I am on a run with tags lately, so let’s continue with that and do the Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag! I was tagged by Summer @Xingsings and I am really excited to do this one because you’ll find out so much about me as a blogger. I hope my answers won’t bore you!
How long have you been a blogger?
Hmmm, I think it must be about 2.5 years by now. I’ve mentioned a couple of times that it started out of pure boredom and wanting to avoid school work. Also, I had a blog before this one but on a different platform that I didn’t really like that much. Now I haven’t blogged about books all that much in the beginning though, that sort of took off this summer. I even contemplated making a BookTube channel, but after doing some bad quality BookTubeAThon challenge videos, I abandoned that again. Maybe if I had better equipment and lighting, I’d rethink that again, but for now I am quite happy with expressing myself in writing instead.
At what point do you think you will stop?
Tough question! I honestly can’t say that I see myself stopping anytime in the future. I love this blog and if possible, I would go on with it forever. However, I have noticed that my post-count gets a lot lower whenever I have a steady job and I am still on a job hunt, probably even looking for something away from my home country … so, inevitably, this could at least slow down blogging in the future.
What is the best thing?
Like Summer, I am going to assume that the best thing about blogging is meant by the question. I would definitely say the people that I met in the infinite realm of the interwebs! I’ve made some great friends and it sometimes feels like I talk to them more often than to non-virtual people in my life.
What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it okay?
Earlier on I really stressed about the regularity of my posts. I am not saying that consistency is something bad, but the world isn’t going to end if you miss a couple of days! I get really tense about these sort of things, because I generally have a hard time letting go of things that keep nagging me. Like for example, if someone makes a statement pointing out a mistake I made, my brain won’t shut up about it for days – even when the person was really nice and just wanted to help me and no one was mad at all. I was the same about my blog in the beginning, but now I am a lot more relaxed about it and simply write as often as I can and when I want to and somehow I got my brain to tune that out.
How long does it take you to create/find pictures to use?
As you may have noticed, I am not the most creative person with my pictures. I have my header template and font style that I use for pretty much everything now. When I write about books I use their cover, for TV shows I go to the official gallery of the episode and for movies I mostly use their banners/posters and trailers. If I decide to spice up my post with gifs, a simple Google search mostly does it because I have a clear idea of what I want to use.
Who is your book crush?
Argh! I’d really like to use Summer’s answer, saying Jem Carstairs … but I will think of someone else! (There are so many, it’s difficult to choose anyway …) How about Lucien from A Court of Thorns and Roses! I love him!
What author would you like to have on your blog?
Tahereh Mafi! And if I am allowed to be really greedy, I’d like her to come with Ransom Riggs together! The Shatter Me series is one of my favourite book series and Tahereh‘s style of writing is just so unique and beautiful! But also, have you seen those two together? They are hilarious, lovable and weird and my absolute idols!
(But again, I would also love to steal Summer’s answer, which was Cassandra Clare!)
What do you wear when you write your blog posts?
Clothes? Sometimes I am still in my PJ’s other times I am wearing regular clothes. I am not quite sure why this is a question …
How long does it take you to prepare?
Okay, that entirely depends on the post. If it’s a review, I try to write it pretty soon after finishing the book. But if it’s a tag or award post it can take from an hour to weeks. (I am mostly out of ideas for facts about myself!)
How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?
I LOVE IT! Everyone is so supportive and kind! Even when people have different opinions, it doesn’t get out of hand, but instead you can lead a nice and animated discussion and everyone respects your thoughts. To my shame I have to admit that I did not expect everyone to be so welcoming, but I am glad I was wrong!
What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?
Again, Summer gave a brilliant answer! It really depends on what your definition of success is. Do you want an endless amount of followers or are you looking for people to interact with you on the blog? I personally prefer the latter. I don’t care about how many people read my blog (even though I am so happy about each and every new follower), if none of them engage with me, there is not fun in it. So, if you want the same thing as me, be yourself in your writing and don’t try to please anyone in particular. Express your thoughts truthfully, but also make your site easy to navigate. For example, always have a search bar!
Who do you tag?
I think a lot of people have already done this tag, so sorry if I have tagged you and you already did it. I would still love it if you left a link to your post in the comments so that I can check it out though! So, do you all feel like you know me a lot better now?