Saturday Featured Blog | Pretty Opinionated
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Today I would like to welcome Nicole from Pretty Opinionated! I had a chance to learn more about herblog and here’s what she had to say…
Please tell me about yourself.
I am a freelance writer, blogger, and most importantly, mom to a six year old son who is the epitome of the “wild child.” He makes it his mission to ensure that I never have a boring parenting moment, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Please tell me about your blog.
Pretty Opinionated is mostly a review blog, with a little bit of this and that thrown in. About half of my content revolves around books and the other half around products and services that appeal to women in general, and moms of school-age children (particularly little boys).
How did you get started?
I started my first blog, Pretty Nameless, as a creative outlet for all my random thoughts. I started Pretty Opinionated because I love sharing my opinions with others and really enjoyed reading other review blogs. I figured, hey, I can do that too!
What kinds of products do you feature on your blog?
Books in several genres (although mostly paranormal fiction), health and beauty products for women, household items, and loads of fun stuff that appeals to boys my son’s age.
What was your favourite giveaway?
I’ve worked with so many awesome companies, but I’m going to have to say the Donna & Company Artisan Chocolates giveaway that I did back when my blog was still brand new because that was the very first company that ever pitched me, and they were just amazing to work with.
Who does your blog appeal to?
Mostly women, especially moms, age 25-40, although some of the book reviews also appeal to a slightly younger crowd.
What direction do you see your blog going in the future?
I hope it keeps moving forward, and eventually allows me to cut back on freelancing so much for others so that I can focus more on my own writing. Ultimately, I’d like to make a living just off my blog and my own fiction and non-fiction writing.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced so far with your blog?
My biggest challenge is getting out of my own way. I come up with ideas that I think are great, but then I let self-doubt take over and end up not posting it because I think “what if no one else thinks it’s great?” Then two days later, someone out there posts something similar and it goes over fantastic, and I kick myself. Yet I still repeat this same mistake over and over.
What do you love about blogging?
It’s great therapy! Seriously, even the review blogging, because it forces me to stop being so shy. If I want to review something, I have to ask for it. Six months ago, I would have needed anti-anxiety meds to do that. All the networking involved in growing my blog has also really forced me to get out there and interact, even if it is just online.
Do you have a blogging pet peeve?
Captcha! Half the time I can’t even read it, so I leave without submitting my comment. I am begging everyone who uses it, get rid of it and turn on some other form of comment moderation if you have to.
Do you have any advice for the readers entering your giveaway? newbie review bloggers?
I always make my mandatory entry super easy. I’ve actually noticed an increase in both my followers and of course my entries since I stopped making following me mandatory. As for newbie reviewers, the majority of your post should be your experience with the product. Include personal stories or other touches that make it unique. Anyone can find and read a press release. I read review blogs because it gives me an idea of how real people feel about a product.
Tell me some of your favourite blogs that you read.
How can people find you?