This week Guest Blogger is a blogger i have been following for a while, she mostly does Young Adult reviews with a little of everything else thrown in for good measure.
Not only is she a busy young lady with all the thing young people get up to, but she has a full check list to through within the next 16 months.
One of the main reason I was quite keen to get her as a guest blogger, is for a view point from a young person, faced with the challenges of schools, friends, career development and running an active blog at the same time – as we bloggers know – this ain’t a 9-5 job.
I was very pleased when she accepted and not only have I had an insight into her world, I can proudly say – I have made a new friend.
Join me in welcoming Mandy – Nocturnal Reviews.
1.Tell us about the name of your blog -It sounds quite straight forward , but is there a story behind it.
Yes actually, there is a story behind it. I named my blog Nocturnal Reviews because well, I'm quite "nocturnal". I get called it a lot, including vampire, because I like to stay up most of the night. I just like the nighttimes better than the daytime. So I decided to name it Nocturnal Reviews because of it.
2.Now that you have gotten your feet wet - blogging - best and the worst of blogging - so far
Well, the best of blogging, is of course, promoting authors' books. When you review a writers' book, you help them out quite a bit. It promotes their books and helps other readers decide if they want to read it or not.
Then the next best thing is the free books and books before they are released. Most reviewers get a lot of free books to review and a lot of books before they are released. So they can get out some early opinions on them for when it is released and readers start checking it out.
I think the worst of blogging would be the stress. Some people may think "What can be stressful about blogging your opinions on books?". Well, sometimes you have deadlines on books and then you have to worry about posting things on the right date. And if you get involved with weekly features it's q--uite stressful trying to keep up with them when you get busy.
3.Tell us about the direction in which you want to take your blog.
The direction I want to take my blog is inspiring at least a few people to get into reading. Reading is a wonderful thing and I can't imagine not being able to open up a book and escape into it's world. Also, helping authors as much as I can. I know it's extremely hard being an author.
4.A lot of people might not know that this is your second blog - you have recently moved from The Reader' Sanctuary" - can you say why you decided to moved not only the blog, but change the name as well and how difficult was it.
It was extremely difficult! I wanted everything to be as near perfect as I could get it at that moment before I released it to the reviewer community. I had to work really hard to get back up to where I was with reviewing.
I moved my blog and changed the name because I felt I needed to make a fresh start. I was away for a couple of months because I got too busy to handle reviewing all the books I was reading and keeping up with my blog. So I decided to create a new one and well, I didn't feel it was right to use the same name. It would technically be the same blog if I had. So I created a new blog and a new name. I'm very happy with the outcome.
5.You have jumped right in and started features which some blogger not only take a little while to get into, but pace themselves as well - how challenging have you found starting new feature so far.
It's quite challenging, because you start a feature and it's your duty to keep up with it. I jumped right in because I know my way around the reviewer community and I know what to do.
6. Any lessons learnt - tell us some of the do's and don'ts
Well, do's is to just be yourself and don't be afraid to state your actual opinion on a book. Don'ts would be to not have a too dark background. It's hard to read and some people may not like it. Be neat and organized, don't have things all over the place.
7.Where else can we find you on the net.
You can find me on my personal
MySpace(http://myspace.com/mandy_writer), my blogs
MySpace(http://myspace.com/nocturnalreviews.), my blog of course, my
LiveJournal for my writing(http://mandy-writer.livejournal.com/) and
I'm in the making of an author site, that isn't ready to be announced
8. We can't leave without a few questions on your book - What do you read and your reading habits as it stands now.
I read all kinds of genres, mostly in the Young Adult genre, though I do read Adult books occasionally. I can basically read anywhere when I have the time.
9.Some of your fav - What are you looking out for and the author you just can't get enough of.
- Evernight by Claudia Gray
- Going too Far by Jennifer Echols
- The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead
- Airhead by Meg Cabot
- The Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer
- The House of Night Series by P.C and Kristin Cast
- Cracked up to be by Courtney Summers
- Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith
- The Vampire Diaries series by L.J Smith
What I'm really looking forward to reading the most right now is
- STARGAZER by Claudia Gray
10. Tell us what impact you think blogger have on the book industry.
I think book bloggers have a really big impact on the book industry. With the help of book reviewers, it can promote their books to thousands of people. So it makes them lust for the books and finally buy it/borrow it and read it. Then, of course, they tell people. So it's a huge chain of people telling people about their books and more and more people start to read them.
11. Is there anything about yourself that you can share with the readers or any future plans on the back burner that you can tell us about.
Well, some you may not know this, but I'm a writer as well. I'm not a published author, yet. But I plan to be in the future. I am currently writing the first novel in my series. It's Young Adult fiction and involves lots of romance, vampires, witches, magic and more. I'm currently working on my author site and plan to have it up soon. :)