Lynn From Midday Escapes An Interview
Lynn is mysterious. There’s no photos of her to be found. She’s so famous she goes by one name and she’s got the connecting with other bloggers down pat. I foresee a promising future for her in my crystal ball, but I can’t see her…
Tell me about your Blog –
My blog started as an outlet for me to escape the drudgery of my 9-to-5 work life. I named it Midday Escapades after the lunchtime adventures I was going to be having. Since then, the blog has taken shape along with the amazing blogging community I am thrilled to be a part of. Now, I share other discoveries, in addition to escapades, as well as reviews and giveaways, and I enjoy making and featuring new bloggy friends.
What was your first blog?
This is my first and only blog since I started in August 2009.
What is the biggest tip you would give to product reviewers?
Be honest in your review. We owe it to our readers and also the companies to give an honest and authentic review of the products. After all, wouldn’t we want the same from others?
Are you contacted by companies or PR companies or do you contact them or both?
In the beginning, I was contacting the companies directly to offer my review assistance. Now that my blog has grown, I am pleasantly surprised and honored every time I receive a PR request. Here’s a link to a Q&A post I prepared for my readers to share my experiences with others: http://bit.ly/6ih5yU.
What is your favorite product that you have reviewed?
Oh goodness, this is a tough question considering the array of wonderful products I’ve already had the pleasure to review. If I had to pick just one though, I would have to say it was the Bake Me A Wish Chocolat Mousse Torte Cake [link: http://bakemeawish.com/cakes-chocolate_mousse_torte_cake-23.php?occasion_id=1] because next to coffee, chocolate is my favorite food and my husband and kiddos REALLY enjoyed that decadent cake!
What do companies or PR companies do that you wish they wouldn’t/ do that you like?
So far, I’ve had good experiences with the PR reps and companies that I have worked with. However, I have had two companies not make good on shipping the prize to the winners. Hence, my main wish would be for companies and PR reps to keep their end of the bargain and send giveaway prizes to the winners.
What do bloggers do that you wish they wouldn’t/do that you like?
I have also been fortunate to meet some authentic and kind bloggers. I particularly admire bloggers who are not afraid to speak their mind, in a respectful way, and I also enjoy humorous bloggers who can lighten up the day. I do wish that all bloggers would include their email and/or blog URL (if it is not active in their Blogger profile) when they leave a comment at my blog so I can respond.
What advertiser would you like to work with given a chance?
While the possibilities are limitless, I would have to say e.l.f. Cosmetics. I like that they are open to working with bloggers to promote their products, and I also love that they offer their make-up at affordable prices while at the same time not compromising on quality.
Where do you see growth in the blogging field?
I see growth and potential within the bloggers network, whereby two or more bloggers join up and pool their resources to work together on projects and sponsored events. For example, I have partnered with two amazing bloggers, Rita of One 2 Try and Tami of Hearts Make Families, in a weekly feature called Friday Follow: http://bit.ly/7qdUj5. I’ve also seen others in the blogosphere do the same recently with their memes. It’s great to see that we can colloborate with one another for the common good instead of competiting to be the top dog.
What is one thing about you that not many people know?
I like a lot of activity. That is why I think I would enjoy visiting New York City, the city that never sleeps. I don’t like sitting still for very long or being alone. I love being out and about and around other people.
What’s your favorite book?
Right now, it is Succulent Wild Woman by Sark. She has an amazing way of making you feel good about yourself and I like how she uses color, handwritten notes and drawings to bring her words alive.