Blog Spotlight: Mommy Rantings
Today I would like to welcome Bethany from Mommy Rantings. I had a chance to learn more about her blog and here’s what she had to say:
Please tell me about yourself.
I manage a crazy life, with 6 kids (5 boys and a girl) and an amazing husband who has the patience to keep them all busy when he’s not working. I’m also a freelance writer and blogger. Quite often, I’ll get up with the children, send four off to school, make breakfast for the two little ones, play, lunch, (nap time is great!), the school kids come home, homework with four, make dinner, get ready for the next day, bedtime, and then work until 2 to 4 in the morning. Again, I manage a crazy life, with God guiding me.
Please tell me about your blog.
Mommy Rantings started as a place to write the cute stories about the kids…and then I just don’t know what happened. When I decided to ramp it up a little and post everyday, I noticed traffic and comments…so, Mommy Rantings is here to stay. I’m working on some big projects with sponsors and more content (I love to get controversial, but within the PG-13 level) and I expect 2011 to be a lot of fun for followers and a lot of work for me!
How long have you been blogging?
I’ve been ghostblogging for 3 years for other people’s blogs (and still do). Mommy Rantings, however, is coming up on it’s first year anniversary – and, yes there will be a GIVEAWAY for that, too!
How did you get started?
As a stay at home mom, I started searching for little things to do to with my time. As a former business manager, transitioning to the Stay-At-Home Mom was hard – you seem to lose a piece of yourself. I think I’ve found my mojo. I get more out of blogging than I ever got out of managing businesses.
What kinds of products do you feature on your blog?
Anything that makes mom’s lives easier – or better – in any way. Gift ideas, products for families and children, books are coming up, too…If it’s green, it’s great, too.
What was your favourite giveaway?
You can’t ask me that! No, really…I’ve enjoyed every giveaway. I think I’d rather say that emailing the winners is the highlight of my day. Beyond spreading the news about awesome products, I love the fact that I can give to people. God blesses those that bless others – and although these reviews and giveaways are extremely time-consuming, I’d like to chalk up all the blessings that I can in my lifetime.
Who does your blog appeal to?
Most of my readers/visitors are moms and grandmas, but I think that parents and teachers will find a lot of great information in the regular posts. I have some Dads visiting, too! Yay for them!
What direction do you see your blog going in the future?
Wherever God takes it. I’d love to see it in all of the Top Blogger lists! Mostly, though, I want people to come to Mommy Rantings and say, “This is a great resource for parents and teachers!”
What is the biggest challenge you have faced so far with your blog?
It is sooooo time consuming!
What do you love about blogging?
The people! I’m grateful for every visitor that comes to Mommy Rantings. It’s just a collection of stories and ideas without visitors and readers.
Do you have a blogging pet peeve?
Spammers! Do not come to a “parenting” site and leave comments about your adult products and services!
Do you have any advice for the readers entering your giveaway? newbie review bloggers?
Readers entering giveaways – Keep on entering! Someone’s going to win every time. Newbie review bloggers – be creative and unique and don’t overwhelm yourself – or you will burn yourself out.
Tell me some of your favourite blogs that you read.
I’m all over the place on the web – I try to visit new blogs every day. You can visit my Ranting Blogroll on Mommy Rantings! I add more as I find them.