As a lot of you may know, I love a good tag! When I saw this one on the lovely Words of Wonders, I knew I had to do my own.
It’s all about the blogging community and my experiences as a blogger. So hold on tight, we’re about to explore the weird and wonderful world of book blogging!
1. How long have you been a blogger?
I’ve been blogging about books since January 2014 which means Adventures from the Bookshelf is still fairly young in blog years.
I’ve been blogging/vlogging in some form or another since 2008, but I found it hard to stick to just one project. I dabbled with fashion, beauty and lifestyle but I’d always throw in the odd book post here and there and those were the ones that I enjoyed writing the most. And so, Adventures was born!
2. At what point do you think you’ll stop blogging?
I’m not sure. Blogging and writing is definitely my happy place and it’s something that I hope to continues for a long time. It’s a common problem in the blogging community to let life get on top of you and unfortunately this is where blogging can fall by the way side.
However, I’ve always managed to pick myself up after a blog-break with tons of new and fresh ideas. I love blogging and I’m definitely not going to stop any time soon!
3. What is the best thing about blogging?
You want me to pick just one?!
For me, I love how creative blogging allows me be. It’s not just about writing down the words, you’ve got to think about the photographs to go with it, the social media to help promote your posts and the fancy HTML to make it look nice.
I love doing tags too (like this one!) and getting involved with the blogging community. On my first day of creating Adventures I was overwhelmed by the amount of support I received via Twitter from other bloggers. I’ve never known a more supportive group of people and I’m so thankful to be a part of it.
4. What is the worst thing ? What do you do to make it okay?
The worst thing is probably finding time. It’s very easy to put it off when you’re feeling tired or your social life suddenly decides to become hectic. Writing is very therapeutic for me and I love it, so I’ll always try to make time for it and that’s the trick: make time.
5. How long does it take you to create/find pictures to use?
It depends, sometimes it can be incredibly quick to snap a picture and have it edited and ready to go within minutes. Other times, not so much. A lot of it is due to lighting and if it’s a grey and miserable day outside, well, you can just forget about taking a nice photo!
6. Who is your book crush?
Again, just one?! This will take some serious thought and consideration.
7. What author would you like to have on your blog?
Eek. So many! My top five would probably be John Green, JK Rowling, Nick Hornby, David Nicholls and Matt Haig.
8. What do you wear when you write your blog posts?
Whatever I’m wearing at the time. If I’m writing after work, I’ll be in my work clothes. Usually, I just like to feel comfortable which means that many a blog post has been written in my pyjamas!
9. How long does it take you to prepare?
It depends. Reviews can take slightly longer than a tag for instance but mainly not too long. I always keep a notebook with me and any ideas I have for a blog, I jot it down so that if I’m feeling particularly uninspired, I can refer to that for a helping hand.
10. How do you feel about the Book Blogger Community?
It’s incredible! I’ve never witnessed so much support and encouragement. It’s also great to be apart of because, as corny as it sounds, I feel like I’ve found my place. I can ramble on and on and on about books and it’s not only welcomed but encouraged!
11. What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?
Do you enjoy it? If the answer is yes, then you have a successful blog. Simple as that. It’s great if your blog is getting millions of hits and you’re able to make a living from it but it doesn’t mean anything if you’re not happy and enjoying what you’re doing.