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Blog Spotlight | Rural Mom

Today I would like to welcome Barb from Rural Mom. I had a chance to learn more about her blog and here’s what she had to say…

Please tell me about your blog.

My first blog, began as a supplement to THE MOM’S GUIDE TO EARNING AND SAVING THOUSANDS ON THE INTERNET (McGraw Hill ISBN 0071457763.) I wanted a way to stay in touch with my readers and to share new information. continues to be a resource site for readers and new friends! is my daily blog (nearly two years old, now!) is about empowering moms with the right information and tools to enjoy country life to the fullest.  On readers will find exciting Articles on Women’s Topics, Reviews, Green Living, Freebies, Giveaways, and a whole lot of Frugal!

The Country Bookshelf is a sub-blog of  As an avid reader and reviewer, who is active in the publishing community, of course I had to build a bookshelf for Rura Mom! On the Country Bookshelf, I do not spend time regurgitating what can already be read on the back cover of each featured book. What you will find is a personal perspective on each book, how it touched my life or her family’s.  Readers will also find exciting Excerpts, Author Interviews, Book News, Articles, and Giveaways, too.

How long have you been blogging?

Coming up on six years now- wow!  Time does pass quickly and so much has changed in the blogger world.

What kinds of products do you feature on your blog?

Mainly family-friendly and eco-friendly products (and of course, books!)  I’m rather selective about what I choose to review and/or promote via my blogs. I only want to share the best of the best with my readers, which means I have to have full confidence in a product before sharing or recommending.

What was your favourite giveaway?

They all are. Seriously.  Again, I’m borderline super picky selective when it comes to any product featured on my blogs, so you know I love it if it’s featured in anyway, especially if there’s a chance my readers will be using it in their homes- I don’t want them to be dissapointed in any way!

Who does your blog appeal to?

Mainly women ages 20+, my blogs are very focused on women’s topics.  However, many topics are universal and I get to converse with male readers, teen readers, and so on… especially on the Country Bookshelf where I review a wide-range of book genres.  I welcome everyone and love to make new e-friends!

What direction do you see your blog going in the future?

The universe is ever-changing and I’m certain my blogs will continue to evolve, as they already have over the years.  Right now, readers seem to be happy with the format and content, but I’m always willing to adapt to new changes and preferences- for example, morphing the blogs with Twitter last year to accomodate my followers who prefer this social medium. I think women’s, eco, and frugal topics will be needed for many moons.  I hope to continue to offer fresh content in these areas.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced so far with your blog?

Posting daily! And providing guests and vendors with links.  Both are very important priorities, but it is sometimes a challenge – particularly when life events crop up, as they certainly always do!

What do you love about blogging?

Sharing valuable information. My prime motivation is the desire to help other women succeed. I deeply believe that one of our life missions is to help each other and our earth to the best of our abilities with our God-given talents.  My blogs are not for profit, (what little revenue is earned is used to maintain the blogs.)  What they are is a volunteer effort, my gift to the e-universe, and I hope that the information shared is of good benefit to all involved. It’s nice to get a free product to sample here and there, but what’s really super-fantastic-cool, is when a reader finds information or tips that are helpful or help to make their life a little richer in some way.

Do you have a blogging pet peeve?

When good technology goes bad… and that blogging software just doesn’t do what it’s supposed to!

Do you have any advice for the readers entering your giveaway?

Have fun and enter often! All giveaways hosted on my blogs have super easy entries, no mandatory “following” or other strings attached.

newbie review bloggers?

Perserverance and patience are your two best friends.If you believe in what you are doing, if you put in your best effort,and work hard, I believe that you will be successful– whether it’s in gaining readers, helping others, gaining self-satisfaction of a job well done, or whatever else motivates you to blog. And by all means, stay true to your personal mission.  Do not compare yourself to others or follow trends blindly. You are special, your blog is special, your mission is special, and only you can measure that worth!

How can people find you?

Via my blogs:,, and CountryBookshelf

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Via Email: [email protected]

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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