Your name: Valerie Mitchell
Your kids: I'm a single mom and have two sons who live at home and attend college. I’ve loved them at every age, but it's especially fun now to see the fine men that they are becoming.
Your Twitter name: @valerie2350
Your blog URLs:
What year did you start blogging?
In addition to blogging and being a mother, what other jobs do you have?
Is there any time at all left in my day for anything but being a mother and blogging? ;)
Why did you start your blog?
I started on a whim late one night and had no idea this is where I would be. I’ve entered sweepstakes as a hobby for many years. When I discovered blog giveaways, I enjoyed entering and then realized that I would like to be on the other end of things. It’s fun to win, but it's also a lot of fun to be able to help others win prizes and promote products and brands that I like.
My other blogs are based on personal interests as well - food and my local community.
What advice do you have for those starting out?
Be patient. Blogging and developing solid relationships with your readers and brands takes time. It's better to build a solid foundation step by step than to cut corners along the way.
Name a few challenges you see or have experienced in the blogosphere.
There are a lot of bloggers out there. While it's always a good idea to learn from others, it's also good to be yourself. Blogging is more fun and there's less chance of burnout when you're being authentic and creating something that you love.
What are your favorite and least favorite part(s) about blogging?
Favorite - just about everything. I thoroughly enjoy the people, products and experiences I've had as a result of my blogs. I'm detail oriented, so don't mind the tedious behind the scenes stuff. My least favorite would be the very occasional mean person.
What is the wackiest opportunity you have gotten since you started your blog?
Recently, it was pole dancing classes, but there’ve been many others that weren't a fit for me. Don't want to start an avalanche of whacky pitches, but I do appreciate all offers and will politely decline the ones that don't work for me.
What are your top three blogging tips?
1) Be kind to others
2) Be true to yourself
3) Have integrity
These things are good for blogging and life.
What are you hoping will happen for you and your blog within the next year?
I'd like to continue doing what I love while working shorter hours and earning more money!
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