There are a ton of amazing blogs out there, but this is one of the top ones I visit.
Enter in Jen @ Jen Ryland/ YA Romantics
Eliza: How and when did you get started in blogging?
Jen: I started blogging about ten months ago, in October 2011. I had had no idea what I was doing. The reading and writing part came pretty easily to me, but the tech stuff didn’t. My early posts have no photos at all!
Eliza: You blog almost, if not, every day. Is that all pre-scheduled?
Jen: I wish! I pre-schedule posts when I can, but I also write plenty of posts at the last minute. What helps me is having a routine: Sunday is news and a recap, Tuesday I highlight new releases, and Friday I often host Freebie Friday, where I draw a winner and let that person pick a free book. The rest of the days I usually post reviews.
Eliza: You review a ton of books. On average, how many do you read a week?
Jen: It depends. On our annual beach vacation, I can read two (or more) books a day, but in an average week I read about three books. I’ve always loved reading!
Eliza: There’s a few things I love about your blog: the daily posts, the reviews, the upcoming releases, your comment responses and of course, Freebie Friday. Since I’ve only been following a few months, has it always been this way?
Jen: That’s so nice of you to say! My blog is a work in progress. I like to try new things. I try to balance having fun with growing the blog by setting small goals. Posting daily and trying to respond to as many comments as possible are two of my 2012 goals.
Eliza: What are a few of your favorite blogs?
Jen: Ahh -- I hate picking favorites! I love book bloggers who make me laugh, and Ashelynn at Gypsy Book Reviews, and Steph at The Fake Steph always crack me up. Heather at The Flyleaf Review has such an amazing passion for books – her reviews are works of art. Andrea at Overstuffed Bookcase and I often have the same taste in books. But there are SO many other great blogs out there. Every day I find a great new one to add to my daily to-read list.
Eliza: What are your top five favorite YA books? (I’ll be doing a giveaway with these for followers of your blog)
Jen: Wow – that is SO nice of you, but oh no –I have to pick favorites again! (Disappears for a week.)
That was hard! If you ask me next week I might have new answers. Some of the books on my YA keeper shelf are: Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly, Paper Towns by John Green and every book ever written by Melina Marchetta.But if I were giving away books, I’d want to offer books published in 2012. So I chose five summer releases that I really enjoyed -- and I also tried to pick different YA genres. That way there’s something for everyone: romantic, suspenseful, tearjerking, gory…
Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers
Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas
Survive by Alex Morel
Eliza: Thanks for stopping by. Any advice on newbie bloggers or people looking to increase their followers?
Jen: I’ve learned so much in ten months and I’m still learning. I think my best advice is to keep blogging fun. If you’re enjoying yourself, people will be drawn to your blog. Mix things up, challenge yourself to read books out of your comfort zone, or try out a new feature. I love how you incorporate your love of video games on your blog!My second tip is balance. You don’t have to read every book or post every day. Pace yourself so you don’t burn out. I also think it’s important to balance outreach with content. Giveaways and blog hops draw traffic, but often those end up being one-time visitors. The hard part is finding the right followers and keeping them coming back for more. When someone new finds my blog and writes to tell me how much they enjoy it, nothing could make me happier!
Finally, be true to yourself. If blogging every day puts you in a terrible mood, don’t do it. Someone I know in real life recently read my blog and said, “It’s so you.” That was a great compliment … I think.
Thanks so much for hosting me, Eliza. This was fun!
Eliza: Thanks for hanging out Jen!
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