Continuing the event Busting the Newbie Blues is a guest post from Looksie Lovitz from the fantastic blog Looksie Lovitz: Books and Wits. She'll be guest posting her responses here, but be sure to go and check out her blog as well! Lucky Looksie, she even has a review up already for Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins (the second book in the Hex Hall series, and I'm just dying to read it!)
Guest Post: Looksie Lovitz: Books and Wits
1. When did you start your blog?
In a time of great triumphs and epic notions. I started my masterpiece on July 15th, 2010.
2. Why did you start your blog?
Because NONE of my friends read books to the capacity and with the same amount of passion I do. When I discovered the world of book blogging I was all, "I want on this beast!" I love finding out about new books and obsessing about my favorites and I just can't do that anywhere else
3. What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far?
The ins and outs of Blogger. I am very technology inept and most of the time I want to throw my computer/ cellphone against the wall. It took me like two months before I realized I could schedule posts. And I STILL don't know how to design my blog. My banner and background change a lot. hopefully it doesn't bug anyone that I do that. If so, my bad. I might be a little ADHD and can't just stick with one idea because I get bored of it. I don't know what my problem is there. Haha.
4. What do you find most discouraging about being a new blogger?
Well, I'm not on a first name basis with hardly any publishers so the only time I ever get Advance Reader Copies are when I join book tours and the occasional author sent book. Sometimes I would worry about my reviews not being full of those wonderful ARCs cause I love to read ARC reviews and I guess I assume thats what my readers want too. At this point I have a mix of both ARCs and released books but I guess I'm a little self conscious of not posting what people want to read.
5. What do you find most encouraging?
I'm sure EVERYONE has said this but the book blogging community has been awesome. It's funny because I'm 23 and here I am getting giddy about fictional 17 year old boys and I'm relating to 15 year olds and 30 year olds. Books have definitely bridged the generation gaps and I think it's phenom.
6. What do you like best about the blogs you read? Have you tried to replicate this in your blog?
Hmm.. I love reading certain peoples blogs that have a strong voice that's fun to read and has original content. I try to be clever and original but I don't know if I have chops to stand up to the greats. I give it my best but most of the time I probably think I'm funnier than I really am. As far as original content, music is something that I have decided to incorporate via book playlists because I see myself as a music guru. I consider it my duty to educate every one on non-generic good music. *shrugs* I try, but phenom music is an acquired taste. But I do feel like the music thing sets me apart from other book bloggers. One thing I wish I had more of was character and author interviews but I feel like I wouldn't know what to ask! I'm not a journalist by any means, just an avid reader.
7. What do you dislike about blogs you’ve read? Do you try to avoid this?
Memes. The only meme I have is one that is relevant to the music on my blog and it's called Thumpin Thursday, where I post a song that doesn't fit in my book review playlists. I don't mind reading others In My Mailbox posts but I post on irregular days so looking at what books I got each week would be tough to keep up with. Some bloggers have too many memes though and it gets distracting. I like simple.
8. Any advice for other new bloggers?
"If you build it, they will come." I'm sure Most of you have heard that quote from the movie Field of Dreams. If not, that's ok. Just pretend. But that quote is totally false. Just because you have a blog, it does not mean you are going to get a ton of followers. You have to have interesting and well thought out content and you have to get involved in the blogging community. Read reviews, author posts, interviews and COMMENT to let them know what you thought. And don't just comment with one vague sentence. When I receive a interesting comments from bloggers on my posts, I go and check out their blog.
9. Anything else you’d like to share about your experience?
I started out on GoodReads before I got myself a blog and I still use it. It's a good way to keep track of books I have read, want to read, etc.. So I recommend getting a GoodReads account if you don't already have one. A lot of bloggers have multiple social networks like Facebook and Twitter too and while you don't have to, it is nice to have multiple ways for followers to stay connected. Also, it's a good idea to post your reviews in more than one place. Amazon, GoodReads, Barnes & Noble and where ever else. It builds exposure. I'm terrible at that. I tend to only post my reviews on GoodReads and my blog and maybe a book tour site if that's where I got my book from but I really should post in more places. Blogging is time consuming though and I don't know how some people have the time. Where is Hermione's Time Turner when you need it?
10. Is there anything you’d like to tell us about your blog?
Sure. It is phenom. I review mostly YA books, I share my ah-mazing music taste with you and yes, it's entirely possible that if you visit my blog, my awesomeness might rub off on you. :)
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