Blog Spotlight | My Real Review
I am running a feature spotlighting other Review & Giveaway Blogs. If you have one and would like to be featured, please email me at [email protected]
Today I would like to welcome Nicole from My Real Review. 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 to two little boys. My oldest is three and my youngest is a few months shy of his first birthday. Before having kids, I was a sixth grade teacher and in January I began my graduate studies (I’m currently working toward a Master of Educational Technology degree).
Please tell me about your blog.
I find as a mom, I’m always chatting with other moms about the products/ideas we find that are useful and help us to better manage our households. In particular, I’m always on the lookout for environmentally friendly options. My Real Review is a place where I can share great ideas and products that really work for me.
How long have you been blogging?
I have casually kept a family blog for a few years now to keep extended family up-to-date with our lives. I began My Real Review in November of 2009 as a way to improve my social media skills before starting my master’s degree.
How did you get started?
I started by simply blogging about products that I already used and why I liked them. I also contacted the companies I was featuring (plus some new companies I had heard great things about) and asked if they would be interested in having me review more of their products/host a giveaway. I didn’t hear back from everyone, but I had a good starting point and my blog has taken off from there!
What kinds of products do you feature on your blog?
Being that I’m a mom, a lot of my products are household related; however, I have a range of reviews on all kinds of things in the works right now.
What was your favourite giveaway?
I’ve loved all the products that I have had the privilege of promoting, but I have been a huge fan of Nature Clean for a number of years and hosting a giveaway from them was wonderful!
Who does your blog appeal to?
I find that my readers are mostly other moms at various stages of the motherhood adventure.
What direction do you see your blog going in the future?
I hope to continue to provide reviews on fantastic products I am introduced to, along with tips/advice on various topics that interest me. I’d also love to be able to incorporate my interest in educational technology somehow.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced so far with your blog?
I think the biggest challenge for me was all the work and time that needs to be invested in the early stages of a blog. I’m glad to be at a point now where my blog is more established.
What do you love about blogging?
I love writing and the creative outlet that blogging provides me. I’ve never been able to find a hobby that really suited me until I discovered blogging.
Do you have a blogging pet peeve?
The only pet peeve I can think of is what I call ‘Falling Down the Rabbit Hole’. This is when I sit down at my computer with intention of checking something quickly, and before it know it, a couple hours have passed.
Do you have any advice for the readers entering your giveaway?
Additional entries are a great way to boost your chances of winning.
newbie review bloggers?
Get to know your fellow bloggers. There are so many wonderful bloggers out there and you already have a common bond -a love for writing! A great way to do this is to enter giveaways and join in on various meme’s throughout the week. For example I love participating in Monday Mingles and Friday Follows. In addition to making new friends, participation in these will help drive a lot of traffic to your site.
Tell me some of your favourite blogs that you read.
There are so many that I love. I have buttons on my sidebar highlighting some of my favourites! I also have a few real-life friends who run fantastic blogs that I follow:
How can people find you?
Visit my blog: www.myrealreview.blogspot.com
Follow me on Twitter: www.twitter.com/myrealreview
I also just started a facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/My-Real-Review/478256295214?v=wall