Today I am going to do a book tag, one that I was nominated for by Analee from BookSnacks. Thanks for tagging me Analee. I love your blog and all your bookish posts. For those of you that haven’t visited Booksnacks yet, get over there!
So, here goes with the Secret Life of a BookBlogger Post. I love the name of this tag, because I do feel that we are a group of people that others may wonder about, what do we bookbloggers do? do we spend all our time reading? Well the questions and answers are below, so come and see and feel free to do this tag yourself also.
How long have you been a blogger?
I have been blogging since April 2014, so just over a year. I had my year celebration in April where I hosted my first giveaway.
At what point do you think you will stop?
I don’t know about this, nobody knows what the future holds so its hard to say when or if I will stop. All I know is that I am enjoying it for now, and that is all that matters!
What is the best thing?
There are a lot of good things, I don’t think I can narrow it down to just one. All the books I get to read, the conversations that I get to have with other bookbloggers, the great people I have ‘met’ through bookblogging. That includes other bloggers and Authors, I never imagined that I would be interacting with so many Authors when I started ChocolatePages, its so great.
What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it okay?
There isn’t anything really bad about being a bookblogger. I would like to have more time to devote to it, but that’s life isn’t it! Occasionally I hear that some bloggers are being mean to others, but I have never been involved in anything like that. I think its best that we all support each other and enjoy the books together.
How long does it take you to create/find pictures to use?
It depends on what pictures I want, the book review ones are very quick and easy. I get the image of the book from Goodreads, and sometimes if I have a hard copy I photograph my book. All very quick. If I am writing a review or other bookish post and want to add extra pictures (like the ones in this post), it takes a bit longer to google and sometimes make up my own images. I really like making my own, but it is very time consuming and I’m still learning. Hopefully you will see more home made images soon from ChocolatePages!
Who is your book crush?
Well, I didn’t have to think to hard about this one. Luke Brandon from the Shopaholic series! Yes, he is Becky’s Husband, but she is his fictional wife.I’m imagining myself in their world and I would be Becky, but without all the stresses and mix ups that she gets herself in, so Luke would love me even more……. OK, I’m off in my fictional bookish world now. ♥
What author would you like to have on your blog?
I would be so excited and honoured to have Sophie Kinsella or Jodi Picoult on my blog. They are the Authors that really got me into adult reading. I would have liked to have had Enid Blyton on too!
I am honoured to have any Authors comment and be on my blog. There are so many amazing book blogs out there, so if an Author chooses mine it is a huge compliment.
What do you wear when you write your blog posts?
Always casual clothes, quite often pajamas. I tend to write my blog posts early on the weekend mornings. I will do some in the afternoons or evenings after work, then it is what ever casual clothes I am wearing.
How long does it take you to prepare?
This is not really a straight forward answer, it totally depends on the post I’m writing, the shortest time is for short story or novella reviews, maybe up to an hour start to finish. For other book reviews, tags, bookish chat or other posts, I guess anywhere between 1 hour and 3 hours? I’m not really sure, because I tend to come back to each post a few times before I am happy to publish it. I guess as long as it take for me to me happy with each post. 😉
How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?
I love it, there is always someone around to talk bookish talk, whatever time of the day or night because I can connect with bookbloggers all over the world and the different time zones. I have found blogger friends who have been so supportive and helpful. Particularly AJover at ajbookreviewclub who has been really helpful.
Most bloggers are super friendly and always willing to help and support with chats, comments, retweets. Its great. Plus, the highlight is we all love books, so there is an instant connection to all these people. I love it. Thank you bookbloggers, you are amazing!
What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?
I guess this depends on what you consider ‘successful’. To me, successful is having an adequate amount of followers that you can interact with, have enjoyment from your blog and ultimately the success is if you are getting what YOU want from YOUR blog! I would say the most important thing is to enjoy it and be as passionate as you can about it. To get interaction and followers, I would advise promoting your posts on Twitter and / or facebook. Use the Retweet people on Twitter, like @FemaleBloggerRT, who will help with your promoting. I have found that commenting on other peoples blogs helps,as this is how you get to know other bloggers. We are a helpful, friendly bunch so come interact, its fun! We know book talk and if that’s what you like, join in!
Thanks to Analee from BookSnacks for tagging me in this fun post. I’m not going to tag anyone in particular, but any bookbloggers out there that want to do this fun tag, consider yourself tagged and please leave your links for me to read them. I also appreciate comments on any of your answers to these questions.
Thanks for stopping by, til next time…..HAPPY READING!