One of my first followers, Danielle, is a popular blogger at RAMBLINGS FROM THIS CHICK at this link. Danielle joins us for a cozy chat ...
Kim: When did you start blogging? Did you take anyone's advice? What advice would you give to a new blogger?
Danielle: I started blogging in April 2011. I wanted an outlet to help me with my writing and I thought that writing reviews on the books I was reading would help. I honestly didn't think it would go much further than that. When I began I had no clue what I was doing. Seriously, none at all. I mean I still not really sure what I'm doing, but I feel I've gotten a better handle on things. =)
I looked for advice everywhere. I asked for lots of help from friends on Twitter. Kati from Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance was my saving grace with all things HTML. I also found a lot of info on Parajunkee's blog. Each Thursday she has a feature called Book Blogging 101 that I was able to find a lot of useful information to help me.
As for advice for new bloggers, have fun. If you aren't enjoying it readers and visitors to your blog will know. It will come across in your posts. And if you aren't enjoying yourself, why continue to do it? Oh and learn all you can about HTML. HTML can either be your friend or your worse nightmare as a blogger. Right now me and HTML are casual acquaintances who are still getting to know each other better. =)
Danielle: I won't lie, the free books are AWESOME, but for me I like getting to know authors. Authors are my rockstars, and it's an amazing feeling when you ask one of your favorite authors to visit your blog and they say "yes." It always makes me feel warm and gooey inside.
One of the biggest challenges for me is writing reviews for books I didn't love, especially if it's a book from an author I talk to frequently. I HATE writing negative reviews but I'm not going to love everything I read and I know I'm really picky. It's gut-wrenching to tell someone you admire and like that you didn't like their book. UGH, worse feeling ever.
|JR Ward at RT/Chicago|
Danielle: This is super hard to answer. I am a HUGE fan of both Paranormal Romance and Historical Romance and my "dream team" would consist of authors from both sides or it would have to be two "dream teams".
For my Paranormal Romance panel I would LOVE, love, love to see a panel with JR Ward. She is my absolute favorite author and I would love to sit and listen to her talk for hours. I would also want Kresley Cole, Gena Showalter, Larissa Ione, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Laurie London, and Lara Adrian on the panel. I would love to just sit and watch them all talk about their vampires and the differences between them all.
And for my Historical Romance panel there are just so many I would love to see. I would definitely want Shana Galen, Teresa Medeiros, Cathy Maxwell, Manda Collins, Kieran Kramer, and Elise Rome.
|Shana Galen at RT/Chicago|
- 1 book from her stash
- 1 bag of swag
For international readers, I'll giveaway 1 book from my stash, too! To enter the giveaway,
1. Leave a comment about your dream panel at a romance convention!
2. This giveaway is open to all readers.
3. Comments are open through Saturday, July 21, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll post the winner on Sunday, July 22.
Kim in Hawaii