The Secret Life of a Book Blogger

Huge thanks to Wanderingwords for this fun tag with lots of different questions!

Now watch out! I’m about to unleash all of my horrifying and otherworldly truths about my book blogging self…which 99.9999% of you probably already knew anyway. You stalkers, you.

  1. How long have you been a blogger?

I honestly couldn’t give you an exact figure. The time when I flung myself full pelt into the world of book blogging only came shortly after the moment I became a bookseller in July of 2014 so you could say I’m a Noob.

Before that I rarely posted and only really posted snippets of my creative writing when I did and so I’m thankful that my fresh job inadvertently introduced me to the much wider world of book blogging and the YA community.

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

Honestly, I thought maybe I had stopped blogging a few weeks back. I hit a rough time with work, commitments, stress and lots of other crap I can’t mention and I just hid away in my books and didn’t write a thing.

In so doing, I’m around 22 book reviews behind my ‘schedule’ (who am I kidding, I don’t have a schedule) and the more the number grew, the more daunting the idea of starting again became. But I’ve kind of rediscovered how therapeutic the writing can be and how unleashing my ‘feels’, no matter how serious or non-fangirly they are, can actually help as I don’t have to worry about being judged.

3. What is the best thing about blogging?

There are a number of things which make book blogging a not only incredible but rewarding hobby.

The first thing about blogging is the ability to be completely and 100% yourself and you can express yourself in an unlimited number of ways – writing, book reviews, book tags, video, fan art, fan fic, pictures, playlists…it really is limitless and I wholly treasure that.

The second thing is the book blogging community. I am still astounded, day after day at how amazing the book blogging community is and how friendly, supportive, and caring people can be all because you liked the same book as them. But one thing I love the most about all you guys? You’re all as weird as I am.

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

There are two huge things that are the worst when it comes too book blogging.

  1. Self Doubt – Many of my close friends will know how freaking prominent self-doubt is in my life at the moment. And I almost always seem to be looking for constant approval and that extends into every aspect of my life but it is never more prominent than when it comes to my writing.
  2. Commitments – When work or my real life gets in the way of my writing/blogging I genuinely feel distressed. It sounds stupid and something so silly to get distressed over but I do. As I mentioned above, I’d forgotten how therapeutic writing is for me and if I don’t write at least a paragraph a day, my mind just shuts down. I had gotten to a point that I was writing every single day, so when I was in work for 2 weeks straight(weekend paid shifts at my proper job as well as working every weekday on my placement at a publisher in london) and I was so exhausted I didn’t write, I was essentially quitting cold turkey and my body did not like it. I’m planning on making the effort so that my commitments never get in the way as much as they did for those weeks.

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

Since I tend to use my instagram pictures and use Photoshop to create my own graphics, generally not long. Half hour max if it’s a particularly tricky graphic.

And unfortunately I don’t tend to use GIFs that much!

6. Who is your book crush?

You mean, other than the one from my own book? Okay, okay, I guess at the present time(as this changes more often than I change pants) it would have to be Kaz Brekker of Leigh Bardugo’s new and incredibly amazing book Six of Crows.

7. What author would you like to have on your blog?

This question can go a number of different ways. Are they hijacking my blog? Am I kidnapping(adult-napping?) them? Fighting them in an epic battle of wits and book related humor?

There are several who I would choose for the honor of any of these options, to name a few:

PIerce Brown(<3)  Derek Landy, Leigh Bardugo, Sarah J Maas, V.E Schwab, Cassandra Clare, Andrew Smith

8. What do you wear when you write your blog posts?

Sorry folks, I tend to be in my PJ’s most of the time. Though they are almost always Harry Potter related. I put this down to my mind thinking that in some small way, the magic of Ravenclaw is finding its way into my posts.

9. How long does it take you to prepare?

I have different prepare times for different things. For book reviews, I keep a tiny notebook on me to write down key moments, character names, plot points/twists, things I like/hate, memorable quotes, that sort of thing. So when it comes to Book Reviews I guess you could say I’m constantly preparing.

When it comes to a Book Tag, I just go for it. It’s a bit fun and it’ll just ruin it to overthink it.

When it comes to ‘Throwback Thursdays’ and other themed days of the like, I have yet to introduce one to my blog(though I would very much like to), I’m anticipating that this would not only take a lot of research but a lot of preparation regarding what to what in relation to that themed day every week.

10. How do you feel about the Book Blogger Community?

I absolutely love it. It never ceases to amaze me. From a tiny comment of praise or thanks, all the way to fundraising for a fellow book blogger who needs funding to be able to continue her education and better herself as a person. There really is no limits to peoples generosity or kindness. Personally my favourite thing is when I get to see genuine fans are book events. As I work in a bookshop, I often get to organise these events behind the scenes as well as working them on the night so I get to feed off the constant amazing energy of everyone in the room. I still find it amazing when a group of strangers become ‘So and So’ queue buddies and exchange numbers/emails. It really is that simple when it comes to you awesome people and I wish more of the world could be just as open and accepting as you are.

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

For starters, drop all intentions of being a successful blog, I can guarantee it will drain a substantial amount of the enjoyment out of it and that is 110% why we book bloggers do what we do. We enjoy reading and we enjoy sharing the books we love. Everything beyond that is irrelevant (okay, maybe some things are relevant… like cake.)

There can be a lot of pressure to copy certain blogs and follow trends in order to not get lost in all the inter-web noise but once you do that you’ll just be like everyone else and lose what makes you, you. Be yourself. Do what you want. Be the blog that you want to read. Figure out what works for you(I’m still working this out a year on). It’s all about trial and error and perseverance.

I’m going to be particularly cruel and not bother tagging…BUT I challenge EVERYONE who reads this, to reveal their own secret life of being a book blogger because after all, we’re all in this together!

2 responses to “The Secret Life of a Book Blogger

  1. Excellent responses! I completely understand the feeling of self-doubt attached to writing (whether it be blog posts or creative writing), as I have a tendency to suffer from the same thing. I just figure even though some people love to criticise, there will always be supportive, interested people to balance them out. I hope you keep writing and blogging, as I love reading your posts! :3

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