In which I answer questions that give a sort of behind-the-scenes look at this blog.
I just know that there are tags and awards that I’ve forgotten to do, and I feel like a horrible person about it. I’m going to be better in future! I’ll at least remember the ones that are pingbacks to my about page, because I can see those. Maybe sometime I’ll hunt for the others.
Anyway, I was tagged by Mystery Date With a Book for this tag. Thank you! It looks like fun. You guys should really go and have a look at her blog. It’s quite lovely.
I don’t see any rules for this. That makes me slightly uncomfortable. Well, okay then. I guess we’ll just…get started?
How long have you been a blogger?
Well, I’ve had blogs in the past, but I’ve had this blog since March.
At what point do you think you will stop?
When it no longer serves any purpose.
What is the best part?
Being able to say what I want to say. It’s often quite frustrating to try to get my point across in real life, so I don’t bother. This is my outlet. And I love it.
What is the worst part?
When I’ve been away for a few days and I know I’ve missed lots of posts from people. The thought of scrolling all the way down my reader is overwhelming, but I feel guilty about not being caught up on people’s blogs. I’m actually in that situation right now, because I’ve not been on WordPress as much lately.
How long does it take you to find/create pictures to use?
It used to take me a long time, especially for featured images. But now I have a template that I use, and so it takes considerably less time. To find out exactly how much time it takes, I timed myself making this post’s featured image. It took me 1 minute, 30 seconds, and 23 milliseconds. So there you go.
Who’s your book crush?
It’s super weird, but I rarely crush on characters because of how much of a shipper I am. I don’t want the character to be with me, I want him to be with the person I ship him with! So for example, I’d probably have a MASSIVE crush on Zombie from the 5th Wave trilogy, but I ship him with Ringer way too much. When I finally get around to doing that Q&A video, however, I’m going to reveal my first fictional crush, because illuminatedliteration asked about it.
What author would you like to have on your blog?
Like, to interview? I don’t know, actually. Good question.
What do you wear when you write your blog?
It depends. If I’m writing after work, I look all office-y: heels, slacks, blouse. Right now I’m in comfy weekend clothes: loose pants, a t-shirt, and slippers. Sometimes I write in my pyjamas. One time I had this idea for a post in the shower, so I drafted it in my towel. It just depends.
How long does it take you to prepare a post?
Depends on the post. There are some ideas that are still simmering in my mind from back when I first started blogging. There are others that I sit down and post immediately. In general, though, I don’t plan my posts very well. I do so much planning about every little thing in real life; blogging is one of the few areas in which I take a casual approach.
How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?
I don’t presume to being a part of it, so I can hardly comment on it. But in general I would say that it seems to be a diverse, welcoming, and comfortable place. It’s like a bookstore with comfy chairs—that kind of environment. As I’ve said before, though, I’m just kind of standing outside with my nose pressed against the glass.
What do you think one should do to have a successful blog?
As someone who doesn’t really have a “successful blog”—actually, hang on. What is a successful blog? How are we measuring this?
Are we talking about having a mass of followers? Because if that’s the case, I would say, get out there and follow other blogs like mad. Also, zone in on what types of posts are popular, and make more posts like that. Read the hyped books, and post about those.
Are we talking about having a small but very loyal following? Then go out and have quality interactions. Respond thoughtfully to every comment you get (not just a, “Thanks for commenting!”) and leave insightful comments on other people’s blogs. And post regularly, because once you have that loyal following, they’ll miss ya. They will.
Are we talking about just posting really solid, quality content? Then do that! I can’t tell you how to do that, but I can give you some basic tips:
- Review books you care about. Doesn’t have to be what everyone else is reading.
- Proofread your posts. Mistakes happen, but the less you have, the better the quality.
- Bring your own unique perspectives to the table. Try to say what isn’t already being said. Share an unpopular opinion, if that’s what it takes.
- Write in your own voice. It may be tempting to copy someone else’s, especially if you admire them, but it won’t sound like you. And blogging—almost more so than any other form of writing—should sound like you.
Since there are no rules here, I don’t know how many people to tag or anything. But I tag everyone! I think it’s fun to get a behind-the-scenes look. So please do this tag and link in the comments if you do. 🙂
Have a lovely day!