The Secret Life Of A Book Blogger Tag

I feel like I always do tags when I don’t get my original planned post done…But I guess that is the great thing about tags! The little nifty critters are here when you need ’em!
Big shout out and thank you to Destiny @ Howling Libraries for tagging me in this! If you haven’t checked her out yet, please go and rectify this situation immediately! She is honestly a gem!
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1. How long have you been blogging?

I have been blogging for a little over one year now! But I’ve been reviewing/apart of the bookish community for almost four or so years now as I started on Booktube!

2. At what point do you think you’ll stop blogging?

Not sure, I am currently really happy with my blogging life and the community within itΒ  and all the amazing friends I have made within this wondrous community so I don’t think it will be any time soon!

3. What is the best thing about blogging?

I could totally be cliche and say the community (which is a 10/10 would recommend) but I think for me the best possible thing about blogging is that this is my little neck of the internet woods–I can rant and rave as much as I want and it will be okay, because this isΒ my place. The feeling of catharses is amazing.

4. What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it okay?

I think the worst part of blogging is the self imposed pressure– to read the recent reads, and talk about the popular topics at the time– of being current. The ways that I combat this is to constantly remind myself that this is my place and I should do/write what makes me happy and what I’m passionate about–not what I think others will want to see from me or to stay “trendy”.

5. How long does it take you to make/find pictures to use?

My graphic game has improved over the last 5 years of being in the bookish community! I typically use unsplash.com to find free photos to use in my graphics if I don’t create them myself and I have now been solely using canva and GIMP/Photoshop for editing and creating the images.

6. Who is your book crush?

LMAO who isn’t my bookish crush? Ya girl has a bookish crush academy where thousands of characters apply to be apart of my love fest but only a select few are accepted. Currently our Valedictorian is Rhysand from the ACOTAR series and Salutatorian is Aiden from the Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata.

7. What author would you like to have on your blog?

I would absolutely LOVE to have a guest post or to interview Mariana Zapata or Teagan Hunter on the blog. Those ladies have shaped my love of romance and romantic comedy in ways that I cannot even begin to express, so it would truly be an honor if I could have them here!

8. What do you wear when you write your blog posts?

Don’t tell my boss but I usually write my blog posts while I am on my lunch break in my office or if I get to work super early. So business attire. However, when I am home and on my own personal computer–PJs for days. I like to be comfy when the unicorns grant me inspiration for writing blog posts!

9. How longΒ does it take you to prepare?

It really depends on the post! If it is a tag ( like this one) not long at all, but if it is some of my more research heavy posts like my Genre In Depth series or Hot Off the Press, then I take several hours to days (looking at you Science Fiction and Mystery) to get all the sources and materials I will need to make a cohesive and correct post.

10. How do you feel about the blogging community?

I think I agree with what Destiny said in her answer, just like in every community we are gonna have some bad apples. It’s inevitable. Some times we let the bad apples fester and spread, but majority of the time we educate and rectify the bad. Our community has its ups and downs and its pros and cons–however, even through all of it I would trade it for the world. The Blogging community is truly a gem and I love being apart of such a great, diverse, and dynamic community.

11. What do you think one should do to create a successful blog?

Be completely and utterly yourself. Don’t try to be like so and so because they may have more views/stats, or because you think Billy bob down the blog hopping way is cooler. There is no one like you and because of this the world needs and craves to hear your voice–your unique voice. So my thought of creating a successful blog, whatever that may be as success is hella subjective, is to be authentically you.

TAGGED:

Clo | Isabelle | Para | Michelle | Ruby | Amy

And of course you! If you would like to do this, please consider yourself tagged by me!

