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text 2016-08-13 22:47
The Secret Life of a Wannabe Book Blogger

 

I was tagged by Book Cupidity, and I believe this was brought over to BookLikes by GreyWarden.

 

How long have you been a blogger?

 

BookLikes counts as book blogging, yes? I mean, I don't know that I really consider myself a book blogger, but if BL counts, then during the Goodreads Exodus of 2013.

 

At what point do you think you'll stop?

 

When I no longer enjoy it.

 

What's the best thing?

 

The sense of community. We may be a smallish group over here at BL, but we're a great group. Also, finding out one of your reviews helped someone find a book they enjoyed, or avoid one they'd end up hating.

 

What's the worst thing?  What do you do to make it ok?

 

I can't really think of anything...maybe seeing heated disagreements crop up between my friends? Thankfully that doesn't happen often.

 

How long does it take you to create/find pictures to use?

 

I don't normally use pictures in reviews. I may sometimes use a gif in a status update, and I have a huge folder of those on my computer...so not long.

 

Who is your book crush?

 

This is a hard one to answer because it changes all the time, but currently we'll go with Roarke from the In Death series.

 

What author would you like to have on your blog?

 

Oscar Wilde and for modern authors, Deanna Raybourn. I follow her on twitter and she's a hoot.

 

What do you wear when you write your blog posts?

 

Clothes? o.O

 

How long does it take you to prepare?

 

I don't really prepare. I just sit down and start typing.

 

How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?

 

I don't know much about it outside of BookLikes, but I love what we have going on here.

 

What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?

 

This I can't really answer. I don't post about books or review to gain popularity. I guess I'd just say, if your blog and what you post on it brings you joy, then it's a success.

 

 

 

As for tagging, I think most everyone I follow has been tagged, but if you haven't and you see this, then consider yourself tagged!

 

Thanks for tagging me, BC!! I remembered to do it! YAY!! lol

 

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text 2016-08-10 03:31
The Secret Life of a Book Blogger

  

I don't usually answer 20 questions type memes because I'm uncomfortable posting identifiable personal details, but this looks like fun.  I'm counting myself as tagged under MoonLight Reader Murder's invitation to "anyone who follows me"

 

The Secret Life of a Book Blogger came to BookLikes via Grey Warden's post http://greywarden.booklikes.com/post/1447925/the-secret-life-of-a-book-blogger-challenge

 

I'm tagging YouKneeK, Krissy's Bookshelf Reviews and Tea, Rain, Book Blog and anyone else who wants to play.

 

Whelp, now that we're done with that intro jazz...

 

How long have you been a blogger?

I followed folks to BookLikes during the first great GoodReads exodus in 2013 after the upheaval in the aftermath of the Amazon takeover. If you can call the short book reactions and CSA inventories I post “blogging,” I guess that makes me a blogger. 

  

At what point do you think you'll stop?

I started on both GR and BL mostly to have a record of what I read.  When/If BookLikes goes bust, I’m unlikely to move to a traditional blogging platform like WordPress since without the network formed by the followers and feed of BookLikes I’m unlikely to be motivated.

 

What's the best thing?

Considering that I consider myself a minnow in the blogging pond, I'm still thrilled when folks respond to what I've posted! 

 

My secondary reason for starting on BookLikes was to have a place to call home during my ventures into Readathonland.  The best thing for me is the feeling of community as we all read together.  

 

What's the worst thing?  What do you do to make it ok?

The worst things for me are:

  • Hearing about all these wonderful books that I won't ever have time to read.
  • The feeling of falling behind and the occasional spoilers from those prolific readers who are concentrating on ARCs and newly released books (who I can't keep up with).
  • The uncertainty of the motives of the people running the platforms that we are taking using (whether GoodReads or here at BookLikes).  I understand that the owners/developers have limited resources and need to monetize what they are doing. But the indifference to what folks are asking for sometimes astounds me.

 

What I do to make it OK is find a good book.

 

How long does it take you to create/find pictures to use?

Not very – I use very few pictures other than the stock covers in book-related posts. The vegetable pictures for the CSA photo-documentation project are just snaps on my cell phone with 5 minutes of cropping.

 

Who is your book crush?

I don’t normally get long-lasting book crushes, but if I could meet any character from my reading life, I’d have hard time choosing between Menolly from Pern and Helva from the Ship who Sang, both of whom I first met as an early teen and who started a life-long love of SFF.

 

What author would you like to have on your blog?

I’d love to be able to put a piece of Maggie Steifvater’s art on my blog.

 

What do you wear when you write your blog posts?

My glasses!  

 

How long does it take you to prepare?

Typically less than 30 minutes (because if it took more it wouldn't happen).

 

How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?

I love the BL community!   I’m not familiar enough with what is going on the rest of the book blogging world to compare.

 

What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?

Just keep writing (even better if the act of writing brings its own feeling of success). 

 

Take the time to interact with other bloggers and BE RESPECTFUL when you do.  It's OK to disagree about a book, but let's do our part to revive the skill of companionable debate.

 

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text 2016-08-09 03:41
The Secret Life of a Book Blogger (Tannat)

 

Apparently this started with Grey Warden's post:

http://greywarden.booklikes.com/post/1447925/the-secret-life-of-a-book-blogger-challenge.

