I was invited to take part in the second annual Busting the Newbie Blues hosted over at Small Review. This is a great way to get into discussions of what it is like to be a new blogger (or even an old blogger). Here are my answers to the questionnaire for new bloggers:
When did you start your blog?
I started at the very end of October last year, so only been at this a few months.
Why did you start your blog?
I decided to start this blog because I enjoyed the idea of being able to discuss books with other people, and just getting to be able to talk books in general.
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far?
My biggest challenge has been getting more views on my own pages rather than the memes that I take part in.
What do you find most discouraging about being a new blogger?
The thing I find most discouraging is seeing how some bloggers are able to get so many reviews up and how they keep track of everything they need to read and when to review it.
What do you find most encouraging?
I find the people that stop by my blog and comment are the most encouraging, as well as getting tips from older bloggers.
What do you like best about the blogs you read? Have you tried to replicate this in your blog?
One blog I read Esther's Ever After has a great way of doing her reviews, she gives reasons to read the book, even if it isn't the greatest rating (but no I don't try to replicate that).
Any advice for other new bloggers?
Keep up with what you're doing and don't get discouraged. Also take part in weekly memes as well as visiting other blogs and commenting on their posts.
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 would love to hear any comments people have, or even some more advice for a new blogger. I always try to check out people who comment and try to comment back as well.