Adrienne Van Houten No Niche Blogger at Adrienne’s House, an interview
The term Mommy Blogger has been around for a while now. It seems that if you’re a mother and you blog, some people assume that you fit into this category. Adrienne Van Houten will be sure to let you know that although she is a mom and she blogs, she rarely writes about her children. In fact she doesn’t have a niche at all, but she is someone that is well known online as a blogger and as someone who influences what people think.
Tell me about your Blog –
My blog is Adrienne’s House, it is everything that happens around my crazy home. I talk about my kids, my grandkids, my likes and dislikes. I have different “rooms” in the House that depict the Kitchen (recipe and food posts), the Library (book reviews), the Screening Room (Movie Reviews), Work Your Space (organizational tips). I discuss anything that pops into my head at any given moment, and while I am always open to all thoughts and opinions, I always get the last word, because it is MY blog.
What was your first blog?
In 2003 I started Adrienne’s House over on Blogspot and then a joint venture with my sisters we did Amazon Readers, so we could tell each other what we were reading (My mom had 4 daughters and referred to us as Amazon Van Houten Women). I then started a recipe blog and a movie review blog. Just this year I pulled them all together (ok, I didn’t someone else did it for me) and put them under the one roof.
What is the biggest tip you would give to product reviewers?
BE HONEST! If you don’t like be sure to say so, but keep an open mind that others may like it.
Are you contacted by advertisers or do you contact them or both?
I am contacted by advertisers mainly because I am shy and have a hard time tooting my own horn. You will notice my about me page is still empty.
What is your favorite product that you have reviewed?
I enjoy book reviews because I am a veracious reader. I LOVE movie reviews because going to a movie is the ultimate escape for me. As for products? I don’t think I could pick one.
What do advertisers do that you wish they wouldn’t/ do that you like?
I wish they wouldn’t assume things about bloggers, I wish they wouldn’t generalize (I despise being referred to as a mommyblogger) and lump all of us in to categories.
What do bloggers do that you wish they wouldn’t/do that you like?
I wish more bloggers would be honest in their reviews, I wish I would see more impartial and even some negative reviews out there.
What advertiser would you like to work with given a chance?
I would love to have a chance to work with Disney. I would love for them to dispel my impure thoughts about them. I would open myself to working with any advertiser that feels I would be a good fit with them.
What is one thing about you that not many people know?
How very shy I am.
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