Hello everybody! Today, I’m finally getting round to doing the Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag, which I was tagged for by Charlotte ages ago and have been looking forward to doing ever since, thank you for tagging me Charlotte! Onto the post!
How Long Have You Been A Blogger?
3 years when we get to June 1st! Which blows my mind every time I remember it’s a thing; it’s mad!
What is the best part?
I love so much of it. I love the people I’ve met first and foremost- there are both bloggers and some really lovely authors that I consider friends now. I love some of the opportunities it’s opened up- I’ve done some really cool interviews and hosted some guest posts that I just never thought I’d be able to do. And I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have got unconditional offers to uni if I didn’t base my personal statement around my life as a blogger (although it did lead to a bit of an awkward situation where my guidance teacher wanted to read it!!)
What is the worst part?
I don’t have a lot of time or energy for some of the Twitter drama I see happening. Unless it’s drama so ridiculous it’s funny, and if you’ve been on Twitter a while you’ll probably be able to guess the incident I’m referring to!
How long does it take you to find/create pictures to use?
Not very long. I don’t really enjoy doing loads of photography, so I use as few images as I can get away with really.
Who’s your book crush?
Right now, definitely Jamie from If I Never Met You. I only read it on Friday and I’d need to reread to properly decide, but it’s quite possibly a new favourite of all time. The line about the Hooded Claw brought me immense joy.
What author would you like to have on your blog?
Emma Carroll. There are others I’d definitely like to have, but there’s a fair chance I would combustion with excitement if I managed to get an interview or guest post with Emma so she’s definitely the main one that comes to mind.
What do you wear when you write your blog?
Generally pyjamas. Occasionally a dress if I’m trying to type something on my phone on my way to uni (back in the days when I went to uni, and we weren’t all on lockdown, that is!) but I don’t do that very often.
How long does it take you to prepare a post?
Generally between half an hour and and an hour, depending on what it is, I think? Longer if it’s reviews, because I’m very bad at writing those.
How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?
Generally very positive, and I love knowing so many like minded people. The only thing I don’t like is the aforementioned drama that pops up on social media.
What do you think one should do to have a successful blog?
That depends on your definition of successful. When I started it out I desperately wanted to be good enough and be successful in other ways e.g receiving books from publishers etc, which is still lovely, but now I define my success by how much I enjoy blogging alone. Recently that’s meant putting less pressure on myself with schedules and writing what I want to rather than what I feel I “should”, so I guess that?
What would your answers to some of these be? Do we have any in common? I’d love to hear in the comments!