Welcome to Busting the Newbie Blues! The lovely book lady at Small Review put together this wonderful event to bring YA blogging newbies and veterans together and increase blogger interaction. In runs now through December 31st. If you would like to participate, please visit her blog, grab the button, pick the appropriate questionnaire and link up - that's it! Hope to see you there!
When did you start your blog?
October 14, 2010
Why did you start your blog?
I had never thought of blogging until one day I was looking up information about Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series (not YA, but completely wonderful). I came across an interview with her along with a contest hosted by Missie at The Unread Reader. I never really had done much blog browsing until then, never knew there was a global community of readers connected like this! I have a journalism and communications background, and I've always been a die hard reader. So, thanks Missie for being my catalyst into the bloggersphere!
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far?
Honestly, the biggest challenge simply is finding the time and a decent internet connection. I'm staying with mom temporarily until I move in with my fiance in January. She has no internet, so I am relying on PDAnet and hooking up my Android to my laptop. My signal is awful! Most nights, it takes me hours to do something that normally wouldn't take that long with decent internet access. Cuts into my reading time in a major way.
What do you find most discouraging about being a new blogger?
Nothing super discouraging yet. I do worry that followers gained through contests won't actively participate on my blog. I know we all love comments, but as a new blogger, I can tell you that I am espescially thankful. It is so good to hear that someone enjoyed reading a post that I put a lot of time and thought into.
What do you find most encouraging?
The completely wonderful and amazing support that's out there! Parajunkee's BB101 series is an incredible wealth of information, and I think it's so generous of her to share her knowledge. Also, when you see veteran bloggers comment on your site, it makes you feel like you've done something right.
Another great thing is when an author notices something you posted on a book. I was stunned, absolutely gobsmacked when Gayle Forman tweeted and facebooked an open letter I wrote on If I Stay. The book meant so much to me, and I was thrilled that something I wrote caught her eye.
What do you like best about the blogs you read? Have you tried to replicate this in your blog?
I like reading the different review styles. Mostly, I am jealous of their blog designs and layouts, haha! I am oh-so-slowly learning how to manipulate HTML code and do things with my blog template, but it's been a slow process. I really need to get a button or something. Eventually, I want to revamp what I have, but I am okay with the overall look for now. Content is king, and as long as I am gaining new followers and receiving feedback, I am happy. I think two examples of great bloggers with solid content are Adele at Persnickety Snark and Jenny at Supernatural Snark (I love the word 'snark'). Adele writes wonderfully original posts, and Jenny pens reviews that are among my very favorites to read.
What do you dislike about blogs you’ve read? Do you try to avoid this?
I like in-depth reviews. I want to know why a book touched your heart or left you wanting more. I read reviews on books that are mixed or unfavorable, too, but I get really excited when I see a book that's provoked a big reaction, good or bad. In my Thursday News Roundup, I don't generally include links to unfavorable reviews, but if there was a negative review that was well-said and offered a good critique, I probably would. I specifically target reviews on 1) books I haven't heard of before and think you may not have, either; 2) books that give good detail and a thumbs up; and 3) books that are receiving a lot of buzz. I wouldn't be a good news gatherer if I didn't include items on what everyone is talking about, right?
Any advice for other new bloggers?
As Bob Dylan said, keep on keepin' on. I didn't get into blogging because I wanted to blog. I got into it because I love books, and I love talking about them. I hope my blog is successful (don't we all), so I do try and research the best ways to network and spread the word.
Anything else you’d like to share about your experience?
I have a passion for this. My fiance is amazed that I come home from work everyday and hop right back on a computer or read the entire night away. I love it, and I love meeting the people I have through it. I consider it a real outlet for me.
Is there anything you’d like to tell us about your blog?
I love my blog's name! Alliteration is fun, don't you think?
Thanks again to Small Review for hosting this event, and thanks to you for stopping by! Please leave a comment and introduce yourself if you are new to bibliophile brouhaha or an old follower just stopping by!