The Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag

The Secret Life of a Book Blogger tag is one of my favourite tags out there, so I decided to do it! Read my answers on in this blog post.I was looking to fill a gap in my blogging schedule when I stumbled upon this super fun tag! I love doing tags, and I’ve seen quite a fun ones, but I think this one beats them all! I wasn’t tagged, and I tried finding the original creator, but I couldn’t… Anyway, I’ve just tagged myself, hehe! Let’s just dive straight into the questions.

How long have you been a blogger?
I don’t even know! I’ve only been running this blog since May (2016), but before that, I’ve had many blogs. I think I’ve been blogging for about five years now? I’m not really sure, though, could be longer or shorter…

At what point do you think you will stop?
Never! Okay, that’s not quite true, but I have no plans to stop anytime soon. Blogging and writing are basically my life, and I couldn’t imagine myself not blogging or writing.

What is the best part?
The people! The books! The writing! There are so many things I love about (book) blogging! I love reading books and writing/talking about them, but I love writing other blog posts too. I love taking photos, creating graphics and doing social media, as well. Basically, I am obsessed with blogging and I love too many things about it. Oops.

What is the worst thing?
Not having enough time or resources to do what I love most. I have little over a month off from college before internship starts, and I’ve been doing an incredible amount of blog things. Blogging comes as easy as breathing, but with college and other responsibilities, I just can’t do all the things I want to do.

How long does it take you to find/create pictures to use?
Hours! Or actually, it really depends. Sometimes I need a quick photo that only takes minutes to take, edit, etc. But whenever I go all out and do shoot with props and everything, it can take hours. I try to ‘collect’ my photos so that I can take them all at once.

Who is your book crush?
HA! I have way too many. Too many to name actually.

But they are: 90% of the Shadowhunter’s boys, Chaol & Dorian from the Throne of Glass series, Tobiah (& James but ehh… yeah) from The Orphan Queen, Theron from Snow Like Ashes, Paul from the Firebird trilogy, Ash from the Iron Fey, Gansey & Noah from the Raven Cycle (and kind of Adam too…) – Like I said, too many to name. And I’ve probably forgotten a few. Oops.

What author would you like to have on your blog?
I have about a handful of authors that I really love and would love to have on my blog! If I had to choose only one, though, I’d probably say either Sarah J. Maas or Jodi Meadows!

What do you wear when you write your blog?
I’m afraid I have quite the boring answer for that, but I just wear what I usually wear if I go out to college or shopping or whatever. I don’t really do PJ days, it makes me feel ill and weird. It really does, so I just dress up – nothing fancy or anything – during the day. 

How long does it take you to prepare a post?
Some posts, like reviews and Book Babbles, take a long time. I write them, take the photos, review/check them and then schedule the post + social media. Other posts, like Top Ten Tuesday and the #BookBabbleChat recaps don’t take that long. It kind of all depends on the topic and what kind of graphics I need to use.

How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?
It took me a while to answer this question. I have to admit it makes me a bit emotional as well. I have no words for how much I love the book (blogger) community. When I just started, I felt so intimidated and not important, and I felt like my blog’s content didn’t matter, but I was so wrong! I get comments and people talk to me during blog chats! Being bullied and alone pretty much all my life, that means the world to me. I’m now at this point at which I recognise people I talk to on Twitter and I know what blogs they run or what chats they host, and it’s amazing. Everyone is just so nice and welcoming and always up for a chat, I and absolutely love that.

What do you think one should do to have a successful blog?
With the things I learned in college, I could write a book about this. But I’ve learned that the book community is an exception to all those ‘rules.’ Just be you, that’s what I think you should do to have a successful blog. If you’re looking for a more “useful” answer, I have some tips:

  • Read & look at other (book) blogs. – This is SO important! You need ideas of your own, but it really helps. For example, if you want inspiration for topics: other blogs are the place to be. Don’t just blindly copy things, though; give it your own twist.
  • Get yourself out there. – This is the scariest thing ever. My first Twitter chat nearly gave me a nervous breakdown and sometimes I feel awkward starting a conversation with someone, but it works! Ever since I started doing Top Ten Tuesday and participate in Twitter chats, I see my blog stats going steady.
  • Numbers aren’t everything. – I know I just talked about stats, but numbers really aren’t that important. The number of followers you have on any social network aren’t important. As long as you do what you love, and make friends along the way, you’ll get there. Forget about those numbers!
  • You don’t need ARCs or the latest releases to review books. – Books are an all time thing, it’s not like the news you read online or in the newspaper! Also, you need practise. You need to find your own voice and find something that works for you. You could do that with the latest releases or ARCs, but why not use your favourite books? Or anything on your TBR, for that matter.

Since this is a tag, I’m tagging Nienke @ The Daily Planets & Laura @ Bbliophile to do this tag! If anyone reading this feels like doing this tag as well: I’ve hereby tagged you to the Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag!

Have you done this tag? Leave the link in the comments down below, and I might drop by to read it & leave a comment!