Busting the Newbie Blues is an event hosted by Small Review which runs from December 3rd to December 31st. Here's a short rundown of what it's all about and what you need to do, but for full information, please visit this post at Small Review.
The event is designed to:
- Put new YA book bloggers on the map
- Increase blogging interaction
- Start a discussion by sharing our experiences as new bloggers
- Learn about what it was like for all those impressive established bloggers when they were newbies.
What you need to do is select a questionnaire that best applies to you and answer it on your blog, put your link on Small Reviews page and visit as many blogs as you can. Take a look at their answers, but also have a look at their blog and a bunch of other posts and leave them some comments!
I chose the New Bloggers questions as I've only been blogging since mid October:
1. When did you start your blog?
I started my blog in mid October this year.
2. Why did you start your blog?
I discovered Goodreads in June this year and started writing reviews for the books I'd been reading. I got some really great feedback, and by then I'd also found book blogs on the interwebby too and loved them. My family kind of nagged me to get out there with my reviews too, so here I am!
3. What has been the biggest challenge you've faced so far?
Probably trying to decide how many stars to give each book review. Did I love it enough for a 5, am I letting people down by only giving a decent book a 3? I'm actually trying to decide at the moment whether to stop giving a star rating and just leave my posts with the review ...
4. What do you find most discouraging about being a new blogger?
I have over 120 blogs in my reader and get about 90+ feeds a day, so I can just imagine how many feeds some of you more established bloggers get. But what I find discouraging is when I spend hours reading posts and commenting every week, but not getting many return visits. This tends to happen more from established bloggers. I understand why. If I've got so many blogs to read after such a short time then established bloggers probably have enough to read already and aren't able to comment on everyones, but it makes it so hard to network with them.
5. What do you find most encouraging?
The positive comments I receive to my review posts!
6. What do you like best about the blogs you read? Have you tried to replicate this in your blog?
I really enjoy reading all the reviews. That is my favourite part and I do try to comment on as many as I can. I haven't really tried to replicate anything from other blogs apart from entering memes, challenges and events I come across.
7. What do you dislike about blogs you've read? Do you try to avoid this?
Some blogs have so much in their sidebars that it's take forever to load up on my computer. I find it a little distracting too when I'm looking at the blog. Yes, I have tried to avoid this by keeping my sidebar low key.
8. Any advice for new bloggers?
I don't really know. I'm still learning myself, but I would say make sure you keep a good balance between reviews and memes. Too many memes and no reviews doesn't keep my interest in a blog, so maybe it wont keep others interest either.
9. Anything else you'd like to share about your experience?
Only that I'm loving my blogging and reviewing experience! I just wish I had more time :-)
10. Is there anything you'd like to tell us about your blog?
I don't want to tell you anything. I want you to go and explore and find it all out for yourself :-)
Well I hope you enjoyed my answers and don't forget to visit Small Review and so who else is taking part in the event!