Busting the Newbie Blues is hosted by Small Review. It’s a meme designed for new YA bloggers to connect with more established bloggers. I’m not blogging only YA books, but I do blog some YA releases, so I hope this is okay.
The first “first post” 31 December 2011. Since then I’ve backlogged some of my old reviews, but I originally established this as part of a New Year’s Resolution.
2. Why did you start your blog?
Because I wanted a place to put all my reviews. But then I chanced upon some other blogs and realized that other people had book blogs, too.
3. What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far?
Learning the ropes. I look at everyone else’s blog and see all the pretty widgets and giveaways and ARCs they have going on…and then I look at my plain template and boring content. It’s somewhat intimidating.
4. What do you find most discouraging about being a new blogger?
I don’t feel that I have anything important to say. Nothing anyone else would want to read.
5. What do you find most encouraging?
How friendly everyone has been. It’s only been four days so far, but everyone’s been really nice.
6. What do you like best about the blogs your read? Have you tried to replicate this in your blog?
This is going to sound lame, but I really like the templates/designs everyone has. It’s the first impression you get when you stumble onto someone’s blog. I’ve tried to make mine nice, but it’s generic and comes from the site’s pre-existing templates.
7. What do you dislike about blogs you’ve read? Do you try to avoid this?
I…haven’t noticed anything I’ve disliked. Just taken notes on some posting ideas/design plans that I don’t personally find appealing.
8. Any advice for other new bloggers?
Uh, well like I said, I’ve only been at this for four days. But just stick yourself out there. Get a Twitter account and follow blogs you like. I’m strongly opposed to Facebook, but not everyone is, and I would think it’s a smart idea to do.
How often should I post? When is too much/too little?
10. Is there anything you’d like to tell us about your blog?
I realize this is part of a meme for YA bloggers, so I’d like to give a little disclaimer: I don’t read YA exclusively. In fact, I’ve read maybe twenty YA books total. I’m trying to work on it. But for someone who jumped straight from Nancy Drew and Little House on the Prairie to Pride and Prejudice, it’s a bit hard. It’s a new world of books, some of which I’m sure I’ll like and some of which I won’t. But just so you know.
I also don’t usually read newly released books. If there’s hype, I tend to stay away unless someone I personally know and trust recommends the book. So if you follow and expect me to jump all over the newly released books…not going to happen.
That’s it! Thanks for stopping by!