Thursday, February 22, 2018

Behind the Screen: A Book Blogger's Tag

I saw this on It Starts at Midnight, and Shannon stole found it on Du Livre, so it seems we have Amber Elise to thank. 

When did you start blogging and what was your first review? 

I started blogging on June 28, 2015, with an introduction post. My first actual review post was of a beloved duology from my childhood, Kate Seredy's The Good Master and The Singing Tree.  I had delusions of being organized enough to run a weekly feature in which I'd review older books I'd loved. I didn't last the summer.
Who/what inspired you to start blogging?
I had been reading blogs for awhile--starting with The Pioneer Woman in about 2009, then discovered adoption blogs in 2011, then eventually found a few book blogs. I kept adding long, enthusiastic comments, and I realized maybe I needed my own venue instead.  I'd done some minor blogging before, first when we lived overseas for a year, and then around our adoption process and experiences. Those were more like writing in a journal that just happened to be online, but it helped me remember how much I like writing, so a book blog seemed like a good fit.

What is a blog-related goal that you have?

Um, to keep blogging? I don't really have specific goals in mind, which may be why my "growth" in terms of readership and interaction has been limited. This is an important hobby to me, but it's still just a hobby, coming in below family, work, and reading in terms of things I want to be spending my time and energy on. 

What is one thing you wish someone told you about blogging? 
Hm. I worked out a few important things pretty easily--that participating in memes is a good way to make connections, that you have to put time into reading and commenting on other blogs to maintain your relationships with other bloggers, and that I don't have to do anything on my blog I don't want to do (in my case, no blog tours, no ARC pursuit, and very few reviews). I guess if I'd been more educated about platforms initially I might have tried Wordpress instead of Blogger, but I can't be bothered to switch over at this point. 

What was your biggest blog-related accomplishment? 

Anything I do that reaches beyond the boundaries of my blog makes me pretty excited. For example, posting on Nerdy Book Blog, which I've done a few times, or being part of Shannon's Shattering Stigmas event, or judging for Cybils, or guest posting on a blog that focuses on YA from an academic point of view. 

I also made Nicole of Feed Your Fiction Addiction clap her hands in the middle of a Starbucks recently, so there's that.

What types of posts do you enjoy writing? 
Definitely anything that is more of an essay or reflection that an actual review. Discussion posts, basically. Tags like this are fun too. I actually enjoy coming up with top ten lists, but the work of explaining and linking and finding graphics makes them not my very favorite.

Where do you usually blog? What does your setup look like? 
  1. I really like blogging at the public library. Something about the focus of a two hour time limit, a quiet space, and no other distractions really helps me focus.
  2. Alternatively, if I blog at the dining room table, it also feels a bit more official and can keep me on task a bit.
  3. But really, I do most of my blogging from the couch. Glamour shot of me right now, taken with the laptop camera:
What was your last 5-star read? 
The Steel Seraglio by Mike, Linda, and Louise Carey. (That'd be husband, wife, and daughter.) I read it Jan. 21 for the reading retreat I went on. I loved its mix of fantasy and historical fiction and its creative narration style.

What was your last 1-star read? 
I don't really have one star reads. The last book I stopped reading because I didn't like it (as opposed to I got distracted or just didn't feel it was good for me, as opposed to being A Bad Book) was Eragon, way before I started blogging. The book sucked. It reads like the drivel of a teenaged D&D player, because it is. Come at me.
What are three words that make you pick up a book? 



complex characters (shades of grey, anti-hero, etc.)

What is your Hogwarts House? 

Fun fact: if you try to look up creative commons images of Hufflepuffs, instead you get a bunch of images of the Hufflepuff commons room, which is also quite nice.

What advice would you give to new bloggers? 


  1. We’re twins! I posted this tag today, too. I feel the same way about Eragon. I read it in high school because one of my friends was obsessed with dragon books, but I couldn’t finish it.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  2. AW I love your advice so much, that is really great! And I am so excited that Shattering Stigmas is something that you are proud of- I was thrilled to have you, and you are always, always welcome back :D I just read the synopsis for Eragon, and you'll get no fights from me, sounds a mess. YAY fellow Hufflepuff!

    AND TIME OUT- Unwind is going to be a TV series!??! Off to go read that post next! DAMN, I am not in a Starbucks, but I am pretty excited!

  3. I love getting to know more about some of my favorite bloggers! Thanks for sharing!


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