Thanks so much to Jill at Rant and Rave About Books for tagging me! Jill’s blog is one of my favourites – she puts out tonnes of amazing content every single week. You can check out her answers and have a nosey around her blog right here.
How long have you been a blogger?
I started this blog in February 2016, so I’ve only been blogging about books for just under six months. I’ve always loved to write though, and have had a few private blogs here and there over the last few years.
At what point do you think you will stop?
Hopefully never! Life may get in the way at some point, but for as long as I can do it I will do it. Blogging and interacting with you lovely lot helps keep me on an even keel, and always gives me something to focus on when I feel down or restless or creative. I love it.
What is the best part?
There are so many brilliant things about blogging, but the book blogging community really is incredible. I’ve said it so many times, but everyone is so welcoming, so kind and so encouraging. Reading other people’s posts, creating discussion through your own and having people to geek out with about fandoms, OTPs and Harry Potter is the coolest thing.
What is the worst part?
I wouldn’t say there are any real negative or bad things about blogging, but it can sometimes be really difficult to keep on top of your blog when you have real life stuff going on day-to-day. I try to be as organised as possible, but sometimes stuff just gets in the way and you get behind on ARCS, commenting on other people’s blogs, writing and replying to comments on your own posts. I always feel a bit guilty when that happens, but like with everything, you gotta find a balance that works for you.
How long does it take you to find/create pictures to use?
Oh this takes me AGES. Mainly because my laptop is so, so slow and my internet at home isn’t that brilliant. It takes me an especially long time to look for GIFs and create headers for posts because Canva and GIPHY tend to crash my laptop, which is y’know, awesome.
Who’s your book crush?
Book crush as in a book character, or as in an author? Or perhaps an actual book? PANIC. I don’t know what the right answer is here, so you get three bonus ones instead:
- Current book crush: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
- Current fictional crush: Rhysand errrrrrrrryday
- Current author crush: Holly Bourne (not only are her books amazing, but I met her at YALC on Saturday and she is incredibly nice.)
What author would you like to have on your blog?
All of them? This is such a difficult question to answer because I’d want different authors on my blog for different reasons. If I had to choose one it would obviously be Queen J.K. Rowling because DUH, but I’d also love to interview Patrick Ness, Malorie Blackman, Holly Bourne, Sarah J. Maas and Lisa Heathfield, as well as Philip Pullman. What can I say? I’m greedy.
What do you wear when you write your blog?
I write in whatever is comfortable, which usually ends up being slouchy clothes or pyjamas.
How long does it take you to prepare a post?
It really does depend on what I’m writing, how busy I am and what sort of mood I’m in. It can sometimes take me three or four days to write, edit and prepare a post to publish, but I can sometimes bash one out in a couple of hours if I’m in the ‘zone’. Reviews usually take me very little time to write, but ages to edit because I go back and tweak them endlessly before I’m happy. Tags and features seem to take me slightly less time, although I can get held up looking for the right GIFs and images.
How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?
I’ve already covered this a little bit, but I adore the book blogger community. Everyone is super friendly, open, welcoming, chatty and encouraging. It’s the best and most appreciative blogging culture that I’ve come across, and one that I’m very happy to be a part of.
What do you think one should do to have a successful blog?
I don’t know how qualified I am to comment on this, because my blog is still a baby and although I’m happy with the progress I’m making, I don’t know if it could be classed as ‘successful’ yet.
I think it’s really important to find a style and tone that works for you. Personality is really key in making a blog successful, because you are essentially your blog’s unique selling point. I also echo Jill in that it’s really important to involve yourself in the wider community. Getting involved in discussions or live chats on Twitter or Goodreads and leaving thoughtful comments on people’s posts can be the key to building a readership and finding a place in the book blogosphere. I’ve found so many incredible blogs and bloggers through checking out the comments on people’s posts and bloggers that people have nominated to take part in awards or tags.
The other thing that I would say is to find some sort of schedule that works for you (mine is aptly called organised chaos) when it comes to blogging, so that you can cover your blog with scheduled posts when real life gets busy, or work out when you might want to post special discussions or features to coincide with book releases or news, for example. Posting regularly also helps to build an audience, so I guess there’s that too. 🙂
Tell me about all your secret book blogging life:
- Jessica @ Paper Utopia
- Jess @ The Mud and Stars Book Blog
- Melissa @ BookNerdMomo
- Beth @ Reading Every Night
- Becka @ Wildwood Calling
- Ashleigh @ A Frolic Through Fiction
- Fadwa @ Word Wonders
- Louise @ BookishTribute