Monday, January 2, 2012

Busting the Newbie Blues! (:

Monday, January 2, 2012

An event hosted at Small Review
  1. When did you start your blog? I started my blog in June, but didn't really get a hang of it all till late August. When I began, I didn't know that YA book blogging was even a thing! I assumed people did it, but I never imagined there was this awesome community. 
  2. Why did you start your blog? I love to read and I love to write, so it just seemed natural to start a book blog. (: 
  3. What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far? In the beginning, I was figuring things out on my own. Then I discovered other book blogs and started in on memes, but at the start I had no clue what I was doing. 
  4. What do you find most discouraging about being a new blogger? So many of the YA book bloggers seem so tight knit! It looks like a lot already have their friends.
  5. What do you find most encouraging? At the same time, everyone has been really friendly. Seriously, you're all so nice! (:
  6. What do you like best about the blogs you read? Have you tried to replicate this in your blog? Every blog I follow, the book reviews are always thoughtful and reliable. I can tell that a lot of work goes into their blog. 
  7. What do you dislike about blogs you’ve read? Do you try to avoid this? Too many memes, not enough regular posts. Memes are great, but it's nice to see other stuff, too. (: I do two memes a week (IMM and Top Ten Tuesday), and one/two regular posts. I do my best to keep it balanced.
  8. Any advice for other new bloggers? Check out other blogs and get involved in things like reading challenges and memes. Also, set a posting schedule for yourself. It helps!
  9. Any questions you'd like to ask newbie or established bloggers? Any advice on networking? (For example, would you say getting a Twitter/Facebook page for a blog is important?)
  10. Is there anything you’d like to tell us about your blog? Feel free to link a few of your favorite posts or posts you wish had more comments. I've found that I really love book blogging! It's one of my favorite things to do! (Other than read, of course. ;) 
-My first two author interviews! (My third is coming up later this month. :)

    Are you a new book blogger like me? Or are you established? Let me know! (:


  1. Thanks for sharing! I just started blogging this summer as well. I created a Facebook page to give readers another way to follow, but it hasn't been overwhelmingly popular. I've seen other blogs with lots of Facebook followers, though, so I suppose it depends. I know absolutely nothing about Twitter!

  2. Semi established I've been blogging since 09 but didn't start book blogging till May 2010 so yeah been book blogging since then with a grand total of 65 manga reviews and 65 book reviews with 30 reviews that don't fall into manga or book category I also made a "50 pages or bust" segment with 26 reviews there

    over all blogging is something that has become a part of me now and I Fully agree that a schdual helps and regular posts are good as well so page what I can say to you is this I love your blog and your updates keep reading and keep blogging also expand your reading to middle grade, fantasy, paranormal romance, dystopian, manga, comics, adult books etc

    if you want I could recommend some books for you

  3. Thank you so much for joining in! :D

    I felt the same way as you did on #4. I'm a very shy person, so the idea of talking to established bloggers who seemed like they had a tight group of friends already was daunting! Last year's Busting the Newbie Blues really helped with that for me because I got to meet a lot of bloggers who, just like me, were new and didn't know anyone. It made talking to other bloggers a lot easier for me. I hope it helps you!

    But, on the flip side, you're right with #5 too! I'm always amazed at how nice everyone is. And, if you ever need anything or want to chat books, just shoot me a comment :)

    I'm not the best person to give advice about networking. Again, I'm really shy (and busy!), so the idea of participating in social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook is almost scary! I'm sure my blog could have benefited had I used those sites, but I don't think you HAVE to use them in order to be successful.

    I've written a few posts on networking your blog and I'll have a few more throughout this event. Hopefully you can find something there to help. :)

  4. Hi Sara! I've been blogging for more than a year, but I still consider myself a bit of a newbie. I agree with you that too many memes make me want to stop reading someone's blog. And also that the book blogging community seems so friendly - everyone seems nice!

