Floor Coverings International North Chicago is delighted to unveil the latest installment in our Blogger Influencer Interview Series. Victoria Heckstall is the creator of popular website Giveaways 4 Mom, a lifestyle blog for parents. You can follow Victoria on Facebook, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am a 26-year-old content creator, lifestyle blogger, and social media influencer. I have three boys and I have been freelancing since 2011. I started my first blog in 2011, but since I didn’t know much about blogging it didn’t give me the results I wanted, so I started over in 2012 with my now lifestyle blog. When I’m not working, my family and I enjoy going to movies, the beach, and amusement parks.
Why did you decide to start a blog? What do you enjoy about blogging?
When I started my first blog it was to keep track of my work at home journey and help others who wanted to get started blogging. I started my now lifestyle blog as a giveaway blog back in 2012, so I could teach others how to increase their chances of winning giveaways and share legit giveaways. However, I rebranded to a lifestyle blog in 2014 as I found that I wanted to discuss more things outside of reviewing products constantly and sharing giveaways.
I love blogging because as a full-time writer where I am usually not able to pick the topics I write about. I have the creativity to write about things I enjoy. I also don’t have word limits or keywords to include in content so I can use my own voice and write in a way that my readers can feel connected with me. Lastly, blogging has allowed me to experience some cool things and meet some awesome people.
What is your favorite type of flooring and why?
I like carpet because I find it easier to keep up than wood flooring. However, with three boys I normally must settle for hardwood floors, as they are easier when it comes to maintaining spills.
Do you follow any other blogs for inspiration? If so, which ones?
I subscribe to quite a few different blogs because I love their writing style and the content that they create. Some of my favorites include Scary Mommy, Penny Hoarder, Work at Home Adventures, and ISDiva.
Can you explain a recent project or post you’ve been working on?
Currently, I am working on my gift guides for the year. I recently finished my Valentine’s Day posts. I also recently finished a blog post that shared some of my favorite blogging tools to use, so new bloggers could see that managing it all doesn’t have to be that hard.