[Thank you to Ashley for this image!]
One of my favorite things that I’ve found within the book blogging community are the absolutely awesome and unique book tags that bloggers create, and I *love* answering the questions that people come up with!! I had a ton of fun filling out book tags during the summer of 2016 – so much so that I’m always on the lookout for more (…whether I’m tagged or not, haha!)
Anytime I fill out a book tag, I’ll post it on a Thursday and share the post on social media with #booktagthursday – so if you would like to find book tags of your own, please join in! They are seriously so much fun, and I love being able to share some of my favorite books in such fun and unique ways.
(PS: IF YOU ARE READING THIS, ALWAYS AND FOREVER CONSIDER YOURSELF TAGGED.)
How long have you been a blogger?
I started to have ruminations of starting a book blog in the summer of 2013 – I picked the name Bring My Books within weeks, and set up a blog on WordPress. My first official post wasn’t until almost 6 months later, in January of 2014. I was actually really psyched with what my first post ended up being – Jamie’s End Of Year Book Survey!
At what point will you stop blogging?
Hopefully never! I imagine as I get older the blog will shift and change with my reading tastes and what is going on with the online bookish community, but I hope to always have this space of the internet to share my thoughts and feelings about books – as well as taking part in awesome bookish memes and features (such as Top Ten Tuesday, one of my favorite book memes!)
What is the best thing about blogging?
The best best best part is definitely the community. There are good times and bad, like with any group of people – but I have 100% found MY PEOPLE through this blog and the twitter community. The other best part is having something – a hobby – that is just mine; something to create, cultivate, and own. It’s not always easy to stick to a schedule or post regularly, but there’s always a sense of pride when I post something that gets a lot of traffic or that I think I did really well.
What is the worst part? What do you do to make it okay?
The worst part, honestly? Real life. It gets in the way SO OFTEN! I would love to be able to spend more time on this endeavor that brings me so much happiness and such a sense of accomplishment to my life, but then I end up working doubles and I need to do laundry and then there’s those errands that I need to do and when was the last time I had a girls night out and oh yeah the beau is coming over tonight!!
Wait. Have I blogged this month?
Mostly me “making it okay” is just finding peace with the fact that sometimes I’ll blog a lot, sometimes a little, and sometimes not at all. It’s not necessarily representative of what my capabilities are – it’s just an admission that I’m 29 years old with three jobs, a boyfriend, and friends … and sometimes I need to make those things the priority. (And that’s not a bad thing!)
How long does it take you to make/find pictures?
Oh man, this is the hardest part about blogging for me!! I use paint.net (A LOT) to make collage type pictures or pictures of book covers (mostly used for Top Ten Tuesdays and my Month In Review posts), and between this and searching for the perfect GIF, it can take quite some time. I would estimate that for one Top Ten Tuesday post, it could take up to 30 minutes to get the images exactly as I want them.
Who is your blog crush?
Oh my goodness, this is such a difficult question! I admire so many book bloggers (whether it’s for their design, innovation, reviews, snark, wit, or any of a hundred other things). For the sake of brevity, I’ll have to give a shout out to the first two blogs I ever read – Christina @ Reader of Fictions and Jamie @ Perpetual Page Turner. I have so much respect for how long they’ve been in this community and how awesome they’ve been throughout the myriad of dramas that have occasionally plagued the community.
What author would you like to have on your blog?
There are so many authors I would love to interview, but two names immediately jump to mind:
Kate Morton (The Forgotten Garden, The Distant Hours, The Secret Keeper)
Sharon Cameron (The Dark Unwinding, Rook, The Forgotten)
I have loved their books for YEARS, and they are definitely some of my go-to authors when I’m recommending books at the bookstore. I would love to ask about their writing process, how they come up with their ideas, how long drafts take, whether they revise by hand or on the computer, etc etc etc!
What do you wear when you write your blog posts?
It really depends on the day, to be honest. Sometimes I’ll be finishing up a blog post before going to work (like today), and I’m in jeans and a hoodie – other days I’m curled up in bed working on one so I’ve got comfy jammies on.
How long does it take you to prepare?
One post can take me anywhere from a half hour to two hours to what feels like an eternity. I’m a pretty big perfectionist, and sometimes it’s just the worst to know what I want it to look like and not be able to make it happen! For the most part I’ve been trying to go with the flow a bit more in recent months, but it can still take me quite a bit of time to get it all organized the way I want it to be.
How do you feel about the book blogger community?
I have so much love for so many aspects of this community. Some of my absolute best friends of my 20s have been found through blogging, and I can’t imagine what my life would be like without them in it. I’ve also found MY PEOPLE – the ones that I can shout at about any and everything that interests me (whether it’s 80s music, historical fiction, skateboarding, the beach, fantasy adventure novels, or Taco Bell!)
What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?
Think about what you want it to be, and who you’re writing for. Is it for you and your memories of the books you’re reading? Is it to help others find books that will work for them? Is it to help promote your favorite authors? Is it to work on your HTML/coding skills? Is it to have something to do when you get off work? Once you know that, it’s so much easier to get everything sorted.
And more than anything, just remember that if it’s stressing you out or making you miserable, step back and take another look. I truly think we project those feelings on ourselves, and we SHOULDN’T, especially because anyone that has a book blog definitely works at it! Cut yourself some slack and just know that nobody is talking crap about your blog behind your back (I’ve had to talk myself off that ledge numerous times, believe me!).
Thank you for reading about me and my little baby blog <3