Blogger Love is our new feature where we spotlight some bloggers and ask questions (4 similar-to-all questions, and 1 unique per blogger) based on themes. The purpose of this meme is for you guys to discover more bloggers! If you match the theme of the post, you can leave a comment with your blog name and link, so I can add your blog to the end of the post! If not, surely there’ll be a theme where your blog fits in the future! Make sure you guys check out the blogs featured, as well as the ones that will be added to the linky.
If you’d like to be featured in a blogger spotlight in the future, DM your email address to me on Twitter @AimeeReads, or leave me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Surely we’ll find a theme where you and/or your blog fits!
This time around, we’re featuring:
—- Few Months-Old Bloggers —-
Q: Would you share to us what it feels like to be a vlogger? I myself have no self-confidence whatsoever to put my face up on YouTube. :P
A: Being a vlogger is… I don’t even know how to describe it. To me, it’s nothing like I’ve ever done before and it excites me just as much as it terrifies me! To be perfectly honest, I’m surprised that I’m still doing it.
Q: I read your bio on your blog, and apparently you’re good at eating ice cream. What’re your favorite flavors, and can you compare these flavors to books? :)
A: I like to consider myself a connoisseur in the ice-cream department! I love them all! But my all-time favourite would have to be Salted Caramel. A book that reminds me of Salted Caramel would be My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick. When I first approached the book, I thought it was your typical, boy-next-door, full-of-fluff contemporary novel. It wasn’t just about a romantic relationship, but also familial relationships, and friendships. It was extremely sweet, like caramel. The ‘salted’ aspect comes in with a MAJOR plot twist. It tackled some very genuine issues and the characters faced some incredibly tough times. I definitely shed a tear or two, and tears are salty, right? SALTED CARAMEL, BOOM!
Q: Would you like to share some of the sticky notes you have on your books? *wink wink*
A: Yes, I’d love too. Here they are: Note that these are just a few of my crazy ramblings *winks* And to prove what a crazy post it person I am I included a GIF :P
(Right click > open in new tab for a larger view–because trust me, you’ll want to see these!)
Here are the same-for-all questions I asked the girls (and as per usual, I highlighted the important stuff for you skimmers!):
1.) Would you like to share who are some of the bloggers who have stood as your older siblings and helped you out with blogging?
Ebony: The main person who has stood as my “older sibling” ad helped me out with blogging has become a really good friend of mine, and that’s Amanda from Little Miss Reader. However, I have always looked towards Katie at KKatiereads, Amanda at Book Badger, Charnell at Reviews from a Bookworm, Cait and Mime at Notebook Sisters, Ely and Chami at A Book so Fathomless, Kelly at Diva Booknerd, Aimee and Dyan at Deadly Darlings and Melanie, Celine and Larissa at YA Midnight Reads for inspiration and/or support.
Maddie: I didn’t have too much help from other bloggers when I first started out. I kind of started my blog on a whim, it was something I had wanted to do for a while so one weekend I just decided it was time. Some of the blogs I looked to for inspiration included Catriona from Little Book Owl, Katie, Sophie and Shandra from Mundie Moms, Jaz from Fiction in Fiction in Fiction, Ashley from Nose Graze, Candace from Candace’s Book Blog and Alexa from Alexa Loves Books.
Ella: Well I won’t consider some of them “older” siblings because some were younger, but they are Faye from The Social Potato, Cait from the Notebook Sisters, Goldie from My Book Musings, Amir from Not-So-Literary Heiresses, and Giselle from Book Nerd Canada. These awesome people were the first five people who kept on answering my inquiries which made my drive to blog more increase. Especially Faye, I thought she was this snobbish blogger because I see her as one of the big people here in this community, but she was not. She was actually the first person who commented on my first post! I’ll never forget that elated feeling upon seeing her comment on my post.
2.) Do you feel left out by the bloggers who have been blogging longer? Or like you’re “out of their league”?
Ebony: At times I must admit that I do feel left out, but when this occurs, I just remind myself that I am blogging first and foremost for myself and to have with it. It’s not a competition about who is better.
Maddie: Yes and no. The book blogging community is a very warm and welcoming one. I don’t feel ‘left out’–I just feel like I haven’t fully immersed myself in the community yet. The bigger blogs obviously have a much larger fan base, but they are just as nice and just as caring as those of us who have just started out and are just as supportive! I wouldn’t call how I feel ‘left out’, more ‘inexperienced.’
Ella: This is a very hard question. Honestly, when I was still starting, and have zero friends, yes I felt so left out. But after telling myself to suck it up and swallow my awkwardness, it got better. I think it is up to you if you will feel left out, because this community is full of friendly and approachable people, and all you have to do is reply and start a conversation. Just like what the song says, “It starts with one hello..”
3.) Share some crazy blogging incident/thing! (If any.)
Ebony: I don’t think I’ve really had a crazy blogging incident yet…perhaps attending PTALive in Melbourne? That was awesome. Even though it wasn’t a blogger’s only event, it felt amazing to be in a room filled with so many! Not that I spoke to anyone (unfortunately), but the atmosphere was great.
Maddie: I don’t have any crazy blogging incidents yet! Sorry!
Ella: Hmm, I’m not sure if this one counts but this is the only thing that comes to my mind. Usually, I have this doubt feeling that I might be giving a wrong review. I always have this, all the time. Especially if I read a review of a same book and their reaction was totally different. I always have this doubt inside me, and I know that we all have different opinion about things, but it’s hard for a newbie like me. I’ll always question my thoughts, my ability to understand the book, and the way I write my ideas. Yeah, I am crazy like that.
4.) Despite being a “new” blogger, there’s something unique about you for sure. Share it with us!
Ebony: Oh, gosh…I can never think of things to say about myself when people ask…hmm…I’m going to be studying Forensic Science next year, and I’ve wanted to work in Forensics since I was ten? Is that unique? I don’t know, a lot of people are surprised when they discover that.
Maddie: I’m an amateur illustrator/artist! My dad was an artist and graffiti artist when he was younger, so I guess I got my skills from him. My interest in art grew as I grew, and I experimented with all different types of mediums. I started getting really serious about art when I was about thirteen, I started posting some of my artworks on tumblr and instagram, and I got alot of feedback! I even got some crazy offers, I was asked to design tattoos (something that would last on their body forever!) and business cards!? I am aiming to study Illustration and Design in University and pursue a career in that department!
Ella: I rarely share my thoughts on Goodreads, and when I share my thoughts there it’s usually the tamed ones. I’m just too expressive and I think updating my status on Goodreads every second won’t be healthy that’s why I chose to doodle on post its or in case of e-readers on notepads.
Remember to check these girls out (and the other young blogs on the list below!)
1.) Ebony @ Paperbacks & Protagonists
2.) Maddie @ The Girly Geek
3.) Ella @ The Filipina Booknote
4.) Maddy @ Symphony of Words
5.) Brea @ Breezy Reads
6.) Yani @ Paper Boulevard
7.) Finley Jayne @ Finley Jayne’s Going to the Library…
8.) Karsyn @ Karsyn’s Kickass Jocoserious, Kooky, Jannock book blog