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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Busting The Newbie Blues.

I first saw this post on Katie's blog over at Call Me Crazy and really liked the idea. So I went over to Small Review and checked out the main post about it. I chose to do the "established blogger" questionnaire. And I will explain why in the questions below.

  • When did you start your blog?

  • I started it in August of this year. But for many many months before that I followed a bunch of other bloggers. I'm one of those people that, in some situations, I like to watch other people and see how they do something before I do it. So I sat back and observed for about 4 or 5 months before I set mine all up.

  • Why did you start your blog?

  • I've always enjoyed reading. I read my first book by myself when I was 4 and haven't stopped since. I went through a couple reading slumps, especially when I started working 50+ hrs a week and going to college full time. Then I got married last Oct. and became a stay at home wife and haven't started going back to school yet, so I had lots of time on my hands to fill. So I did, with reading. My husband even bought me a Kindle for our first Christmas last year. I don't know a lot of people that like the books I like and I can't help but talk about them. So after some internet research this seemed like the best idea. Talk about books all I want with other people that love them just as much as I do.

  • What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far? Did you make any mistakes new bloggers can learn from?

  • The biggest challenge so far has been finding a reviewing style that fits me. Every blogger has a different style, whether it be shorter, longer, really in-depth, or just skimming the surface. It really stressed me out at first because I was nervous I wouldn't do it right and no one would want to read what I wrote. Don't do that. It's not worth it. Just write what you want to say. It's soo much easier that way. And much more enjoyable not to stress over how other people are doing things.

  • What did you find most discouraging about being a new blogger? How did you deal with this?

  • Feeling like everyone had such a big head start on me. All these other people had awesome blogs and always seemed to be getting new books all the time I didn't think I would ever be able to catch up and make my blog noticeable. Once I got going I just started realizing it's okay, everything comes with time. Everyone else put time and effort into their blogs and that's just what I needed to do too. Everything will come with a little bit of time.

  • What do you find most encouraging?

  • Other bloggers. Everyone I have met has been so nice and encouraging. Also when other bloggers and readers stop by and tell me they like something I've posted, that's always nice. Let's me know what I am doing right. Reading all the Dear Story Siren posts (The Story Siren) help a lot too. She is really great about answering questions. Stuff new bloggers would like to know but don't know where to get the answers. It's encouraging seeing how awesome her blog is and she started just where I was, and she's willing to share what she's learned. How nice :) Click on the link above to go read her stuff. Trust me, even if you're not new, it's great stuff.

  • What do you like best about the blogs you read? Have you tried to replicate this in your blog?

  • I love when bloggers find out about new books coming out, so I really hope to be able to keep up with new stuff coming out and bring it to readers attention. It always fun putting a new book that you're really excited about on your to be read list.

  • What do you dislike about blogs you’ve read? Do you try to avoid this?

  • Bloggers bashing authors and/or books. I understand not every book is for everybody, but you don't have to bash it. Just tell me what you didn't like about it, if there is anything that you did like about it. Usually bloggers that bash just make me want to read that book more to see if they were just over reacting and if they are credible and a good blog to follow. 

  • Do you have any advice for new bloggers?

  • Don't try to rush everything. It is hard seeing other blogs with tons and tons of followers, and doing giveaways all the time or receiving ARCs of books you want. But it takes a little bit of time. If you try to do everything all at once, you will get burned out and it won't be fun anymore. That's not how it should be. It should be fun and relaxing.

  • How did you bring your blog to the attention of so many people?

  • Well, I don't have a lot of followers yet, but I am not aiming to get tons of people. If I get 4000 followers that will be the coolest thing ever, but I don't want to be focused on only doing things to get a following. I just do stuff in the blog community. Memes help, commenting on other peoples blogs. Readathons a great way to get to know other bloggers. Find one and get involved :)
    Just don't spam blogs. No one likes spam comments.

  • Is there anything else you’d like to share about your experience?

  • It was easy to feel intimidated in the beginning, but there's no point in that. Everyone starts where I started and had to work their way up. So that's all I'm doing too, working my way up.  
    And it also makes for a much more enjoyable experience if you don't stress about getting ARCs. Publishers and authors will reject you but that's okay. They aren't saying no for forever. Just that time. Don't be afraid to try again :)


    1. Thanks for participating! I love your answers. You have such a laid back attitude, you really put things in perspective. I love it! I'll definitely be keeping in mind what you've said here.

      Isn't The Story Siren just amazing? I found her Dear Story Siren posts to be incredibly helpful.

    2. I found you through Small Review's features, and I'm your newest follower! Your answers were so honest and ring so true to what my start to book blogging was like. It was definitely frustrating for me at first, too, but it gets better - truly.

      It takes time, but interaction is how I got my blog noticed, and the amazing thing is that book blogging community is so tightknit that everyone helps everyone. Never be afraid to ask for help!

      I look forward to following your blog and reading your reviews in the future! :)

    3. Thank you for following!
      I followed you too. :)

    4. Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday! I totally feel you in pretty much all of your answers. I started my blog because of the love I had for reading and my desire to share that passion with others. I am excited to follow another person with such a similar taste as me! My hubby and I are sharing our first Christmas together btw. :)

    5. Thanks for stopping by and following my blog Jessica! I really appreciate it.

      I love your attitude towards blogging, it's so true that things take time. "Don't be afraid to try again." I think this is one of the most important things new bloggers need to hear :)

    6. Thanks for following my blog! I'm following yours as well :o) Finding your own style for writing reviews can take time, but the important thing is to be honest. Don't stress! I'm a perfectionist, so writing reviews can be stressful for me too. Sometimes I will write and rewrite a review so many times that it feels like my head will explode :oP

      As a fellow new blogger, I know what you mean about feeling like everyone else has a head start. I've decided to just take my time with blogging. Everything is still so new! Have you done the Book Blog Hop yet? It's a great way to meet new bloggers!

      Go here to check it out:

    7. I found you on Small Reviews and I love your advice, you gave very honest answers. I still stress a bit about my reviewing style, but I DON'T do spoilers, so I'm trying to accept that not everybody is going to like how I do my reviews. LOVE your blog design BTW!

    8. Hi there! I'm slowly going around to each of the blogs for this event, introducing myself. Glad to have found your blog! I've definitely benefitted from The Story Siren's blog advice, as well as Parajunkee's Blogging 101 series.

    9. I started my blog in August too! I also struggled at first deciding how I was going to write my reviews. Long, short, write my own summary or not? Eventually I just came up with the way and style that most suits me. I think that's what I like about all the different blogs, as I really get to see everyone's own style.


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