Shari at The Book Monster tagged me for the Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag, and it’s the first time in a long time I have been tagged by a member of the book blogging community, so of course I am going to participate.
- How long have you been a blogger?
I opened a Goodreads account in October of 2010. I found out about book bloggers, and then decided I wanted to share my love of books in my own space. I started Great Imaginations in March of 2011. So March of 2016 will be my five year blogoversary!
- At what point do you think you will stop?
I’m probably not going to? This is the longest I have ever stuck with a hobby, and I have made friends for life out of it. I love to read too much, and I love to talk about books and the things that make me feel too much. Plus, I edit. And keeping the blog current helps me get editing jobs, which, you know, money and all that. So I’ll probably always do it in some way, shape, or form.
- What is the best thing about blogging?
All the wonderful friends I have made. So many, but my co-bloggers keep me going. Lyn has my back and understands me more than anyone does, and she’ll be my BFF for life. Also, being able to share my thoughts and love of books with other people like me that are just as passionate about them as I am.
- What is the worst thing about blogging? What do you do to make it okay?
The community, and Twitter in general, just seems so negative these days. I feel like people start drama just to have something to be upset about, rather than focusing all the good and positive around them. If I’m feeling overwhelmed and I feel like the drama is starting to bring me down, I try to take a step back. To do yoga, to blog, to read, to play with my pets or spend time outside. That usually puts me back in tune with the world to where I can focus on how awesome and wonderful it is.
- How long does it take you to create/find pictures to use?
Well, that depends. Am I just searching for a funny reaction GIF? Or do I have to make a banner in Picmonkey? Obviously the latter takes longer, but most of the time I have Lyn or Maryam to do it for me. They are awesome and creative with graphics. I’m getting better though. I’m proud of the graphic I made for this post! 😀
- Who’s your book crush?
Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses. Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows. Those are the only two I can think of. I really don’t do book bpyfriends very much because I am at the age where it’s creepy. But I’m also reading some urban fantasy in 2016 so maybe I will find some more adult guys to swoon after? Here’s to hoping!
- What author would you die to have on your blog?
Honestly, I don’t know. Someone big like J.K. Rowling or Stephen King. I adore them both and respect them sooo much. Leigh Bardugo would also do very nicely.
- What do you wear when you blog?
The same clothes I work in. I work at home, and I pretty much stay in comfy clothes all day. This creates issues when I have to go out in public, because I really don’t have that much that is presentable. I’m a hermit, basically. And I prefer it that way. I actually have to take Dan to work and take the dog to the vet today and I’m like freaking about what I can wear there. Haha.
- How long does it take you to prepare?
FOREVVVVERRR. It used to take no time at all, but these days I have attention span issues so I need to have music playing or be watching something so I don’t keep checking Twitter or Facebook. I have to have something to drink, I have to be comfortable, and I have to make sure all 4 pets are cared for and satisfied before I sit down. It takes a lot of work to do all this.
- How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?
Mostly positive except for what I mentioned above. I have met some great friends here. BEA is wonderful. Book people are wonderful. Authors are wonderful. All that passion is wonderful. It’s natural there will be conflicts, I just wish we didn’t have them over what seems like EVERYTHING these days.
- What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?
What’s that? 😛 Seriously, success is what you make it. Also, success is subjective. For me, it’s not about stats or followers. To publishers it might be, but I don’t blog for publishers, I blog for me. Success is having a hobby you love that is positive and fun. Success is loving what you do and getting rid of all the other bullshit things that cause you unnecessary stress. Success is having a smile on your face when you get those words out there for others to read. And in that, I find that I am VERY successful.
- Who do you tag?
I tag anyone that wants to do this tag. I don’t want anyone to feel left out. If you decide to do it based on my tag, please leave your name below so I can come visit your post!