Book tag time!!
Thanks to the lovely Angy over at The Collector of Book Boyfriends for tagging me. Last week, I did the TV show book tag. This time around, it’s going to be all about The (not so) secret life of book bloggers.
1. How long have you been a blogger?
Although, sometimes it feels like it’s been that long. In reality, it’s only been 3 years. I had another book blog before on Blogger, and after about two years, I felt disillusioned because I was doing nothing but promo tours on it. I wanted a clean slate, so I started The Racy Lit Reader. And I’ve learned from my previous mistakes, which is why you won’t see me do a lot of book tours anymore.
2. At what point do you think you’ll stop blogging?
When it stops becoming fun. Blogging is a lot of work. I have a family who demands my attention and a full time job, so blogging is a way for me to unwind and to have fun. I figure if and when it stops becoming fun for me, I’d stop. Or maybe I’d take a time off from it for a while.
3. What is the best thing about blogging?
I kid. Again.
The best thing about blogging are the people I get to meet online and it gives me an outlet to express my love for books. I mainly blog about romance books, and the romance community is huge and so vibrant, filled with so many smart and interesting people. It’s like having a whole other life apart from RL. Don’t get me wrong. I have friends in real life but not all of them read the books I love to read, so it can get a little bit lonely sometimes, so blogging provides an outlet for me to express my love for reading.
4. What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it okay?
Hmm, this question is a bit vague for me so I’ll do my own spin on it and say, “What’s the worst thing that could happen to a reader/blogger?”
For me it would be running out of books to read. Not likely to happen but can you imagine???
5. How long does it take you to create/find pictures to use?
I don’t use a lot of images for my blog because I don’t always have time to scour the Internet for them. But when I do, it takes me quite a while. GIFs are easier for me. But now, there’s Pinterest so that helps but I tend to stick with just words and quotes for my review.
6. Who is your book crush?
No one. I like or love certain characters but I don’t really consider them as crushes because that would just be weird.
7. What author would you like to have on your blog?
Only because I really want to kidnap him and force him to finish the series. And maybe to tell him to stop killing my favorite characters!!
8. What do you wear when you write your blog posts?
9. How do you feel about the book blogger community?
It’s not perfect but it’s one of the best communities out there.
10. What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?
I think there are many ways you can have a successful blog. But to do that, you have to define for yourself what success means to you. What is it that you want to accomplish? Is it viewership? Money? Influence? Then you start from there.
I personally define blogging success in terms of influence. People follow you because they want to know what your opinion. They follow you because they want to hear what you say or read the books you recommend, etc. When you reach that level of influence, then I’d say, you’re a success.