BOOK TAG: Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag
I am once again hopelessly behind in all these book tags I’ve been tagged in. Thank you so much to everyone that has tagged me, I will eventually get to all of them! Today, I’m doing the Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag, thank you so much Jenna for tagging me in this one <3
ALSO: if you didn’t notice this week from my blog bio on the sidebar to your right >>>, here it is in the featured photo for this post – my updated profile picture! Yes, I’m older, and my hair is more of a fiery pink than ever – I don’t know if I’ll ever go back to brown, pink hair is just so much more fun.
Let’s get into the tag!
1. How long have you been blogging?
I have been blogging for 8 months now! It feels like it’s so long but I’ve had a couple of mini hiatus here and there but I’m hoping to be putting much more content from now on.
2. At what point do you think you’ll stop blogging?
I’m not sure. Maybe I’ll stop blogging once I’m working full time? Maybe I’ll stop blogging when I start to have kids? Who knows. Either way, I’m always going to be reading and reading books generally means creating my own opinion and whether I want to share that online will be up to future me!
3. What is the best thing about blogging?
The best thing about blogging has got to be flexibility. It’s my own little corner of the internet where I can write and share what I want and when I want it and no one can stop me! I like that blogging has become almost like my own little bookish journal and that I can have a digital record of my thoughts.
4. What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it okay?
The worst thing is when life gets busy and you want to blog, but you don’t feel like it or you’re too tired, and like other social media platforms, I sometimes feel that pressure because we all want to be consistent and put out as much content as we can. Lately, I’m realising that I can just say no to that pressure because it’s MY blog and that stats and such don’t really matter at the end of the day. I enjoy sharing my rambles and opinions more than how many people are visiting and reading my blog. Screw that silly internet concept of ‘popularity’, I’d rather put out great content and be happy with myself first.
5. How long does it take you to make/find pictures to use?
I am a serial photo re-user, especially in the last few months for posts that aren’t book reviews, I just reuse an old bookstagram photo. This is because I haven’t been super excited or inspired to take bookstagram photos (and this is why I’m no longer posting on IG), so it’s easier for me to re-use a cute old photo and for reviews, I take a simple one of me holding the book up in front of my shelves and edit it a little bit.
It takes me way longer to find GIFs, so if a post I’ve written has a gif, know that I put a lot of effort into finding the right one!
6. Who is your book crush?
I don’t have one.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve never had book crushes or book boyfriends/girlfriends. I personally don’t really do that – I tend to just appreciate a character for their personality. I’m sure many characters people fangirl about like, Cardan (I’m looking at you Sol) and Manon, are good looking and as perfect as we imagine them but I’m not attracted to book characters.
7. What author would you like to have on your blog?
I would love to have Neal Shusterman on my blog, to interview him and try to get in his head. He’s one of my favourite authors I’ve recently realised and I enjoy his work immensely because of how thought-provoking his concepts are. Unwind and his Scythe series are 100% some of my favourite books ever.
8. What do you wear when you write your blog posts?
Um. I wear clothes.
Hah, I’m kidding. I write my blog posts kind of everywhere, not just at home in my pyjamas but at work during my lunch break and at uni when I’m procrastinating doing lecture notes, so there’s no set outfit.
I mean, in winter I wear a beanie if that counts 😛 (btw winter is coming I’m so excited)
9. How long does it take you to prepare?
It really depends on the type of post it is. I can generally write a blog post quite fast once I’m in the zone and ready for it. Tags I procrastinate to no end because they take more preparation (finding people to tag cause I don’t know many bloggers, finding the questions, answering the questions, I don’t know why I find them so hard honestly…) and obviously big posts like my Trend Report/Predictions take a lot of research.
I’m currently still in the process of creating my 2019 Trend Predictions post, and it’s like a small project to me because of how much extra preparation it takes compared to a normal blog post – I outline it, have dot points of ideas then research then edit it like 3 times. My predictions did come true last year so I have to make sure my 2019 ones will also come to fruition hehe.
10. How do you feel about the blogging community?
I love you guys! It doesn’t feel like I know many other bloggers just yet so I’m always happy to meet more bloggers and have fun discussions.
11. What do you think one should do to create a successful blog?
Be kind, stay true to yourself, & share what makes you happy.
TAG! YOU’RE IT!
Novels & Waffles | A Kernal of Nonsense | Howling Libraries | Vicky Who Reads | Meeghan | TBR and Beyond | Jasper & Spice
This is super cute!! Thanks for the tag Tracy!! 💕 (Also, I feel like I need to read Neal Shusterman now…)
You’re welcome and yes you do! 😂
Jenna @ Bookmark Your Thoughts
Thank you for the tag, love! I actually did this post a while back, if you want to see it: https://bookmarkyourthoughts.blog/2018/11/13/secret-life-of-a-book-blogger-tag/
I thought I would stop after getting full time … but I like this part of my life that’s separate from work and where I can express myself. You might be surprised! I have no idea when I’ll stop — maybe never ha-ha!
I also have a hard time with life getting in the way; if I could, this would be my full time job. Unfortunately, that’s unrealistic for my life. But it’s still fun when I have the time to blog, which is a lot right now thank gosh!
Awe! We love you too! I was so nervous to blog because people can be so cruel. But this community feels so untouched by the negativity I see on YouTube and other social media outlets. Even bookstagram feels so calming and wonderful!
Great post darlin! <3
Thanks Jenna! I’ll check it out soon and I totally agree, although I’m leaning away from Bookstagram cause it’s got issues too haha ❤️❤️ thanks for the support 😊