Canadian Blog House

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The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Feedback #Giveaway

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They say change is good.  I don’t know who “they” are, but I’ll go along with their thoughts.  “They” seem like smart people.

I’ve been planning on making a few “tweaks” to Canadian Blog House in the next couple of months.  I’ve been marking down some changes I wish to make, and tucking them away until I’m ready to put my blog under construction.  Nothing major, just some small things that will help you, my readers, navigate the blog better, and make for a more enjoyable visit for anyone who stops by.

So here’s where I need your help.  I want to know, as a Canadian Blog House reader, what do you like about the website? What do you not like? What makes you smile? What drives you nuts?

For example, I have a blog forum.  It doesn’t get used as much as it once did – most interaction happens on the blog or via social media.  I was thinking of closing it down.  Then I read article that says it’s a good thing to have a forum attached to your blog, where readers can connect with one another.  So, as a reader, what do you think? Should I keep the forum,  or get rid of it? I would love to hear your thoughts.

I think you get my drift.  I want feedback.  The Good, the Bad….and even the Ugly.

I’m not saying I will be able to implement all the suggestions, but I’d like to know – just in case it’s doable.

So with your help, I would like to make Canadian Blog House bigger and better.  As a thank you for your feedback, you could WIN one of my personally designed Canadian Blog House coffee mugs that I designed on Kulapix AND a $25 Tim Horton’s Gift Card.  Hopefully you can enjoy drinking your morning coffee from this mug…while reading Canadian Blog House.

So now I turn it over to you.  Simply enter using this Rafflecopter form, and by leaving a comment on the blog. That’s it.  All other entries are optional.

Thank you for being such great fans and readers of Canadian Blog House!  You are a fantastic group of House Mates to share this blog house with!

a Rafflecopter giveaway



  1. May 31, 2014


    So much to think about!

    Obviously people love giveaways – and yours are great. Your logo and little character are super cute! Your mug design is adorable. So sunny and bright. A perfect wake me up mug!

    Forums used to be so popular and helpful, but yes FB has, for the most part, replaced them. Easy interaction between readers and content creators, alike.

    • May 31, 2014


      Hi Peady! Thanks for all your kind words! I love that “a perfect wake me up mug” 🙂 That’s how I feel when I look at it. So true about FB vs a forum. I think it’s got to go. Thanks very much for your feedback!!

  2. May 27, 2014


    You were one of the first blogs I signed up to receive emails from and have loved stopping by since. While we’ve never met I know we’d totally get along. I thank you for your generosity and help and am happy to call you a friend 🙂 Don’t ever change!

    • May 29, 2014


      You are definitely one of my faves and one of the most supportive followers I have ever known, Jason! Thanks so much for being such a great online friend – I think we’d get along IRL too! Thanks for your much appreciated feedback 🙂

  3. May 27, 2014


    I enjoy reading your reviews

    • May 27, 2014


      Thanks Lucy! I appreciate you stopping by to let me know 🙂

  4. May 25, 2014


    great blog!

    • May 27, 2014


      Thanks Jenny! Always great to hear a comment like that!

  5. May 25, 2014

    Erica Seaman

    One of my “Go To Blogs”. Canadian Blog House with my morning coffee is always a pleasure 🙂

    • May 27, 2014


      Wow…now that’s a great thing to hear (“go-to” blog)! So glad you make CBH a part of your morning routine 🙂 Thanks for the great feedback Erica!

  6. May 25, 2014

    lori b

    i enjoy reading your blog, reviews and your giveaways

    • May 27, 2014


      Thanks so much for saying so, Lori 🙂 Very happy you feel that way!

  7. May 23, 2014

    Jen Conlin

    Fabtastic imformation and wonderful Giveaways/Contests

    • May 23, 2014


      LOL…I just love that word, fabtastic, Jen! That made my day 🙂 Thanks for sharing your great feedback!

  8. May 22, 2014

    Karla Sceviour

    I love the site,,easy to navigate,and great giveaways!

    • May 23, 2014


      Hi Karla! Thanks so much 🙂 I’m so glad you like it all! Great to have long-time readers like yourself coming back all the time. Thank you!

  9. May 20, 2014

    kristine ewald

    Hey. Love your giveaways, but I also love the fact that you are very responsive and reply to your followers. Gives a touch of personalization!

    • May 21, 2014


      Thanks for saying so, Kristine! I think that is one of the most important things – making sure your readers/followers know you hear them and responding to comments. No one wants to think their comment got swallowed up by the vast internet and not heard. I read ALL my comments 🙂 Never to busy to do that at some point. Thanks for your great feedback!

  10. May 20, 2014

    Andrea Amy

    I enjoy your reviews, I think they are well written and I can relate to them.

    • May 21, 2014


      Appreciate your kind words, Andrea Amy 🙂 Glad to hear you can relate and enjoy the giveaways. Thanks for the great feedback…and for being a regular supportive reader!