  5. Great answers!

    Regarding bloggers and established friendships, I'm going to give you the same tip I gave Krazy Elf Bookshelf: Being a new blogger is like being invited to a party. Except everyone at this party is friendly, likes meeting new people, and want to talk with you. So get in there and start chatting. Visit their blogs and comment. You'll find bloggers are happy to make your acquaintance and become friends.

  6. Sara - your blog is definitely the cutest blog on the block. Plus, you have a lot of the same hesitations and inspirations as I do. It's great to meet you!

    I love your idea of having a posting schedule for myself. Being organized is always helpful. I envy your "Currently Reading" sidebar too - I'd love to know where you found it!

    Keep up all of the great work; you are doing a great job!

  7. I would most definitely recommend getting a Twitter account for your blog! It has been one of the best blog-related decisions I have ever made. Especially with Blogger removing GFC for non-blogger sites, it will soon be one of the only ways to follow someone's blog posts. I very rarely check my Dashboard now - I almost always find blog posts through Twitter. I find it's really easy to network (where everyone is in the same place) and there's a huge information flow that will keep you commenting/retweeting/quoting for hours!

    I'm also participating in Small's event, and if you're interested in checking out my post, you can find it here!

    Radiant Shadows

  8. I really think that having Twitter is an awesome advantage. It's so easy to follow so many people and visit their blog posts from over there! I also get to chat a lot with people and have found a bunch that I really jive with :)

  9. I know what you mean about the memes thing. When I started out I was doing quite a few memes (along with my own posts), and since then I've scaled it back a bit -- usually 2 or 3 memes a week. There's definitely a balance needed!

    Also, in terms of networking, I'd also recommend Twitter. It's a great way to actually make contact with authors, in quite a casual environment. Plus you tend to find out the latest news in the blogosphere first on Twitter :D I can't really say about Facebook, as I don't have a Facebook page for my blog.

    And just wanted to say — I read on your "About Me" page that you like musicals and Jane Austen. Me too! My favourite musical is My Fair Lady, I think, although I'm also partial to The Sound of Music and Oklahoma!. And Pride & Prejudice is my ultimate Austen pick, it's a comfort read for me. Which is your favourite Austen?

    If you'd like to hop by my post on "Busting the Newbie Blues" it's here.

  10. Hey, there, Sara, I'm Asher, from Paranormal Indulgence. One of the things I love about the blogosphere as well is the friendliness factor. But don't let the "cliquishness" get to you. Most bloggers are open to making new online pals.

    I'd definitely say that Facebook, especially Twitter are important for networking your blog! It's easy to get in touch with authors, publishers, publicists this way as well! To put your blog on the map you have to be willing to travel far and wide, so to speak. Reach out to other bloggers and authors. Trust me, your reading base will grow :)

  11. Nice to meet you, Sara! I'm in on Top 10 Tuesday too, don't you love it? I'll keep an eye out for you in the Linky next week. :)

    Your advice is bang on the mark: getting into memes is what started getting me some followers, and introduced me to some seriously fantastic bloggers and the blogging community. And scheduling/auto-publishing posts is a god-send!

    Of Facebook and Twitter, I've had more success with the latter (although admittedly I never tried too hard with Facebook). I love #FridayReads on Twitter, and I've even brushed elbows with a couple of authors there. Makes me all giddy!

  12. I don't know anyone who didn't feel outside the "circle" when they first started blogging. It's like anything else--it takes a while to make friends. In my personal experience, though, they do come eventually. Kind of like ARCs!

    1. Hi, Sara. Very sweet blog, and it's really nice to meet you!
      I'm pretty much still in the newbie category though the blog has been up for nearly a year- basically because of the huge breaks I had to take in between. I'm terrible with the Twitter and FB networking, so can't advice on that! Following you now :)

  13. I'd consider myself an established Blogger :)
    OMG I love your blog background - it somehow reminds me of a giant present :P
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