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Blog Spotlight | Her Silent Musings

I am running a feature spotlighting other Review & Giveaway Blogs. If you have one and would like to be featured, please email me at [email protected] (it’s free!).

Today I would like to welcome Lauren from Her Silent Musings. I had a chance to learn more about her blog and here’s what she had to say…

Please tell me about yourself.

I’m a nineteen-year-old college student who has a love-hate relationship with her university. I’m happiest when I’m with my best friend or in a library/bookstore. Stories fascinate me, and I’m not exactly sure from where this stemmed. I’m currently writing a book that has helped me not only grow as a writer, but as a person. I’ve learned not to expect perfection the first go round, and my goal now is to just get through the first draft before I begin to criticize myself.

Please tell me about your blog.

My blog is called Her Silent Musings, where I initially planned to just write about my everyday life in the beginning. However, author Nicole Baart helped me to find a niche for my blog, which is book reviewing. I feature authors, their books, and host giveaways of some that I review. While I hope to grow my blog in book reviewing and author spotlighting, I also muse on the side. I like to write about things that matter to people, that have merit, and make you think – or at least relate.

How long have you been blogging?

I’ve been blogging since September ’09. I’d actually dabbled in blogging (Xanga, Blogger [previously], and LiveJournal) prior to this blog, but because I never found my niche it was a passing fad I kept coming back to.

How did you get started?

My cousin and best friend, Emily, (you’ll know her as Peaches on my blog) was incredibly aggravated with her workplace and wanted to start a website where she could vent about her days. We found out you could make money from Google Ads on Blogger, so we both signed up (neither of us have actually made enough to get our first check).

What kinds of products do you feature on your blog?

I feature mostly books, but I’ve done one movie review (Stand By Me, 1986) because I loved it so much after watching it the first time (I even went out and bought the book afterwards). Seriously, like, my favorite movie ever, now.

What was your favourite giveaway?

Wow, I don’t know if I have a favorite giveaway. All the authors I spotlight and the books I review have been really great experiences. I’ve been fortunate to work with Nicole Baart, Bethany Pierce, Jennifer Erin Valent, Jennifer Donnelly, and now Chris Fabry. Coming up, I’ll be featuring Christa Parish and Alison McGhee.

Who does your blog appeal to?

My blog definitely appeals to booklovers, but it’s also appealing to those who like to read thought-provoking material, laugh at everyday life, or just like to relate to someone. Can you tell I like relating? 😉

What direction do you see your blog going in the future?

I actually hope to pursue the book reviewing and giveaways more avidly. Hopefully to the point where authors start asking me to review their work. I love dissecting stories. It’s why I’m an English major. 🙂

What is the biggest challenge you have faced so far with your blog?

Just getting readers, a following of people who are interested in what I write. The Secret is in the Sauce and The Lady Bloggers have been instrumental in gaining my readership.

What do you love about blogging?

I love that I get to read as part of my blogging job and write about books. I love connecting with people and networking. This whole venture has allowed me to connect with some really great bloggers and authors.

Do you have a blogging pet peeve?

Just when people stop by and all they say is “Stopping by from SITS” and that’s all. It’s like what my blogger friend, Shell, from Things I Can’t Say said – you could at least pretend like you read my post. 😉

Do you have any advice for the readers entering your giveaway? newbie review bloggers?

Try to do all the “extra entries” stuff like tweeting the giveaway and following aside from commenting. I sometimes put up posts to gain extra entries as well, so look out for those. For newbie review bloggers, I’d just say give your unique and honest opinion. Everyone likes a new perspective, and even if a reader may not agree with you, it’ll at least make for great debating.

Tell me some of your favourite blogs that you read.

I love Confessions of a Cashier. Her blog could be a TV show in the same vein as The Office or It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Some of my other favorites are Things I Can’t Say, All in a Day’s Thought, Nicole Baart’s author blog, I Don’t Know Why I Laugh Sometimes, Imparting Grace, and Peeking Between the Pages. And then I stumbled across your lovely blog a week or so ago! 🙂

How can people find you?

That’s a good question. I’m actually working on the marketing part of my blog through things like this – guest posting. So look for me on other blogs as well. I also comment frequently on SITS and the Lady Bloggers. I may even visit some of your favorite blogs!

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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