Busting the Newbie Blues is an event hosted Small Review!
When did you start your blog?
I started my blog last summer, July to be precise.
Do you ever still feel like a newbie?
Only every other day! And sometimes every day, all the time.
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far? Did you make any mistakes new bloggers can learn from?
Well, the biggest challenge probably is schedule and how to find time to write posts.
Though even bigger might be my problem with writing reviews. I do love to write them, but once I get excited about reading, I forget everything else! I read 5 books in a row, and forget to write the freaking reviews. And then it's month later and I should be able to say something about the book. *sigh*
Now I'm trying to behave.
What did you find most discouraging about being a new blogger? How did you deal with this?
I had no idea how to get readers, which was just so disappointing. And I wasn't sure, if I can even write reviews! And every time I got declined for a book in Netgalley, I felt down.
Then I decided, that if my reviews suck, too bad. If I don't get any readers, I'll write for myself. Even though it will be lonely, I'd survive!
And I get it, everyone can't get books in Netgalley, but it still hurts a little sometimes.
I have this habit of second guessing everything, so I was terrified when I started my blog!
What do you find most encouraging?
When I get comments to my blog! Then I know that someone actually reads my posts! I feel certain pride everytime.
Same happens when an author asks for a review. I feel all warm and fuzzy.
If you could go back in time and speak with your newbie self, what five bits of wisdom would you tell yourself?
One, don't worry about the followers. Two, relax. Three, write the reviews immediately after finishing the book! Four, when you have day off, try to write posts beforehands. Five, DON'T PANIC (like you always do)!
What do you like best about the blogs you read? Have you tried to replicate this in your blog?
I love blogs with beautiful and simple layout. It's hard to be objective with your own blog, so I have no idea if I've managed to replicate it even a little. I doubt it.
That's why I'm designing new layout, little by little.
What do you dislike about blogs you’ve seen? Do you try to avoid this?
I don't like clutter or really bad layouts. Or music on the background. (..try to ignore the clutter around here..)
How did you bring your blog to the attention of so many people?
Mostly through giveaways and commenting.
When and how did you get your first ARC (or first few ARCs)?
I was contacted by lovely Anthea, who asked if I was willing to read her book (Feyland: The Dark Realm, and the giveaway is still on!), I agreed and I was really happy about that after reading the book :)
This happened in the beginning of November.
Of course, I've received books from Netgalley, but this was the first contact from an author, so I remember it very well.