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Survey: Busting the Newbie Blues

Thursday, January 12, 2012

The 2nd annual Busting the Newbie Blues is hosted by the amazing Small Review!

For all of us new to blogging, wether you just started or have been for a year, here's to busting those newbie blues!

There's also a sister survey, Busting the Big Blogger Blues which is hosted by Ruby Reads

1. When did you start your blog?

I started my blog not too long ago on February 24, 2011. Now that I'm looking back, it has almost been a year!

2. Why did you start your blog?

Originally, Vy's Blog was a music and movie's blog. Then I started wandering into the library more often and got myself introduced to YA books.

3. What has been the biggest challenge you've faced so far?

Trying to balance blogging and school!

I don't know how the other bloggers my age can do it. They are simply amazing. For me though, it's always school before blogging and that becomes hard sometimes. Especially when I'm constantly reminded that blogging is not a job, but it sure feels like it at times.

4. What do you find most discouraging about being a new blogger?

When I first became a blogger, I didn't know that there were such things as ARCs. Of course when I found out it and started seeing other people get ARCs it got to me just a bit.

ARCs are used to promote and advertise the novel and in order to do so, there would have to be a bigger audience. I would just have to wait a bit more until I feel as if I could do that too and do an author a favor and spread the word about their work. Until then, I'll have to do what I did before knowing about ARCs, BUY THEM! :)

5. What do you find most encouraging?

The people in this amazing book community!

There is an endless list of people who have been helping me out and getting me through blogging. Everyone is so nice and encouraging that I never felt un-welcomed.

6. What do you like best about the blogs you read? Have you tried to replicate this in your blog?

I love the honesty and classiness that the bloggers have whenever they post. Honesty and class is definitely something that I would want to learn from those bloggers and blogs.

7. What do you dislike about blogs you've read? Do you try to avoid this?

I would most definitely do my best to avoid drama and hurting feelings.

Also, it won't hurt if I avoid cluttering my side bars. I LOVE widgets and fun stuff, but there is such thing as having too many of all that fun stuff.

8. Any advice for other new bloggers?
I would want to say that it doesn't hurt to have a plan before they start blogging.

I went head first into the blogosphere and it has definitely been hard at times. Especially when I didn't even know how important it was to have a blog name and url set before hand.

9. Any questions you'd like to ask newbie or established bloggers?

Question for newbies: How are you dealing with starting off new?
             teen bloggers: How are you balancing school and blogging?
  established bloggers: What would you have done differently when you first started blogging?

10. Is there anything you'd like to tell us about your blog?

Yes! My blog is always open and accepting advice from all of you nice people!


  1. Happy almost 1 year blogoversary! It's a wonderful place here in cyberspace isn't it? An alternate universe that sometimes we have to make time for. Trust me, once you're out of school there are plenty of other distractions, like work, family, writing, etc. BUt in the end it's worth it.
    It's great to meet you! Look forward to learning more! :)

  2. I try to deal with blogging and school by reading as much as I can over summer or breaks and then scheduling books reviews ahead of time. Right now I have posts scheduled through March.

    I completely agree about the horrors of cluttered sidebars! I've left some blogs because I couldn't find a follow button hidden in all the images.

  3. Your almost coming up on your one year mark! Yay! I think you do a good job balancing things but I only see it from your blog. It's not like you have to post something every day, just do it when your able. I really enjoy reading your reviews because they are from the teens perspective rather then the adults (which is nice) but your so good at keeping things nice while still being honest. I'm not a fan of brutal honesty, keeping it nice is better. I honestly think that you've been around long enough you could request ARC's, but I also think that you'd get more stressed out because you'd have the pressure to get them read. I stopped requesting and have turned down all review requests to me and have been focusing on the books I have and it's been SO nice! It's much more relaxed. The pressure was starting to get to me!
    Well, it was nice getting to know you a little more! Hopefully I'll be seeing you in a few days! (I did see we might get snow and if we do I won't be going. It's too long of a drive for me to do it in bad weather. So fingers crossed it doesn't snow!)

  4. Good question? I don't think I would have done anything differently. But I think I definitely would have told myself not to sweat the followers. Comments mean more.


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