes absolutely!! Please follow the mandatory rules written as plain as day right at the beginning of the ‘how to enter’ on my blog. Alot of times newbies often write “Sounds great!” or “Sign me up!” Those simple little comments are personally annoying to me and get deleted. If you cannot take the time to simply read a few simple rules that are not hard to follow at all, then I am sorry but your comments will be deleted, plain and simple. My blog contests by the way are 95% valid for both Canadian as well as US Residents as I like to share my giveaways with our friends in the United States of America! 🙂
How can people find you?
I try to leave CoolCanucks all over the world wide web as much as I can! Type CoolCanucks into google and we are right there! lol My Forum is here: http://forum.coolcanucks.ca/ and my blog is here:http://coolcanucks.ca/ and finally, you can find my giveaways here:http://coolcanucks.ca/category/giveaways-canada/