Last Sunday you all saw/read/heard Yash’s edition of The Secret Life of a Book Blogger. Incidentally, she got it from Naz from Read Diverse Books. Now it’s MY turn and I will attempt to tell you all my secrets. All of them. I’m completely lying.
How long have you been a blogger?
Hmm. A very long time. I started at Xanga when I was in my teens, then moved on to Blogspot, did a stint at Livejournal before I started my personal blog (which used to be a book blog) Bibliophilic Monologues in 2010. So about 12 years. I am old.
At what point do you think you will stop?
I probably won’t stop. I mean, I won’t stop reading ever so I won’t stop wanting to talk about books ever. Yeah, the frequency of my posts may vary over time as life demands more from me but I feel like this is going to be a long term, life term thing. In other words, I won’t stop and you can’t make me.
What is the best part?
Of blogging? Meeting new people to bore with my feels about books I have read.
But seriously, meeting people who challenge you to think outside the box is one of the biggest proponents of blogging. The literary community being what it is has always encouraged me to discuss and think and learn way more than any other part of my life.
What is the worst part?
The thing with reviewing books is sometimes getting too many books in the mail so that your life is taken over by the pesky new releases that demand your attention while backlist books that appeal to you may continue being pushed back simply because you do not have the time for them. My TBR is raging out of control and at this point I have given up entirely on it.
How long does it take you to find/create pictures to use?
I used Youzign which lets you create lots of nifty stuff like previous The Book Wars banner.
Youzign is rather limiting where expression of creativity is concerned but it usually takes me an hour so to create something I like. Where book reviews are concerned, other than pertinent gifs, I try to let the writing speak because…well. Ya know?
Who’s your book crush?
It’s inevitable that this question is asked just as it is inevitable I do not have answer for it. I read a lot and while I do have books I like more than others, at 2:38 am in the morning, I am hard pressed to remember my own name let alone the title of a book. Okay, I’m joking. I don’t have a book crush. I don’t crush on book characters (smirk, seriously, especially not after watching W). I do like authors and think well of Kate Elliott, Alison Croggon, Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie, Haruku Murakami, Yoko Ogawa, Megan Whalen Turner, Libba Bray, Laini Taylor…do I really have to keep on going?
What author would you like to have on your blog?
Hmm. Nnedi Okarofor, Nalo Hopkinson, Libba Bray, Shailja Patel…I don’t know. I think Yash has mentioned a number of them and we have had quite a few of them on the blog already so.
What do you wear when you write your blog?
What a creepy question! Considering the ungodly hours at which I write my posts, pajamas. Obviously. Sometimes I put on lipstick too. Don’t ask a writer crazy questions and you won’t get crazy answers.
How long does it take you to prepare a post?
Depends on what kinda post I am writing. If it’s a review and I have to think about what I want to say (if the book was middling to mediocre) then forever. If I hated it, ten minutes. If I loved it, 30 mins. If I’m writing a discussion post, it depends on how fiery I feel about the topic under discussion. It varies.
How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?
I think we can do better with regards to diversity. But I am a horrible person to ask because I’m usually mostly present on the periphery of the community simply because I read way more than I participate. I wish I could say that will change but I don’t think it will. I do enjoy certain aspects of the book community but I don’t think I can honestly comment too much on it. Hello from the other side?
What do you think one should do to have a successful blog?
Read. A lot. And write out your thoughts without compromising your integrity. Do not sell out. Honestly. Do it more for the passion than for the numbers. Be happy doing it and you will spread happiness.