Saturday, December 4, 2010

Busting the Newbie Blues :)

Over at Small Review, there's an event called Busting the Newbie Blues that's going on!  It's really cool and if you're a newbie to blogging, or you're a more of an experienced blogger, you should head on over and fill out the questionnaire, and maybe meet some new bloggers.  This event is going from December 3rd to the 31st!

1.When did you start your blog?
Well, it first started off as just me, but then the next day Margaret and Baylee joined in.  Whoops, I went off topic, but basically we started in early August.  I think it was August 7th?  Sometime around there.  So, yeah around 4 months... I consider ourselves newbies because we're still trying to get into the swing of things :)

2.Why did you start your blog?
I started this blog because I saw another book blog and I thought that this was such a cool idea and I LOVE reading and could never really recommend it to anyone because most kids at my school don't enjoy reading, or read the kind of books that I read... So, I thought that this was just a great idea to get my opinions out!

3.What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far?
Hmm... Nothing really... Maybe it was the awards... Like the Versatile Blogger Award.  It took me two months to finally publish it!  I was just too lazy to chose and contact all 15 bloggers that I chose... I know... Bad Cleo :(

4.What do you find most discouraging about being a new blogger?
Well, maybe it's hard getting followers who will read your blog at first, but don't let that discourage you!  

5.What do you find most encouraging?
When people comment and appreciate what we post.  It's like the best thing ever and makes me really happy!

6.What do you like best about the blogs you read? Have you tried to replicate this in your blog?
I like that they try and post as many times as they can.  I try doing this on Booklopedia, but sometimes school gets in the way... but we do more than 20 posts each month, so that's good, right?  I think that this month, especially because we're going to have a winter break, we should try aiming at at least 30 posts :)

 7.What do you dislike about blogs you’ve read? Do you try to avoid this?
Sometimes I don't really like it when they don't update it... Or they do but only like several times a month.  I do try to avoid this as much as I can.  I try to post at least everyday, but sometimes it doesn't happen... But it doesn't mean that I stopped blogging!  I just have lots of homework, and like yesterday's incident, I had no Internet connection for a while.

 8.Any advice for other new bloggers?
Don't worry if you feel like you're never going to get any followers or if you feel like no one's ever going to find out about your blog!  The first person that ever followed Booklopedia (besides Baylee hehe) was a total stranger and I didn't even know how they found out about our blog... But it totally made my day :)  It definitely takes time and you have to be patient, even though it might be weird for a while if you feel like you're talking to nobody.

9.Anything else you’d like to share about your experience?
This is definitely really fun!  I love being able to share my opinions and get my voice out about the books that I read. 

 10.Is there anything you’d like to tell us about your blog?
Hmm... well we mostly read YA books, and we're three best friends that met (and lived) in China!  Right now we're just kind of like all over the USA... like two of us are in the West Coast, and the other one of us is all the on the other side of the country.  Also, if you see that most of the posts are from me (Cleo), then it's because I'm kind of like the main contributor... I'm working on getting Margaret and Baylee to post as regularly as possible ;) 

Cleo :)


  1. It was great hearing from you! Thanks for participating. :)

    I hear you on the Versatile Blogger award! I have a few awards I need to address myself.

    It seems so nice to have the three of you blogging together. :)

  2. Small Review: It's no problem!! I really think that it this event is a GREAT idea for bloggers to get to know other bloggers and their experiences so far :D

  3. Hiya! Happy to have found your guys' blog through this event! I think more than 20 posts a month is definitely very good! I aim for at least 15 but yeah, it's definitely hard with school.

  4. Very cool that the three of you met in China and then decided to start a book blog! That's awesome.

  5. Great answers and great advice! I'm a newbie to blogging and sometimes I do feel like I'm talking to myself ;] I'm glad Small Review hosted this event because through it I've found some great blogs-- like yours, got yourself a new follower! If you have time can you check out my blog and let me know what you think. Thanks :D


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