 

I was tagged in Obsidian Blue's post.

 

 

How long have you been a blogger?

I don't really consider myself a blogger. I joined booklikes in January 2016 after having been discouraged by the "blog" aspect when I had previously checked out the site. I just wanted a place to put my reviews and help track my reading. I'm glad I finally gave it a try, though.

 

At what point do you think you'll stop?

If it stops being fun or I just stop reading?

 

What's the best thing?

Finding unexpected interesting books.

 

What's the worst thing?  What do you do to make it ok?

Following the people here can distract from my own reading and other stuff I should be doing. Also writing in complete sentences. And not repeating myself. To try to solve the latter, I preview all the time. There's no help for the first.

 

How long does it take you to create/find pictures to use?

See #1, not much of a blogger. I don't use many pictures in my reviews, so I couldn't really say. 

 

Who is your book crush?

I don't really do book crushes, so I had a hard time coming up with something here. I think I'll go with Joscelin Verreuil from the Phèdre trilogy because he's just adorable. I'll probably think of someone better after I post this.

[Aside: my record of Kushiel's Dart appears to have disappeared and I'm pretty sure I imported it along with my other books.]

 

What author would you like to have on your blog?

I'm not sure I'd want an author on my blog. 

 

What do you wear when you write your blog posts?

Clothes. But never a hat.

 

How long does it take you to prepare?

Have you seen my posts? Anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour, let's say. I'll either bash something out right after finishing a book, or I'll jot down some notes as I go along. Of course, this frequently means that I've left something unsaid and want to go back and rewrite it. Maybe some day I'll get around to all those rewrites (eyes Children of Time).

 

How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?

At least at booklikes, they're mostly cool. I haven't had to deal with much drama personally, and I hope it stays that way.

 

What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?

Beats me. I'm not sure I have one. I'm guessing posting semi-regularly is key.

 

Tag:

If you think I'm thinking of you, you're it!

(I don't feel like wading through and figuring out who hasn't been tagged yet, so I'm just going to leave it at that).

 

 

ETA:

I was also tagged in Moonlight Reader's post but I didn't see it till afterwards. And I don't even like answering questionnaires!

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text 2016-08-08 15:10
The Secret Life of a Book Blogger Challenge

(courtesy of Ana's Lair)

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Found this in my Wordpress feed and think it's both a good idea and a good way to get to know all your fellow bloggers.  Like Ice Buckets and Pokemon GO!- start with yourself, tag anyone else you'd like to join in and stand back.

How long have you been a blogger?

Off and on about ten years.  Started with MySpace (remember them?), but never really got into it.  After I started reviewing I picked up on Wordpress- which I like a lot.

At what point do you think you'll stop?

I guess when I lose interest, but I don't see that happening anytime soon.  I enjoy doing it and have met a lot of interesting people... I haven't liked some of them, but they've been interesting.  ;p

What's the best thing?

Aside from what I've just mentioned, blogging in it's way is a reflection of the human condition.  Back when we only had penpals and party lines, contact and outreach was still severely limited.  Now everyone and everything is at our fingertips anytime we like (and we're still mostly look at cat pictures and porn).  The unlimited possibilites of connecting with each other and sharing information and ideas has never been so easy or unsettling.

What's the worst thing?  What do you do to make it ok?

I feel like I'm answering these questions before I even get to them.  The worst thing is the raw, unfiltered look at the underbelly of humanity.  Every ugly thought and deed is displayed, and deliberately so.  The desire to be noticed and in many cases, feted uponoverrides everything else- whatever's getting you attention (likes, upvoted), feted, or in some cases worshipped, is becoming more and more accepted as ok.

How long does it take you to create/find pictures to use?

Not long.  I'm pretty good at pinpointing my searches to find exactly what I need.

Who is your book crush?

When I was in high school it was the late, great Tanith Lee- if you've read any of her books, imagine reading them during puberty.  Don't have one nowadays- guess it's a sign of encroaching maturity.  lol

What author would you like to have on your blog?

So many- almost too many to mention- and for a variety of reasons.  We'll go with Anne Bishop, Sue Knott, Naomi Clark, Andrew Chapman, Matt Schiariti, Linda Hilton, Kevin Hearne, Christopher Stasheff, Michael Stackpole, Timothy Zahn, Sophia Stewart, Laurell Hamilton, Anne Rice, C.Dean Andersson for starters.

What do you wear when you write your blog posts?

Nothing. ;)

How long does it take you to prepare?

Depends upon the subject.  I'm sure most everyone would tell you some posts pretty much write themselves.  Others take some research and planning.

How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?

Lovin' it.  Like I said- so many interesting and engaging people out there, so much to talk about and explore...  Just because a select few choose to piss in the pool doesn't change anything- you get that everywhere.

What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?

Be social, of course.  Post regularly, if not often; engage other bloggers on their blogs and comment on what you find interesting.  You'll find your equilibrium soon enough.

That's it from me; now it's time for a few of you to take a turn:

ObsidianBlue

Debbie's Spurts

Grimlock

Moonlight Reader

SpareAmmo

 

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