" This event is designed to:
• Put new YA book bloggers on the map
•Increase blogger interaction
•Start a discussion by sharing our experiences as a new bloggers
•Learn about what it was like for all those impressive established bloggers when they were newbies
So how does this work? Simple:
•Select the questionnaire that best applies to you (there's no "wrong" choice, so just pick whichever one you feel most comfortable answering)
•Create a post on your blog with the questions and your answers
•Grab the banner above or the button below to include in your post or sidebar
•Link back to my post here
•Sign the Mr. Linky below so we can all come and visit your post!
•Spread the word! "
1. When did you start your blog?
The very end of July of this year.
2. Why did you start your blog?
I’ve always been a big reader and writer, and enjoy discussing books with others. So what better way than blog to get to do all three?
3. What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far?
I don’t think I could choose just one. It’s been quite a challenge to maintain followers. Oftentimes if I post a negative review of something especially popular in the YA circuit I’ll notice the number drops a few. So it’s been difficult to attract readers that are genuinely interested in what I have to say as a reviewer.
Then there’s having to find balance between reviews and non-review related posts, like memes. As fun as it is to participate, I feel guilty if I clutter my blog with too many meme posts all at once. Sure, it takes longer to write reviews and get them up, but I like to keep it balanced as best I can.
4. What do you find most discouraging about being a new blogger?
The limits. Authors and publishers aren’t interested in contacting a blogger that’s been around less than five months, so I’m always more than thankful and grateful for the opportunities when they arise.
5. What do you find most encouraging?
The book blogging community is very supportive of each other, and getting to know other bloggers is a wonderful experience. There’re so many writers and readers to relate to!
6. What do you like best about the blogs you read? Have you tried to replicate this in your blog?
They juggle it all: reviews and so much more. I love discussion-based posts, and have incorporated a few on my blog.
7. What do you dislike about blogs you’ve read? Do you try to avoid this?
Grammatical errors. It’s my number one turn off. I’m also not a fan of long, extensive reviews; they’re just not my style or preference. I like quick, cut-to-the-chase reviews. I don’t need the background of the story summarized, or a list of quotes, or a review of the cover. I just want to know practical things about whether the characters, plot and writing are good or bad.
8. Any advice for other new bloggers?
Take your time. Don’t rush around, trying to get as many followers as possible. Be thankful for the amount of readers that you have, big or small, because they support what you do. You don’t need giveaways or a fancy layout to win them over.
9. Anything else you’d like to share about your experience?
I find that blogging helps me become a better writer, because it gets me to write all the time. It’s practice, little by little.