Carrie, from Carrie With Children, is a wife and mom to two sweet girls, Maggie and Molly. She calls herself a “foodie-in-training”, loves sports and was a dancer for sixteen years! Carrie is a fairly new blogger but has fully grabbed the blogging reins; she has found her voice as a writer and as an ambassador for some of her favorite brands. She’s active in several blogging communities and recently attended the SheCon ’11 and 2011 Disney Social Media Moms conferences.
What do you like best about working with brands?
Working with brands gives me a voice…and I love sharing my opinions! Partnerships offer great feedback on a product to not only my readers, but also the brand too. A few months ago, I had the opportunity to get an exclusive look at a product that was still in the testing stages. The brand wanted feedback from real users. I found a few flaws while testing it, I shared my concerns with the brand and they took my feedback right to their developers! I take pride in knowing that my opinion mattered to the brand!
At Blissdom, we featured a Community Vision Board for 2011. What is your vision for this year?
My blogging vision for this year is to continue growing my readership and stay true to myself and my writing through my blog. I want my site to be a reflection of me. Personally, I’m constantly reminding myself that taking a “time out” as mom is just as important for my children as it is for me. The phrase I’m working hard to remember is “It’s okay to say no.” I tend to get myself involved in too many projects. If something isn’t a good fit, I shouldn’t be afraid to say no!
How do you create community with your blog readers and those you interact with online?
I’ve found Twitter to be a fantastic way to stay connected with readers, I love getting to know people. A large number of my readers are people I “know” on Twitter. I think it’s important to be supportive and positive attitude, no one wants to interact with someone who is negative and breaking others down. I think blogging is a two-way street. You can’t just push information out to readers, you’ve got to form a relationship with readers..I mean, after all, it is called “social” media.
Who have been your blogging mentors? and/or Who do you look up to or draw inspiration from?
Melissa from Sippy Cup Mom and Robyn from Robyn’s Online World were both a huge wealth of knowledge for me when I first started blogging. I think of them as my friends and they have been huge resources for me when I have questions,encouragement or just want to bounce around some ideas. I’m thankful to have a great support system as I make my way through the blogging world.