When did you start your blog?
I started my blogging in December of 2009 but moved to The Phantom Paragrapher and changed it and became more regular on July 17th 2010
Do you ever still feel like a newbie?
Sometimes but it's getting better :)
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far? Did you make any mistakes new bloggers can learn from?
Overwhelming myself with book requests from authors wanting their books reviewed , I learnt from this by placing a Review Policy on my site and a review letter that I send back to authors who request my service as a book reviewer.
What did you find most discouraging about being a new blogger? How did you deal with this?
What do you find most encouraging?
What can be discouraging, is that you see all these other awesome blogs with millions of people, really amazing layouts and you think your's looks plain compared to theres. You just try your hardest as you eventually will reach those numbers too :)
If you could go back in time and speak with your newbie self, what five bits of wisdom would you tell yourself?
1) Don't take too much on , 2) Limit yourself to how much you post a week - remember that you don't have to update it every day , 3) Relax and have fun , 4) Don't lose focus that reading is something you do for pleasure and you started because you loved reading and writing.
What do you like best about the blogs you read? Have you tried to repl
icate this in your blog?
Each blog has their own touch , their own special identity from Rating Systems to Review Policies to adding quotes, songs, recipes per review. I'm a quotes girl, so I sometimes add my favourite quotes from books :)
What do you dislike about blogs you’ve seen? Do you try to avoid this?
How did you bring your blog to the attention of so many people?
Promote it every way possible :) Go Hard out.
When and how did you get your first ARC (or first few ARCs)?
I can't really remember but just by putting my name out there , googling ARC sites like Netgalley, Simon and Schuster Galley Grab , Booksneeze.