Tell me a little about yourself and how you started reviewing products.
Hi, I’m Janelle from Brimful Curiosities.Â I’m a stay-at-home mom to two small children and live in the Midwest.Â I’m relatively new to blogging and have been blogging for a little under a year.Â Blogging is a hobby for me. I’ve been reading blogs for about 4 years. GoodyBlog was the first.Â I learned about it in Parents magazine and discovered more blogs as a result.Â Blogging is a great way to network with other moms and a good way to become more web-savvy.Â I’ve learned basic html and some Photoshop tricks as a result of my interest in blogging. The first item I reviewed on my blog was a children’s book written by a local author in Wisconsin.Â Because of my background in libraries, I really enjoy reviewing kid’s books and my blog kind of took off from there.Â I consider myself kind of a hybrid mommy blogger/book blogger.Â The two blog worlds don’t connect very often and that is a shame.
I love the name of your blog! Was it hard for you to come up with the title?
Why Brimful Curiosities?Â I collect vintage Mother Goose nursery rhyme books. One of my favorites is titled The Brimful Book: A Collection of Mother Goose Rhymes, Animal Stories. I thought the word “brimful” would make a wonderful blog title, particularly when combined with “curiosities.” My blog is full to the brim with lots of interesting tidbits for curious children and parents.
What’s your favorite product that you’ve reviewed and why?
I love the opportunity to work directly with children’s book authors.Â One favorite book I’ve reviewed so far is Before You Were Here, Mi Amor. It’s a wonderful bilingual picture book that describes a family’s actions and thoughts as they prepare for a new baby’s arrival.Â I had a great time corresponding with author Samantha Vamos.Â Delightful mother, woman and writer!
I see you went to BlogHer ’09! What did you enjoy most about the conference?
I did attend BlogHer in Chicago a few weeks back.Â Really, it was an amazing experience with nearly 1500 bloggers attending (the world’s biggest conference for women bloggers).Â There’s been a lot of negativity surrounding the conference. It is sad so many positives have been overlooked.Â I had the chance to meet many interesting and kind bloggers and made some many new friends. As far as the conference, I enjoyed the Community Keynote session the most where 21 chosen bloggers read their own posts and shared some heartbreaking, funny and beautiful moments.
Any advice to those who strive to become successful product reviewers?
My advice?Â Review products you are passionate about.Â And keep it focused. Don’t sign up to review every product out there. You’ll lessen your chances of burn-out and you’ll maintain your integrity as well.
Thank you to Janelle for sharing her story with us this week. Be sure to visit Brimful Curiosities to read her great reviews and get to know her even better!
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