When I say I am behind on tags, don’t take it lightly. I was nominated by Charley @ Books and Bakes1 for the Secret Life Of a Book Blogger two months ago. Yes, two months. Two months and three weeks to be more accurate. But hey, they say better now than never, right?
Let’s get started!
How long have you been a blogger?
My blog was born on a cold December day, and my first post was published by my shivering fingers and my hopeful heart on January 1st. I have officially been pouring my heart and thoughts on the blogosphere for 7 months and 24 days.
I had a couple of blogs before, but I was never able to find a voice, or a theme to stick to. I have never been a huge fan of online diaries, and although watching TV shows is fun, writing about them did not appeal to me, except to fangirl like crazy and complain about how writers should be more careful with their timelines (Please, dear writers, pay attention to the shows you are working on!) So those blogs dried up and died like all the plants I forget to water. I can’t even remember their names. A lifetime ago, I am sure I had a Skyblog. Yep, a gross Skyblog with its garish colors and a hundred adverts all over the page.
At what point do you think you will stop?
Stop? What does that mean? Is this one of those tricky words, like ban or sleep?
I was forced to go on hiatus this month, and I really did not like it. Having no time for blogging or reading felt like a punishment I hadn’t deserved, and I missed my daily chat with everyone. I hope I won’t ever need a break, unless I am the one deciding it.
What is the best part?
Waking up knowing there will be new posts, maybe new bloggers, and that I won’t have to go through the thousand of emotions sparkled by the books on my own.
Also, I am always sure to find a new book to add to my TBR, and that certainty is one of the best feeling in the world.
What is the worst part?
It is very frustrating to not have enough time to check all the posts every day. Also, I use everyone’s posts to create flashcards and improve my vocabulary, which means it takes extra time to find definitions and pronunciations before adding it to Anki. What would take you 5 minutes to read requires 15 minutes from me. I need a Time-Turner!
How long does it take you to find/create pictures to use?
I usually use pictures I have already posted on Instagram, and I add a few changes with Canva. I try not to spend more than 10 minutes on pictures because it is not my forte. The only pictures I don’t mind spending time on are those of my dog, but I promised myself I would not flood the blog with them.
Who’s your book crush?
What is it with book crush? I don’t have one! My crush is my hubby. (Yes, I’m cheesy today.)
More seriously, maybe there is something wrong with me, but I never fell for a book guy. Never had a book boyfriend either! Don’t feel sorry for me, there are so many characters I love, but I still haven’t found The One.
What author would you like to have on your blog?
Any author I read that is looking for a place to share something interesting and/or fun.
What do you wear when you write your blog?
Panties, for sure. The rest changes with the season, my mood, the temperature of the room. I love yoga pants and loose tee shirts, they are so comfortable you can do anything while wearing them, including blogging. I’ve never tried blogging while doing yoga, though.
I should set a blogging outfit. That could help my brain get in the mood whenever I try to write all my posts in one day. Any suggestions?
How long does it take you to prepare a post?
Forever. Okay, maybe not. But definitely too long.
If it’s a review, I will start it, stop, get back to it later, and repeat. It can take up to 5 days to get it right. Hello perfectionist. If it’s my This Week In Books post, 30 minutes are enough. For tags and other memes, I try to have them done within an hour, because even though they are fun and easy, they are not the main feature on my blog. I keep my energy for bigger things. For discussion posts, I write a draft with the main ideas, leave it for a couple of days, and then write the entire thing at once. I give it another break and put the final touch after a day. Now you know why I don’t schedule too much ahead!
How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?
I feel so comfortable around here. I believe I never felt this good talking with other people than I do on the Internet. The community is so supportive and friendly. It is very easy to chip in, voice an opinion, and share. It’s a treat to know you have a place in here.
What do you think one should do to have a successful blog?
What is a successful blog? You have 4 hours. Okay, enough with the philosophy for today.
Do your own thing. It can be tempting to take example on a successful blog, but it can only result in a tame copy if all you do is bring the format and voice to your own name. Use your voice to say what you want. Some people will like it, others won’t. It doesn’t matter as long as you are true to yourself.
Who do I want to know better?
Martin @ A Pretty Wonderful Book
Jill @ Rant & Rave about Books
Babus @ Ajoobacatsblog
Inge @ The Belgian Reviewer
As usual, there is no obligation! 🙂