I saw this tag over at Novellique and I thought I would give it a shot. No, the girl in this photo isn’t me, but this is definitely how I look when I am blogging, minus the button-down shirt.
How long have you been a blogger?
I started this blog in January but it’s been about two to three months of dedicated posting.
Prior to Comma Hangover, I had another blog that lasted about six months. Apparently, being a junior in college isn’t a conducive environment to pleasure reading and blogging, and I hadn’t discovered book tags and ways to make other bookish content.
I think I’ve remedied that this time around.
At what point do you think you will stop?
I am hoping I will never stop blogging, I may need to reduce my frequency and take a hiatus, but I love this blog and I have enjoyed the last few months creating it and watching it grow.
What is the best part?
Talking to all of you guys about books that we’ve both read.
What is the worst part?
The fact that my TBR pile is forever growing based on the number of blogs I’ve followed. So many good books are out there and there is so little time!
How long does it take you to find/create pictures to use?
It takes me very little time to create pictures. I tend to go through a stock photo site and save them in batches and then I rotate through them, unless it’s a very specific topic I am
For example, the Cookie Book Tag’s main image took me about an hour to make because I tried three different cookie images.
I try to keep my images relatively simple, but I have also had a fair amount of time to experiment and see what works and what doesn’t in Photoshop, so I like to think I know what I am doing.
Who’s your book crush?
I wouldn’t say that I have a book crush. I have a hard time shipping characters in books. I tend to just enjoy the story or series.
What author would you like to have on your blog?
Oh there are so many! I love authors and I really love talking with authors about the process of writing and what they’re reading now.
I think I would have to say that amongst the ones I would really love to have a conversation with are: Elizabeth Wein, David Benioff, Margot Livesey, Audrey Niffenegger, Neil Gaiman, and J. Ryan Stradal.
They’re all written books that I feel are really unique and have really distinct voices and talents. I would love the chance to converse with them on craft and creating a story.
What do you wear when you write your blog?
Since its at night, it’s usually pajamas. Sometimes it’s just casual clothes or whatever I happen to be wearing that day. On the weekends, particularly in this hot New England summer, I’ve been wearing a lot of loose-fitting tank tops and pants.
Maybe one day I’ll do a special edition of Book Style showing you guys what I wear. Of course then it would be Book Blogger Style not really Book Style.
How long does it take you to prepare a post?
It depends. Honestly I have a bunch of tags and some lists and discussion posts in my
drafts and I am waiting on one real “EUREKA!” moment before I post them. I can sometimes go between two or three tags a day when a book really hits me for a prompt.
I can honestly put way too much thought into my answers sometimes. One that comes to mind is ‘The 100’ Character Book Tag. I found it back in April and it took me until July to post it. Mostly because I knew the show so well that I was trying to find characters that were true to the inspiration behind the prompt. I am still really proud of the example I found for Abby Griffin.
Most of the books that are currently in my TBR pile are also listed there as pending reviews, so they can sit anywhere for a week or two at times.
How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?
I like the way we are all supportive of each other. So far I’ve seen that we’ve really respected one another’s opinions. Maybe I just haven’t found a seedy underbelly of the book blogging world yet, but I think that we’re all just really supportive of each other.
What do you think one should do to have a successful blog?
I am not entirely sure how we define successful blogs. I feel like we go by numbers because they’re something to latch onto and publicists like to see those numbers.
I personally created my blog for me, and while I am looking to find ways to engage with people more, I think that the primary objective is to make sure your blog is fun for you.
You have to write it, you’re creating content for it. I think the important thing is to make sure that your content is something that you would want to read because there is a good chance that someone else out there with a like mind.
That’s all for today! Hope you enjoyed The Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag! I am going to tag a few people to keep it going. If you’ve already done this or don’t want to, no big deal.
People I Nominate:
And anyone else who wants to do this fun, low-pressure tag! I would be really interesting to hearing about why you guys started your blog and what advice you would give other bloggers.
Link your response below and I will check it out!