How long have you been blogging?
My first post on this blog was posted on November 26, 2018. (Wow, it’s been quite a while.) But before that, I had a private blog where I posted my original stories; the first post there was on December 31, 2009.
At what point do you think you’ll stop blogging?
The easy answer is “when it stops being more fun than work” — which is why I keep taking hiatuses, popping back in when I’m inspired and missing it. I’m sure the day will eventually come when I’m done for good, but for now I am happy to take it one day at a time, one post at a time.
What is the best thing about blogging?
There are a few contenders, but right now I most appreciate how open-ended it is. I love having the space to explore countless topics, personal branding, design principles, and so on; although there are conventions and fundamentals, there really is no wrong way to go about blogging. (The community is also right up there, of course, but we’ll talk about that in a bit.)
What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it okay?
It’s so easy to get sucked into the metrics. To fixate on view counts, likes, visitors. To aim for higher and to see that as better. To set each reading goal higher than the last. There’s nothing wrong with looking at the numbers, and caring about them is only human — but it’s definitely not why I got into blogging, and it’s not why I’ve stayed.
So I only really look at my blog stats about once a month, when I catalogue them in my spreadsheet for reference; I only really look at the stats tab of my spreadsheet when I’m updating my profile on ARC sites (Netgalley, Edelweiss) or I need it for other purposes. Otherwise, I put my focus on creating meaningful content and engaging with individuals.
How long does it take you to make/find pictures to use?
Finding pictures, not long at all: I use templates in Canva and reuse my favorite photos from Unsplash. I can have post headers ready in just a few minutes.
Making pictures, quite a bit longer: photos take some time to set up and edit, and bookish creations require me to find and edit multiple images. I don’t really track the time, but I can spend a full workday putting together a post of, say, character aesthetics.
Who is your book crush?
Most of the time my bookish crush fizzles out after I’ve moved on to the next book. The main two that have endured are Levi from Fangirl (soft, supportive, sincere) and Declan Lynch from the Dreamer trilogy (loyal, protective, secretly a nerd and a romantic).
What author would you like to have on your blog?
Oh, my social anxiety and I are more the “don’t meet your heroes, don’t ask your heroes to be on your blog” type. There are plenty of authors I admire, but it’s not gonna happen.
What do you wear when you write your blog posts?
Whatever I’m wearing for the day. Typically that’s jeans or sweats and a T-shirt, maybe a hoodie.
How long does it take you to prepare?
I’m gonna assume that this question refers to blog posts, in which case my answer is — surprise, surprise — it varies greatly. Sometimes I’m really in the zone and the post practically writes itself in fifteen minutes; sometimes I’m just not feeling it and I end up staring at the screen for an hour; sometimes I have a wave of self-doubt and take another hour to check and recheck everything before hitting “publish”.
How do you feel about the blogging community?
No one can speak for an entire community, but the little corner in which I hang out is perfectly lovely. The people here are supportive and encouraging and have tons of great recommendations for books, blogging, social media, and anything else you can think to ask about.
What do you think one should do to create a successful blog?
Cliched but true: it really depends on how you define success, since you’ll want a different approach to improve your writing skills vs. maximize the metrics vs. build relationships with publishers (or any combination thereof). But broadly speaking, be as consistent as you can about posting, without pushing yourself to the point of burnout, and be kind to others because it’s a small world.
anyone who wants to participate (as always)