It’s time for another round of Tag Thursday! This week’s tag is one I’m especially excited for, as it was created by my sweet friend Ellyn, whom I love VERY much and you should absolutely go follow if you aren’t already! Her content is creative and fun, her posts are thoughtful and always full of great points, and her site is gorgeous, plus her personality can’t be beat. ♥♥
- Thank the person who nominated you
- Answer all the questions down below
- Pingback to the creator: Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx
- Nominate 5+ bloggers you’d like to know more about, to do this tag
1. Why did you start blogging & why have you kept blogging?
I started blogging because, ever since childhood, I’ve loved talking to people about books. Reviewing and recommending them to people just made sense to me!
I’ve stayed at it because it’s a great outlet for my creative energies, I’ve made so many wonderful friends and connections, and it’s fun. I’m the type of person who needs to be kept very busy for my mental health to stay out of the red, and blogging helps me with that. Plus, let’s be honest — I couldn’t financially support my own reading habits if it weren’t for the amazing review copies publishers provide me with. ♥
2. What is your favorite type of blog post to write?
Oooh, that’s tough! Discussion posts are probably the most fun, because I can ramble and get carried away, but I’m also really fond of any kind of bookish list memes, like Top Ten Tuesday or TBR Lows & Highs.
3. What are your top 3 favorite blog posts?
I saw this question and was like, “oh crap, how do I choose?!” so I tried looking at my most viewed posts of all time, and realized that none of my most popular posts are my favorites! ? I mean, my #1 most popular post is my Harry Potter tag with over 5k views of its own, but I did that tag on a whim and never looked back at it. I think these would be my favorites, though:
1. Different Criteria for Different Genres?
2. How I’m Celebrating Samhain (AKA my witchy “coming out” post)
3. TBR Roundup / Haul Roundup
4. What are some of your favorite things to do to relax?
Reading, gaming, listening to music, taking a long shower, or—especially in the warm months (which, in Georgia, is basically mid-March to early November!)—going for long drives with some loud music and the windows down.
The best part about that last one is that, over the last few months, a flip switched in my kiddo and he changed from disliking car rides to asking for them everyday (he literally told me a few days ago, “Mama, I need a car ride!” ?).
I love going on little rides with him in the backseat, dancing and singing along to the music I play and chattering away at me. ♥
5. What are 3 of your favorite things?
If I don’t include any living beings, I guess I’ll say books, music, and video games?
6. What are your proudest blogging moments?
Any time someone tells me that I taught them something new or helped them find themselves reflected in the representation in a book. Every so often, I’ll get tagged in a post/tweet or will receive a comment saying someone appreciates the diverse reads I promote or something, and those moments literally ALWAYS choke me up and make my entire day. I can’t even describe to you all how much it means to me just to hear that I can help improve anyone else’s reading life or life in general. ♥♥♥♥
7. What are your hobbies outside of blogging?
Playing with my kiddo, gaming, music listening, and traveling are really the bulk of it! If I had to say anything else, probably horror movie watching/marathon-ing, YouTube rabbit holes, organizing things, making lists… oh, and I really love going on day trips with my spouse to find local haunts and exploring them whenever possible, though that’s been put on hold for the most part since my son was born.
Oh! And I can happily lose myself for the day in Atlanta any time, meandering through the city, shopping and people-watching. ?
8. Describe your personality in 3 words:
Libra-est Libra ever. (I have literally described myself like this to people countless times lmao)
9. What are your top 3 pet peeves?
General rudeness and/or bigotry, ASMR ‘mouth sounds’ (breathing, whispering, etc. — extremely triggering and also annoys the hell out of me), and when a word or name is on the tip of my tongue but I can’t grab it.
10. What’s something your followers don’t know about you?
Probably how bad my impostor syndrome gets at times. Logically, I know that I have built up a really cool following, and that I have made so many amazing friends and met so many cool people and gets loads of opportunities I never dreamed I would get, ever; emotionally, though, I still tend to view myself as this baby beginner blogging with 100 followers and crappy reviews. Because of it, I tend to worry a lot that I’m annoying people with my presence, which is why I get so quiet on social media for long periods of time sometimes—because I convince myself that nothing I have to say is worth hearing.
WOW. Okay, whew, that was a LOT deeper than I actually meant for it to go. It’s not easy for me to open up about my mental health and self-image with people at all, so, uh… y’all go easy on me, please ??
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