Blog Spotlight | Nolie’s Place
Today I would like to welcome Nolie from Nolie’s Place. 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 SAHM to an adorable 3 year old boy and am engaged to one of the most wonderful men ever. I live in Ontario,Canada and love it here. I moved away from my home city about 4 years ago and can’t wait to move back. I have a sense of humor and love meeting new people. I am a what you see is what you get kind of person so either you love me or hate me.
Please tell me about your blog.
My blog is all about life. If it is part of my life then at some point it will show up on my post. I know people say you should have a niche but I am a firm believer that life is a niche. I have also started doing reviews. I will only do them though if I find they are a good fit for my family and my blog.
How long have you been blogging?
I have been blogging since March of this year.
How did you get started?
I got started by attempting to do Project 365 which is where you take 1 picture a day for an entire year. However I could not find something new to photograph everyday so ditched the concept. However in that time I learned about the blogging world and the great community it had. I was sucked in as I like to put it. So I started up a blog on blogger and after a few weeks decided that was not good enough for me. A few days after that I purchased my domain and have been growing day by day since then.
What kinds of products do you feature on your blog?
As I mentioned I just started doing reviews. So far I have reviewed a case for my iPhone and a t-shirt. I have another t-shirt one coming up and one that is a toy for my son. I am just waiting for the toy to get here. I think he will love it which is why I am doing the review.
What was your favourite giveaway?
My favorite giveaway is one I have going on right now for a t-shirt. The reason it is my favorite is because it is the first one that I am not paying for. I do a montly giveaway for a Starbucks or Tim Horton’s GC. I like the monthly giveaway as my readers have come to expect it and I have met many new people from advertising it.
Who does your blog appeal to?
My blog appeals to other moms who like to keep it real. I actually had a guest posted do up a post on my blog about how she loves that I keep it real and you know I am always giving it to you straight.
What direction do you see your blog going in the future?
WOW! I like the path that it is on. Sure it is not growing at rapid rates but it is growing at a rate I like. Those who come and stay know that I blog about what is on my mind and appreciate it. I do want to get involved in more reviews but I will not accept offers just so I can get another one under my belt and say I did it. I want my blog to be a community and the products on it I want to be products I believe in. I have also started a community and am painfully trying to get it going. I have big ideas. It’s just getting the people to it that is the slow part.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced so far with your blog?
Hmmm I would have to say my biggest challenge was learning self-hosted wordpress and designing my site. I did it all myself and it was interesting to say the least. Thankfully I had a bit of HTML knowledge and my fiance is a whiz so between us we got it all set up and looking fantastic. Now I try to help other bloggers where I can as I can’t imagine how scary it can be for others and I love to share my knowledge. Oh yeah, I did crash my blog once and almost cried. I thought I had lost everything but one quick 3 minute phone call to my host and they had it all back up and running.
What do you love about blogging?
I love connecting with others. Being a SAHM means during the day it’s just my son and I. Through blogging I get to meet other great people and people who “get it” so to speak. I also get “warm fuzzies” as I like to call it whenever I have been able to help another blogger out with the blog. It’s a great feeling.
Do you have a blogging pet peeve?
Oh my. I have many. Have you read my post A letter to my fellow bloggers? Number 1 though I would have to say is a tie between music auto playing and captcha.
Do you have any advice for the readers entering your giveaway?
Just do it and make sure to follow instructions. Also I love having conversations but if you have a question or want to start a conversation please try to start it on another post, e-mail me or get in touch on twitter. I like to keep the giveaway comment section strictly for entries.
Advice for newbie review bloggers? Know you site stats (Google Analytics is great) and just do it. Look around at other blogs and see what companies are working with bloggers and contact the companies. You may get no’s or even no replies but not sending an e-mail may be losing you the company who would have said yes.
Tell me some of your favourite blogs that you read.
My Must reads which are in their own folder in reader so if I only have a few minutes that is where I go are:
- Mommy Monologues
- Casa Di Cass
- Mama Still Wears Gucci
- One Crazy Brunette Chick
How can people find you?