Jacqui Stewart from Single Mama Review Corner An Interview
Jacqui is the ultimate review and giveaway blogger. You can see that in almost every blog post. She connects with her readers by offering
awesome giveaways and by replying tgo her comments too.
The Single Mama Review Corner is a blog I do for reviews and giveaways. I really love doing this. A lot of time goes into contacting companies to see if they are interested in my doing reviews and giveaways for them to get their company out there.
What was your first blog?
My first blog that I no longer do was a mix of topics from being a single mama, a student and a worker. My new personal blog Single Mama Challenges is things that happen to me as a single mother. I share stories about my daughter who has ADHD, trials of being a home owner,etc.
What is the biggest tip you would give to product reviewers?
Be patient. Not all companies will say yes and quite a few do not even respond. You need to nurse your blog, get a following and be willing to invest some money as well. I recently did my own giveaway for a $15.00 Amazon gift code. And get to know some of the other bloggers! There are quite a few that are willing to help you with what they can.
Are you contacted by advertisers or do you contact them or both?
For my blog it is both. The majority of my reviews, I’ve contacted the companies. But I have been contacted by several companies to review product for them.
What is your favorite product that you have reviewed?
I would have to say the Soda Stream. My daughter and I love making sodas with this 🙂
What do advertisers do that you wish they wouldn’t/ do that you like?
I wish they wouldn’t limit giveaways to US only. However, I do understand about shipping costs.
What do bloggers do that you wish they wouldn’t/do that you like?
So far I haven’t come across a blogger that I didn’t like what they’ve done. All the bloggers to the best of my knowledge are honest about their opinions. If I come across a product that I didn’t like, I would contact the company and let them know and give them the option of my posting the review. I would hope that other bloggers would do the same!
What advertiser would you like to work with given a chance?
I would love to work with the advertisers of ancestry.com! I love researching my genealogy and would love to know how they come up with their marketing ideas.
Where do you see growth in the blogging field?
There are always companies to talk to and people who want free stuff. I feel that if done appropriately and honestly, blogs can be the best marketing tool that companies can use.
What is one thing about you that not many people know?
I am a cryer! I cry with any emotion. When I am happy, sad or mad. Doesn’t matter what type of emotion I am having, I will cry!
What’s your favorite book?
The Twilight Saga – I am currently reading the series for the second time. Started it Sunday and am already on the third book again on Thursday.
What is on your iPod?
I have a mixture of hip hop, modern country and songs for my daughter. I will be including classical to my selection as well to help wind down.
What are your contact details?
My email address – redrose2436(nospam)@yahoo.com – remove the no spam
Review Blog – http://singlemama-reviewcorner.blogspot.com
Personal Blog – http://singlemamachallenges.blogspot.com
Ning Network – http://singleparentingchallenges.ning.com/
NetworkBlogs on Facebook – http://networkedblogs.com/blog/the_single_mama_review_corner/
SingleParenting Challenges Group on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=331756135569&ref=ts
How do you prefer to communicate?
Email or text messaging. I was a Customer Service Representative for so long, that I developed a distaste for talking on the phone.
Who would you recommend, and why?
What is one thing people can do for you?
To understand that while we love blogging and love offering giveaways, bloggers also become affiliates with companies. If the readers know that they are going to shop at a company and they know of a blogger that has an badge up on their blog for, click on it! Help the blogger receive compensation as well. Bloggers do a lot of hard research, (more than people may realize) and the bloggers are looking to bring in a little extra income.