Busting the Newbie Blues

Busting the Newbie Blues is a way for old and new book bloggers to connect and get to know each other.

Here are my answers to the newbie questionnaire!

1.When did you start your blog?
June of 2011
2.Why did you start your blog?
I was just about to finish college. I was going to have a ton of time on my hands and I was going to be reading a ton in my new free time. I thought I should put that reading to use.
3.What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far?
Coming up with content on a regular basis can be fairly difficult.
4.What do you find most discouraging about being a new blogger?
Feeling like my voice isn’t being heard in the sea of other blogs.
5.What do you find most encouraging?
Having people tell me they enjoy my reviews/thoughts. Better yet having readers consistently come back.
6.What do you like best about the blogs you read? Have you tried to replicate this in your blog?
I love blogs where you can hear the person’s voice in their writing. I try to do most of my writing as if I were speaking so my voice hopefully comes through.
7.What do you dislike about blogs you’ve read? Do you try to avoid this?
I really dislike the blogs out there that you can tell are far too focused on page views/followers and not content. I don’t let myself worry about that stuff. I would infinitely rather have a blog with content I’m proud of rather than a ‘popular’ blog with crappy writing.
8.Any advice for other new bloggers?
Don’t give up! You may not feel like you’re being heard but someone is out there reading. And network!
9.Any questions you’d like to ask newbie or established bloggers?
How do you get into a routine? I feel like I’m all over the place with everything.
10.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 have some people join my Roald Dahl challenge and read some books with me!

12 thoughts on “Busting the Newbie Blues

  1. You and I started our blogs for the same reason. 🙂 Going from busy, fun college life to sitting around twiddling your thumbs while looking for a job is really scary, and I was out of school for less than a month before I realized I needed to do something productive or risk going insane with boredom.

    Routine is pretty easy for me, because it how I run the rest of my life. I’m a Type A personality, so I can’t live without schedules and deadlines. If that’s not how your personality is, though, it’s all about treating it like a class. 🙂 Practice and determination, trial and error, and not beating yourself if you don’t get it right the first time.

    • I do have a bit of a Type A personality as well. I was just worried about making this too much like a job or class. I want it to be fun! But I need structure as well.

      • Yea, that’s the downside of structuring and scheduling — it starts to feel a little bit more like work. Which is great, if it’s your full-time job; but to come home from an office or sit down after taking care of your kids all day and do more work…that’s no fun either. It’s definitely a balancing act, and one that I’m okay at most of the time.

  2. Sometimes it helps to have a posting schedule, that way you know what you’ll be posting and you can deliver at specific times. That’s what I do and i’ve got to say it helps. It keeps me from floundering around trying to come up with content to post each day 🙂

    Have an amazing reading week!

    – Asher (from Paranormal Indulgence)

  3. How do you get into a routine? I have excellent Time management. At first though, I found myself doing way too much but have cut that down and realised I don’t have to post each day. Though I do try to read at least one book per day/two days the most.

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