The Secret Life of a Book Blogger

Ana, from Ana’s Lair was kind enough to think of me for a game of tag.  This is a very blogging-centric tag – here are the questions:

1. How long have you been a blogger?
I started my blog in 2011, but, I started it more as a book diary for myself in fact I was fairly unaware of the whole blogging community at that point and for quite some time.  Then, I was fortunate enough to start receiving comments and started to become more aware of other blogs and like minded people which was brilliant for me as it has opened my eyes to so many new books.

2. At what point do you think you will stop?
I don’t know – stopping isn’t something I really think about.  This is a hobby for me, I read for pleasure and I enjoy blogging.  I guess it depends what else is going on in life really in terms of time or whether I stop enjoying it.

3. What is the best thing?
I enjoy a number of things about blogging.  Writing about the books I read gives me an outlet for my feelings.  Talking and discussing books with other like minded people raises my awareness of other books and makes me excited for new releases.  The fact that I now have so many people who I can discuss books with is the best thing though.  I didn’t realise quite how badly I needed to vent my feelings!

4. What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it okay?
Mmm, the worst thing.  Well, I definitely think that I went through a phase of wanting all the books – and constantly seeing upcoming books does make you a bit covetous.  In fact I think I’m still going through that phase a little bit – but I am trying to be a bit more reasonable.  After all, you can’t read everything and so I now try and make a concerted effort to just let some books go – it’s difficult but you have to give it a shot (confession – it doesn’t always work).

5. How long does it take you to create/find pictures to use?
Not long really. Books covers for reviews are usually from Goodreads.  I usually try and find a few pictures for amusement’s sake but I always have an idea of what I want so it’s not really difficult to dig something up.

6. Who is your book crush?
Okay, I can’t deny it – my book crush is Jean Tannen – created by Scott Lynch and, for me, the main star of the Gentleman Bastards.  I do love this character.  He’s funny, he’s clever, he’s devoted, he’s a great fighter and he reads!  What else can you possibly want?

7. What author would you like to have on your blog?
Ohh, difficult questions – so many good authors out there who I love.  I could make a very long list, but that would quickly become tedious for everyone else so I won’t go there.  Plus, I become a bit star struck around authors – I’ve been to a few events where some of my favourite authors have been present and I just turn into a nincompoop with nothing to say!

8. What do you wear when you write your blog posts?
Haha, whatever I happen to be wearing at the time – I don’t dress for blogging!  I suppose more often than not comfy things such as PJs.

9. How long does it take you to prepare?
My blog is very seat of the pants and I confess that I’m a bit shambolic and unorganised sometimes.  I like to write my reviews pretty much as soon as I finish reading and in fact lose a bit of my impetus for the post if I don’t – in fact the longer I leave a book unreviewed the less passion I have for it.

10. How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?
I love the blogging community – I’ve been involved in so many interesting things as a result of the book friends I’ve made and I’ve been introduced to so many authors and books that I would have simply missed.  I think you have to find the blogs that work best for you where the bloggers are like minded and you have to bear in mind that you’re not going to agree on every book but friendly discussion is what it’s all about and having the freedom to openly discuss is the ideal.

11. What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?
Pfft – who knows!  I think the blogs that I enjoy are the ones where I trust the reviews and where the bloggers have developed their own style/voice when reviewing.  I also tend to visit the blogs who actually respond and talk back – otherwise you’re pretty much talking to yourself really.

I’m not going to particularly choose anyone to tag – I know everyone is busy with other commitments – but, I quite like ‘tag’ and so if you do too and fancy posting your answers then please considered yourself tagged.  In fact – I’ll just tag everyone 😀

I’d love to hear from you.

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18 Responses to “The Secret Life of a Book Blogger”

  1. Peritract

    I like Jean, but I’ve always felt that he needs Locke as a catalyst, a driving force. On his own, he’d not get into the situations that let him be amazing.

    • lynnsbooks

      I think Locke and Jean need each other – well, I suppose you couldn’t have all that witty banter without the pair of them. I think I like Jean because he’s this big bruiser type of a bloke and I basically like the whole viking thing!
      Lynn 😀

  2. Grace

    Jean is an excellent book crush. Mine is Khal Drogo.

    I tend to be super disorganized when writing reviews. It’s more like when I have time, not once I’ve finished reading the book, and I tend to do them in batches of five or six at a time and then schedule them.

    • lynnsbooks

      Drogo – what a great choice. I must say that I thought the bloke who played him in the tv series was very easy on the eye.
      I think writing five or six reviews together is great – I don’t know how you do it though. Very impressed.
      Lynn 😀

  3. libbycole007

    The blogging community is definitely one of the best parts, lucky some people discovered you!

    • lynnsbooks

      I agree – the blogging community is awesome – tbh though – I think I’m the lucky one. I would have missed so many good authors if not for such great recommendations – for example – Neil Gaiman. I’d never read NG until I started visiting certain blogs and I’m so pleased I did.
      Lynn 😀

      • libbycole007

        Exactly, you get such good feedback from other people, and then you also find so many interesting things from their posts. New books, writing tips, general life musings… I love it.

  4. Ana

    Great answers, I relate to several, especially 9. I also feel the need to publish a review as soon as I am done with the book ; otherwise I won’t remember stuff as well nor feel as connected to it any longer.

    Thanks for doing the tag, I enjoyed reading your answers very much!

    • lynnsbooks

      Thanks for including me! I enjoyed taking part.
      Lynn 😀

  5. chocolatepages

    I have been tagged in this too from another blogger, and I have read quite a few of other people’s answers. You know one thing that most of us have in common is the pjs!! Me too!
    Great answers and a great tag.
    Amanda.

    • lynnsbooks

      Thanks – I’ll have to come on by and check out your answers.
      Lynn 😀

  6. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    Wanting ALL THE BOOKS is definitely hard! Even if I could get them all, I don’t have time to actually read them all! 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      That’s the real problem – simply not enough time. It doesn’t seem to affect the ‘wanting’ though – I still want all the books even though I know I can’t possibly read them. Like I’m scared to miss one!
      Lynn 😀

  7. jessicabookworm

    Interesting to hear your thoughts on blogging Lynn. I too started up my blog as a diary to record and discuss what I read. I have tried to keep it that way too. I like it simple and pressure free. My main joy is talking and sharing books with other bookworms. As none of my family or friends read as much as me!

    • lynnsbooks

      Thanks exactly what prompted me to be honest – my family and friends pretty much don’t read and so I was turning into that person who was so desperate to talk to somebody after reading a good book that they’d all run in the opposite direction when they saw me coming.
      Lynn 😀

  8. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Ha! I saw your answer to your book crush question coming a mile away! You have good taste, as far as book boyfriends go, Jean Tannen is quite the catch 😉

    • lynnsbooks

      *swoon* I do have a ridiculous book crush on him – if Scott Lynch does a “George Martin’ I will go into deep grieving!
      Lynn 😀

  9. ajoobacats

    I did this one a while back: http://ajoobacatsblog.com/2015/07/06/the-secret-life-of-a-book-blogger-tag/

    I’m a huge fan of seat of your pants blogging and do it as a hobby too and am constantly in danger of adding books to my tbr pile.

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