04 January 2012

Busting The Newbie Blues!

So this week i've decided to be apart of Busting The Newbie Blues hosted by Small Review. This little event is going on throughout the while month of January! Now of course your all probably wondering what this is unless you've done it before but what this is is basically like a little questionnaire for new bloggers and old bloggers. There's two different sets of questions and you pick which one is best for you. The whole reason for this is to interact with other bloggers and for new bloggers to get help in the blogging world. This is my first year blogging so this is my first time trying this i hope it works out well. For the questionnaires and any questions you might have click on the Event name or the blog name above! I hope you decided to join! and thanks to anyone who takes the time to read the questions and my answeres below!

New Blogger Questionnaire!

1. When did you start your blog?
I started my blog about 5 months now. I started back in early August. I figured the summer would be the easiest time to start.

2. Why did you start your blog?
Well originally i started my blog because i wanted to get a little bit more publicity i guess you would say on the book that i started writing. When i started browsing the blogging world i came across a few Book Bloggers. Now this is awhile ago so i can't remember which they were but i thought that what they did was pretty cool and i decided that since im a book lover and i'm always reading every second i get that i would start one slowly and see how it went.

3. What has been the biggest challenge you faced so far?
Hmm I'd have to say the biggest challenge would be a challenge that i'm still struggling with which is trying to design my blog to make it eye catching! I'm good with computers but i'm still not sure how i would go about designing my blog yet i'm sort of hoping that this questionnaire will help me get some tips.

4. What do you find most discouraging about being a new blogger?
Well for me the most discouraging part is trying to talk to other bloggers. Outside of the computer i'm extremely shy i have a lot of friends but i still have trouble talking to new people. So that came along with me i have a hard time talking to them about books and other things that bloggers would talk about. People always say don't be afraid to talk to me and things like that but i still am sometimes and i'm not sure why exactly. Sometimes when it comes to bloggers that have been around awhile i'm scared to talking to them because it's like talking to a genius or a celebrety. I'm not exactly sure how else to explain in but that's my dilema.

5. What do you find most encouraging?
Well the thing that i love the most because it always brings my spirits up is getting comments! When i first started this blog i got none which was understandable because my blog was only a few weeks old. But now i get comments and it brings up my mood so much! I think that the blogging world would be nothing without comments!

6. What do you like best about the blogs you read? Have you tried to replicate this in your blog?
There's a few things i like about the blogs i read. When i'm reading a blog i love when there's polls on the side and i love when things are easy to find and i love when bloggers show off there fellow bloggers buttons on there sidebar. All of these things i also do on my blog. Like right now i have a poll up for my followers to help me decided which book i should read next. While i'm doing a challenge or participating on a blog hop i make sure that those buttons or banners are on the top, and last but not least I have a bunch of my fellow bloggers buttons on the sides but thats another dilema of mine i still dont have a button of my own.

7. What do you dislike about blogs you've read? Do you try to avoid this?
The two things that i hate the most. First is when you click onto a blog and you start reading a post and then *BANG* your heart jumps in your throat because this random music starts playing and your looking around to see if anyone saw you jump because sometimes its a little embarissing am i right? Second when your trying to read a post or comment but you cant see what your writing or what was written because they have so many other things overlapping everything and its just annoying!

8. Any advice for new bloggers?
My advice would be to try to talk to as many bloggers as you can to get tips. Some bloggers make posts about how to make your blog a better one read those! Enter a lot of giveaways because that helps you get a lot of books to start writing reviews and things like that and last but not least read other bloggers reviews and posts and comment comment comment because everybody loves comments! =)

9. Any question you'd like to ask a newbie or established bloggers?
My question to established bloggers would be is there any other way then posting them on goodreads and twitter and all those places to get people to read and leave feedback about either how the review is written or about the book it's written about.

10. Is there anything you'd like to tell us about your blog?
Well i always have a different post up everyday unless im deathly sick which im not so you'd never get bored.

Thanks for taking the time to read my questionnaire! Let me know in the comments if you've decided to follow me. I'll be sure to follow you right back not in a stalkerish way though! =)


  1. I'm extremely shy also but blogging has really pushed me out of my comfort zone.
    When I first starting tweeting I thought no one would care what the heck I had to say but once you get going talking about a book everything falls into place and now some of my best friends are people I met through blogging.
    It's still not easy for me but blogging sort of forces you out there. I haven't ever met anyone who was unkind.
    I get input on my reviews from my blogging BFF's. On occasion I even have them proofread something before I post in case I'm not sure if I'm expressing something right.
    The best way to get comments is to leave them. Visit other blogs and start a conversation. They will most likely come back and visit you.
    I love this Newbie Blues week! Great idea.
    And one more thing....yes, please people NO loud music scaring me to death. lol

  2. Hi - you just commented on the Book Blogger Confessions post on my blog. I just wanted to let you know the next one is January 16th. We're doing them the 1st & 3rd Monday of every month.
    I hope you join us!
    The next question is up on that post.
    Also the linky will work for this weeks question until then if you still wanted to participate.

  3. Ha, I voted on your poll! Thanks for the comment on my blog.

    To make your blog more pleasing to the eye, I would recommend using matching colours in your design. For example, you use red for your text now. That's fine, it's a bit flashy but perfectly readable. I wouldn't make the link colour blue then though, it clashes a bit with the reds and it's hard to read blue on a dark background. I would suggest maybe white as a link colour (:

    As for the answer on your question, a great way to get feedback on your reviews is by asking people for it. If you see a person that has reviewed a book you have reviewed too, leave a comment saying "Hey, I like how you wrote your review! Would you mind checking out mine? I'm trying to improve my review writing". Just be nice and polite about it.

    I wish you the best of luck with your blog!

  4. Excellent question. I find if you visit and comment on other blogs, those folks come back and visit and comment on yours. Best of luck!

  5. I have set up a Facebook page for my Blog to get feedback and have found that useful. I am a new follower


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