Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag!

I saw this tag on the ever wonderful FictionFan’s blog and thought that I’d do it, since I haven’t done many tags of late. Since I’m indecisive, please consider yourself tagged if you want to do it! 

1.How long have you been a blogger?

About 14 months now! I wanted to start up in order to stop annoying people who didn’t care about my bookish rants and rambles, and felt that Goodreads wasn’t the right format for me, so decided to begin a blog. I’m especially glad now, as writing consistently has really helped with my critical thinking and getting into the habit of writing more often- very helpful for a hopeful academic!

2. At what point do you think you will stop?

I don’t think I’ll stop in the near future, I’m enjoying it far too much. I don’t get as much time as I used to anymore, so my posting has slowed, but I’m happy enough at the moment with continuing!

3. What is the best thing?

Honestly, I’ve met one my best friends through blogging. Free books have got nothing on the utter glory that is Kirsty of The Literary Sisters.

Since I don’t really get all that many ARCS, the free books thing is a cool bonus, but not one I use a lot. However, Hachette approaching me for the Trudi Canavan blog tour was really exciting!

4. What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it OK?

I’m not a person who likes conflict, so seeing downright nasty posts by bloggers targeting how other bloggers choose to write or read really annoys me. The cattiness that goes on for extra controversy and comments is totally unnecessary and nasty. If you don’t like how someone chooses to write or the books they read, it’s very simple to unfollow them. I make it okay by (politely) pulling them up on it, or ranting to my friends!

I also have a strange inability to write reviews on books I really like! Negative reviews are easy to write about, but positive ones usually end up with me all like:

5. How long does it take you to find/create pictures for your post?

I’m terrible at actually creating things, so I usually spend a little time- 5-10 minutes or so- finding pictures and gifs. I love my gifs, don’t knock it till you try it! A judicious gif goes a long way.

6. Who is your book crush?

Dawsey from The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. SO CUTE!

7. What author would you like to have on your blog?

H.D. or Rebecca West. OR OSCAR WILDE. Any of them! They’d write the most epic posts ever. The sass levels would be off the scale!

8. How long does it take to prepare?

It depends, some posts I write up several months in advance and shelve them, then go back to it and work on it again after a few months. Others I write in a matter of minutes. Then it also depends if you count the actual reading of the books as well.

9. What do you wear when you write your blog posts?

This.

10. How do you feel about the book/blogger community/culture?

As I mentioned before, there are some that give this community a bad name, but 95% of the bloggers I’ve come into contact with over the last year have been absolutely lovely! I’m glad we have such a great community and are really supportive. It does terrible things to my bank account and my TBR list though!

11. What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?

The most common feedback to me has been that people like how I make my writing funny and have personality! Obviously there are some posts that need to be written more seriously, for academic-ish or serious books especially, but even those posts are easily personalised to make them more accessible and interesting for the reader. Having your own voice as a writer is really important.

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7 thoughts on “Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag!

  1. Haha! Great fun! I’m glad you decided to do the tag! I absolutey love your blogging outfit – so handy for when that mid-blogging nap becomes essential…

    I’m sorry you’ve met up with some less nice book bloggers out there. I’ve been pretty lucky in who I’ve ‘met’, but yes, there have been one or two I’ve quietly unfollowed after a while. But on the whole I find the blogging community much more fun than any other online group I’ve been involved in.

    • It’s my most versatile outfit, to be sure! Goes well with my lobster suit 😉
      I’ve been lucky for the most part, I was just particularly annoyed with someone while writing this. The bloggers I associate with the most are absolutely darling (yourself included!) so they make up for the bad eggs!

  2. Fun reading. I’m with FictionFan in that I’ve really never met anyone outright mean in the book blogging world. I guess part of the reason why is that I’ve never really gone all that heavily into it. I only keep my blog and link posts to twitter, I don’t blog on Facebook or Good Reads etc. I do try to be nice, but I sometimes worry that when I disagree with a post it might be taken in ways I don’t intend. Anyway, wishing you many happy years of blogging and lots of wonderful ARCS.

    • I’ve come across a few, but it’s a quick unfollow for that kind! I have avoided a lot of the really big bloggers, I think a lot more rubbish goes on in that sphere, and on Goodreads (though I do use it, but more for organisation’s sake)
      I think people these days have a very low criticism threshold, it’s extremely frustrating. I’m sure if you’re as lovely as you sound, you’re fine!
      You too!

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