I’ve been seeing this float around on the blogosphere, and was really looking forward to doing this post. Thanks to the lovely Vane of Book With Chemistry for tagging me!
How long have you been a blogger?
I started blogging on the 13th of June this year, so by the time this is posted my 3rd month blogoversary will be just two days away. It feels like I’ve been blogging for SO much longer, though. I salute everyone who’s been doing this for a year plus, now that I know how much time and dedication this hobby require.
At what point do you think you’ll stop blogging?
I want to say NEVER, but since I’ve only been doing this three months I think that sort of commitment would be way premature. I will never stop reading, though, so this goes hand in hand with blogging – so I think I’ll be around for a long time yet. Not to mention I’ve met so many people through blogging and I’ll miss you all too much if I ever disappear from the blogosphere!
What is the best thing about blogging?
Thing number one is the absolutely amazing and supportive community. I have never met such a pleasant and lovely group of human beings. Every one I’ve met have been so genuine in their passion, their love for books, and their kindness to everyone else in the community. I am well aware that drama exists, but thankfully I’ve never been directly engaged in it. I obviously surround myself with AWESOME people *beams at you all*. I also love that you all collectively make me want to read ALL OF THE THINGS. I’ve also been exposed and educated about a lot of social issues through blogging e.g. diversity and feminism in publishing. I think it’s made me a more aware person, and I love that!
What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it OK?
I think most of my issues with blogging is internal – I sometimes get caught up with worrying about really petty things such as i) stats ii) followers iii) ARC envy etc.. all the usual stuff.
The things that makes me feel better? i) my interaction with everyone in the community, whether on this blog or elsewhere ii) remembering that all books eventually come out, reading it later does NOT make me any less of a fan or a blogger iii) it’s the quality, not the quantity of the followers that counts – and you’re all pretty gosh darn awesome.
My google hangout bloggers are also such a joy to speak to whenever I feel disheartened!
How long does it take you to make/find pictures to use?
TOO BLOODY LONG. I love making graphics for this site, I’m not a professionall graphics designer by any means so this is the only creative outlet I have for Photoshop – but sometimes it’s a pain to make the graphics when the imageries don’t come easily. There’s blogging slump, there’s also graphics slump.
Who is your book crush?
I) Lila of A Darker Shade of Magic, she’s debonair, charming, and sweeps me off my feet.
II) Rowan of the Throne of Glass series, he is the fae prince I never knew I wanted. I usually don’t go for the dark, broody type, but I would totally buck this trend for Rowan.
III) Theron of Snow Like Ashes, a bookish prince with amazing insight and understanding for his lady? YES.
What author would you like to have on your blog?
Though she would intimidate the shit out of me and I would never be able to even look her in the eye, let alone ask questions, I would love to have Catherynne Valente and her beautiful mind featured on this blog. I love her books, I love her personal blog, I just love every single word that she produces.
What do you wear when you write your blog post?
There are no blogging uniform, but let it be known that I always look FABULOUS.
How long does it take you to prepare?
IRL? Like 15 minutes, I love my sleep too much to take ages preparing. My make up routine takes 5 minutes flat 😉 For blogging? I am NEVER prepared, everything I write is pretty much unscheduled, spontaneous, etc… That explains all of the typos 😄
How do you feel about the book blogger community?
Precious cinnamon rolls. *clutches you all to chest*
What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?
I am still trying to figure this out, but by observing all my faves I can tell you that it may involve: i) a genuine person behind the screen ii) who cares for the community iii) who’s not afraid to voice their opinion iv) who interacts with their followers in meaningful way v) who blogs because they love to read, and stay true to that cause.
I will tag everyone who has not done this post 😀 It’s been around for so long I can barely keep track who has or has not done it.