Hey! It’s time for another tag, I’m really enjoying doing these as in all honesty I really love to talk about myself! Not in a self centered way, but I like to think that I have a lot of interesting thoughts bubbling away in my brain and it’s good to get them out sometimes! So I found this tag over at http://www.thebibliophilegirluk.com/ I’m unsure who the creator is but Bibliophile Girl found it here: http://readdiversebooks.com/
So question time! Here goes…
1. How long have you been a blogger?
I started blogging about 7 years ago originally through Tumblr where I firstly had a celebrity blog page where I wrote ‘articles’ about shows like Celebrity Big Brother, X-Factor etc. Then I got really into a particular band and had a Tumblr blog and a formspring about them. I branched out into a WordPress account about 4 years ago and started writing about anything that was in my head. Officially in terms of being a book blogger that’s been around 18 months now since I got involved with Netgalley.
2. At what point do you think you will stop?
I’m not sure that I ever will! I’ll always be reading and for the time it takes to write a review it’s no bother! Also I’ve put a lot of time and effort into growing the Life Has a Funny Way brand. From a small start I now have almost 400 twitter followers, over 100 Facebook likes and I’ve been very lucky to get onto publisher’s lists so that they will send me copies of books for review. There’s nothing a book lover likes more than getting free books! It’s been such a pleasure for me to see my brand grow particularly with my blog which started out with like no followers and now has around 130. The only time I could see myself stopping is if I moved it to another outlet, I.e the dream of writing a column in a magazine.
3. What is the best part?
The best part about blogging for me, is, and has always been having the outlet to speak to other people who love books. All through my life I have had nobody who was really interested in books as much as I am so it’s great to have a sort of online book club going on where we can discuss books, recommend reads and take part in tags!
4. What is the worst part?
The only thing I could think of is having this outlet to speak about things but having to keep it specific to books. There’s so many other things I’m passionate about; animal cruelty, my nut allergy, mental health problems, workplace rights, feminism, politics and I want to write about them all! But I couldn’t do that without having a hell of a lot of blogs so I stick with my books. But watch this space as once I finish uni and have more time I may set up a secondary blog to talk about other things.
5. How long does it take you to find/create pictures to use?
Because I read a lot on my kindle I don’t tend to take pictures of my books, instead I find the cover online and use that. In terms of what I use in the content of my blogs I use Pixabay and Giphy a lot. My phone is like a mini computer for me, I do all my blogging from it and also source my graphics so it’s pretty easy to tab between WordPress and Safari to get the images I want. Sometimes it can be tough though, I particularly find it hard if I’m reviewing a crime novel because what pictures do you use for that?!
6. Who’s your book crush?
100% Jace Herondale/Wayland/Lightwood. Everything about him just makes me sigh. He’s incredible and the first fictional character I truly fell for!
7. What author would you like to have on your blog?
Easy peasy, Cassandra Clare! Nobody writes like her and I’m always shocked that she doesn’t get the recognition in the wider world that she deserves. Outside of the Bookish community nobody seems to have heard of her!
8. What do you wear when you write your blog?
Usually pyjamas as I practically live in them.
9. How long does it take you to prepare a post?
I can usually put together a review in about 20 minutes as I just write off the cuff so to speak. Then a quick proofread and it’s good to go!
10. How to you feel about the book blogger community/culture?
I love it, everyone is very friendly and it’s always a joy to see other people’s successes, thoughts, shares, reviews etc. I love the interactions and kind everyone is to one another. I know it’s not the same in other communities.
11. What do you think one should do to have a successful blog?
Be resourceful, reach out to people, follow other bloggers social media accounts to make friends and also learn from others. Check out some Booktube videos, other book blogs, see what works and how you should be writing. Take part in tags, create your own tags if you can. Work on social media it is your friend and the best way to get connections and share your blog posts. Also get involved with Netgalley, it’s a great way to get ARCs and fellow readers want reviews of ARCs most of all. Just be yourself and the rest will come!