Saturday Featured Blog | Dirty Truth Reviews
Welcome to Simply Stacie’s Saturday Featured Blog!
Today I would like to welcome Ashly from Dirty Truth Reviews. 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 28 year old mother of a nine year old son and two year old daughter. I am married to a wonderful man and am very blessed with such great family and in-laws! I love blogging about new products and finding new products! I just started working from home a little over a year ago with a company I have been with for 6 years now and am loving being home with the kids more! I love doing anything outdoors – camping, sports (I’m not really good at any sports but have fun anyways or love watching my son play them), riding bikes, hiking, etc.
Please tell me about your blog.
I feature all sorts of product reviews and giveaways. I try to keep as many giveaways up as I can but keep in mind I want to giveaway quality products also! My blog is just a place to enter some giveaways, find the dirty truth on the products, and find some great deals I have run across. My blog is really what keeps me sane, between working at home, not being able to sleep much, and being in front of a computer all day with work anyways it has been great to be able to share my opinions, thoughts, meet some new friends, and keep me busy!
How long have you been blogging?
Almost six months. Since October 2010.
How did you get started?
I honestly don’t sleep as much as I should. I would stay up late and enter giveaways and pretty soon I was winning stuff weekly, sometimes daily. I realized I would love to share my opinion on all these products I was getting to try and would love to try tons more…..
That is where the blog came in. All my late nights now have an agenda!
What kinds of products do you feature on your blog?
Any household items, children items, mommy wants it items, or daddy needs that items 🙂
What was your favourite giveaway?
I love them all! Really, there have been so many great products that it is hard to choose just one! Plus, they are all FREE and I love anything free!
Who does your blog appeal to?
Anyone! I feature a lot of kid items, mommy items, daddy items, etc…. There is truly something for everyone! I am even going to be posting a review on some Vegas hotels in a few months!
What direction do you see your blog going in the future?
In the same direction it has been going. Part of me wants more followers to have better giveaways. Another part of me is happy where I am at because it gives my readers a better chance at winning the giveaways. I hope to continue to grow though & mainly just hope that people continue wanting to read my blog and my opinions and thoughts are found helpful!
What is the biggest challenge you have faced so far with your blog?
Keeping up with it. Some days I could spend hours messing around with my blog and other days I feel like I have 5 reviews to post, a messy house, a ton of laundry, no dinner on the table, homework my son needs help with, and wonder where I am really going to fit in blogging time! I have managed so far, so hopefully I can continue to keep up because it keeps me sane!
What do you love about blogging?
The escape! I love sharing my opinion with others and having that connection to the outside world. Working at home means I don’t get to go to the office and socialize, yet I can’t go socialize with friends or other mommy’s because I am still working even though I’m not in the office. I really miss adult time sometimes and love that blogging helps me feel re-connected with the outside world!
Do you have a blogging pet peeve?
Honestly I hate the word verifications on blogs – it makes sense why the bloggers do it…… but I hate when you need to do a ton of entry comments and it takes so much more time with the verification words!
Do you have any advice for the readers entering your giveaway? newbie review bloggers?
Do as many entries as possible! Also, enter all the giveaways! I usually have an extra entry for every other current giveaway you’ve entered, so even if there is just one thing you REALLY want, entering the other 10 giveaways will improve your odds on the one you want to win!
My only other suggestion is to make sure you leave your e-mail and copy/paste your entries and just change what you need to, it makes it much quicker and no one wants hours entering a few giveaways!
My advice to new bloggers is have fun with it! If you need anything ask other review bloggers you’d be surprised how many are willing to help you out and would love to give you advice!
Tell me some of your favourite blogs that you read.
Dear Crissy, Simply Stacie, and Our Kids Mom are really the only three I really have time to hop on and check anymore!