I was definitely NOT tagged by Rendz but this looked too fun for me to not just go ahead and do the tag anyway. If you haven’t already, you should definitely check our Rendz’s blog.
Right, let’s get to it!
How long have you been blogging?
I only really started on the 7th of May, this year. So, um the calander tells me that’s been exactly 7 weeks, or 50 days if you will.
At what point do you think you’ll stop blogging?
I don’t know… since I only just started I haven’t given much thought to when I’ll stop. I suppose I will stop, if no one reads my posts and I no longer have fun ranting about books.
What is the best thing about blogging?
You mean apart from the fast that I get to talk about books, with other books enthusiasts? Through blogging I’ve come across some really amazing and inspiring people. Even though, we don’t always share taste in books, we share the love of talking about what we’ve read. As I don’t get to do that much with family and IRL friends, it’s great I can do that here.
What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it okay?
I don’t think I’ve encountered “the worst thing” or anything bad. I’ve never setup a website, chosen designs and worked around features like this before. So, at the start I was completely daunted by trying to work it all out. But I worked it out, and now I’m liking the result.
How long does it take you to find make/find pictures to use?
OMG that can be anywhere between 30 seconds and hours. I really depends what I’m looking for and, whether or not I have a clear picture of what I want. The clearer the picture in my head is, the harder it can be to find something similar. And as abovementioned I’m no designer wiz, so I’m useless at making my own.
Who is your book crush?
Oh wow, I think I’d run out of space if I had to list them all and, the list gets longer with each book I reach. If I had to limit it to a current top 3, I suppose it would look like this:
- Copeland from Rock-Hard Beautiful by C.M. Stunich
- Marshall from Just Be You by M.E. Parker
- All four psychos from The Dark Side by Kristy Cunning
What author would you like to have on your blog?
I cannot simply choose one! I would love to have:
- Madeline Miller
- Rick Riordan
- Joely Sue Burkhart
- C.M. Stunich
- L.J. Swallow
- M.E. Parker
God, I feel like that would be the dream and, I have so many questions and comments for them. And I’d be honoured to have any or all of them on my blog.
What do you wear when you write your blogpost?
LOL okay, this one is kind of weird! Right, well I’m a big fan of PJ’s. Usually I put my PJ on the second I’m back home and done with my day. At the moment where the weather is nice, there’s a big chance I’m wearing my suntan dress, which is equally sloppy. Love it. But then again, if I’m writing in between doing things, it will just be whatever I’m wearing that day. I do not have a blogger uniform or dress code, so it very much depends on circumstances.
How long does it take you to prepare?
I’ve never actually timed it but it varies a lot. Sometimes I have a very detailed idea in my head, which makes everything much simpler. Other times, I just have a rough draft and then it can take a long time. It also depends what I’m writing. Is it a review? Because then it depends on the book. Some reviews are easier than others, especially if I’m clear on my feelings towards said book. But even then it can be time consuming, if I didn’t take enough notes whilst reading. I guess in hindsight, it takes longer than I realise at the time.
How do you feel about the book blogging community?
I love it! I don’t know what I was expecting, but most people I’ve been lucky enough to cross path with, have been so amazing, supportive, friendly, open and just fantastic people to be around. When I’ve been in a book slump, feeling drained, there’s been people there to help me get back in the saddle. So yeah, I love this community and hope to one day be able to pay forward, all the help and encouragement I’ve received.
What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?
I think first and foremost “one” has to decide how they choose to determine success. Is it the amount of followers you have? Amount of views & comments? Is it whether or not you enjoy it? Is it when you get paid for blogging? I’m pretty sure most of us would love to blog full time and, earn £1,000,000 a month. But even if you don’t reach that point, or know how to get there, that doesn’t mean your blog isn’t successful.
Of course, follows and likes matter. Personally, I find it rewarding when I see an increase. That means people are responding to what I’m putting my heart and soul into, who wouldn’t be happy about that? But I feel like my blog is successful already, because I’m proud of my blog and, I’ve reached one of my goals already: I get to talk to people about books, which is pretty damn awesome.