Busting The Newbie Blues Questionnaire
This event, Busting The Newbie Blues, is to help bring together new bloggers and make them known. This is hosted by Small Reviews, a wonderful blog that is great for any book-review blogger to check out! If you would like more information on how to participate in this event, go to Small Reviews to learn more. This is a questionnaire that will give you a little more insight on why I started my blog.
1) When did you start your blog?
I started my blog, From The Bookshelf of T.B., on August 1, 2010.
2) Why did you start your blog?
I actually started my blog all because of my grandpa. I had been out with him, and we had been talking about how I wanted to get serious about writing, as I would like to become an author of young adult books someday. As we were talking he suggested, why don’t you try blogging? When I got home, I told my parents about the new idea of blogging, assuming they would shoot it down. Instead, to my surprise, they said yes! My parents were all for it and helped me from Day 1. They helped me find Blogger to use, and were there for me to call on if I ever had any questions. And now, blogging is something that I love. I am so thankful that I joined the blogging world, all thanks to my grandpa.
3) What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far?
Posting up reviews. That I would have to say is my absolute BIGGEST challenge. Time and time again, I have held off posting reviews because it is hard to find the time, as I have school and extracurricular activities as well. When I used to read blogs, I didn’t understand how the authors could leave weeks and months in-between posts. However, now that I am a blogger myself, I realize that it is tough to always stay on top of my blog, while balancing the other aspects of my life.
4) What do you find most discouraging about being a new blogger?
How hard it is for me to seem to gain followers and repeat readers. For some, this comes easily to them, but I’ve had trouble getting my blog out there and marketing it well. That is one reason I am “Busting The Newbie Blues” with this questionnaire, to try and gain more publicity, find other great blogs, and get more in touch with the blogging community.
5) What do you find most encouraging?
My heart swells when I get a new comment or a response from an author. I love hearing my readers’ and authors’ feedback. If you haven’t gotten a personal response from an author, I have to tell you, it’s really cool!
6) What do you like best about the blogs you read? Have you tried to replicate this in your blog?
One of the first book blogs I saw did interviews with authors, and I thought that this was a novel concept and one that I would love to add to my blog. Thus, the “Interview with Authors” feature was born on From The Bookshelf of T.B.
I also like it when blogs provide ways for other blogs to connect, such as Giveaway Hops, Reading Challenges, and also things like this for newbies to join in on the fun.
7) What do you dislike about blogs you’ve read? Do you try to avoid this?
I dislike when book review blogs turn into more of giveaway sites rather than review blogs. To me, it seems that they aren’t actually reviewing books anymore, but just trying to gain more followers by giving away new books constantly. I appreciate that they are still letting readers know about upcoming releases, but they lose the review side to their blog at times. Yes, I do try to avoid this as I don’t want to gain followers just because they wanted to enter my contest, rather than actually enjoying my blog.
8) Any advice for other new bloggers?
At times it may seem like you want to give up and just stop your blog, especially after the initial excitement of starting one. Don’t give up! I still deal with this at times, but always remind myself how much fun I have watching my blog grow, and the great community of bloggers that are out there. Just don’t give up and always think of new, innovative ways for your blog to soar!
9) Anything else you’d like to share about your experience?
Blogging has taught me many things, but most of all it has opened a doorway to a whole new world! New things that I find for my blog, and in the blogging community, constantly delight me. I congratulate bloggers, as you really know how to make the new ones feel welcome. Thanks!
10) Is there anything you’d like to tell us about your blog?
I mostly review books for teens and pre-teens, and I’m keen on discovering rising authors and new and unique series. I started this blog because I love to read and write, so I thought that this would be a great combination of the two! I read books about fantasy, all the way to novels that take place in the future. Through this blog, I hope to share new, and old, books with you!
If anyone ever has any comments, questions, suggestions, or even books that’d they’d like to suggest for me to read, please let me know! I always love hearing from my readers! You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or post a comment on my blog. I’m always looking for ways to improve, so feel free to let me know your thoughts!
-This is T.B. with Another Book Back on the Shelf...
Until Next Time, Keep Reading!