Newbie Blog Hop is a "blog hop" where blogging newbies and feeling newbies link up and get to know each other! Each week at the Newbie Blog Hop, we go through a list of blogs linked up from last week's and randomly choose a Featured Newbie to interview and get to know a little better. Read further to learn more about the person behind Deanna's Bargains!
Tell me a little bit about yourself and your family.
I’m Deanna, a married stay at home mother of four. Our kids range in age from 1 year to 14 years old. We often say we have an older set and a younger set of kids due to the 8 year age difference between our 2nd and 3rd children. I love being able to watch our kids learn and grow. They keep me busy! I’m also a full time college student majoring in accounting. I love to learn and challenge myself.
Do you have more than one blog? If so, tell me about them!
I only have the one blog. How long have you been blogging?
I started my blog in November 2009 but didn’t post very often until recently. I have been more actively blogging since November 2011. I’m still not posting as regularly as I’d like to.
Why did you start blogging? Is this also why you continue blogging?
I started blogging to share the deals I find with my family and friends. I was constantly being asked how I was paying so little for the items I was buying. I continue to blog because I love to share the great deals and products I find with others. I have found many new products and love being able to share those products and my family’s experiences with my readers. I also hope to eventually be able to help provide some extra income for our family.
Who does your blog appeal to? Is this who you thought would be your target audience?
My blog appeals to women. Most women like to save money so I wasn’t surprised that the majority of my audience are women.
What direction do you see your blog going in the future?
I hope to grow my blog and really help my readers save money.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced so far with your blog?
The biggest challenge I have faced so far with my blog is finding the time to keep up with posting. Between my family and school there isn’t a lot of extra time. I haven’t been sharing the coupons and deals like I had hoped to.
What do you love about blogging?
I love that I’m able to share great deals and products with my readers. Blogging allows you to connect with others that you most likely wouldn’t have otherwise.
What types of product reviews and giveaways do you feature?
I accept a variety of family-friendly items to review and/or giveaway.
What was your favorite product to review?
I am very excited to do a review of the SodaStream!
What advice do you have for those wanting to get into this or up the value of their giveaways?
Don’t be afraid to contact a company that you are interested in working with. The worst they can say is no! If you get a no because your stats aren’t up to what they want, contact them again once they are.
Besides your blog, how else can people find you?
Do you have any bloggers that you consider to be mentors?
Not necessarily mentors but very helpful to me: Blogelina and the Newbie Blog Hop bloggers!
Do you have a weekly, daily, or monthly Blog Hop or Meme that people should join in?
No, I don’t. I have been thinking about starting one though!
How do you find time to blog?
I try to take advantage of nap time to get in some blogging. I also tend to stay up latter than everyone else so I can try to get some blogging done.
What else would you like us to know?
I appreciate being chosen to be featured! Thank you!
What is your best advice for a Newbie Blogger?
My best advice to a Newbie Blogger is to manage your time wisely. It’s so easy to get off track. Also join a support group (Such as the Newbie Blog Hop). It is very beneficial to have a group of fellow bloggers that can help answer questions. I have learned so much valuable information from networking with fellow bloggers!
I appreciate Dianna for finishing this interview despite her kids being so sickly these past few days! If you are a newbie or feel like one, come link up with us on the Newbie Blog Hop every Tuesday at 9:00PM CST and join our Newbie Blog Hop Facebook Group. You may be featured next!