Saturday, November 28, 2009

Saturday Spotlight - Hey! Teenager of the Year

Today we have a teen blogger with us today, but one who is so awesome I couldn't believe she is only 15! I love her blog name and the whole feel of her blog. So hang tight and learn more about her and what her blog is all about.

Name: Steph Bowe
Blog name: Hey! Teenager of the Year
Blog URL:

Tell me a bit about yourself.
I’m a fifteen-year-old aspiring author and book blogger of YA fiction. I adore reading and writing, and apart from that I also love photography, listening to music and dance. I watch a lot of horror movies, and hang out with my fluffy, white, little, slightly-crazy dog, Abbey. I live with my parents and sister in Australia, and I write a blog called Hey! Teenager of the Year in amongst all that exciting stuff.

When and why did you start your blog?
I started my blog in April 2009 as a way to talk about all the books I’m reading and loving (and, occasionally, hating. But that’s not very often) – I was inspired to start it after seeing all the fantastic YA book blogs out there and wanting to have a go at it myself.

What is your blog all about? Any cool features you want to share?
My blog is about reading books for teenagers – but it’s also about life as a teenager, talking about issues that I think are important, and writing, my other passion. On my blog, I aim to be both funny and informative, and my favorite part is all the discussions that happen in the comments.

What are some of your favorite genres and/or books currently?
My favorite genre is contemporary YA, though I’ll read anything as long as it has really strong characters (I love character-driven novels). I also love GLBT YA, as well as some graphic novels (like Skim by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki). I love John Green’s books, as well as books by a number of Australian authors, including Simmone Howell, James Roy and Lili Wilkinson.

How do you find out about the books you read?
Recently, from recommendations from book bloggers and authors! I also read based off recommendations from family and friends (they usually recommend books in genres other than YA).

Any tips or advice for those starting or thinking about starting a blog?
1. Don’t start book blogging to get free books: You can break into Barnes & Noble if you want to do that.

2. Blogging is about having fun. Don’t worry about how many readers you have, or how many people like your blog. Enjoy yourself, read other blogs, comment and engage in discussion. The fun bit is talking about the books you love.

Thank you Steph for your insight and time taken to answer some of my questions! Steph runs a really cool blog, so go check it out! (I still can't believe she's so young...)

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 dragonzgoil (at) gmail (dot) com.


  1. sounds like a god blog i will go check it out.

  2. I already knew about Steph and she's great! Very funny :)

  3. Steph is one of the hardest working bloggers that I know! I don't know how she manages to juggle school, writing, blog and guest blogging! What I like most about her is that she writes very thoughtful posts. She certainly is an inspiration to a lot of us!

  4. I left you something over on my blog:

    Just letting you know your loved and appreciated :)


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