Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Jodi Meadows Anniversary Blog Post Part 1

The amazing Jodi Meadows is hosting an anniversary giveaway on her blog! I'm entering to win A SIGNED PAPERBACK OF INCARNATE. Check it out here: Here's the task that I have to fulfill:

To win a signed paperback of INCARNATE, write a blog post about a time you were new to something, or somewhere, and how you dealt with it. Your post should be at least 200 words long (about two or three paragraphs), use the image above, and link back to this post. Then grab your link and fill out the Rafflecopter form below.

So, I am going to write about a time I was new to something. 
What could I possibly write about, I wonder?


Blogging of course! Here's my story:
     Those of you who have been following my blog since I first started on October 4th, 2013 know that I have only been blogging for a few months. I would be what you would call, a "newbie". 
     I started Fiction_TheNewReality because I was reading a book a day, but not doing anything with it. I don't have any friends who like to read, and there was basically no one in my daily life who I could discuss books with (this is a sadness no book lover should ever have to endure). After I read books I particularly loved or hated, I had all these thoughts and comments about the book floating around in my head. Sometimes, if a book got me particularly riled, I would write sample reviews in my head. So I decided to start a book blog.
   For me, it was a little scary at first. I am horrible with technology and computer programs in general and the thought of starting a book blog petrified me. But I just could not resist! So I logged into Blogger, and created my first blog.    
    If any of you can remember your first couple of months blogging, I think you'll remember the amount of frustration and stress put into making your blog known. I struggled with gaining followers and general attention. At times I felt really discouraged and I didn't think anyone was reading my reviews and posts at all. 
  But slowly, Fiction_TheNewReality started to take off. In fact, it is still getting ready to fly today. But since October 4th, I have had 1335 pageviews and that is a big deal to me. Not only do I have a growing number of followers, but I know people read my reviews and I love seeing the comments people post.
    Through starting a book blog, I met so many new people. I love chatting with other bloggers on Twitter, and also contacting multiple publishers and authors. I am so grateful for all the publishing companies who have sent me ARCs in the past couple of months. They have contributed so much to my blog and I am always happy to see a review request or an ARC in the mail.
     I am a young blogger. Perhaps among the youngest out there. I don't have nearly as much life AND book experience as some of the other bloggers out there. But I am working hard to become just as good as those more than twice my age. Sometimes it is hard because I don't have nearly as much time as someone who does not have to attend school for six hours a day and attend to homework for four more hours after that. Sometimes it can get a little stressful. But blogging is something I will never give up and I hope I will continue to do it for much of my life.

So that's my story about a time when I was new to something! Thank you again to Jodi Meadows for hosting this awesome giveaway and I hope you all liked my story:) You can visit Jodi's website for your chance to win here:


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