Friday, December 3, 2010

Busting the Newbie Blues!

Busting the Newbie Blues is hosted by Small Review. This event was created to put new YA book bloggers on the map! New bloggers can discuss and share their experiences with one another, as well as learn what it was like for established bloggers when they were newbies. On my blog I read and review more than just YA, but I think this event is a really great idea and I'm eager to join in!


New Bloggers:

Pick this questionnaire if you if you feel you're still getting your "blogging legs" and could use some advice and awareness brought to your blog, whether you're a brand new blogger or even if you've been blogging for over a year. 

  1. When did you start your blog? Three weeks ago!
  2. Why did you start your blog? I love to read and review books and I want to meet other bloggers who feel the same way and talk about books with them!  
  3. What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far? Learning how to design and update my blog! I'm not very computer savvy and when I first started blogging I didn't even know how to upload a picture or create a link!
  4. What do you find most discouraging about being a new blogger? Never having enough time to do everything that I want to do. Updating my blog and meeting other bloggers is wonderful, but also time consuming. I want to be more involved in the blogging community, but I only have so much time to do everything that I want to do in a day and I dont always have access to a computer.
  5. What do you find most encouraging? How warm and friendly everyone is!
  6. What do you like best about the blogs you read? Have you tried to replicate this in your blog? I love blogs that have a lot of images and memes. I would like to start doing more memes, and maybe even start a meme of my own!
  7. What do you dislike about blogs you’ve read? Do you try to avoid this? I have yet to find anything I dislike, but then again, I've been blogging for less than a month.
  8. Any advice for other new bloggers? Don't be afriad to put yourself out there! Also, always be honest! If you don't like a book, don't be afraid to say so! 
  9. Anything else you’d like to share about your experience? Nope.
  10. Is there anything you’d like to tell us about your blog? I read and review YA, urban fantasy, and parnormal romance. Reading is my passion so expect me to post a lot of reviews!


  1. Hello fellow new blogger, I'm now also your newest follower! Thank you for following my blog.

    I would also like to do a meme in the future, but I still haven't figured out any ideas.

    I hope we can share great reviews in the future!

    Check out my answers here

  2. Great answers :) I completely agree about being computer savvy. html just goes straight over my head. I spend about an hour trying to remove borders. Thanks for following my blog. I'm now your newest follower!

  3. I know, I was not very savvy in the design department when I first started my blog, but pretty soon I started picking things up and I've learned some things about HTML along the way! Often I've found that just Googling what you're wanting to work on can help :)

    I agree, memes are a lot of fun (both participating in them and hosting them!)

  4. Nice answers, and this is a good way to meet new bloggers. I completed this yesterday so I just popped back to see who else had joined since then.
    You've done a great job on your blog considering it's all new to you. Looks terrific!

  5. Thanks for participating! Your blog looks great :) I hear you on all this computer stuff. I feel like I must be from the dark ages because I look at all this stuff and I'm so confused. It seemed like everyone else got it but me, but now that I've talked to more people I realize that most of us are all struggling and learning like I am.

    I also agree about the amount of time it takes. I never even realized blogging would be so time consuming on a social level. I love it, but I have to figure out a method to manage my time to make sure I can comment on all the blogs I want to comment on.

    I loved reading your responses. This event is so nice in that I get to read all of your experiences and I feel so much less alone in my own experiences. Thanks again!

  6. I agree with you about it being a challenge to design a blog! I probably should have mentioned that in my answer as I'm such a noob when it comes to html. Also, I totally agree with your advice to others about the importance of being honest in a review.

  7. Hi I am also a blogger - "old" follower - old in so many ways. I have to say I don't feel new to this, I no longer think my blog has that "new blog smell;" but I find myself learning more about it everyday. I am currently under some heavy duty commitments but I think I will be able to really concentrate on blogging. I bought one of those Blogging for Dummies books and it is fab. Plus if you have a problem like border removal google it with your blog platform and you will find answers.

    Still there is a never ending parade of things to learn about the genre, about the publishing industry, about getting ARCs, HTML.

    There is a simple line of code to get rid of borders around images. It works like a charm!

    Email me and I will send it to you in plain text.

    Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust


    twitter: @fangswandsfairy

  8. Getting a blog up and running is definitely a challenge. It took me a few days to figure out how Blogger works and create a template I was happy with.

  9. Hi fellow Newbie!

    I agree with how time-consuming blogging can be! That would have to be one of my hardest challenges about starting a blog, having enough time to do everything I would like to. The blogging community is very accepting and welcomes everyone with open arms! Events such as this Busting The Newbie Blues really help!