It’s time for another round of Tag Thursday! I stole this one from Meeghan, a blogger I adore VERY much so you absolutely need to pop over and follow!
1. how long have you been blogging?
Let’s see… I started reviewing books on GR in October of 2016, and I think I technically created this blog in November of 2016, but I don’t think I posted my first blog post until early January of 2017. So, 2.5 years roughly?
2. at what point do you think you’ll stop blogging?
I’m obviously not gonna promise that I’ll never stop, because nobody can predict that, but I don’t foresee it right now. I love blogging, I love the friends I’ve made, and it provides me with a very much-needed creative outlet. I’ve never been good at sticking to hobbies or anything, so you can even ask my family and they’ll agree, we’re all SHOCKED that I’ve stayed with this so consistently over the last couple of years. ?
3. what is the best thing about blogging?
Outwardly, the community; inwardly, the release it offers me. It lets me get out of my own head for a while.
4. what is the worst thing? what do you do to make it okay?
Definitely the toxic parts of the community. Every community has its rough spots, especially when it all primarily takes place online where personalities clash, things are taken out of context, and bullies can hide behind computer screens. I just try to be liberal with my block and mute buttons on twitter, and to steer clear of the drama as much as possible.
5. how long does it take you to make/find pictures to use?
The longer I’ve been a content creator, the more I’ve come to value giving people credit and not abusing images, so it can take a while sometimes to find something that’s open use. That’s the biggest reason I almost exclusively make my own images with photos I take and PicMonkey edits.
6. who is your book crush?
I mean… I have a lot. ? Rhysand definitely comes to mind as one of my favorites. Mia Corvere is another one high on my list.
7. what author would you like to have on your blog?
I’ve never had an author on my blog, but I’d like to start doing that before the year is out! Jonathan Janz would be one of my first choices — he’s such a great guy and I really believe in the work he’s producing. Another top pick would be Jay Kristoff, or Victoria Schwab (though I’m not sure if either of them do blog interviews!).
8. what do you wear when you write your blog posts?
Wow, this is a question indeed. ? Whatever I’m normally wearing, which is either pajamas (read: leggings and tank tops) or whatever I’ve worn out that day (jeans and either a nice blouse for work or a band or nerdy tee for days off).
9. how long does it take you to prepare?
Definitely depends on the post! If I have a discussion idea in mind, I can throw it together in 10-15 minutes, sometimes (fast typer). Book lists and reviews take a bit longer. Tags vary based on the tag.
10. how do you feel about the blogging community?
Like I said, every community has its bad apples, but overall, I genuinely think this is an amazing place to be. I’ve made so many friends that I honestly believe would be there if I needed them, even if I stopped blogging, and that’s not something I can say about a lot of the online communities I’ve been a part of over the last 15-17 years.
11. what do you think one should do to create a successful blog?
Write what you’re passionate about, but try to find a way to read your audience, too; I know we all like to say you should write only what you like, but at the end of the day, there are things you like posting that your audience doesn’t care about reading, and that’s just the brutal truth of it all. We’re never all going to like the same things. Does that mean you can’t post on your film/book review blog about your collection of dead beetles? Hell, no! But, you know, maybe ALSO post some things that your audience is excited about. ? Find a way to keep people interested.
Beyond that, engage with other creators, too! You can’t just take, take, take and never give anything back. I mean, you COULD, but a lot of people won’t want to support you if they see you in that light.
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