Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Busting the Newbie Blues

Small Review is hosting an event called Busting the Newbie Blues that is meant to help old and new bloggers interact and share their experiences about what it's like or was like to be a new blogger. It's running from December 3 to December 31, and you can find all the information here.  

As a new blogger, the following is my completed questionnaire:

  1. When did you start your blog? I started my blog in late August of this year.
  1. Why did you start your blog? While I love reading and talking about books, most of my friends aren’t really avid readers. It just so happened that pretty much after reading The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson and wishing I had somebody to share my thoughts with, I found out that there are people online who love books as much as I do. I realized then that I could have a blog too.     
  1. What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far? The biggest challenge that I’ve faced so far besides finding the time to post would have to be setting up my blog. I’m not super great with technology so it took me a few hours to figure out how to use Blogger. Then, it took me a few days to get a layout that I was finally happy with.                  
  1. What do you find most discouraging about being a new blogger? It’s very daunting to be just starting out! Early on, it was very easy to slack off with posting because nobody knew who I was. That however isn’t really a good way to get people to follow you.
  1. What do you find most encouraging? I love how friendly the blogging community is. I find it super interesting to see that when fellow bloggers post up pictures with somebody, it’s often with someone that they’ve known from a blog but only met for the first time.  
  1. What do you like best about the blogs you read? Have you tried to replicate this in your blog? I love blogs where the blogger’s personality just comes through, especially if they’re funny. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’m particularly funny so it would be pointless to replicate this. I hope however that my blog conveys my voice.
  1. What do you dislike about blogs you’ve read? Do you try to avoid this? I dislike when a blog looks too messy or has a font in a colour that’s hard on the eyes because it becomes really hard to read, and so I’ve tried to avoid this on my blog. I also dislike when there are a lot of widgets present – one or two is fine – because it takes time for the page to load and sometimes can cause my laptop to freeze, which means I’m not going to be a happy person. 
  1. Any advice for other new bloggers? I would say to join challenges and memes because they’re great for getting people to know about your blog. I’d also suggest that you try to leave comments on the blogs you do follow because a lot of bloggers will either email a reply or stop by to leave a comment.
  1. Anything else you’d like to share about your experience? It’s been a great process so far and I’m very thankful to the people who liked what they saw enough to follow me. I’ll definitely post more often once exams are done and then start holding giveaways in the new year so I hope you guys stick around!
  1. Is there anything you’d like to tell us about your blog? I review YA books on my blog and while I tend to read pretty much any genre, I’m a sucker for paranormal or contemporary books.


  1. It is really daunting to start a book blog isn't it? I remember seeing all these fabulous blogs and thinking "why is anyone going to read mine when all these great ones are already established?" But then I thought I was doing it for me, so that made it less intimidating. I agree with you on the blogging community, so many great people! I think you have a fabulous blog, nice and easy to read and I look forward to being a new follower here!

  2. Thanks for participating!

    You bring up a good point about it being sort of a catch-22 as a new blogger: You can slack off more with your posting because people aren't really reading, but no one will read if you slack off on your posting.

    Another blogger's advice was to write as if you have hundreds of followers, even if you don't. I think that was pretty good advice and I try to keep it in mind myself.

    I see on your sidebar you have a review for Voices of Dragons, so I'm off to check that out now!

  3. I agree, too many widgets drive me crazy! That's why I have none lol. If I want to know when the book is coming out, I'll go check ;)
    I like this questionnaire, great answers!

  4. Thanks for dropping by! Yay for majoring in psychology and being Canadian :D (And wow, you're majoring in neuroscience as well? That's pretty hardcore!) Is there any area in psychology you particularly like?

    Also, not sure if you're already familiar with this, but another way to keep track of the blogs you follow (other than the Dashboard) is Google Reader :)

  5. Thanks for visiting my blog and becoming a follower--I returned the favor. I can't wait to see what you post, you have an amazing blog going!

    -Lulu :D

  6. I just found your blog through this event, which I'm also participating in! I'm now following you and looking forward to your reviews.

    I think your blog looks great! It's very pretty and easy to navigate, so I'm going to have a look around! Keep up the good work! :)

  7. I'm so glad to have found your blog through the event, and I'll be sure to look out for your new reviews and such.

    Blogging is an amazing thing, and we're a great community, so I think you'll continue to love it more and more. It's a process, but it's really rewarding! :)

  8. Thanks for following my blog! I'm following yours as well :o) Like you, most of my friends aren't avid readers. It was frustrating not having anyone to really share my thoughts with. When I discovered book blogging I was amazed by how many book lovers there are out there and how open and friendly everyone is! I look forward to discussing books with you in the future!

  9. I love what you said about posting. (I think somebody else referred to it as a catch 22.) It's so true, but if you stick with it more people will read and (hopefully) you'll feel like updating more! :)

  10. I agree with how easy it was to slack off in the beginning! I'm guilty of that! I've been trying to be more consistent in posting and to set up some sort of blogging schedule for myself.

  11. Hi there! I'm Canadian, too :) Glad to have found your blog through this event! I'm not particularly technologically savvy either. I'm slowly learning how to design a blog using Google but it's definitely taking time.


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