Hi everyone! I was tagged by Siobhan @ Siobhan Novelties last month to do this cool tag. If you’re not following her, I highly suggest you check out her blog. Hope you enjoy reading my responses!
How long have you been a blogger?
It’s been 9 months and I can’t believe it. I shared my first post on August 27, 2017.
At what point do you think you will stop?
Probably if life gets too busy and I can’t balance or prioritize my commitments. Or when I don’t find it enjoyable anymore. Hopefully that never happens.
What is the best thing?
The community. I didn’t know this community existed and that other people love reading as much as I do until last year. I love connecting with other people who share similar interests and I’ve made some wonderful bookish friends through this community.
What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it okay?
Trying to keep up with posts. I manage this blog and my Bookstagram, so sometimes it becomes overwhelming to read, photograph books, write reviews, comment on other people’s posts, respond to comments, etc. It takes me too long to write one review, but I’m usually happy with the end result because I know I did my best to write a thoughtful review. The positive feedback and engagement helps too!
How long does it take you to create/find pictures to use?
FOREVER. I have a Bookstagram account so I take my own photos. Unfortunately, the first half of this year has been really stressful and overwhelming, so I haven’t been taking photos as often as I used to. This makes it tough for blogging because I have to use book covers or make graphics for my featured images, which isn’t something I like doing. It’s time consuming.
Who is your book crush?
Elias Veturius and Julian Blackthorn.
What author would you like to have on your blog?
Leigh Bardugo. I love her.
What do you wear when you write your blog posts?
LOL! How honest do you want me to be? I don’t like to wear pants when I’m home, so I spend most of my time in t-shirts.
How long does it take you to prepare?
Too long. It takes me the longest to coherently gather my thoughts before I start writing reviews plus I’m easily distracted by my phone. I also have to find the right music. So, yeah…too long. Hahahaha. If I’m focus, non-review posts take me 30-45 minutes.
How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?
I love the book blogging community. I haven’t gotten into an heated discussions with anyone, which is great because the book bloggers I interact with are respectful of different opinions and supportive. There’s some drama on Twitter, but I tend to miss most of that because I like to stay in my lane and mind my own business. However, I wish it wasn’t so hard to find book bloggers of color.
What do you think one should do to have a successful blog?
Be authentic and genuine in your posts and interactions with others. It’s cliche, but let your personality and voice shine through your posts. I’m pretty terrible at this, but try to schedule your posts. Comment on other bloggers’ posts. Don’t be afraid to share your perspective on things that are important to you.
Who do you tag?
Don’t be shy to participate in this tag even if you weren’t tagged. What do you think of my responses? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading!