Hosted by Small ReviewThis 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!
Pick this questionnaire if you if you feel you're still getting your "blogging legs" and could use some advice and awareness brought to your blog, whether you're a brand new blogger or even if you've been blogging for over a year.
- When did you start your blog? I started the blog in June 2010 but didn't post anything until July.
- Why did you start your blog? To make myself write better reviews for the books I read. Before the blog I was lucky if I wrote a couple of sentences about each book. I like writing reviews for myself because it helps me remember books. It's embarrassing when someone asks you what you thought of a book and you can't remember (especially if you only read it a couple months ago).
- What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far? Writing reviews. I put too much pressure on myself to write the "perfect" review so it usually takes me at least two days to write one. Before I publish a review I have tweaked it at least six times. I get a little anxious before I hit "publish".
- What do you find most discouraging about being a new blogger? I know I shouldn't compare myself to others but it is a little discouraging when I see some blogs who post multiple reviews a week. How do they read so fast? I'm lucky if I am able to get one review up a week.
- What do you find most encouraging? When people leave comments! It's nice to know that someone took a minute or so to leave some feedback. All of the book bloggers I've talked to so far have been so nice!
- What do you like best about the blogs you read? Have you tried to replicate this in your blog? I like how all of the blogs are different. Yes, we're all (mostly) book blogs and we all review the same books sometimes but there's always at least one unique thing about each blog. Plus, I love how everyone's personality is reflected in their blog.
- What do you dislike about blogs you’ve read? Do you try to avoid this? I hate it when the blog design and layout is too "busy". Sometimes it's hard to concentrate on the blog post you're reading because everything flashing on the sidebar. I definitely avoid this on my blog! I like nice, simple, "quiet" layouts. Oh, and I don't like it when music starts to play automatically. That usually scares me!
- Any advice for other new bloggers? Participating in memes is a good way to meet other bloggers and to gain a few followers. Just try not to only post memes and you don't have to participate in them every week.
- Anything else you’d like to share about your experience? Be prepared for your blog to take up a lot of time. I did not realize how much time I would spend working on my blog (there are still parts 'under construction'), writing reviews, participating in different events, visiting other blogs and leaving comments. It takes a long time! Also, there are times when I have to make myself not participate in a meme. I see so many fun ones come through my Reader but I'd only have memes on the blog if I joined in every one that looked interesting!
- Is there anything you’d like to tell us about your blog? I'm still trying to find my blogging "niche" and I'm trying to become more disciplined with posting. I want to try to set up some type of blogging schedule for myself but first I think I need to have a handful of reviews saved as drafts so I can plan it out better.