The awesome gal at Small Review has created an event called Busting the Newbie Blues. This year is it's second time running! This event is designed to (Taken from Small Review's post):
- Put new YA bloggers on the map
- Increase Blogger interaction
- Start a discussion by sharing our experiences as new bloggers
- Learn about what it was like for established bloggers when they were newbies
To learn more information on this event, go to her original post here. Now onto the questions! I picked Established Bloggers questionnaire, even though I still feel like a newbie sometimes. I've been book blogging on and off since 2008, but The Vintage Bookworm is still fairly new.
- When did you start your blog? The Vintage Bookworm was created in December of 2010.
- Do you ever still feel like a newbie? Definitely! Like I said earlier in this post, I've been blogging on and off since 2008. My first blog was called Reader's Sanctuary, which I am pretty sure the blog is still up (Oops!). But this blog is only a little over a year old. I'm always learning new stuff, so I still feel like a newbie at some points. Especially since The Vintage Bookworm is still getting out there, if that makes sense.
- 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 I've faced so far, and I'm still struggling with, is finding my own voice for my blog. Also, one thing I've noticed since I was gone from blogging for a bit is that starting a whole new blog is hard. I was used to a lot of people knowing my blog and getting myself out there and now I'm still fairly new. I've made a lot of mistakes, but the main one I can think of right now is trying to do too much. I freak out a lot when I shouldn't about not posting every day. I'd like to post every day, but sometimes it just can't happen.
- What did you find most discouraging about being a new blogger? How did you deal with this?I think the most discouraging thing I've always dealt with is feeling like an outsider to all the circle of friends that everyone has around here. I'm the type of person who likes to be friends with everyone. I'm a friendly person, but I'm shy. I'm still dealing with this. But I know I need to just throw myself out there and try and interact more. I've been interacting more than I normally would, but I still need to do more.
- What do you find most encouraging? The most encouraging would have to be the community as well. It's a HUGE community full of people like you. Who love books and get the craziness dealing with them. Also, when you can share your reviews with authors and sometimes get to talk with them. =) It's amazing.
- If you could go back in time and speak with your newbie self, what five bits of wisdom would you tell yourself? I would tell myself to just find my own voice and not worry about other people's blogs. Just be yourself and enjoy those other awesome blogs, but to not dwell on it and feel bad because yours isn't that established yet.
- What do you like best about the blogs you read? Have you tried to replicate this in your blog? What I like best about the blogs I read is that a lot of them have amazing reviews. They all have their own voice in their reviews and they go into so much detail. I try very hard to replicate that in my blog, but sometimes I have so much strong feelings about a book that I just can't describe it. You know what I mean? Those times where all you want to say is "Omg I love it! Omg I love it!" over and over again?
- What do you dislike about blogs you’ve seen? Do you try to avoid this? The only thing I can think of at the moment that I dislike about some blogs that I've seen is sometimes their layouts are REALLY hard to to see anything. Sometimes they have a black layout with, like, a purple font. And it's really hard to read. Also, sometimes I'll go on a blog and they will have a VERY loud music player and it'll scare me and I have to search to figure out where it's coming from. It drives me crazy. I try to always have a white background with font that everyone can read. I also don't put things on my blog that has music or something to it and if I did, I'd have it off with the option for them to listen to it if they want to.
- How did you bring your blog to the attention of so many people? I'm not really sure to be honest. I try and comment on other blogs as much as I can, and interact on Twitter. I also post the links to my blog posts on Twitter, which in return posts it on Facebook. I also put up my reviews on Amazon, Book Depository, Random Buzzers, Goodreads and Shelfari and I put up a link to my blog in each review in case they want to see more reviews from me.
- When and how did you get your first ARC (or first few ARCs)? I can still remember the first ARC I ever received back from when I was blogging on The Reader's Sanctuary. It was an ARC for Tom Tancin's The Man in the Moon. I was SO excited I printed off the e-mail and ran around the house showing my parents. Who just stared at me like I was an alien. Tom Tancin e-mailed me asking me if I would review his book on my blog. I think the first ARC I received on The Vintage Bookworm was one from the BookDivas website.