  11. May 20, 2014

    Cheryl Grandy

    I don’t go to blog websites for the social factor. I mainly look for information and giveaways, so forums aren’t of much interest to me.
    I really like your beaver logo – very cute and distinctive. Canadian Blog House was one of the first sites I joined when I started entering online contests 2 years ago. I haven’t been back to you for a while, but recognized the logo right away when I saw a giveaway listed on another site.

    • May 21, 2014


      That’s great to hear you recognized the logo….very happy to hear it’s recognizable 🙂 Thanks for your great feedback and for being one of the first to join the forum, Cheryl! Your opinion seems to be in the majority. Pretty sure the forum is going. Thanks again!

  12. May 19, 2014

    amber y

    I think the blog is great! It’s really well laid out and easy to find the things I’m looking for.

    • May 21, 2014


      Glad to hear you feel that way, Amber, and hopefully it will just get better once I get some work done on the site 🙂 Thanks for your great feedback!

  13. May 19, 2014

    Sarah Stickney

    i love your giveaways

    • May 21, 2014


      Thanks very much, Sarah! I’m really glad you do 🙂

  14. May 18, 2014

    seham merzib

    I absolutely love your giveaways!

    • May 21, 2014


      Thanks Seham! Always happy to hear that someone likes my giveaways!

  15. May 18, 2014


    i love your giveaways!

    • May 21, 2014


      Thanks Charity! Glad you do! I think you’ve been coming around since the start, eh?

  16. May 18, 2014


    good giveaways

    • May 21, 2014


      Thanks Diana! I appreciate it 🙂 Keep watching for more!

  17. May 17, 2014


    I love your blog, and enjoy coming to it. It’s easy to navigate, not overloaded with ads and pop-up graphics, and I can find stuff!
    I don’t use the forum very often, as I tend to forget about them.

  18. May 17, 2014


    I love your logo critter!

    I think you have awesome giveaways, so I agree with others that they should have their own tab/side button to link to – same with any other topics that you may do frequently (ie reviews and so on)

    Your contact page doesn’t go to any info 😉

    If you are moving away from the forum to focus on FB (which many do now I think) you can exchange your current FB side widget for the one that features the last couple FB discussions.

    For me when I did site changes it had a lot to do with backend as much as front end – if you are keeping the same theme, make sure it’s still getting updates/support and that it’s working for you without having to add a bazillion plugins (which slow sites down)

    Have fun!

    Great site! looking forward to seeing the changes!

    • May 17, 2014


      Such great feedback, Rebecca! Thanks! Yes, I hate that contact button the way it is now. That has to do with the forum, so as long as you join, you can use the form, which isn’t a good thing I don’t think. I have my contact info on the blog, but this is definitely something I need to change. Thanks for bringing that up. Thanks for the compliment on the giveaways 🙂 Yes, I definitely need to have better tabs and that’s on my list for sure. Great idea on changing up the FB widget. I like the sound of that way better! I do make sure to do updates to my back end, so all is good there. As for plugins…I keep those at a minimum. I’m always concerned about those slowing things down. As fun as plugins might be, I only add necessary ones. Thanks so much again for the great feedback! I really appreciate you stopping by, Rebecca!

  19. May 17, 2014

    Tammie S

    Hey Sandy!

    I love the mug, cute and who wouldn’t?:)

    I love your blog period, Everything you have to say on your blog is awesome, I enjoy your interaction with everyone, you make it fun and always make us feel important when we give feedback! FB can be overwhelming at times and miss lots of your posts, but I often come back to your blog to catch up on what I may have missed through out the week. Keep up the great work Sandy, you are doing an amazing job!!:)


    • May 17, 2014


      Awww Tammie 🙂 Appreciate all your kind words so much! I’m so glad I make you feel important when you give feedback. I’m always open to feedback. I’d rather hear what someone has to say and try to make it right or better if I can. Thanks for coming back to check on posts you may have missed. That’s awesome! Really appreciate your feedback, Tammie!

  20. May 16, 2014


    Hi Sandy!

    Your mug is seriously cute and I love cute coffee mugs! 🙂

    Here is some feedback, for what it’s worth, in no particular order:
    – I think FB has overtaken forums these days, so I admit that I joined your forum but then forget to come back and participate in it
    – I love the graphics on your blog, but find the header image too large … it if was not as long, it would avoid for the reader having to scroll down to get to the content

    I love the tone and content on your blog. I love how fabulous and genuine you are at interacting with your readers. Have fun with your tweaks!

    Your fan,

    • May 17, 2014


      Thank you so much, Julie! Your feedback means a lot as you area a great blogger and one of my faves! You make a very good point about FB – I pretty much use it like a forum and so does everyone else I think. Yep…I’m leaning more and more towards deleting it. Great point about the header. When I’m having my tweaks completed I will see what I can have done about that. I may not be able to do anything if that is the way my theme is, but I will definitely check into it. Thanks for the great comments about my interaction. I have to say, I see the same thing from you on your blog 🙂 Glad you love the mug…and you sure know your coffee mugs! hehehe

  21. May 16, 2014

    M Thompson

    It would be helpful to separate the blog reviews from articles with giveways and freebies.

    • May 16, 2014


      Definitely a great idea, M Thompson, and something I’m looking at doing. Thanks for the great feedback!

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