Ahhh another day another book-tag for you all to enjoy *woops.* I really enjoy writing these because although reviews are a lot of fun to write they can be quite taxing and with these I can just waffle on contentedly. In terms of ‘le blog’ I’m really enjoying scheduling books and am tempted to write a post on it maybe? If that’s something you think would be good let me know in the comments below and without further waffling delay, onto the tag.
How long have you been a blogger?
My little book blog (or MLBB) was created two years ago back in May although was rarely used at the start. Although I liked the idea of blogging I never really put it first. This year feels like the first year I’ve really put everything into it, in terms of graphics, images, organisation and the like.
At what point do you think you will stop?
I don’t think there will ever be a point where I dislike reading or any point where I wouldn’t want to share my opinions on books. I do worry that as I get busier and life catches up with me, it might be placed on the back-burner but I hope to keep going for a long time into the future.
What is the best thing?
There are lots of things that make blogging brilliant; getting to interact with the blogging community, working with authors and publishers, finding new books to read and receiving free books is always a bonus *mini-fist-pump.* But it’s also given me my thing. I’m that friend with the blog, the one always talking about books; it’s just everything to me.
What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it okay?
Writing critical reviews is never a nice thing to do, but I know that authors find it helpful because we can all improve and as long as it’s written well and with explanation it can be a positive thing. Spam comments are always a nightmare, and also forgetting you’ve scheduled something and not quite finished the post is a horrible moment.
To make it okay, I just try and keep on top of everything and make sure I know exactly what is posting on each day and keep an eye on everything.
How long does it take you to create/find pictures to use?
I try and make my own images and use free-image sites to gain them then use Canva to edit, add text and symbols. I tend to spend an evening every couple of weeks making all the images I’ll need and then all I need to do is upload a suitable one when and as I need it during that week.
Who is your book crush?
Bit of a crush on Henry from The Time Travellers Wife.
What author would you like to have on your blog?
Any author if they’ve got something wonderful to share.
What do you wear when you write your blog posts?
PYJAMAS. It has to be doesn’t it? Whether it’s my shorts and utterly over-worn sailor jumper or my penguin onesie or my let it snow nightie (seasonal blogging pyjamas are essential) I adore jim-jams.
How long does it take you to prepare?
I’m going to take out reading said book because it can vary so wildly depending on what it is that I’m reading. In terms of the review, including getting it written, adding photographs and tagging/categorising/scheduling a couple of hours normally suffices.
How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?
I’ve learnt a lot and met a lot of wonderful people who have shown me more about blogging .I think twitter is such a brilliant resource for finding like-minded bloggers and sharing books that we can’t get enough of. The support is brilliant too. I recently had a bit of wobble with authors asking for reviews and the comments and backing in general from the community was so inspiring.
What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?
I completely agree with Tasha from The Bookie Monster, where I found this tag, that I honestly don’t think I can answer the question. I thought my blog was successful when only my mother was reading it. Two years later and she’s still reading so that’s enough for me I think.
If I had to put something, I think as long as you love it then its successful enough. Blog and write with passion and it will shine through for all to see.
I now tag, any-one who fancies completing this tag because I really would love to see all your book-blogger bookish answers!