Age: 28 will be 29 in November
Deal Wise Mommy: http://www.dealwisemommy.net/
When did you decide you wanted to start blogging seriously and why?
I started blogging last November 09'. I became a stay at home mommy and wanted to find ways to save. I would post on Facebook about my deals. Many would ask how I got the deal.. This popped the idea in my head for the website.
Between everything going on in your life where do you find the time to blog?
I do not have time for everything. I am a stay at home mom of a 3 year old boy, run Deal Wise Mommy (takes about 10 hours+) on a weight loss journey. I get my deals posted, giveaways, and answer emails when I can. Family time and workout time is a MUST. I do have people get mad at me daily because I do not email them back with in a few min of when they email me. I do step away from the computer. That is the hardest part though.. Hate making people mad but need me time too.
What do you think sets your blog apart from the rest?
I think mine is set apart from the rest since I created my own look. Many blogs have the same design.. Many have the lady holding coupons, bags etc. They all look the same. We created ours from scratch. I also love to engage with readers as much as I can. I have noticed some of the major blogs have tons of questions from readers... that go unanswered all the time. My deals.. I will not post store deals that are not around me. I know a few that post deals for stores that are hours away from them that they can not verify. I would hate to send a reader to the store coupons in hand.. the deal is dead or wrong. I do lots of giveaways too. Not what I started off doing but so fun!
Being the successful blogger that you are what are some tips that you can share with the newer members of the mom blogging community on getting traffic and not getting burned out?
-Take some time for yourself. Readers might get mad at you because you are not at the computer 24/7 but that is impossible. Brush off those mean comments or do a posting about being nice. I have posted some formula deals, coupons and recalls and people just start bashing those who do use it. The issue is they do not know that person at all and why they use the formula. You are not evil because you use it :)
-If you see someone copying you and it really bothers you let them know. I have had this happen a few times. They still doing it but at least I let them know it is not right.
-Traffic-Facebook, Facebook, Facebook.. That is how my fan base grew from just a few friends to now over 11,000! Just keep telling everyone to share your page.
-As for help starting a blog-Do not get offended if a blog does not spill all the info. I did twice. The first time was great.. The second time.. not good at all. That person copied everything from my design to colors and still copies my posts and gives the credit to someone else. (She is in my home town too.. Horrible). My husband and I worked hard to start mine and hours and hours finding out info. In my case... Since we worked so hard it is really hard for me to just hand over the info in a snap. Google has been great. You can find lots of information on there!