I'm participating in a blogger event called "Busting the Newbie Blues." If you would like to participate too, check out Small Review's site.
This event is designed to:
• Put new YA book bloggers on the map
• Increase blogger interaction
• Start a discussion blogging experiences
• Learn from established bloggers
Below is a questionnaire about my blogging experiences as a new blogger:
When did you start your blog?
I began my blog in June of 2010 as a way to share with family and friends what I was doing in my graduate program. I am getting my Masters in Children's Literature and the program encompasses picture books all the way up to YA. I've expanded my blog beyond just my graduate studies to also encompass book reviews and writing.
Why did you start your blog?
Being that I would be a five hour drive from everyone who loved me while away at graduate school, a blog seemed like an easier way to share what I was doing than lots of hours of phone time. I grew to enjoy posting, and am now striving to maintain the blog year round.
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far?
I'm also a middle school teacher, so balancing hobbies (reading, writing, blogging) with my work (planning, grading, etc.) has always been a difficult for me. It is challenging to post regularly and also post comments on fellow blogs, but I'd really like to become a more solid part of the blogging community.
What do you find most discouraging about being a new blogger?
Breaking into the network of established bloggers and learning the lingo was intimidating at first. But I've never been shy of learning something new!
What do you find most encouraging?
Established bloggers are welcoming and encouraging to newbies. Writers make themselves accessible through blogs. And I love the support that bloggers give to debut authors.
What do you like best about the blogs you read? Have you tried to replicate this in your blog?
I tend to like blogs that offer a mix of book reviews and writing advice. As I mentioned earlier, that is what my blog has become: book reviews and writing pursuits. Author Maggie Stiefvater's blog is one of my favorites that I follow. I like my book reviews honest. If you gush about every single book you read... then I'm going to doubt your sincerity.
What do you dislike about blogs you’ve read? Do you try to avoid this?
My biggest turn-off is blogs that are too flashy or cluttered. I prefer a streamlined look, no white text on a dark background, no moving/flashing graphics, no ads all over the place. I'm always careful to pick a background that is somewhat cute but neutral. But most importantly--the text is clear and easy to read. If you can't read my text, then what's the point in posting?
Any advice for other new bloggers?
Read other established blogs! Best way to learn!
Any questions you'd like to ask newbie or established bloggers?
Are there any blogs that you recommend as essential reading?
Here's a few of my favorite posts: