Small from Small Review is hosting a monthlong event called Busting the Newbie Blues in which new and experinced get together to help new bloggers get settled in the blogosphere.
My answers to the Busting the Newbie Blues Questionnaire are as follows. I chose to answer the "newbie" questions, although I think I'm more on the cusp of becoming an established blogger.
When did you start your blog? I started my blog over a year ago; April 22, 2010.
Why did you start your blog? I had this idea of creating a website to share my thoughts on the books I read. (At this point I had no idea such a thing already existed.) I tried a couple of different ideas, one of which was a homemade Goodreads-type site, where I literally created every page on a WYSIWYG editor, finally settling on a blog as the best choice.
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far? Spreading the word about my blog. I had a follower spike in September, when I hosted a giveaway for Squeaky Books birthday bash, but for the most part my followers and pageviews have been increasing very little.
What do you find most discouraging about being a new blogger? When you try to put your thoughts down, and it seemed like everyone else can say the same thing so much more eloquently.
What do you find most encouraging? When people comment, and when I find new blogging friends, like Small. Also, my favorite thing about blogging is that it gives me a place in the book blogging community. I don't know how I found my books before I began reading all of these great book blogs.
What do you like best about the blogs you read? Have you tried to replicate this in your blog? I like interesting and fun reviews, and when bloggers are generally nice. Yes, I have tried to replicate this.
What do you dislike about blogs you’ve read? Do you try to avoid this? I dislike a blog cluttered with memes, and blogs that talk overmuch about unrelated topics, such as TV shows. (Talking a little bit about yourself every now and then does not count as "unrelated topics.") Yes, I try to avoid this.
Any advice for other new bloggers? Keep going! The more you blog, the better you'll get. Even if it seems like there's no one reading, it never hurts keep going, especially if blogging is fun (and it should be!). And the readers will come, eventually. Also, don't be afraid to ask for help. There are a lot of super nice people out there, who would be glad to help you out.
Is there anything you’d like to tell us about your blog? Feel free to link a few of your favorite posts or posts you wish had more comments. I'd love to hear from you. If you only leave a comment telling me what you thought of the book, I'm super happy to receive it. And I will definitely reply (eventually ☺), so check back. Here is a list of books I've reviewed on this blog. Do I have some of your favorite books? What should I check out next?