Tag: Secret Life of a Book Blogger

I was tagged by Boundless Bookaholic to do the Secret Life of a Book Blogger tag! If I tag you, I'll let you know at the end of the post and tag you on Twitter as well.

Without further ado, let's get started!

How long have you been a blogger?
My first post was on May 27th, 2015, so I've been blogging for two months and two days.

At what point do you think you will stop?
I haven't thought that far into the future, but hopefully I'll be blogging for years to come! I originally wanted to make a Youtube channel instead, and I may still do that at some point. If I do, I'll still continue to blog and try to integrate the two together.

What is the best thing?
Definitely the community! Everyone is so kind and respectful; I've yet to see any angry comments or Twitter posts from anyone I'm following. I'm naturally a bit of an introvert, but the book blogging community is such a warm and welcoming environment that it makes me want to be chatty with everyone. c:

What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it okay?
The constant desire to have more followers, more views, etc. It's honestly frustrating when I post something I'm proud of and it isn't seen by as many people as I want. Whenever I feel this way, I focus on building relationships with the community and tell myself that I'm still new, still learning, and I'm not defined by how much attention my blog gets. 

(Trying to stay professional while containing my inner fangirl is also pretty hard too. XD)

How long does it take you to create/find pictures to use?
Not long at all. Book covers and the occasional (but sometimes frequent) GIFs only take a quick Google search. I tried to make pictures to go along with my Wrap Ups, TBRs, and other regular posts, but I threw them together on Pixlr and they ended up looking sloppy. I plan on making some quality logos for these posts on Photoshop or Inkscape sometime soon!

Who is your book crush?
Do I have to pick one? XD I guess I'd have to go with Noah Shaw from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer trilogy. He's practically perfect. Also, if I developed some sort of supernatural ability, he probably wouldn't freak out about it.

What author would you like to have on your blog?
Marissa Meyer, Sarah J. Maas, Tahereh Mafi, Ransom Riggs, Victoria Schwab, Markus Zusak, JOHN GREEN...

What do you wear when you write your blog posts?
Either pajamas or some other comfy clothes. Currently, I'm wearing these gloriously comfy lounge shorts in Heather Blue with a frocket tee from my sorority days.

How long does it take you to prepare?
In general? It depends on the post. Wrap-ups are usually a breeze unless I'm experimenting with a new format. Tags and discussion posts take an hour or so. Reviews are a little trickier; sometimes I can put one together in an hour or less, sometimes it takes at least two hours all together. If it takes that long, I take breaks on and off and the process takes even longer!

How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?
It's fantastic! Like I said before, everyone's so friendly and welcoming. We're all willing to learn and help each other out in this crazy process.

What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?
Focus on being friendly and personable by connecting with other bloggers! Commenting on posts and communicating with your audience on Twitter is definitely helpful for networking. As for content, I think it's important to post what you're proud of. If you're writing a post and realize you don't like it, scrap it and start over.
Above all, having a successful blog doesn't necessarily mean having loads of views and followers. Even if there's only one person reading your blog, you still have an audience nonetheless, and it's your responsibility to deliver content that will inspire them and/or make them smile.

Who do you tag?
Ashley @ BookishRealmReviews

Chioma @ Blue Books and Butterflies

Yvonne @ A World Between Folded Pages

Anyone else who's interested!

Thanks again to Boundless Bookaholic for tagging me! This tag definitely made me think and I hope you all learned a little more about me.

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  1. Your answers are all AMAZING! I actually wouldn't be surprised if I end up saying almost the same ... it's just the way I feel about it too, haha. I also just saw that you wrote a review of A Darker Shade of Magic - I'll check that out immediately! :D

    Thank you so much for tagging me (I'll do it as soon as possible) and well, introducing me to your blog - it looks really lovely! I follow you now! <3
    Yvonne @ A World Between Folded Pages

    1. Thank you so much! I'm glad you could relate to it, it means a lot! ^__^

  2. You're welcome for the tag! I loved reading your answers. I'm pretty introverted myself, but being in the book blogger community has made me more open and willing to talk. I haven't read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer trilogy yet, but I'll read it soon!

    P.S. I love the shorts. I might have to buy a pair soon :)

    Nicole @ Boundless Bookaholic

    1. Thanks, I'm glad you liked it! I highly recommend The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer...I read the whole trilogy in about a week, I couldn't put it down.
      Yeah, I would wear those shorts all the time if I could! XD

  3. I had no idea you were so new to the book blogger community! I am also a total newbie, so we're in this together (haha). And I totally have to agree with your book boy crush - Noah Shaw? Yes!! Loved reading your answers, Annie.

    Julia Anne @ Peach Print

    1. Yeah, I'm still learning, but I guess there's always more to learn in the blogging process. We can totally be newbies together! :D
      Yup, Mara will just have to deal. XD
      Thanks Julia, I appreciate it!