Blog Spotlight: Acting Balanced
Today I would like to welcome Heather from Acting Balanced. 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 34 year old never-stay-at-home mom living in Charleston SC after growing up in Ontario, Canada. I love Charleston and everything about it, but I often get homesick for family, friends and real poutine (another story entirely). My two kids Robyn, 12 and Liam, 4 are as different as night and day and are both at points in their life where they are challenging and fabulous at the same time. We are currently dealing with the whole pre-teen drama and angst of Middle School with one and the ups and downs of autism with the other, but there are also the sweet, funny moments and pics that I share with you that make it all worth while. I also have a sweet hubby who is a professor at a local university and a new little boy on the way – due in November. All of that, along with blogging and a serious reading addiction keep me hopping!
Please tell me about your blog.
It’s a blog about being me – sometimes mouthy, opinionated and always right… actually it’s partly that and partly a little slice of family history, current issues, recipes and just plain fun! When I blog, I often talk about things in my life – my children, my family especially my childhood recollections, my grandmother’s memoirs that I’m helping to edit and occasionally my husband. I also do product reviews, book reviews and give aways for family friendly products and services.
How long have you been blogging?
Since November of 2009
How did you get started?
I started blogging to share insights and issues with my friends and it grew from there.
What kinds of products do you feature on your blog?
I feature family friendly books, household products, food, childrens products and more.
What was your favourite giveaway?
I put together a care package of treats from Canada this summer for one lucky American blog reader of products from my childhood that can’t be got in the US – ketchup chips, Tim Horton’s coffee and ‘real’ Smarties were included…
Who does your blog appeal to?
Most of my readers are other mom bloggers and online friends who I share common ground with… but I also have former students of my husband’s and many other readers.
What direction do you see your blog going in the future?
I would like to keep a balance of reviews, give aways and personal stories and expand my base by finding like minded bloggers to share with.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced so far with your blog?
Maintaining everything when I get sick or tired and life catches up!
What do you love about blogging?
Sharing pieces of my family with my blogging friends
Do you have a blogging pet peeve?
I’m not a big fan of hit and run followers – I prefer to develop a relationship with the people I follow and who follow me – so many of the follow me memes I did when I first got started seemed to be #’s only things and the comments were never about the blog, just a ‘follow me, cause I’m following you’ thing
Do you have any advice for the readers entering your giveaway? newbie review bloggers?
I enter lots of give aways – if I regularly enter give aways on certain sites, I keep a list of what I follow on that blog and how, so I can cut and paste things like I follow on GFC or I am a facebook fan into the comments.
Tell me some of your favourite blogs that you read.
I read over 100 blogs regularly and some of my faves are:
Hallee the Homemaker
Out of the Box and Into the Kitchen
How can people find you?
Acting Balanced is also one of the blogs participating in next week’s Fall Follower Giveaway Tour for $750!!