Sunday, October 4, 2009

Sunday Spotlight - That's a Novel Idea

Welcome to my weekend spotlights, where you will meet a new blogger on Saturday and another on Sunday. Today we have a fun lady who wants to share her new-ish blog with you!

Name: Alison Rotich
Nickname and/or blog name: Alipet813, That's A Novel Idea, Twitter Id is also Alipet813
Blog URL:

Tell me a bit about yourself.
Oh boy what to say. I'm not overly interesting. In my 30's, mother of 2. Long-term boyfriend who has 2 kids as well. I'm thinking if he doesn't change that from boyfriend to fiance soon we are gonna have some problems. LOL! I work full-time, but if I could be paid to read books I would quit in a second! I just bought my first home a year ago and I love owning, but it can be scary. Lately, all I can think about is how can I create my own "blogging office"? I keep threatening the kids they are going to have to share a bedroom. Oh...I took the picture at the top of my blog with my picture phone. I am pretty proud of that!

When and why did you start your blog?
I am super new. I started June 18, 2009. I found myself reading others blogs and I thought, " ...I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people like me!" I should blog too!

What is your blog all about? Any cool features you want to share?
My blog is all about books. I do a couple of memes, but don't usually do any other types of posts. Now that you have asked I feel like I am lacking..what kind of special feature should I be having?

Sidenote from me (Kristen) - Ali just started an awesome Saturday meme called Show Me 5 - check it out here.

Do you have a review system? If you do, would you like to explain it for us?
Crud, you've done it again...I don't have one. I read it and i review it...seriously sometimes I do wish I had a rating system, but I haven't been able to think of anything clever enough yet.

Any tips or advice for those starting or thinking about starting a blog?
Just do it! If it is something you are thinking about then ask some established bloggers or those you like to read. Everyone is extremely helpful and it made a lot of difference for me. The one thing I wish I had done better was a little bit more understanding of how to make my blog look just how I wanted (like more columns) and a little more research to see what I really liked on other blogs. Some have such great themes and I didn't do that.

What are some of your favorite genres and/or books currently?
I read and enjoy just about everything. I don't really like non-fiction, but have enjoyed some great memoirs. I am not offended by sex in a novel, but I don't like anything hardcore or off the wall. I loved The Shack, The Almost Human Series, and I recently read and loved Jantsen's Gift. I love Dan Brown's books and Wally Lamb. I also was really touched when I read Hinds Feet in High Places. I basically could go on and on.

A big thank you to Ali for giving me some of her time to be interviewed. Make sure you take a look at her blog and leave her some comment love!

Are you a new blogger too? Or just getting back into the swing of blogging? Do you want to be featured on my blog? Shoot me an email at


  1. Love this feature, Kristen. I have a similar one called Blogging Around the States. Stop by and check it out.

    It's nice to meet and get to know Alison. I didn't know of her blog before. I'm very impressed with the book picture taken by phone. And I'm very jealous of her cool blog name. Now I'm off to pay her a longer visit.

  2. Thanks, Kristen! I really enjoyed this spotlight. I'm a follower of "Alipet," and seriously, I thought she'd been doing this blogging thing for awhile. She is creative and fun and it's always a pleasure to visit her site.

    She is so right when she tells how helpful everyone in the blogging community can be. Everything I've learned about it (with a lot more to learn!) I've discovered from other bloggers, through asking questions and by visiting their sites.

    It's a process and a fun one, I think.

    A journey...

  3. Hello Alison. Headed over to check your blog!

  4. Hey everyone! I was out of town this weekend and didn't even realize I was spotlighted. I forgot it was my turn! Thanks so much Kristen. I would love to see all of you at my blog as well. I know you are great people because you follow this one!

  5. You've got a new follower! I came here to check out your interview with my friend Alison and realized I'd never been here before. Great review! :)

  6. I'm over 30 too! :) I'm off to check out her blog. Thank you.

  7. I love her reason for blogging, lol. I don't think I have been to this blog before so I will definitely have to check it out.


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