So, I was browsing my google reader when I came across a survey on Smash Attack’s blog for a Busting The Newbie Blues event. The survey was geared at established bloggers, and as a fan of talking about the process of blogging, I had to just click on over and find out what it’s all about. Apparently Busting The Newbie Blues is an annual event hosted by Small Review and this year Ruby Reads has teamed up to host a sister event for bigger bloggers, obviously called Busting The Big Blogger Blues. I KNOW, that’s a lot of introduction, but I love the concept so I’ll obviously participate.
When did you start your blog?
To be 100% honest, I don’t even remember. I started out reviewing library books and books I purchased, and eventually grew an audience where publishers offered me copies. I’m pretty positive that ARCs have no bearing at all on how established someone is as a blogger. I’ve seen plenty of blogs that I wouldn’t exactly add to my google reader get lots of ARCs, and other blogs who have been at it for a LONG time refuse review copies. What I think being established boils down to is making a name and reputation for yourself, so when people hear your name or your blog name — they know who you are. Like when I hear The Story Siren – I think oh, Kristi she’s the YA queen. Or when I hear Anna Reads, I think awesome stick figure videos. Or when I hear The Book Smugglers, I think analytical, thoughtful reviews of speculative fiction.