The purpose of the Blogger Inquest is to delve into a specific blogger's mind and experiences online. To be up front, I presented each of the interview subjects with 21 questions to choose from and they took it from there. This is a month long series of interviews on Persnickety Snark and I've got a whole host of bloggers (new and old) lined up.
Blogging can be unbelievably supportive and sometimes catty environment – what three guidelines do you find to be good rules to live by in the blogging world?
1. Be kind. 2. SMILE when you type. 3. Be honest.Characterise yourself as a blog reader – same old, same old/always trying something new? Lurker or commenter?
I am willing to try something new. For instance, my giveaways tend to be a little on the unusual side. My reviews, however, are all in the same format. I am a "talker" in real life and I guess that explains why I am also a "commenter" on blogs. I leave comments on many posts that I read and I also comment back on my own blog.What are some of the best and worst incidents of an author contacting you after a review?
Best - One author is going to name a secondary character in a future book Melina. Oh, and the character will be from Texas. Worst - An author who contacted me, sent her series to me for review, and then did not acknowledge my email when I sent her a link to the 5-star review. Weird.Newest old find that you wish you had read years ago?
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale.What word is most overused on your blog?
A tie between great and fun.How has attending conferences (BEA, ALA, etc) affected your blog?
I took part in the Armchair BEA. At that time, my blog was only two months old and I was still very new to all of this. I met so many bloggers that week and I still follow many of their blogs. Everyone was so nice and I will definitely take part again next year.Writing a book review (for a title you’d ideally like to marry if legally possible) is one of the tougher tasks for a book reviewer. What is your approach to writing an informed, glowing review?
When I type a review, I try to picture myself telling a friend about the book. I try to include everything I would want my friend to know - but no spoilers that might ruin the fun.What are you most proud of achieving on your blog?
Proving that age doesn't matter when it comes to book blogging. If I didn't tell you I was going into sixth grade, you might not know it from reading my blog.How long do foresee yourself blogging for?
As long as there are books to read.Blogger envy – do you get it and what over?
I try not to compare my blog to others out there. Mine is different because the mix of books is pretty well split between middle grade and young adult. I like being different. I will say, however, that I envy bloggers who consistently come up with fresh ideas. I like to think of them as an inspiration.You can find Melina at the following places: