Busting the Newbie Blues Survey
I’ve had a personal blog for a couple of years, but this year I decided that I wanted to make blogging more of a priority, and I wanted to focus on book reviews. So I made this shiny new website, and while I’ve only got one review so far, I hope to review most of the books I read this year.
Before I started this blog, I started following a whole host of other book blogs, and came across Small from Small Review, who is hosting a great event throughout January, just for book bloggers, called Busting the Newbie Blues. New and old YA book bloggers can sign up, meet other bloggers, and get advice and tips on blogging. This is perfect for me! I’ve been blogging for a while, but this blog is brand-spanking new, and I’m pumped to actually become a part of the book blogging community!
So here are my answers to the questionnaire for this event – I have chosen the one for new bloggers since my book blog is at its start-up stage.
1. When did you start your blog?
Just two days ago – January 14th! But I had a personal blog for about two years.
2. Why did you start your blog?
I had my personal blog for a while, and this year I wanted to blog more, and focus on book reviews, mostly for YA books. I love reading and I enjoy writing reviews to share my thoughts on the books. It’s also a great way to keep up with my writing – I write fiction, but blogging is a great writing exercise.
3. What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far?
It was hard to decide what to do with my old blog. I thought about making that into a book blog, but ultimately decided on making this new, separate blog. Getting it all set up was fun, and it was great to look at all the other wonderful book blogs out there and get inspiration and kind of get the hang of things. I’m still getting the hang of things, though. I suspect that will continue for some time. But I think the biggest challenge for me right now is to get a good number of book reviews up so that my blog can become somewhat established. I don’t really want to go back and review books that I’ve read in the past, because I feel like the reviews will not be high on quality, because I will lack the feeling you have after just finishing a book, and I don’t think I’ll remember too many details to make a descriptive, thoughtful review. So now I just have to get to reading so I can get those reviews up!
4. What do you find most discouraging about being a new blogger?
Feeling like people will take a look at my blog, see that I have one review, and immediately leave the site. I know that some people will do this, and it can’t be helped, but I would like my blog to grow and believe me, I will try to post a lot of reviews each month!
5. What do you find most encouraging?
On my blog – comments. It lets me know that at least someone is reading what I’ve written! I’ve really been trying to leave unique comments on many of the blogs I’m following, and I know that will help my blog grow and to find some other blogger friends. In the blogging community – other book bloggers are really encouraging. I see all these great sites with wonderful reviews and great humor and it makes me feel like one of these days my blog could be like those.
6. What do you like best about the blogs you read? Have you tried to replicate this in your blog?
I really enjoy the humorous reviews, and ones that are really honest without being too negative. I always try to put humor into my posts (and in my life), but sometimes that might not always come across. And I always give honest reviews, and I try to make them positive even if I didn’t like the book. I am a writer myself and someday when I have a book published, I’d like to read kind reviews, even if the reviewer really didn’t like my book.
7. What do you dislike about blogs you’ve read? Do you try to avoid this?
Spoilers! And yes, I really try to avoid this. I’m crazy about spoilers – I only read the description of a book once, then put it on my to-read list if I want to read it, and then once I have the book I don’t read the back or the blurbs again. I know with reading others’ reviews sometimes I’m going to find out more than I wished to know before reading the book, but I’m okay with it as long as it’s not a major spoiler.
8. Any advice for other new bloggers?
I’m not sure I have any advice, because my book blog is so new that I still don’t know what I’m doing and feel like I might be doing it wrong. But I guess I can say that if others feel this way, just know that you’re not alone! And we’ll get the hang of it eventually!
9. Any questions you’d like to ask newbie or established bloggers?
Of course I’d like to know how to get ARCs. I’ve gotten one through Goodreads before, and I know of some of the ARC tour websites, and I know that many bloggers get them by requesting them from the publishers, but I don’t know how to go about this. But I think for now I’m going to stick with reviews of books that I’ve purchased or borrowed, and in the future I’ll try to tackle the whole ARC thing. And also I’d just like to know how they keep themselves posting on a regular basis, and just any other tips and tricks of the trade that they can pass along.
10. Is there anything you’d like to tell us about your blog? Feel free to link a few of your favorite posts or posts you wish had more comments.
It’s a new blog – an infant, really – but I hope to write some insightful reviews this year and hopefully my blog will grow. I really am enjoying reading all the great book blogs out there that I’ve seen so far, and I hope to become a part of this really awesome community.
So there you have it. Please let me know if you are participating in this event and I’ll check out your blog, too!