13 Comments

  1. Michelle

    June 5, 2019 at 11:04 am

    Hehhehe bad apples πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ ok sorry, let’s be serious. I love this tag! I really do hope you’ll be around for a long time, because I will miss you so so much!
    I love your last answer by the way. It’s so hard sometimes not to follow other peoples paths because they seem to do so much better with their blogs, but if you continue to do that, why are you even blogging? πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈ

  2. northernplunder

    June 5, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    wonderful post love! i dfeinitely agree we need to be kinder on ourselves, recognise our own strengths

  3. Gerry@TheBookNookUK

    June 6, 2019 at 9:18 am

    I agree with you on the worst thing about blogging being the self imposed pressure. It’s such a strange thing because there’s no one out there going ‘give me your content, you’re slacking’ – all the commentary has been positive and supportive and I’ve found that those who follow a blog follow because they want to hear what that blogger has to say or they enjoy the way they say it.
    Yet *somehow* despite this wonderful community (which again I agree – is the *best* thing about blogging) it can still feel like a pressure cooker of having to keep up, having to stay relevant, having to be topical. Even though I know a lot of those things aren’t necessary for my enjoyment of my blog or others enjoyment of my blog I still somehow find myself thinking I’m lacking for not being those things.
    You’re right though – it should never be about what’s on ‘trend’ – it should be about what the blogger enjoys because then they’ll find their people by default.

  4. TheCaffeinatedReader

    June 6, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    We have to learn to kick those bad apples out the basket sooner, and I now really want apple pie. I loved reading your answers and I hope you don’t leave the blogging community anytime soon and whenever you do leave I hope we keep being amazing friends! <3

  5. Jayati

    June 6, 2019 at 11:53 pm

    I really hope you don’t leave us soon because I love you and your blog and it’d be awful to not have you here any more.
    And blogging while you’re supposed to be working Sam? *shakes head*
    (okay don’t tell anyone but I mostly write all my book reviews/ come up with what to post next while getting bored in some class or the other in school)

  6. jamsu

    June 7, 2019 at 9:11 am

    I loved reading your answer and I totally agree about being yourself and write about things that actually interest you instead of the things that you think would bring more stats/views.

  7. Jeimy @ ANovelidea

    June 8, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    I love this tag and your answers!! Rhysand and Aidan are def crush worthy <3
    The blogging community is def 10/10. You all have been amazing! I love meeting all the amazing bloggers and interacting with them.

  8. Para

    June 8, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    Thanks for the tag! I agree about the community in particular – of course they are always gonna be assholes, but all of the communities I’m currently part of are mostly nice and supportive. Invaluable, really.
    And I also don’t have any reviews planned, so I may do this tag soon πŸ€”

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      June 11, 2019 at 11:03 am

      You are welcome! I can’t wait to see your answers! And yeah, for the most part the communities I surround myself in are 10/10 would recommend groups!

  9. Isabelle @ BookwyrmBites

    June 10, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    I certainly hope you won’t stop blogging anytime soon, you’re awesome and I love reading your stuff and I’m so glad we’re friends! (ofc if you need to take a hiatus for health or life, take care of yourself first, but you know that already πŸ˜‰) also unsplash and canva are terrific, I have no real graphic design or photography skills but they’ve saved me (and now that I have templates, it takes so much less time to make graphics which is *amazing*)
    I can absolutely relate to the self-imposed pressure; as a lifelong procrastinator I tend to write posts under deadline (aka not until the day they’re supposed to go up, then I’m racing the clock to get them finished before midnight) and the desire to read the hyped and/or most recent releases – it’s definitely a struggle, but you’re absolutely right, at the end of the day book blogging is about what you want to read and write, not what everyone else is doing. certain types of posts might get more or less traffic, but imo it’s so much more fulfilling (and therefore important) to create what you personally want to create.
    thanks for the tag, Sam! πŸ’•

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      June 11, 2019 at 11:08 am

      I hope i don’t stop anytime soon too! <3
      Dude Canva saves lives–specifically my digitally challenged self. AND OMG YES TEMPLATE IS A BOPPING GODSENT. The day I made my template was the days the gods granted my wisdom for future sam. cause WOW.
      Can't wait to see your answers to this love!

  10. Destiny @ Howling Libraries

    June 14, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    I love your answers! <3 I feel you so much on #3 and how this is our "place" – it's comforting in the strongest way. And yes to the book crush academy πŸ’•πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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