I guess I would consider myself a big blogger, because I have been around for almost a year and I have made contacts in the publishing world, but I still feel like a newbie all the time. So I am going to have my cake and eat it too and participate in BOTH events. Yep, that’s right. I think I am caught between the worlds sometimes. I am not exactly new but I feel like I have so much more learning I can do!
So here is my questionnaire. I hope you will check it out and join me in this awesome event!
- When did you start your blog? I started my blog in February of 2011, but I didn’t really start blogging until April of 2011
- Do you ever still feel like a newbie? all the time! I still feel shocked when authors send me review requests or people come to me for advice.
- What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far? Did you make any mistakes new bloggers can learn from? I think the biggest challenge(and where my mistake comes in) was not being able to say no to review requests. When they first started rolling in, I was just so flipping excited that I didn’t want to say no to any of them. What if this was the only review request I was going to get? What if I never got another one because I turned it down? What if it is the best book ever? So I didn’t say no, ever! And what ended up happening is that I was reading books that where not really my taste and then I didn’t end up enjoying them. And then I was faced with writing a negative review for a really nice author and no one wins. It is easier to just say no up front if you don’t have time or you don’t think you will enjoy a book. Trust me, it is easier than getting emails from authors asking where that review is for a book that you did not like.
- What did you find most discouraging about being a new blogger? How did you deal with this? The book blogging community is really big! Especially for YA books. And sometimes it is hard to break into a new community and make friends. Don’t get me wrong, everyone has been super nice and I have not encountered any meanness or cattiness. But bloggers are busy, especially the big established ones and when they have free time, they want to get on twitter and talk with their friends. It was hard for me to accept at first that I would not make overnight friends with people. They sometimes have already established friendships and I felt like an outsider at times.
- What do you find most encouraging? The comments. I love getting comments on my blog or emails or tweets from people. It never fails to make my day!
- If you could go back in time and speak with your newbie self, what five bits of wisdom would you tell yourself? Don’t say yes to every book request that comes along, schedule your posts, comment on more blogs, read more of your own books, and don’t be so shy when it comes to talking to people on twitter.
- What do you like best about the blogs you read? Have you tried to replicate this in your blog? I love the really thoughtful reviews and the blogs that post consistent good content. I like reviews, YA news, and discussion posts the best. I do try and replicate this but at the same time, the same covers and reveals seem to get posted a million times at once so I skip posting those because I don’t want people to see the same post over and over.
- What do you dislike about blogs you’ve seen? Do you try to avoid this? I love memes but there are so many of them. If your blog has more memes than it does reviews, and other content, then maybe that is too much. I try to only stick to a few memes. I love follow friday and IMM. And about once a month or less I will throw in a WoW.
- How did you bring your blog to the attention of so many people? I networked. I joined blog hops, I offered giveaways out of my own pocket, I commented on other blogs, joined a few memes, and tweeted out of the wazoo! There is no secret recipe, it just takes work. For a newbie that means you need to be seen. Be on twitter, be on other people’s blogs. Say thoughtful an genuine things and people will start to remember you.
- When and how did you get your first ARC (or first few ARCs)? my first few ARCs were eARCs from NetGalley. I think NetGalley is a great way to start letting publishers know you are serious. post reviews for the books you request and then once you get a good number of reviews up and have been consistently blogging for a few months contact a publisher. I waited 6 months before I contacted my first real publisher for a physical ARC. Get google analytics and put your stats in the email request and on your review policy page. I got my first ARC from Harper Teen. Also don’t get discouraged if the publisher does not write you back.
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