The Secret Life of a Book Blogger ~ Book Tag

I found this tag and it looked rather interesting; so I was like well I may as well do it. Since I’m still working on collecting all possible book tags. (which could take a while haha)

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How Long Have You Been A Blogger?

Well I started a blog first over on blogger back in 2014 I think, I failed at keeping up to date with it and ended up deleting it. I then had a different one on wordpress which I also deleted to make way for this one. But I had about 2 years between starting this one and my last one. So I’ve been blogging consistently on this blog since 16th August 2017. So about 6 months.

 

At what point do you think you will stop?

Never. I think blogging about books is always going to be something I do, if only to rant and talk about books.

 

What is the best part?

For me probably coming with an idea for a post and writing it out, formatting it and uploading it. To see others comment on it, and love it. That’s the best part, seeing the hard work pay off.

 

What is the worst part?

Feeling under pressure. But that’s the pressure I put on myself usually, and its the same with reading. I think we just have this habit of putting pressure on ourselves to do things and slowly the fun gets leached out of it. Oh and putting in the tags for each post, my god that is a painful process.

 

How long does it take you to find/create pictures to use?

Ok well for books and reviews and discussions I just copy and paste the image of the book from goodreads onto the post. For my Weekly Wrap Up I just used pixlr and the gradient tool along with this stack of books I round and coloured in. For Bookworms Explained, Book Tags and Book Themed Discussions the dragons are my own drawings, that I created and it took me about 5 or more hours to draw the pink dragon. I am planning on redesigning the Book Tag and Book Themed Discussions featured images as I need to spice up the background a bit, white’s a bit boring. And also so I can’t be had for any copyright infringement just to totally cover my back. So I’ll get round to doing them at some point. (hehe I pre-wrote this answer and looooook, I got round to redesigning both featured images, aren’t I a productive cookie for once)

I’d also like to point out that I am a Graphic and Digital Design student and I am a fairly decent artist by hand so seriously, don’t worry if you’re not arty. There are sites out there to help with this stuff. It’s also why I have the time to just play about with certain things image wise due to the course I’m taking, images aren’t the end of the world though. At least not when I’m browsing for posts to read, the images don’t actually influence me in what I click on – I click on something that sounds interesting to me.

 

Who’s your book crush?

Erm…I mean I love tons of books and have several book boyfriends so I don’t know. I’m going to go with The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa as it’s underrated and I laughed and cried reading it.

 

What author would you like to have on your blog?

So many – there are so many. Probably these ones are my top ones: Holly Bourne, Chloe Neill, Cassandra Clare, Sarah J Maas and Rachel Caine.

What do you wear when you write your blog posts?

Depends on when I’m sat writing. If it’s literally me just having gotten up I’ll usually be in my pj’s if it’s later on in the day it’ll be whatever I decided to wear. I’m writing this in: a hoodie and leggings.

And my feet are freezing hang on *disappears to find slippers*

How long does it take you to prepare a post?

Depends on the post. Bookworms Explained posts probably take the longest, several hours 2+ hours as I usually part write them, leave it and go do something else then come back and finish it. Then I need to format, add the link/s and schedule the post. Book tags take 1-2 hours, and my other posts on average are about the same. So yeah…it just depends if I’m in the frame of mind to sit and type out everything in one go and then leave it to format later.

 

How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?

I love the community, everyone’s I’ve met so far have so lovely and so helpful. I think for me the one thing that still needs addressing is the fact that International book bloggers (those who don’t live in the US) have a harder time getting ARC’s and the same opportunities those in the US do. Simply because we’re International. But that’s down to the publishers usually not bloggers.

 

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

Write. Read. But always remember it shouldn’t become a chore, it follows the same principal as writing a story. When you read a story and you enjoy it, and it evokes emotion in you the chances are the author went through that same emotional roller coaster whilst writing. With blogging, you should be having fun doing it, after all it’s a hobby for most us and we don’t get paid to do it. We take our own time to sit and write these posts, format them and in the case of books we take the time to read the books and shout about them. You know so there’s that.

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If you enjoyed this tag you’re more than welcome to do it, if you do complete this tag and share your post via twitter, tag me in it @eloisethewriter and I’ll pop on over and give it a readsies. If you’re looking for more Book Tags check HERE for an up to date list of all tags I’ve currently done and created.
Thank you for reading 🙂

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5 thoughts on “The Secret Life of a Book Blogger ~ Book Tag

  1. Great answers! I love getting to meet other bookworms through the community, but there’s so much pressure when you run a blog. I think for me, I will stop blogging when I no longer enjoy it. I’ve taken breaks here and there when I’m burnt out on reading and/or have friends/family who come out for lengthy visits. However, I always find myself itching to jump back in, and I’m usually still seen on my social media chatting away. So, I guess I never fully disappear. LoL

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    • I totally agree with you. I think for me I’m alright and I don’t truly burn out with my blog because I’m so used to writing, I do sometimes burn out with my reading and go through phases of not reading anything and then reading loads 🙂

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