The Secret Life of a Book Blogger

The Secret Life Book Blogger

I saw this tag on Bookmark Lit a few months back, and I knew I had to do it at some point. I can never resist a good tag, even when I’m not actually tagged.

And now, everything you ever wanted to know about my life as a book blogger…

 

How long have you been a blogger?

I started blogging at Mom’s Radius in May 2015. I started this blog in August 2016 because I wanted to have a more bookish blog name, so I could get more ARCs from publishers.

At what point will you stop blogging?

I guess I’ll stop blogging when I no longer enjoy it. Or perhaps I may stop if I ever get paid to write about books, and I no longer feel the need to blog about books on the side.

What is the best thing about blogging?

I love connecting with other readers. I started blogging, so I could find people to talk books with, and I definitely feel like blogging allows me to do that.

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

I hate when I forget to make notes after reading a book, and then I don’t have any idea of what to write in my review. Usually, I read the plot summary or flip back through the book, and then small bits start to come back to me.

How long does it take you to make/find pictures?

I primarily use Pexels to find images. It usually only takes me a couple of minutes to find an image I like and then to add text to it.

Who is your blog crush?

Can I have two?

  1. Janssen at Everyday Reading – She doesn’t often write about books, but the pictures on her blog are amazing. Her kids are adorable. And I just cannot resist reading her posts. Unless they’re about clothes, I usually skip those.
  2. Anne at Modern Mrs. Darcy – I feel like she’s living the dream, ya know? She has been able to make a career out of blogging, and now she has an amazing podcast as well (What Should I Read Next?).

What author would you like to have on your blog?

I would love to interview Rainbow Rowell for this blog. She’s my favorite author. I had a super awkward interaction with her at a book signing a couple of years ago, but it would be so much more intimate to have her on the blog.

What do you wear when you write your blog posts?

Umm…normal clothes? I usually blog at home in the evenings or at work, so I guess I’m normally wearing jeans and some sort of top. Right now I have on a hoodie. I wear hoodies as much as I possibly can. I’m all about comfort!

How long does it take you to prepare?

I don’t do much preparing for blog posts. I probably should, but I just don’t have a lot of time. I squeeze in my writing whenever I can. For reviews, I try to keep some notes about the book as I’m reading or just after finishing. That takes a couple of minutes. I use Trello. For non-reviews, I also try to jot down some notes when I have an idea. But I mostly just write on the fly. It usually takes me about 15-30 minutes to write a blog post.

How do you feel about the book blogger community?

I love it! There are so many great book bloggers, and everyone is super nice. I love reading everyone else’s reviews and bookish thoughts, and I love interacting with other bloggers via comments. I have several bloggers that I’ve “known” for the last few years, and I feel like we’re friends even though we’ve never met. Maybe someday we will!

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

I guess it depends on how you define success. It’s really hard not to compare myself with other bloggers if I start looking at number of followers. But it isn’t really about that for me. It’s more about having a space to share my thoughts or even just review books for my own recollection later on. As a blogger I think it’s most important to remember why I’m doing it. And to make sure it’s something I’m still enjoying.

 

Feature image from Pexels

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