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The Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag
I was tagged by Chanice @ Inside The Mind of a Bibliophile and someone else—I think—I’m pretty terrible at keeping track at who tags me for these. Either way, thank you for tagging me to complete these questions. (I couldn’t find any rules for this so let’s make it up as we go!
How long have you been a blogger?
While I officially started this journey late November 2013 with sporadic reviews here and there that gained very limited traction, I think I officially started getting into the community sometime within the first quarter of 2014. But I’ll always have Nov 27th, 2013 as my blogiversary. The blogging journey is a package deal.
At what point do you think you’ll stop blogging?
Hard to say. Time changes all the time; including interests, so I don’t know when this journey will end. I’m still at a point where so many things are new and exciting. Fact is: you start this journey for yourself but in a sense you stay for those you’re doing it with (re: community). But if I do decide to quit, it’ll come back full circle to me and on my own terms rather than extraneous factors. Sounds bleak as hell but that’s just how I [currently] view this question. Ask me again next year and you’ll have a different answer.
What’s the best thing about blogging?
I’m going to assume this question as asking what my favourite/best thing about blogging is. Superficially, it’s when someone views/comments. You don’t know how happy it makes me when one single thought branches out into many different paths of thinking. It’s even better when they get a kick out of your writing.
What’s the worst thing about blogging?
For niche communities like book blogging, the entire aspect of content writing (whether it involves reviews, discussions, or weekly memes) is a blessing and a curse. It really is. As much as I “enjoy” smashing the keyboard so something is created, the stress is real. And it’s not so much that I question how others will feel but it involves reaching a level of self-satisfaction; something perfectly imperfect that has my branded stamp of a voice—if that makes sense?
How long does it take for you to find/create pictures for your post?
Depends on the post.
Reviews—I’m not a big fan of pictures of GIFs for reviews; they seriously eat bandwidth like crazy and impedes on load time. Otherwise, my new summative review graphic only takes like 5~10 minutes (it takes long because I never know what rating to give a book).
For everything else—depends on what I’m trying to achieve. It could be 30 minutes, an hour, several hours.
Who is your book crush?
I’m quite jaded with crushes because they’ve been mostly all damsel-y. I could give you a list of tv/film though (in no particular order): Donna (Suits), Jemma (SHIELD), Anna Kendrick (as herself), and also [probably] a man-crush on Chris Pratt (but who doesn’t?). Anyone who’s just wicked cool wins in my books.
What author would you like to have on your blog?
Is this a legitimate question? Ofcourseitwouldtotallybepatrickness.
What do you wear when you write your blog posts?
A lot of my posts get half baked when I’m out and about. So, clothes?
But when I’m actually churning out the gritty details at home, then, yeah, clothes too?
How long does it take you to prepare?
For what? (Whoever wrote some of these questions…man :/)
How do you feel about the book/blogger community?
(At first I thought this question was one to spur the pot-stirring of drama…)
I think it has its moments of ups and downs. But mostly up. It’s just that when it’s swimming in negativity…it’s like, drowning itself in the whirlpool. I’ve only come across a small handful of incidences that made me give the stink eye (mainly because I’m a nobody in this community so I don’t really hear of drama or get dragged into it). So it’s been great so far! Not to mention the recent Book Blog Ontario Meet-Up – yikes, that was super fun!
What should be done to achieve a successful blog?
The merit of success differs per blogger. What do you want from this experience? You don’t have to scream it into the world; it’s of no concern to anyone but yourself. Even if you’re thinking “I don’t really know [regarding this question]”, I’d argue that your mind and heart do gravitate towards something—and whatever that may be, it is what it is.
Posts? Discussions? Stats? ARCs? Connections/networking? Friendships? All of it? Some of it? None of it? – Ultimately, a successful blog is as much what you make of it as what you take away. Personally, I’d like to think of every little success as part of a bigger ball of success.
So how do I gauge the little successes? In quantifiable views and comments. (How incredibly superficial, right?) People will tell you not to worry about stats, that it’s not the be-all, end-all. I’ll say that you have the option of harnessing that information in your favour. A good example for me to use is this: I look at real life shit and transition it into book-related content. (How else would I have talked about the male scent regarding cologne in fiction (note: I do not smell like wood)?) When I know there’s possible reader interest, it simply opens up the door for writing inspiration. It’s really what keeps things interesting for me from a discussion standpoint. Even better is if I can elicit a textual “LOL” – then I’ll just add it to the ball o’ success and keep rolling. Onward we go.
Who to tag but these wonderful peeps:
…and you if you would like to do it (it’s a pretty solid schedulable-post!)
Another Sat, another tag, am I right?
(I hope no one notices that I’m rehashing the same ~40 names throughout all of these tags I’ve done LOL. I should fix that…later. #procrastination)