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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!

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  1. May 31, 2014

    Peady

    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

      Sandy

      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

    Jason

    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

      Sandy

      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

    Lucy

    I enjoy reading your reviews

    • May 27, 2014

      Sandy

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

  4. May 25, 2014

    Jenny

    great blog!

    • May 27, 2014

      Sandy

      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

      Sandy

      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

      Sandy

      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

      Sandy

      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

      Sandy

      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

      Sandy

      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

      Sandy

      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

      Sandy

      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

      Sandy

      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

      Sandy

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

  14. May 18, 2014

    seham merzib

    I absolutely love your giveaways!

    • May 21, 2014

      Sandy

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

  15. May 18, 2014

    charityk

    i love your giveaways!

    • May 21, 2014

      Sandy

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

  16. May 18, 2014

    diana

    good giveaways

    • May 21, 2014

      Sandy

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

  17. May 17, 2014

    Piroska

    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

    Rebecca

    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

      Sandy

      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!!:)

    Tammie

    • May 17, 2014

      Sandy

      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

    coffeewithjulie

    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,
    Julie

    • May 17, 2014

      Sandy

      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

      Sandy

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

  22. May 16, 2014

    beth

    I enjoy all your posts. The CDN entry contests are the ones I view and enter the most. There is nothing bad about your page. I follow on FB and Twitter and the content is terrific ! thanks for all your hard work for all of us

    • May 16, 2014

      Sandy

      Wow! Thanks so much for the great comments, Beth! I really appreciate them. Happy you like it so much. Also very happy to hear you like the content. I try hard to mix things up and bring a little of everything here. Thanks for your feedback!!

  23. May 16, 2014

    Brandee H

    Have you considered a mobile format? I find I spend more time on blogs which have a mobile format as most of my blog reading is done through bloglovin on my phone.

    • May 16, 2014

      Sandy

      That is a fantastic idea, Brandee!! I think it is pretty important these days to have that option, so that is something I am going to look into. Thanks for your great feedback!

    • May 16, 2014

      Sandy

      So excited to let you know that, thanks to the advice of a friend, I’ve been able to make Canadian Blog House mobile friendly. Be sure to check it out, Brandee 🙂 Thanks again for bringing this up!

  24. May 16, 2014

    Cassey C

    I enjoy reading your reviews, very informative and great contests too!

    • May 16, 2014

      Sandy

      Thanks so much for saying so, Cassey! I’m especially glad you find my posts informative 🙂 Thanks for your great feedback!

  25. May 16, 2014

    julieg

    Love the giveaways, of course. I guess my advice would be to clean up all the buttons on the side and figure out which ones you really want to keep. Just a little decluttering is my advice.

    • May 16, 2014

      Sandy

      I love this advice, julieg! Done! I went in this morning and removed 4 buttons I didn’t really need to have there and I got rid of the blog post listing. It was set up that way from the beginning but I don’t really need it there I don’t think. Thanks so much for your feedback!

  26. May 16, 2014

    Maria Medeiros

    What a cute and lovely mug!!!!! 😀 Love it! Lovely giveaway!

    • May 16, 2014

      Sandy

      Thanks so much, Maria! I had a ton of fun designing it on Kulapix – love that site! I enjoy drinking from my own CBH mug every day 🙂

  27. May 16, 2014

    Jennifer L.

    I love the colour and how it’s easy to read…nothing cluttered which is great. One time I was looking for a listings of current contests and couldn’t find it…that might be something to add (unless it’s already there and I just missed it, which is totally possible!)

    • May 16, 2014

      Sandy

      I’m so pleased to hear you say it’s easy to read my blog, Jennifer! I use a larger than normal font in hopes that it does just that – make reading my blog easy on the eyes. As for finding the giveaways, great advice. I’ve actually got that on my list, to make a tab for those. In the meantime, if you type “giveaway” in the search, you can find them that way. Thanks for your great feedback!

  28. May 16, 2014

    Catherine/AlwaysARedhead

    I love the colour scheme, everything is very easy to find, plus you have interesting posts. I’m happy.

    • May 16, 2014

      Sandy

      Thanks so much for saying so, Catherine! I happen to be a big fan of your posts too…they always draw me in. Especially your titles, lol.

