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Country Mouse City Mouse

Today I would like to welcome Pam from Country Mouse, City Mouse. Pam lives in Ontario which happens to be where I am from too! 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 stay at home mom of three children. I am only a SAHM because of a back injury which is preventing me from returning to my job after the mat. leave of my youngest daughter. My children are 11, 6 and 3.

Please tell me about your blog.
My blog is a mix of the daily lives of my kids and their activities, local community events, and product reviews and giveaways.

How long have you been blogging?
Exactly one year, I started this time last December.

How did you get started?
My sister has a blog and she kept telling me to start one. I thought I had nothing to say…seems I did! When I started I had no idea about the review and giveaway world. I started visiting blogs that were doing reviews and giveaways and I thought…hey I can do that! I began doing giveaways by contacting Canadian Etsy owners asking them if they would like to be featured. I ended up with about 12 stores that were willing to be featured and provide a giveaway item. My giveaways just took off from there.
What kinds of products do you feature on your blog?
I feature products for moms and products for kids. Always items I would love to own myself.

What was your favourite giveaway?
I have loved so many. My favourites are ones where the sponsor is actively involved with me and is excited to see the post and gives me feedback.
One I was really excited about was the plasma car giveaway. When I first contacted them they told me I needed a specific number of followers and it was my goal to get to that number. I was so proud to contact them a second time and tell them that I met their requirements.

Who does your blog appeal to?

I am hoping it appeals to moms with kids in the same age range as my own children.

What direction do you see your blog going in the future?
I pretty much want to keep it the way it is. I love the personal side of blogging and have found I have slipped away from that, keeping up with the giveaways and reviews is pretty time consuming. So if anything, I would like to spend a little more time on that side of it, and getting out and commenting on other’s blogs. As far as the reviewing and giveaways I am always looking out for great products and companies to feature. Bigger isn’t better to me, if I find something I love…I am pretty sure other moms would be interested as well!

What is the biggest challenge you have faced so far with your blog?
I have lots of great readers, but the challenge to me is getting them to visit me daily. I also think Americans have an easier time at attracting sponsors.

What do you love about blogging?
I love the connections and friends I have made.

Do you have a blogging pet peeve?
I hate to see rude comments left on blogs.
It drives me nuts when a sponsor does not reply to you after you send them the review/giveaway link. I guess I thrive off of feedback!

Do you have any advice for the readers entering your giveaway? newbie review bloggers?
If you are entering my giveaways, use those extras entries (such as tweeting daily) and visit me often, please!
If you are just getting started I suggest finding your niche. If you are a eco-friendly blogger than look for that kind of sponsor.

How can people find you?
Please visit me at Country Mouse, City Mouse

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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