Blog Spotlight | Giveaway Blogdom
Today I would like to welcome Brandy from Giveaway Blogdom. I had a chance to learn more about her blog and here’s what she had to say…
Please tell me about yourself.
My name is Brandy and I am a farmers wife. We raise potatoes and barley for Coors beer. So my motto eat more fries and drink more beer! Actually we don’t really drink in this house so we kind of ironic. I have a two year old son and am due in the very near future with our second boy. They will have 1200 acres to run around on and I couldn’t be happier living out in the middle of nowhere, except when I am out of sugar and it’s 25 miles to the store. I enjoy scrapbooking, sewing (just starting), volunteering, and most outdoor activities (snowmobiling, camping, 4-wheeling, etc) and now of course blogging.
Please tell me about your blog.
My blog is mostly about giveaways. I wanted to start out as just a giveaway blog that listed giveaways around the net and then hosted them, however I quickly realized that not many people will read it just for that. I now offer two Etsy features a week on Thursday and Sunday, a new recipe for our household on Monday, and hopefully a book review and author stop every couple of weeks. I am really enjoying the time I have spent blogging and wish that I had more to spend. I didn’t realize how much work went into a blog though honestly. When I first started I had high hopes that in a couple of weeks I would be offering amazing giveaways to me 1000 followers with only putting in an hour a day! Boy did I learn my lesson quickly. I love the people I have met thus far and am looking forward to meeting so many more. It takes time but I am gaining the ground that I wanted to be.
How long have you been blogging?
I started my blog in March 2010. I knew absolutely nothing when I started and have had a huge wake up call!
How did you get started?
In January I learned the art of entering giveaways. I had never known such things existed and that I truly had a chance at winning somethings. I never win anything in my life but was soon winning something every week that I entered. I wanted a way to reward those who were offering the giveaways and their companies by being another person to promote them. So with the help of my cousin at Heavenly Savings, Giveaway Blogdom started.
What kinds of products do you feature on your blog?
I feature anything I can get. Everybody has different tastes! I live in a very rural area and therfore sometimes sadly have the rural mentality. The first time a featured a big flower to put into somebody’s hair I was thinking to myself “Do people really wear these things?” I have quickly learned there is a bigger world out there and that I need to learn about it. My blog has helped with that a lot!
What was your favourite giveaway?
I recently had the opportunity to giveaway a collage on my blog from Etsy seller Torann. She has some amazing work and can manage to put things together that I would never have seen work in my mind.
Who does your blog appeal to?
I would hope anybody! I am always open to suggestions on how to grow and expand though.
What direction do you see your blog going in the future?
I do want to see my blog grow. I see it as a valuable source of information to a variety of readers and I want it to become more of a source to even more people. I understand I can’t meet everybody’s interests but I like to think I can meet most expectations.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced so far with your blog?
Having enough time!!
What do you love about blogging?
I love that it’s a piece of me. It has become my way to do something productive in the evenings instead of just watching t.v. when we do. The giveaways that I post in my roundups are things that I would like to win/own and this helps give the readers an insight into my life. I am not the best at talking about myself directly so this is another way to express myself without making it just about me.
Do you have a blogging pet peeve?
Do you have any advice for the readers entering your giveaway? newbie review bloggers?
For those entering the giveaways – truly take the time to read what is being said about the giveaway sponsor. A lot of time and money goes into making the giveaway possible and the goal is not to just give it away without the possibility of gaining a new client/customer.
Newbie Bloggers- your not going to become famous overnight.
Tell me some of your favourite blogs that you read.
Money Saving Mom
Springs Bargains (I love that she is local for me and offers grocery store prices that I can actually use)
How can people find you?
My blog can be found at Giveawayblogdom.blogspot.com and I can be found on Facebook under BJM Myers and Twitter under Giveaway Blogdom.