Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve interviewed several of my favorite bloggers on their blogging history, practice, and philosophy. You can read the interviews with Cynthia Leitich Smith, Melissa Walker, and Jennifer Hubbard. I also spoke with Joyce Valenza over the phone. There were a few common themes to all of their responses.
1. It can take a while to find your voice. Both Melissa Walker and Joyce Valenza admitted to floundering for a while. For me this was extremely reassuring, and I hope others were reassured as well.
In a recent entry, I explained some of my struggles as a blogger. I thought it would be helpful to talk to some of the bloggers who I admire to hear about their experiences and to see if I could glean any advice. So here is the first of my interviews.
from the website of Cynthia Leitich Smith.
Cynthia Leitich Smith is a prolific and highly praised author for children and young adults. Her work spans from picture books and other works for young readers to exhilarating YA novels such as the Tantalize series. She is also the author of the popular KidLit blog Cynsations — the go to place if you want to know about new books, new authors, and what everyone in the KidLit world is talking about. She very graciously answered my questions about blogging with the thoughtfulness and generosity her blog readers have come to expect.
For my grad class we are supposed to be “living the blogging life,” which means following, reading, and blogging ourselves (that’s right, you are currently reading my homework). As part of our blogging, we are supposed to be determining our purpose and audience. This has been something I’ve struggled with since I started.