I’ve seen this tag going around for a while and really wanted to do join in on the fun. Aentee @ Read at Midnight suggested that anyone who wanted to do it should just do it regardless of being tagged by someone and I was like, “Yeah! I’m gonna totally do that!” So here it it is, my Secret Life of a Book Blogger.
How long have you been a blogger?
My first post on this blog was way back in February of 2013. So that would make this blog 2 years and 7 months old! Wow. I didn’t even realize until right this second how long I’ve been blogging for. It’s sort of crazy when I think about how many changes this blog has undergone, how much it’s endured as well as how much I’ve neglected it as well. Up until it’s recent rebranding, I struggled with finding my voice and with what to write on a regular basis. Now that I’ve established myself (dare I say) firmly as a writer who avidly reads books, coming to the blog as an outlet has not only been significantly easier but something that I want to do all the time. (Which is a problem because I’m supposed to have a real life outside of the blogosphere. 😛 )
At what point do you think you’ll stop blogging?
For as much as I have failed to blog consistently over the past two and a half years, I have never given this blog up. It is unlikely that I will ever give it up either. I think I love the idea of it too much. The concept that it is a place to escape, to share my writing and my thoughts with whoever happens along. There is something amazing about that. To possibly make someone laugh either with me or at me, either one is fine, is a huge plus to me. Making someone’s day brighter or inspiring them in some form. That is what blogging means to me.
So because of that, I guess it’s safe to say that I love the blog too much to ever give it up. In many ways it has become an important aspect of my life and will continue to be as I move forward with my writing career. To top it off, I wouldn’t give up my fellow book nerds for the world. So stopping just isn’t going to happen for me. I have two children (a four year old and a one year old), a husband, a full time job, I am working on a YA Fantasy Romance manuscript and truth be told if none of those things have prompted me into giving up the blog yet, then I don’t see anything that really could.
What’s the best thing about blogging?
By far the community. I’ve met some amazing people through blogging and I look forward to meeting and engaging with more.
What’s the worst thing about blogging?
How much time it takes and how much time I want to dedicate to it but can’t.
How long does it take for you to find/create pictures for your post?
I create my own graphics. At first I was just using Canva. The learning curve took me a while but once I got that down, graphics didn’t take too long, maybe 15 to 30 minutes at most. Now, however, I’ve become interested in vector art and Freepik now takes up so much of my time because there is just so much art to look at and use. I use Inkscape to separate the vector images, load them into Canva and then go from there, but now it takes anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours if I’m being picky. I’d love to learn Photoshop some day, but for now, this is what I’m working with 🙂
Who is your book crush?
I know it doesn’t count to name the male lead in the manuscript that I’m working on, but if I were being 100% honest, that’s who I’d pick. To answer the question though, I have two. Warner from the Shatter Me series. I haven’t finished the series yet, I still have to read “Ignite Me”, so I may change my mind later. But I’m totally digging Warner’s backstory. And I have a girl crush on Sasha from the “Into the Darkness” series by K.F. Brene. She’s an all around badass, with loads of snark and she doesn’t let anyone push her around. I adore her (obvs).
What author would you like to have on your blog?
I’d like to have Max Wirestone featured on the blog. I finished “The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss” about a week ago, for which I will be posting a full review really soon, and I just adored the book. I have been following Mr. Wirestone on Twitter since entering the Query Kombat contest and I thought he was just the funniest, most genuine person I had ever met. I would love to be his friend, honestly because he comes off as this overall awesome person. When I read the acknowledgements section of his book, I felt like I already knew him. I know that probably sounds really weird and crazy, but Dahlia Moss is packed with so much voice and the characters are so real, it’s hard not to want to know who is behind something like that!
What do you wear when you write your blog posts?
I’m either at the office or at home when I’m drafting so that means I’m either wearing work clothes or yoga stuff. If I can get away with it, I’ll wear a yoga top under a sweater to make the change-over easer once I get home! Lol. As you can probably tell, I sort of hate work attire. One day I will say goodbye to the work pant. 😛
How long does it take you to prepare?
At first I thought this question asked me about how long it takes me to prepare to go to work! Lol. My answer would have been 30 minutes. And then I realized, no, you crazy, the question is talking about your blog posts. It takes me anywhere from 1-2 hours, depending on what I’m working on. Sometimes 3 hours if I had writers block on a review. Yes, it takes me less time to get ready for the office than it does to draft up a blog post. *Cringe*
How do you feel about the book/blogger community?
Love it. ’nuff said.
What should be done to achieve a successful blog?
The three “P’s” Priorities. Patience. Passion.
Priorities to set your blog’s focus.
Patience to let the blog grow organically.
Passion to write what you love.