Blog Spotlight | What’s Cooking at DD?
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Today I would like to welcome WCatDD aka Miriam from What’s Cooking at DD? I had a chance to learn more about her blog and here’s what she had to say…
Please tell me about yourself.
I’m a former electrical engineer turned graphic designer turned blogger. I’m a lover of Christ and the loving mother to two adorable cats – Daisy and Hobbes.
Please tell me about your blog.
What’s Cooking at DD has gone through a few different phases. It originally started out as a blog about meal assembly, but now it features product reviews, giveaways, and anything else that comes to mind that I want to write about.
How long have you been blogging?
Post #1 on the blog is dated May 1, 2007, but I’ve only been doing product reviews and giveaways since October, 2009.
How did you get started?
While transitioning between careers, one of the stores I worked at needed a way to communicate with its customers. Since I had a programming background, I thought I’d take a stab at creating a custom blog for the owner and I’ve just kept on blogging ever since.
What kinds of products do you feature on your blog?
I feature a lot of consumer/household products, but it seems like I’ve been doing a lot of food and cookbook reviews (although that’s probably because the blog name asks “What’s Cooking?”)
What was your favourite giveaway?
This is a tough question. One of the most popular giveaways was the Hoover WindTunnel Vacuum giveaway, but I’d have to say that the giveaways I wanted to enter myself into the most (which I couldn’t) were the Cocomotion and Plant Nanny giveaways.
Who does your blog appeal to?
I think there’s a little something for everyone, but I would guess that most of my visitors are women.
What direction do you see your blog going in the future?
In addition to doing more reviews and giveaways, I really want to find ways to infuse my faith and love of God into the blog more.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced so far with your blog?
My biggest challenge was when I lost perspective and started to let the blog run me. I was imposing so much pressure on myself to get reviews done quickly and assigning my own deadlines that I got completely stressed. Thank goodness I had people there to help put things back into perspective.
What do you love about blogging?
I love having a way to voice my thoughts and opinions on so many different things. Whether it’s products or the state of the universe. I’ve also received notes from giveaway winners who expressed how winning or receiving their prize was right on time, and I think that being able to be used to bless others, even in the little things, is amazing.
Do you have a blogging pet peeve?
I’m not a fan of partial RSS feeds. When I go to my reader, I like being able to see the entire story from the reader – that’s the whole point of subscribing to a feed. Forcing me to click over to a site gives the impression the blogger just cares about the visit statistic, not that they actually want me to read the story.
Do you have any advice for the readers entering your giveaway? newbie review bloggers?
My advice for readers entering giveaways is to try to earn the extra entries. It’s fairly easy to create Facebook, Twitter, and Google accounts, so even if you use them JUST for giveaways, it’s probably worth the effort. For new review bloggers, I’d definitely tell them to take a lesson from me – don’t let your desire to do reviews and grow the blog shift priorities from things that are more imporatnt.
Tell me some of your favourite blogs that you read.
I love reading Angela at The Suburban Jungle (http://thesuburbanjungle.blogspot.com/) and Ellen from To the Max (http://lovethatmax.blogspot.com)
How can people find you?
I’m typically lurking on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/WCatDD). I’m also on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/WCatDD) and of course on my blog: http://www.whatscookingatdd.com/