  29. May 15, 2014

    Lian

    Hey Sandy! I’m not sure what I don’t like about CBH! It’s a great blog! One of the things I love about CBH is how you post items and stories you enjoy. I love seeing what other bloggers are interested in. Thanks, Sandy!

    • May 16, 2014

      Sandy

      Thanks so much, Lian! You make a great point – posting about stories I enjoy! You have to have a passion for what you are writing about – even if it’s a sponsored post, otherwise it can turn dull pretty fast. I always make sure to put a personal spin on stories no matter what. I think that is what keeps them interesting. I also love reading other bloggers stories – I love to see what people are interested in! Thanks so much for your great feedback, Lian!

  30. May 15, 2014

    BlessedTA

    I like the graphics and colour

    • May 16, 2014

      Sandy

      Thanks so much, BlessedTA – it’s great to hear that 🙂 I love the cheeriness of the colours and graphics. Thanks so much for your feedback!

  31. May 15, 2014

    cjm

    Keep doing what your doing Sandy! I love reading everything you post. You sure know how to capture an audience.

    • May 16, 2014

      Sandy

      Aww thanks, cjm! That means a lot! Glad you enjoy all the posts! Thanks for your great feedback!

  32. May 15, 2014

    cruiser

    I like your writing style and especially your humorous stories about the dogs and X-man. Enjoy the giveaways too. Sorry, can’t think of anything bad or ugly. 🙂

    • May 15, 2014

      Sandy

      Hehehe….well kids and dogs always provide great material for writing 🙂 Glad you enjoy the giveaways. Thanks for the great feedback, Cruiser!

  33. May 15, 2014

    Eldon

    You have great reviews and always great giveaways! Keep up the good job.

    • May 15, 2014

      Sandy

      Thanks very much for saying so, Eldon! Glad you enjoy them 🙂 Appreciate the great feedback!

  34. May 15, 2014

    Heidi C.

    I do enjoy Canadian Blog House very much. Your posts are always of interest to me and I appreciate reading everyone’s comments. Kudos to you for all your hard work!

    • May 15, 2014

      Sandy

      Thanks so much, Heidi! Glad you enjoy the blog so much and that you love reading the comments. They are my favourite thing 🙂 Thanks for the great feedback!

  35. May 15, 2014

    Jennifer P.

    I love the friendliness of your blog – it is very welcoming and feels very personal.

    • May 15, 2014

      Sandy

      I’m so glad to hear that Jennifer, because I try hard to make it friendly and inviting 🙂 Thanks so much for your great feeback!

  36. May 15, 2014

    J

    Your little beaver mascot is always fun to see.

    • May 15, 2014

      Sandy

      I do love my mascot, J 🙂 You can’t help but smile when you see him. Appreciate you stopping by the blog and thanks for your feedback!

  37. May 15, 2014

    MrDisco

    I would ditch the forum and focus on regularly updated blog posts, reviews etc.
    I also think the home page should go. going to the url should head straight to your blog posts.
    Also the blog post previews are too small and narrow.

    I like all the rest of it.

    • May 15, 2014

      Sandy

      Such great feedback, Mr D! Thank you! Yes, it’s looking more likely that I will ditch the forum. As for the landing page, I totally get that and will take that into consideration when I make my planned changes. As for the size/shape of my blog post previews, I would agree (sometimes my pics don’t fit well), but I’m not sure there is much I can do with that, but I will be checking into it. Good to see you here and thanks again for the great feedback!

  38. May 15, 2014

    Bons

    It’s fun to read your reviews and entering your contests. Keep it up!

  39. May 15, 2014

    Michelle

    I find everything your blog very helpful and informative. 😉 It’s always well written..

    • May 15, 2014

      Sandy

      Thanks for saying so, Michelle! I’m glad you enjoy it so much. Thanks for the great feedback! I enjoy interacting with you on Twitter too 🙂

  40. May 14, 2014

    Lori Jackson

    LOVE your blog…love the interaction, always making everyone feel like your undivided attention is with them!

    • May 14, 2014

      Sandy

      That’s a great comment, Lori, because it’s true. I am actually focusing on the person commenting on my blog when I’m responding to them. I like to get to know a bit about my readers too, so sometimes I look at a Twitter profile, or if they have a website, I look there (etc). So you couldn’t be more right! Thanks for the great feedback, Lori!

