The Secret Life of A Book Blogger

Lissy, I should have known you would tag me in this! And I happen to actually see it in a timely manner, when I have time to sit down and respond! Dammit. You caught me.

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How long have you been a blogger?

Oh geez. I’ve been blogging since before my first marriage. I started with food blogs, and I’ve had a couple. I tried a travel/restaurant review blog once…but you have to actually travel to do something like that. Why didn’t I just start with books? They are my one true love. I’ve been doing this for almost two years now!

At what point do you think you will stop?

Why is this a question? Do you want me to stop? I’m never going to stop reading, and I’m never going to stop talking about reading. I certainly don’t plan to stop writing about it either any time soon.

What is the best thing?

Do you know how many friends I have made since starting this? SO MANY. Not only that, but I’ve completely changed the way I read–it’s more focused, and my range is more expansive. Reading is just a much better experience now, and I LOVED reading before.

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

“So I mentioned all the friends I’ve made, but stinks is that most of them live so far away from me. But it helps that I can talk to them online all the time.”

I really can’t add anything to Lissy’s response. ALL OF THIS.^^^^^^

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

For my standard review posts, I use Goodreads and Amazon pics. Anything else is generally stuff I take myself.

Who’s your book crush?

I don’t have a great answer to this. I fall a little in love with someone in most fiction books I read (usually the villain), but do I have someone I’m in love with wholeheartedly? Not really. I could be cliche and say Darcy…but even he’s a pretty big asshole. There’s Draco, but I’m more in love with his fanfiction creation than the version JK wrote and hated. I’ve always had an inappropriate crush on Father Ralph from The Thorn Birds, for obvious reasons, but that’s mostly the book projecting itself on me. And don’t even get me started on the heroines who have made me question who I am over the years. There’s just too many books, you guys.

What author would you like to have on your blog?

Again…would it be cliche to say JK? She IS the queen. I also would love to have someone like Jenny Lawson or Allie Brosh on to talk about mental illness. Interviews are super scary and awkward for me though, so I don’t do them as often as I’d like.

What do you wear when you write your blog?

Almost always yoga pants and a tshirt. My work from home uniform.

How long does it take you to prepare?

I keep notes in my journal while I read, but mostly I write each review as soon as I finish a book. It’s my Book Hangover Cure. Helps me move on before I start the next one.

How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?

Sometimes there are conflicts, but for the most part, it has been so rewarding to be a part of it.

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

Try to be consistent as possible. You don’t have to write every day, or even every other day. But try to find a rhythm and stick to it. Your followers will be more likely to look at your website if they know when to look!

Who do you tag?

I always feel super awkward tagging people, so feel free to play if you want to!

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