Busting the Newbie Blues! Questionnaire!

A wonderful new follower to this blog, Shannon the Bookstalker (a.k.a: an awesome book reviewer!), commented on one of the giveaways we are hosting, and he gave me some pretty awesome information! 

There is this event that we will be participating in called "Busting the Newbie Blues!", (hosted by the wonderful Small Review) and it's basically dedicated to all the newbie book bloggers who have under 100 followers (like us at the moment), and this was made to help us get advice and establish a very successful book blog. Since we are under that category, we find it fit that we participate and help other bookies alike shine together! (Wow. That sounded way less cheesier in my head. . . ) 

Small Review has provided a simple questionnaire that I will now attempt to fill out. . .

  • When did you start your blog?
    I started this blog July, and after about a week where nobody followed, I gave up until near the end of November. I decided to give the blog ONE MORE TRY. I'm so glad I did.

  • Why did you start your blog?
    I started this blog because I share the same passion as others who start book blogs have: an "affair" with reading. I have loved reading since as long as I can remember. Kirston went right on board because she was just like me, so we do this together. I'm so glad I have her.

  • What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far?
    Getting followers. You're just in the middle of BlogSpot, wishing for someone to follow you. It doesn't really happen that way. . . 

  • What do you find most discouraging about being a new blogger?
    Not getting the amount of followers you want right away. Being probably one of the most impatient people in the world, it is very discouraging when I used to go on here and see no change whatsoever. 

  • What do you find most encouraging?
    That the ones that do follow you are the most awesome people ever! I love all you guys~ And you also get to meet awesome bookies who have very interesting things on their blog and share the same tastes of books as I do. 

  • What do you like best about the blogs you read? Have you tried to replicate this in your blog?
    We try our own style so we don't feel like we're cheating by stealing everything from someone else's blogs, but the memes/features that a lot of book bloggers participate in (ex: Waiting on Wednesday, IMM, etc.) we do because they're fun!
    Some things (like the organization of a review) influence our blog very greatly. Thank you bloggers for having awesome things~

  • What do you dislike about blogs you’ve read? Do you try to avoid this?
    . . . I can't really think of anything I disliked about the other blogs I've read. All of them are awesome!

  • Any advice for other new bloggers?
    Host giveaways and advertise them. That'll give you a huge following. Well, sometimes. (JOKES ASIDE:) Stay true to your blog, and you have to maintain your love for literature. Otherwise, why bother hosting a book blog? Enjoy every second of it!

  • Anything else you’d like to share about your experience?
    I like to say that I've met AWESOME people along the way. Shannon the Bookstalker has helped me by being, well, "helpful" and showing me this. You have to have good people to help you pave the road to this, and if you don't, well, you might get stuck at a dead end. That almost happened to me. Thank God it didn't!
    Also, though it can be frustrating, book blogging is really fun! You can see from others what you should read next, and that's one of the main reasons we started one: to share our books that others may pick them up and enjoy!

  • Is there anything you’d like to tell us about your blog?
    As I've already said, we participate in some AWESOME features like Cover Crazy, Waiting on Wednesday, Teaser Tuesday (I don't really think anyone else does that. . .), Future Favorites, etc. We stay true to our love for reading and stay true when we give our reviews, so if you want the cold, hard truth for books, you can be sure that it will be provided in our reviews.
    So take part in this WONDERFUL, HELPFUL event that's going on. Link in the sidebar, but I'll also provide you with a link right below. 

    Thank you, and if you have done this questionnaire, provide a link in the comments section. If you would like me to read some of your reviews on books, leave comments. Anything to help you~

    THANK YOU!! (:



    1. Thanks for participating!

      I love the Cover Crazy meme! I'll be sure to check out your CC posts.

      It can be frustrating with followers, but just remember, everyone started out with zero and it takes time. :) I hope this event helps you.

    2. Thanks for the nice words, I'm glad you decided to participate!

    3. Hi fellow Newbie!

      I think that's so cool that you blog with a friend, and that you both share the same interests! I agree getting followers can be tough, but you seem to be doing great with that so far. So glad to have found you!


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