Tag it Thursdays: I occasionally get tagged by fellow bloggers to complete various tags.
Once a month I will post my response. Please, feel free to tag yourself if any of these tags interest you!
This month’s tag:
The Secret Life of a Blogger Tag
I was tagged by my favourite rambling and ranting blogger, Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts to spill my guts with this tag. Thank you Joey for the tag!
How long have you been a blogger?
I’ve been blogging since April of 2013 which I’ve mentioned many times. I suppose the big “secret” is that I did have a brief Anime Series Review blog back in high school that I never really did anything with. I think back then, there wasn’t as many useful blogging platforms to use so it was a lot more html/css coding–which I enjoyed–but I found I spent more time formatting than watching anime which is what I wanted to do more 😛
At what point do you think you’ll stop blogging?
That is an excellent question and one I’ve pondered a lot in the last few months when trying to figure out if I want to take my blog to the next level (ie WordPress.org). Right now I still have another year and a bit of schooling. Because blogging is a great stress reliever for me, I plan on continuing. (My dirty secret is that I’ve already started to schedule standalone reviews for 2016 so I will have material for the next little while). How long after that, I suppose it depends on my job and what ever else life throws at me.
What’s the best thing about blogging?
The main reason I started blogging was to have an outlet for all the books I was reading. I’ve shared it many times before, but not all of my friends read or it they do, they don’t read the same books. So I never felt like I had someone to share my reading experience with or talk to about books. Now, I have this community that loves (or hates) books as much as I do and I feel like it’s really improved my reading experience.
Oh, and now I have a place I can refer back to when it comes to reading books in a series! My reviews serve as refreshers for me personally to remember what I liked and didn’t about a book which really helps set the mood for picking up that sequel!
What’s the worst thing about blogging?
The compulsive need to always deliver is the worst thing for me. While I tote blogging as a stress reliever, it also causes me a lot of stress sometimes too.
In the last year, I’ve added more features to my blog and have started reviewing requests/ARCs and because most of those have deadlines, it adds pressure to something I consider to be a fun hobby and makes it feel more like a job. Then you start to think: am I posting too much? not enough? do I have enough followers? etc. That slope can be a slippery one if you let it be and sometimes I think it gets the better of me.
How long does it take for you to find/create pictures for your post?
I don’t really have many pictures on my blog besides book covers that I source from the internet; so I would say it takes me maybe 2 minutes? Movie posters for my Movie Mondays can take a little while longer.
The graphics for my features took anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour. And that is mostly because I am a perfectionist or change my mind halfway through about what I want.
Who is your book crush?
You can find a whole list of my book crushes here for your reading pleasure. But I’ll go with my most recent addition to that list and that would be Oz from Nowhere But Here.
What author would you like to have on your blog?
As in to interview or as a guest post? I’m not sure. William Shakespeare?
What do you wear when you write your blog posts?
This sounds like a question a sleazy person asks another when on the phone…
If you really must know, I wear clothes. There, mystery solved!
How long does it take you to prepare?
A blog post? It really depends on the type of post.
Standalone reviews can take 10 minutes prep (all the meta data like cover, synopsis), 15-30 minutes writing the actual review and another 5-10 for proofing and adding tags.
Series reviews can take anywhere between an hour to months! Because I need (usually) more than 2 books to make a series review, it can take awhile for me to read the necessary books.
Tags/Top Ten Tuesdays/etc can take 15 minutes to an hour depending on the topic or length of the questions.
If you are asking how long does it take me to get ready in the morning: the answer is 10 minutes.
How do you feel about the book/blogger community?
Overall, I think it is a really awesome place! I’ve “met” (ie virtually) a lot of cool people over the last year. I say “last year” because I really didn’t interact much with the community until then. When I first set this blog up I didn’t really consider myself to be a blogger. It was more of an information review website that used a blogging platform as it’s website template.
Now, that might seem contradictory to what I said earlier about blogging being an outlet but I’ll explain. When I decided to create my blog I just wanted to express my feelings about a book. I didn’t really consider the social aspect. I just wanted to give my two cents about something in the hopes that it might be helpful to someone else out there.
But now, I very much feel like a blogger because I really love talking to people and having those conversations about books, authors and characters.
What should be done to achieve a successful blog?
I think first and foremost you need to define what your idea of a “successful” blog is. Is it having the most followers out there? Is it getting 50 comments for one post? Is it posting something every day? Is it getting lots of requests/ARC offers? Is it relieving the stress of your everyday life by posting? Is it meeting lots of like minded people?
Blogging is a very personal thing to do and I think what bloggers get out of it varies for individuals. It’s easy to get caught up in the statistics of it all and that can either enlighten or dampen your blogging experience.
So know what you want to get out of blogging. It doesn’t have to be a set thing! My goals for success have changed every year! And once you have your goal in mind, come up with a game plan! Try new things, get feedback, explore other people’s blogs! Never be afraid to change things up!
Thank you Joey for the tag!
If anyone else wants to share their “secrets”, consider yourself tagged!