July 12, 2012

Feature & Follow Friday

FF 2012 Feature & Follow #105

This week's question:
What drove you to start book blogging in the first place?

This one is easy. I decided within a few days. I randomly tripped over a bookshelf tour on Youtube that happened to be in a playlist with reviews, bookhauls, discussion posts. In my head, the alarm lights went like crazy. I wanted to do that, too!!! Mom came in my way with a big fat NO. Which happens to only refer to showing my face in a Youtube video. She never talked about a bookblog. Neither did I. I wrote a review for This Lullaby and was embarrassed about it because it was so bad but took me hours. Three months later - after reading a ton of blogging advice posts that informed me that everyone sucks at the beginning I decided to just throw myself into it - and never since thought about quitting. So, the essential idea of talking about books with people who won't throw their heads against a wall once I confronted them with "Seriously, the BEST fantasy book you will ever read!" as well as being up to date on YA and this great, welcoming community were what got me started and still are what keeps me going :)

Wow...this is quite a long post....

38 comments:

  1. I'm glad you started a book blog! Old Follower :)

    My Follow Friday: http://shatterbooks.blogspot.com/2012/07/tgif-4-follow-friday-3.html

    Lisa @ Shatterbooks

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  2. Great answer. :) It was an awesome question this week seriously. And yeah, don't ever be embarrassed by writing your reviews! Just remember to write them how you want. :P
    I hope you have a fantastic weekend ahead and happy Friday! :D

    Pixie
    http://the-bookaholic.blogspot.com

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  3. To be honest when writing a review it takes me hours as well and sometimes I am still not satisfied with it. Glad you kept going though :)

    New linky follower

    My FF

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    1. Always will! I feel like with my blog I'm just going on and on and I see progress as I go :)

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  4. Same here!! All of my reviews from when I first started blogging sucked so bad! I'll go back and re-read them just for kicks now but it's nice to see how far I've come you know. Great answer! New follower!
    My Follow Friday

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    1. I really hope that someday my reviews are gong to be a bit more unique and not as mainstream as they are right now!

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  5. Nice! My old reviews were pretty bad as well. I like to think we all learn stuff as we progress with our blogs! My reviews from 09 are probably horrendously scary!

    Here's my Friday Hops

    I was a featured blogger!!

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

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    1. I also think we all develop a voice after some tme and practise!

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  6. what a great story! I love that you kind of stumbled into it and have loved it ever since!

    Old follower via GFC.

    Come by and see my blog, Ensconced in YA
    http://cahreviews.blogspot.com

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  7. Your story made me smile! As someone relatively new to the blogosphere, too, I know what you mean about sucking! But it's kinda amazing how fast you learn once you just dive in and get started. And this community really is amazingly friendly! Old Follower. My FF is at lkhill.blogspot.com and musingsonfantasia.blogspot.com. Happy Friday! :D

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    1. It is! Friendly, I mean. I got so many tips from people and so many nice coments!

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  8. You know... i didnt even know that there was a bookshelf tour on youtube... but then again, I never look at youtube.

    Old follower-
    Theresamjones.blogspot.com

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    1. Woah - you have to! I feel like the book community online wouldn't be complete without the booktubers!

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  9. That is a great story of how you became a book blogger. :) I love bookshelf tours! :)

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    1. I love them, too - always inspire me to reorganize my books - and buy more :)

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  10. I love your answer! I also enjoy watching booktubers... but probably won't ever BE a booktuber, but I absolutely love blogging!

    new follower :)
    Here's my FF

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    1. I love how those people have the guts to talk on camera as fluently - but I don't think I'd be good at vlogging, so I stick to typing!

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  11. I'd never have the guts to be a booktuber! :3
    Great blog - following with GFC!

    You can check out my FF post on my blog here: http://onceuponabook-rachel.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Nah, I'm happy with my blog now, too :)

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  12. Hi Laura! New follower... Lol. You're braver than me if you ever considered a youtube video! I think I'm a little better in print!

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    1. I'm so not brave :) I don't think i would've done it eventually. The videos, I mean. I like typing better, too!

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  13. LOL, I'm curious...does your mom still not know about the book blog part? ;)

    I'm following you now through GFC and Linky and Twitter LOL - have a lovely weekend and thanks for stopping by my FF!

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    1. Ha, no she doesn't! She wouldn't be able to read it anyway because her English is not as good (I live in Germany) and I like to have my blog as the little secret :)

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    1. I think everyone's are :) I still feel so intimidate when reading other people's reviews - they sound so individual :)

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  15. Great answer!
    Old follower.
    So followed you on twitter. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  16. Great answer! Even though I gave a different one for my post, I was actually also in a very similar situation (I didn't mention this). I came across youtube book videos too and I LOVED them and wanted to do my own. I even filmed a few reviews and hauls but chickened out. I was scared of real life people finding me. Blogging is a very good alternative, if not better because it's much easier to connect with everyone else :P

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    1. Yes, I'm happy I'm "just" blogging now. I would've been too embarassed to have people from my school talking about how I want to marry Jace wayland :)

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  17. Oh, I don't know if I'd ever have the courage to vlog! Chatting books with other readers is definitely my favorite aspect of blogging. Great post!

    Thanks for visiting my FF! Old follower. :)

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    1. I don't think I Would've uploaded a video, either - I always feel weird watching myself on camera :)

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  18. Awesome answer!

    New follower via GFC

    A Bookish Co-op @ http://abookishco-op.blogspot.com

    Btw, I nominated you for The Liebster Award.

    For more info: http://abookishco-op.blogspot.com/2012/07/wowzers_14.html

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  19. I really liked your answer. (: I just started following you~
    Here is my FF :
    http://cheerfulreviews.blogspot.com/2012/07/feature-follow.html
    Thanks (:

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