Saturday Featured Blog: Married to a Geek
Welcome to Simply Stacie’s Saturday Featured Blog!
Today I would like to welcome Keri from Married to a Geek. I had a chance to learn more about her blog and here’s what she had to say…
Please tell me about yourself.
I grew up in Colorado and went to Cherry Creek high school. Growing up, my passions were choir and fast-pitch softball. I went to college at Miami University-OH on a softball scholarship and got a BS in Exercise Science. I love coaching and watching sports. I love my job as a SAHM to two little monsters, Luke (4) and Sadie Bug (3), and am married to a super techy GEEK! (My DH and I went to the same high school but were not in the same group of friends. We didn’t actually meet until our junior year of college!) We enjoy living in Silicon Valley and of course my husband is happy here in geek-ville.
Please tell me about your blog.
My blog is called Married to a Geek. I came up with the title because it tells something about me that is a huge part of my life. I am not very technical. I don’t understand programming or databases but I have to hear about them all the time! My DH and his friends have what I call “geek-out sessions”. I have quickly learned to smile and nod, then duck and run before I get swallowed up in a conversation full of acronyms and words that mean one thing to me but have a much different meaning in the computer world. While I blog about my family and geek, I love doing product reviews and giveaways also.
How long have you been blogging?
I started my blog in June of 2010.
How did you get started?
My DH works for Ning.com and I became curious and wanted to build my own site using their platform. I thought blogging would be a fun release for me and a way to share my experiences as a mom with other moms and dads.
What kinds of products do you feature on your blog?
I have featured all kinds of products: books, toys, gadgets, household cleaning products, online games, online services, baby care, gift ideas, food/beverages, greeting cards and more.
What was your favourite giveaway?
My favorite giveaway is the My Ami Bear. It is an awesome smart phone/media player holder for kids. I love doing giveaways for new products created by moms.
Who does your blog appeal to?
I think my blog appeals mostly to moms and dads with a touch of geek!
What direction do you see your blog going in the future?
I hope to grow my blog to more of a review/giveaway community. I am always open to my members sharing their latest blog posts, reviews and giveaways because it keeps my site very active.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced so far with your blog?
My biggest challenge has been the “leg work” and time it takes to really grow a following and find your place in the review/giveaway community. I had no idea how much time I would need to dedicate to make my blog successful and to bring attention to each new review/giveaway.
What do you love about blogging?
The opportunities blogging has given me to try new products and share them or give them away to my friends and readers is the best part. I also love having a hobby that I feel proud of and motivates me to fill my down time with something productive.
Do you have a blogging pet peeve?
Well, no. Not yet at least. I am still pretty new myself and I haven’t had time to really worry about it 🙂
Do you have any advice for the readers entering your giveaway? newbie review bloggers?
I would recommend utilizing the new “sign in with Facebook or Twitter” options on my site if you are new and want to enter my giveaways. They make it much easier and faster to join.
For the newbie review blogger, I wrote a post about where to get leads and how to spread the word: http://ning.it/g6j6fP (Of course I mention utilizing Simply Stacie and her blogger programs!) I also recommend contacting companies with products you are familiar with and already love. That is how I got my first few reviews under my belt!
Tell me some of your favourite blogs that you read.
I often visit Blogging Dangerously, A Day In Motherhood, Happy Deal Happy Day, Give It To Me Tara and Simply Stacie.
How can people find you?
My blog: http://www.marriedgeek.net
Blog Frog Community: http://marriedtoageek.net/page/blog-frog-community