  41. May 14, 2014

    shauna wyspianski

    I love geting the email with a new post from your blog. I love the reviews and of course the great giveaways for Canadians! And i really need a new coffee mug! 🙂

    • May 14, 2014

      Sandy

      Now that’s great to hear, Shauna! I’m so happy you like getting that. It’s a great way to keep up with the blog…and to not miss out on a giveaway 🙂 Hehehe…you need a new mug, eh? That’s one thing I can never have too many of…mugs. Love ’em! Thanks for the great feedback, Shauna!

  42. May 14, 2014

    Ann Bacciaglia

    I really enjoy visiting your blog. I like the layout as it is very easy to read. To be honest, I did not know there was a forum!

    • May 14, 2014

      Sandy

      Well you are in good company, Ann! I’m sure most don’t know about it 🙂 Thanks for the great feedback! I’m so glad you find it easy to read, because that is important – especially for those of us who sit and stare at a computer screen all day!

  43. May 14, 2014

    @melissaalain

    I love how your blog is set up and how you respond to all tweets and messages. It shows you truly care about your readers!! Keep up the amazing work.

    • May 14, 2014

      Sandy

      Hi Melissa!! Thanks so much for saying so!! I really do care about my readers (like you!). Without you ladies and gents there is NO blog. You are the backbone of Canadian Blog House. Thanks for all your support!

  44. May 14, 2014

    michelle tremblett

    I love this blog, great writing and always so helpful when I was trying to figure out twitter haha. love it !

    • May 14, 2014

      Sandy

      Hehehe!! Thanks so much, Michelle!! You are a Twitter Star now! A seasoned pro!! So glad I could be of help. Thanks for such great feedback!

  45. May 14, 2014

    Darwin

    I am also a big fan of your blog. I love your honest reviews, how you totally representing CANADA. Most of all I really like how you put a personal touch to each and every message left on your blog or how you thank each of your twitter followers. It feels like you really see us your reader!

    • May 14, 2014

      Sandy

      Thanks so much, Darwin! I truly appreciate that great feedback 🙂 Yay Canada! I am so glad to hear you mention “honest reviews” because I try hard with that. If there is something I’m not fond of with a product, I will state it. It may be an issue for me, but not for someone else…but I have to be honest about it. I really try hard to always comment back to readers. Personally, I hate when I take the time to make a comment on a blog and no one responds. Makes me feel like they didn’t really bother reading my comment and don’t want to interact with me. That may not be true, but it’s how that makes me feel. Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback, Darwin 🙂

  46. May 14, 2014

    Sarah at Journeys of The Zoo

    I know you want constructive criticism but I don’t have any.

    Criticism that is.

    You are supportive, kind, always thinking of others. Love to support the underdog and find the good in people. If that’s the goal of your blog then don’t change a thing. Oh and keep up the great giveaways. I love giveaways. I started out as a contestor and it’s in my blood.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

    • May 14, 2014

      Sandy

      Awww Sarah…you are too kind! Thanks so much for such wonderful words. I definitely love to support the underdog and find the good in people 🙂 Glad to hear contesting is in your blood too! Thanks so much for the great feedback – always love reading your replies no matter what they are about. They are some of the best!

  47. May 14, 2014

    Rebby

    I love your blog, I’ve been following for a very long time 🙂 Thanks for all the wonderful blog posts and giveaways!

    • May 14, 2014

      Sandy

      Thank you for saying so, Rebby, and for your long-time support 🙂 To me, that’s what makes the blog so awesome…that I have such great support from so many great readers! Thanks for always stopping by to check out the blog, Rebby!

  48. May 14, 2014

    Maegan Morin

    To be completely honest I really love this blog. I was really excited the first time I found you guys because your represent Canadians so well. And lets be honest, your giveaways are fabulous 😀

    • May 14, 2014

      Sandy

      I’m so glad you think the blog represents Canada so well – that makes me smile 🙂 Also happy you think the giveaways are fabulous! I’m always on the hunt for neat things to give away. Thanks for the great feedback, Maegan!

  49. May 14, 2014

    Amy C

    I like your blog. It is full of interesting and good information. I also love all the contests that you have.

    • May 14, 2014

      Sandy

      Thanks so much for the feedback, Amy C 🙂 Glad you enjoy the contests! Great to see you stopping by here!!

  50. May 14, 2014

    Melissa Finn

    I love checking out your reviews and giveaways.

