Hi, everyone! I’m back from vacation, and I thought I’d kick-start some vigorous blogging by doing a tag. I was tagged in ‘the Secret Life of a Bookblogger’ tag by two wonderful people: Ana from Ana’s Lair, and Jesse from Books at Dawn. Thank you so, so much for tagging me, since I’ve been wanting to do this tag ever since I saw people doing it on YouTube!
How long have you been a blogger?
I started book blogging on October 2014 over at Tumblr. I would post book reviews and pretty book pictures, but a lot of my original content got lost among the tons of reblogs I did to gain a following. My official, properly organized WordPress blog was born in January 2015.
At what point do you think you’ll stop blogging?
Pretty standard answer for this: when it stops being fun.
What’s the best thing about blogging?
This is a no-brainer. The best thing has to be interacting with all the great bloggers out there. Every time a notification pops up on my phone, telling me that someone has commented on my post, or replied to one of my comments, I start feeling giddy. I still can’t believe I’ve interacted with so many great people through this platform! Blogging is 100x better when you know people are out there who enjoy your content, who willingly and lovingly interact with you because of a mutual like for something.
What’s the worst thing about blogging?
I guess the worst thing would be trying to keep up. I’m a very competitive person, and I’m sort of a perfectionist when it comes to my work. Everything has to be in order, so when I’m blogging, everything needs to be perfect. I should have the right graphic, the right layout, the right aesthetic. There should be no mistakes. And that’s not the hard part- the hard part is trying to post every day, or every two days, while keeping everything perfectly organized. Sometimes, it stresses me out, and I don’t do well with stress, haha!
How long does it take for you to find/create pictures for your post?
I have a bunch of templates ready for my posts. I have templates for review graphics, rating graphics, tags, wrap-ups, book hauls etc. I am super fidgety about color schemes, so even though I have the basic graphic ready, it takes me ten or fifteen minutes to tweak them to fit my color schemes. I know, it’s weird. But if I have to make a graphic from scratch, it takes me fifteen to twenty minutes to get it done.
Who is your book crush?
Currently, it’s Chaol Westfall from the Throne of Glass series. I have a huge thing for him. I know he’s controversial in the fan-base, but I absolutely adore him. I think he makes some stupid decisions, but his heart’s definitely in the right place. And he’s a soldier, hot damn.
What author would you like to have on your blog?
I immediately thought of J.K. Rowling when I saw this question, but I feel like that could never happen- not in this lifetime, not in the next 202367032670 lifetimes. So, I’m going to go for something that is – maybe – a little more realistic: Samantha Shannon. Samantha is super young, and she’s the author of the Bone Season series, which is currently one of my favorite series. She’s very sweet, very humble, and she gives her fans all the time she can. Even though her books are bestsellers, I still think they don’t get the love they deserve, so yes, her.
What do you wear while you write your blog posts?
I usually write my posts after midnight, because I may have a mild (or not) case of insomnia. Sometimes I publish them immediately; other times, I schedule them for later. So since I write at night, I’m usually in my pajamas.
How long does it take you to prepare?
I don’t know what the question means by ‘prepare.’ I usually jot down in my planner at the start of the week what post I’ll be posting on what day. I sit down on my computer. If a graphic needs to be made, it is made. And then I just type until the post is done. My book reviews usually take me somewhere between twenty five and forty minutes. Other posts take me under half an hour.
How do you feel about the bookblogger community?
I love it. Everyone I have interacted with is extremely kind and open to other people’s viewpoints. It’s a shame that I don’t have many friends in real life who read, but the bookblogging community more than makes up for that through its constant warmth and acceptance.
What should be done to achieve a successful blog?
I don’t think there’s a set of rules that should/can be followed. Be consistent, be open, be honest. But most of all, be yourself. Don’t try to act all professional if that’s not who you are – people can tell. When it comes to writing, a lot of people think professionalism trumps personality, but I don’t think that’s true. While a certain degree of organization and professionalism is fantastic, don’t lose yourself- don’t lose your voice.
~ Nicola @ Book Bunny
~ Nick @ The Paper Dragon
~ Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions
~ Kayla @ the Fiction Fairy
~ Tasha @ Head in the Clouds, Heart in the Books