The second question is asked by Serena. Congrats Serena you won a $10 Store credit to Loose Id
Serena S: How did you all become reviewers for a blog (this one or any other blogs you were part of)?
Well, the amazing Rhys Ford put out a call for a friend who ran a review blog and needed one more reviewer. Tho I applied, there was someone else who had more experience than I and they got the position. However, the blog owner liked my review/ writing style and asked if they could share my info with a friend who was also looking for a reviewer. So, I happily agreed, and that is when I was introduced to Dani. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Dumb luck. I started reviewing for Mrs. Condit back before she retired. I happened to stumble upon a facebook call for reviewers and took a chance at applying. She graciously allowed me to join her crew and I have been reviewing for one blog or another ever since.
Another reviewer mentioned that the blog was looking for new people; it sounded interesting so I got in touch with Dani. 🙂
One of my FB friends reviewed for a blog and asked me if I’d like to join. Then later Dani told me repeatedly how much she would’ve liked it if I came to review for her/Sid’s blog. I caved 🙂
A friend asked if I would be interested and got me in touch with the blog.
I was asked to join Hearts on Fire Reviews many years ago which is how I got my start in blog reviewing. I then moved to The Blog of Sid Love for a short time before starting my own, The Blogger Girls, with a few good friends. That has since slowed down, though I still review and run it. I recently rejoined Dani at Love Bytes looking for more activity and reviewer interaction.
I love this question because I still smile when I remember how excited I was to get that first message from Sid Love.
Before I started writing for the blog, my reviews on Goodreads consisted of a couple of sentences – if I was feeling wordy. But then I read a book that I really loved and felt the need to impress upon everyone how much they needed to read this book. The result was a very well written, full length review that I’m not too proud to admit was the result of dumb luck rather than skill.
Sid apparently read my review and sent me a message asking if I’d be interested in submitting a trial review to his blog. Obviously, this was when Love Bytes was still known as The Blog of Sid Love. Trouble was, I didn’t really know how to write a proper review. I had to Google – how do I write a book review – and ended up with a template which I used religiously for at least six months, until I got the hang of this gig.
Fake it till you make it, right!?
I’ve been reviewing for my own pleasure (and hopefully others) on my personal Goodreads profile for some years. I met Dani at a book convention, and later she approached me wondering if I would like to review for the blog. I’ve just started reviewing for the blog, so I’m a deer-in-head-light newbie. LOL
After being forced into medical retirement, I was reading tons of books and interacting with authors via social media. My friend Max Vos recommended me to Dani and vice-versa, and the rest is history. I’ve tried to back off several times to concentrate on my own writing, but Dani won’t let me go. 🙂
I was very lucky to be asked twice. Dani asked me to review several years ago and at the time I couldn’t commit. Then again at the start of this year Dani asked me again and I was very keen to join the blog. So here I am and loving it.
I opened my FB account to be able to interact with authors and found this amazing group of people who loved the same things I do. Readers, reviewers, writers, bloggers… and I started to share books I really enjoyed to spread the word. then a few years ago a friend, who worked for a blog asked if I wanted to review for them. I said sure… and the rest is history.
A friend asked me if I would like to become a reviewer for Love Bytes as she knew I am a veracious reader.
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