    • May 14, 2014

      Sandy

      Hi Melissa! Glad you like the R&G’s….they are always fun to do and everyone is so great at participating 🙂 Thanks for all your support..including on Twitter! Thanks for your feedback!

  51. May 14, 2014

    Glogirl

    I love all the giveaways you host! To be honest that is what probably drew me to your blog in the first place. I also like the post about your daily life, new restaurants, what’s on TV etc. Your post are current and relevant.

    • May 14, 2014

      Sandy

      I can definitely understand that, Glogirl 🙂 I’m a fan of giveaways too. Thank you! I love how you say my posts are current and relevant 🙂 Appreciate your great feedback, Glogirl!

  52. May 14, 2014

    Victoria Ess

    I like you reach out and engage your readers through the comments section on your and on twitter. It makes a difference. To add to a few readers’ comments, I wasn’t aware that there was a forum *embarrassed face*. I like the layout of your blog, but if I were to give some constructive feedback, having different “categories” would make it easier for readers to browse through past posts.

    • May 14, 2014

      Sandy

      Perfect Victoria! That’s exactly what I was hoping to hear because making new categories is on my list. I was thinking that exact same thing when I went looking for something a couple of weeks ago. Don’t feel embarrassed about not knowing about the Forum. It is sort of “buried” after all. Thanks for noticing my interaction. As I’ve said to some of the others, I think it is very important. Thanks so much for the great feedback, Victoria!

  53. May 14, 2014

    Karine

    I really like your blog, plus you take time to thank new followers, I find that super cute

    • May 14, 2014

      Sandy

      Thank you, Karine! I’m always worried it’s “annoying” but I really do love to thank my followers. I used to wonder if anyone ever really noticed it until a couple of months ago. A follower came to tell me that they noticed I thanked all my followers and that they liked this so much they were going to follow my lead and start doing it themselves. I thought that was pretty neat 🙂 Thanks so much for the great feedback, Karine!

  54. May 14, 2014

    suzi

    I think your mascot is supercute! I’ve been coming here for quite some time and I read a lot of your posts – I think you are a great writer!

    • May 14, 2014

      Sandy

      Awww Suzi 🙂 Thank you so much for such sweet comments! I’m honoured you think I’m a great writer. I’m so happy to hear you are a regular reader! I’m a big sucker for “cute” animations so couldn’t resist having a cute mascot 🙂 Thanks for your great feedback, Suzi!

  55. May 14, 2014

    Julie G

    I also forgot that you have a forum, guess I wouldn’t miss it if it was gone. Keep up the great work, I do enjoy reading your reviews.

    • May 14, 2014

      Sandy

      You said what I’ve been thinking, Julie. I’ve wondered if anyone would really miss it if it were gone. Really glad you enjoy the reviews! Thanks so much for your feedback, Julie!

  56. May 14, 2014

    Jody D

    I stop by to check the giveaways and reviews. You have the best mascot/avatar going! Makes me smile, and proud to see you are proudly Canadian! (and so the Timmies GC giveaway, natch! lol)

    • May 14, 2014

      Sandy

      I love my mascot too…he’s just so darn cute! Thanks for the vote on best mascot/avatar 🙂 Very proudly Canadian…and that was definitely the reason for including “Canadian” in my blog name. And great call…had to go with a Timmy’s card of course! Thanks for your feedback, Jody!

  57. May 14, 2014

    Lynda Cook

    just wanted to let you know the tweet button isn’t working for me, so I just retweeted, hope that’s alright

    • May 14, 2014

      Sandy

      Maybe that is something else I need to fix here? Or do you think it’s at your end, Lynda? Thanks for letting me know – no worries, I saw your retweet and that is fine 🙂

      • May 14, 2014

        Lynda Cook

        Just thought I’d let you know I have no problems tweeting today, I think twitter put me in jail for the night, I couldn’t tweet nothing lastnight, but everything is fine today…lol

  58. May 14, 2014

    Lynda Cook

    I love your blog and usually stop by everyday, but I think I interact with you more on facebook, I would just maybe clean it up a bit, but in other words love ya and the hard work you put into pleasing your readers and your Canadian!!!!

    • May 14, 2014

      Sandy

      That’s wonderful to hear you stop by daily, Lynda! Thank you! Yes, I think we interact more on FB for sure 🙂 Thanks for all the wonderful comments too! As for clean up, don’t leave me hangin’ Lynda! lol What do I need to clean up? The forum? Yes, for sure, if I end up keeping it. Something else I need to clean up? Hopefully not my language – I try hard to be good with that, lol. Come back and tell me Lynda 🙂

      • May 14, 2014

        Lynda Cook

        no, no not your language lol, just having different tabs for contests and reviews and for the blog instead of scrolling through everything

        • May 14, 2014

          Sandy

          Lol, phew! I was worried for a minute there 🙂 Perfect! That’s definitely one of the things I will be looking at having done, Lynda. I want to make it easier to find things. Thanks for coming back to let me know 🙂 Great feedback!

  59. May 14, 2014

    Francine

    The one thing that bothers me is your promoting giveaways not open to Canadians – I got a slew one day in my twitter feed and was annoyed to click through only to discover I wasn’t eligible – modifying the tweet to say “US only” would have made all the difference in the world.

    • May 14, 2014

      Sandy

      Oh no!! I’m so sorry, Francine. I had to stop and think about this one because I rarely promote US contests myself. I did one the other day but stated it was that in my post. However, I believe what you may be referring to is when I share posts from fellow bloggers. Some of theirs may be US only contests. I am VERY glad you brought this up. I will definitely pay more attention to those that I share from other bloggers. If they are US only, I will make note of that. As a former contester myself, I hate wasting my time like that, so I can totally understand how you feel. Great point, Francine! Thank you for mentioning it!

  60. May 13, 2014

    kathy downey

    I have not been a fan of your Blog very long but i have been enjoying it so far.

    • May 14, 2014

      Sandy

      Thanks for being a new fan, Kathy! So great to have you stop by 🙂 Glad you are enjoying the blog so far. Appreciate you stopping by to provide your feedback!

  61. May 13, 2014

    Manduh

    Honestly, I keep forgetting you have forums. I used to check out the freebies section but it doesn’t really get posted in much anymore so I stopped looking, then just kind of forgot to check again.

    As for the blog itself, I love it, and trust it. I have stopped following a bunch of networked blogs because of some happenings I didn’t agree with, but yours I trust and enjoy, so it’s a keeper 🙂 Also, I think it’s great that you take time to reply to posts, I know it’s a lot of work so it’s rare to find, keep it up! I can’t really think of anything to change, I like it just the way it is.

    • May 14, 2014

      Sandy

      I have to admit, Manduh, I’ve forgotten it was there at times myself. Really glad to hear you trust me and my blog – that means a lot. Thank you for saying that. I’m glad you enjoy it too! I appreciate you noticing that I reply to posts. I try hard to keep up with it because to me, if a reader is going to take time out of their day to make a comment to me, I should definitely take the time to respond. I always remind myself…without readers…there is no blog 🙂 Readers are the most important thing to me! Thanks for your great feedback, Manduh!

  62. May 13, 2014

    May

    I truly love your blog…everything from reviews, articles, contests etc. Keep up the good work! I also love that your blog is Canadian:)

    • May 13, 2014

      Sandy

      Thank you May! That’s so sweet 🙂 I happen to agree with you about the Canadian part. I’ve always felt huge pride being Canadian, so I love that I can promote so many great Canadian people and things on this blog. Thanks for your feedback, May!

  63. May 13, 2014

    Jonnie

    I love how your blog is a good mix of sponsored and personal posts. As much as I love entering giveaways, it’s nice to get to know bloggers a little better.

    I really enjoy the personal touches you put into your online presence. I love that you reply to comments on your blog and I’ve seen you personally thanking twitter followers. You really have a knack for making people feel welcome and appreciated!

    I haven’t really used your forum because there’s so much going on between blogs, facebook and twitter, I just don’t have much time left over for forums. One suggestion I have is for you to try giveaway tools for giveaways. I find it makes entering so much easier (especially daily tweets!).

    • May 13, 2014

      Sandy

      Thanks for noticing all those things, Jonnie! I really do try to “mix it up” so to speak. No one wants to read sponsored post after sponsored post. I know I don’t. Even when I write a sponsored post I try to personalize it. I am not a fan of just spitting out dry information. Thank you for your comments about my online presence. So happy you’ve noticed those things. I thank every one of my followers on Twitter because I’m grateful for anyone who wishes to follow me (except for spammers of course!). Great feedback about the forum. I think many readers feel that way. As for Giveaway Tools..I have been toying with the idea of using that instead for giveaways. I may just take your advice soon! Thanks again, Jonnie!

