Busting the Newbie Blues is an event hosted by Small Review as a way of helping put new bloggers on the map and increasing interaction between new and established bloggers. The event runs from December 3rd-31st and anyone can participate, new or more established bloggers! See the original post here and sign the Mr. Linky form to get involved.
1. When did you start your blog?
About 3 weeks ago.
2. Why did you start your blog?
I discovered the world of book blogging in August of this year. I loved the idea of it, I thought it sounded so amazing to be able to interact with fellow book lovers. Unfortunately September, October, and early November were very busy times for me so I had to hold off until mid-November to start the blog and fully have time to interact in the community.
3. What has been the biggest challenge you've faced so far?
I am such a slow reader. Always have been and always will be. So it's been a struggle to get out regular reviews on the blog, especially with school, finals, and my thesis. So far I've managed one review a week and I have to say, I'm quite proud of myself for that! Hopefully I'll be able to keep it up.
4. What do you find most discouraging about being a new blogger?
It's a little daunting reading some blogs, new and established, who put out multiple, well written book reviews a week. I'm not sure I would ever be able to do that!
5. What do you find most encouraging?
The book blogging community is so supportive and nice! I think I kind of expected that during my first month of blogging, I would only imaginary followers and readers of my blog so I was pleasantly surprised.
6. What do you like best about the blogs you read? Have you tried to replicate this in your blog?
My favourite blogs are the ones whose reviews are honest, have something unique to say, and it seems like they put a lot of effort into writing a well thought out review. These reviews are the most helpful for me in deciding whether it'll be worth it to buy a book. I try my best to replicate this on my blog but unfortunately, I'm not a terribly good writer so this can be difficult.
7. What do you dislike about blogs you've read? Do you try to avoid this?
Basically the opposite to the answer above: I tend to dislike reviews where it seems the blogger didn't put a lot of effort into it. I totally understand that some bloggers are busy (I am, too) or maybe just don't have much to say about the book (I know the feeling sometimes), but if they just regularly write a couple sentences for each book they review, this isn't really helpful for me as someone who's looking into whether I want to read the book myself. I will most definitely try my best to avoid this, time permitting of course.
8. Any advice for other new bloggers?
Always be honest in your reviews and yet, diplomatic and constructive if you didn't like the book.
9. Anything else you'd like to share about your experience?
I'd like to reiterate how warm and friendly the book blogging community has been. It really makes the experience so much better!
10. Is there anything you'd like to tell us about your blog?
I have such a long way to go to improving my blog, both looks-wise and content-wise. It'll be a challenge but I'm up for it!