Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag

Posted September 10, 2015 by Kim in Book Tags / 2 Comments

I wasn’t officially tagged to do this one, but I saw it over at A Perfection Called Books and it looked like fun.

So, here goes nothing…

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How long have you been a blogger?

I’ve been blogging since June 2014. It’s hard to believe it’s been over two years!

At what point do you think you’ll stop blogging?

I really enjoy this hobby (or, second job, as I refer to it sometimes) and the community, so I can’t imagine stopping. Though, I guess I probably will at some point. It will likely be when I no longer have fun doing it.

What is the best thing about blogging?

I can’t narrow it down to one “best thing.” I feel like I’ve found my people in this community, so that’s a huge part of why I do it. I love chatting with other bloggers, readers, authors and publicists. Books are something I have always loved so it’s fun to play a part in promoting my favorites. And, of course, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to liking the opportunities it gives me for reading books I’m dying to get my hands on early – as well as other IRL opportunities like signings and parties and such.

What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it okay?

The worst thing about the community is the DRAMA. It’s exhausting at times. But, at the same time, it’s pretty easy to avoid… I just stay away from Twitter or Facebook when it’s happening. And if it’s a repeat offender, I distance myself. I can’t deal with the toxicity. The worst thing about blogging is that sometimes it’s a time suck and if I’m not careful I find myself using up my reading time to schedule posts and whatnot. It’s much better though, however, now that I’ve stopped putting so much pressure on myself.

How long does it take you to find/create pictures to use?

It honestly depends on what I’m doing. I can knock out a new banner in a couple minutes because I have templates. If we’re talking Top Ten Tuesday graphics, those can be more complex and take awhile, just depending on what I’m trying to accomplish. And when it comes to teaser images, it can take anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour or more, especially if I have to search for a stock image to use!

Who is your book crush?

Who isn’t? I’m forever lusting after a new book boyfriend. The longest running is probably Ryke from Krista & Becca Ritchie’s Addicted series. The most intense ones recently are Jake from Emma Chase’s Sustained and Sebastian from Lisa Kleypas’ Devil in Winter. Right now? Ryker from Sawyer Bennett’s Ryker. *swoon*

What author would you like to have on your blog?

Thanks to the Booking Through Summer Reading Challenge, I had a TON of my favorite authors on my blog this summer, so I can’t really answer this question. If I have to, however, I guess I’d go with Kristen Ashley. She’s a new-to-me author and I’m obsessed with her! Or, you know, Colleen Hoover. Because Colleen Hoover.

What do you wear when you write your blog posts?

Well, my special blog-writing costume, of course… *eyebrow raise* Seriously, I don’t understand the question. (*laughs*) More often than not, however, I’m in yoga pants and a shirt of some sort because I’m blogging from my couch.

How long does it take you to prepare?

It doesn’t take me much time to do most of my blogging. If we’re asking specifically about writing reviews, however, there’s a bit more involved. I have to get my copy of the book and look at the things I’ve highlighted. I need to pull up my Goodreads and see what kind of notes I left there while I was reading/after I finished. It’s a whole process and, while I can’t put a specific amount of time on it, it can be sizeable.

How do you feel about the book blogger community?

Overall, I absolutely love the blogger community. I’ve found some amazing friends in this community. I just wish many of them lived closer. These are my people. The community can be very vocal – good or bad – and is prone to drama at times. But, like I said above, it’s pretty easy to avoid if you don’t want to get caught up in it.

What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?

Love what you do. I’m not sure what exactly a successful blog looks like, to be honest. I think that’s to be determined by the blogger. Is it lots of comments and page views? Is it tons of followers? Is it finding out that people turn to you for recommendations because they trust you? Is it money from ads and affiliate sites? I’m not sure. Figure out why you’re doing it. (And make it not JUST for the “free” books, please.) Enjoy doing it. Make friends. Don’t put pressure on yourself. It’s supposed to be fun, after all. Only you can determine what “success” looks like.

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I tag anyone and everyone who wants to do this one! I’d love to hear more about you and your blogging habits if you want to share. Leave your link in the comments if you do! 

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2 responses to “Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag

  1. Aww I love this post!! I think your blog is amazing!! Filled with positive energy and your reviews are always constructive. I just started my blog a couple months ago and although I feel bad about not being able to keep up with all the review request and blog tours I’m contacted with. I try to do as much as I can considering the fact that I have a full time job and that I’m the worlds slowest reader lol. Thanks for the awesome post!! 🙂