  64. May 13, 2014

    Lisa Neutel

    I love your site, the contests are always fun, and you guys are awesome to interact with on twitter and Facebook …keep up the good work

    • May 13, 2014

      Sandy

      Thanks for all those compliments, Lisa! I just love the interaction on FB and Twitter…and have always enjoyed interacting with you there 🙂 Thanks again, Lisa!

  65. May 13, 2014

    jennifer lucas

    I think your website includes great stories involving life. Always fun contests and engagement like this contest. Your interaction on Twitter is superb. I like it all.

    • May 13, 2014

      Sandy

      Wow Jennifer, thanks so much! So happy to hear you like it all 🙂 Thanks for noticing all my engagement. I happen to think it is very important to interact with readers and respond to comments. Thanks again, Jennifer!

  66. May 13, 2014

    Tanis

    I’m still new to your blog, but I’ve enjoyed reading it and learning about you, but your different blog stories, especially Mom ones!

    • May 13, 2014

      Sandy

      So happy to have you stop by, Tanis (glad you found me!). Glad you enjoy the mom stories 🙂 I’m like you, I like to learn a little bit about the blogger/writer when I read their stories. Thanks so much for your feedback!

  67. May 13, 2014

    Cathy C

    Sorry Sandy one thing I forgot to say is this isn’t tons of sharing about how to join, what it is etc Everyone knows it is a blog but not sure they know they can join and interact. Maybe house mates can help share and spread the word

    • May 13, 2014

      Sandy

      Very good point, Cathy! If I am to keep the forum, I will definitely have to promote it more. I will definitely be keeping this in mind. Thank you!

  68. May 13, 2014

    Cathy C

    Mug – most excellent, the blog and blogger are devine! but have you seen the forums the brick & mortar of the house? It is pretty great too. All sorts of interaction, contests, freebies, and sharing. The really good stuff comes when you join and meet all the great house mates. Then you tell a friend and so on Pretty soon we have a full house! We are way more fun than the Big Brother house mates! LOL

    • May 13, 2014

      Sandy

      Cathy I love it! So well said…maybe I should use this as per your second comment 🙂 The only point I will disagree with is…I think Big Brother has us beat, lol. Thank you so much for the feedback!!

  69. May 13, 2014

    Katt

    It is so quiet in there. We need more people!!
    I do like it when you do your reviews of something!
    Needs more colour and insentive.
    :O you stole my avatar?? Bad Girl!! lol

    • May 13, 2014

      Sandy

      Yes it is, Katt, and that is why I’m thinking of deleting it. I see the majority of my community interaction here on the blog or my social media channels. Yes, it is not the “optimal” forum. Unfortunately, blog forums don’t have all the bells and whistles of a full-blown forum. Thank YOU for your contributions in the forum though, I know you post in there from time to time 🙂 Glad you like my reviews, Katt 🙂 Thanks! I stole your avatar? Hehehe…that is a cute one…and I always know it’s you.

  70. May 13, 2014

    Joy M.

    Oh, and I love the contests you do too! 😀

    • May 13, 2014

      Sandy

      I’m glad you do! I love to do them because it gives me a chance to give back to my readers 🙂

  71. May 13, 2014

    Joy M.

    I enjoy the LOL stories about your cute dogs, and about your cute parents 🙂 I enjoy when you do reviews, too, for restaurants and hotels! You are a great writer, and make me want to read more!

    • May 13, 2014

      Sandy

      Wow! Thanks so much for all your wonderful comments, Joy! I’m glad you enjoy those silly stories. I have lots of those, but I don’t want to bore you with too many, lol. Really glad you enjoy the restaurant and hotel reviews. I have a few more lined up over the summer, so more of those to come 🙂 Love your last line…you just made my day! Thanks for being such a great supporter and follower of Canadian Blog House – I appreciate it very much!!

      • May 13, 2014

        Joy M.

        Thank you for what you do! I always end up with a smile on after I read your blog !

        • May 13, 2014

          Sandy

          Awww 🙂 That’s great to hear, Joy! XO

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