Blog-Related Advice, Bookish Preferences, and Fun Facts Questions Answered

Last week on my Thursday Thoughts, I started a Q&A because I reached over 500 followers! Thank you so much to all of my subscribers, and also everyone who asked me questions – I had so much fun writing out the answers!

I broke up the questions by category (blog-related questions, bookish questions, and fun questions), sorted chronologically. I also tagged each person who asked me a question, so feel free to visit their blogs!

 

Blog-Related Questions

“I would love to know who your favourite bloggers are, perhaps booktubes that inspired you to finally start blogging?”
Hannah @ Mortal Reader

BookTube was actually the reason I got into blogging! I began watching Sasha @ abookutopia, and came across a video of her mentioning how Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout was one of her favorite books. She said that one of the things she loved about the book was how the protagonist was a book blogger. At the time, I didn’t know book blogging was a thing.

Since I have a tendency to Google things that I don’t know, I looked up “book blogging” and saw how there were a lot of book blogs out there, run by people who also have a passion for reading. Just from that one research session, I found four new books that I wanted to read. After a few weeks of lurking, I fell in love with the concept of book blogging, and I began searching for logistics of starting a book blog. And then, well… Here I am now!

Other BookTubers that I really enjoy watching include:

 

“What has been your favorite part of book blogging?”
Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads

My favorite part of book blogging has been the wonderful community. I know that everyone says that, but it’s because it’s so true! The book blogging community is incredibly friendly, and everyone is passionate about reading. Unfortunately, I haven’t met many people in my day-to-day life who enjoy reading as a hobby, as I mentioned in my post about how assigned readings aren’t a lot of fun.  Therefore, the book community is a great place to connect with people who also love reading.

 

“Is there anything about book blogging that didn’t meet expectations you had when you started out?”
Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads

This question had me thinking a lot because I had to recall what my expectations were going into book blogging. I actually didn’t have many expectations – I think the only expectation I had that didn’t turn out panning out was book blogging being easy. I started blogging because I thought it would de-stress me, but it turned out much more difficult than I had anticipated. There’s a lot of effort needed to be put into reading books during a busy school semester, writing consistent posts, and being active on social media.

 

“As someone else who’s only been blogging for a few months, I’d love to hear any tips you have about starting out and being a new-ish blogger!”
Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews

I only have a few months of book blogging experience, but I’ve noticed a few things that some people overlook when blogging. Everyone says that it’s important to interact with bloggers through comments and social media (which is true), but I don’t see people emphasizing blog design or blog establishment logistics, which I think are also very important.

This doesn’t apply to you, Lauren, since you’re great with your blog design. As for other new-ish bloggers, I’d recommend spending some time invested in your blog design, since I believe that a lot of people prefer reading a blog that’s well-designed. Sure, some people say that blog design isn’t important since the content is what truly matters, but to me, a blog that’s designed well shows that the blogger is invested in their blog. It shows professionalism, dedication, and awareness of their blog look. I don’t mean that the blog needs to have a custom template with fancy CSS to be well-designed – I just think text should be legible (not too small and not too large), there should be some of the blogger’s personality in the blog design (so not 100% sticking to a pre-made template), and there shouldn’t be too much clutter. Of course, content is very important, but I think it’s the blog design that attracts readers, and the content that retains them. I’m also biased on this because I do front-end designing myself, so you can take this point with a grain of salt.

Something else that a lot of new bloggers need to keep in mind is their blog establishment logistics. For instance, make sure that your name, which shows up when you comment on posts, links back to your blog.

CommentNameLink

I’ve seen a surprising amount of new-ish (and even older) bloggers who have this link to a broken link, because it’s their old blog and they’ve migrated to a new blog name. There have been far too many times where I wanted to visit a someone’s blog from the comments, but was unable to because their link was dead. You can easily fix this issue in your settings! 🙂

One last thing I want to mention is pingbacks, aka “tagging” people. Jill @ Rant & Rave About Books has a great post on pingbacks that you should check out, but I also want to emphasize something about pingbacks here. Please, please, please link to a blogger’s “About Me” page, or even their recent post, when linking to another WordPress blog so that the blogger you want to notify is actually notified. I’ve been tagged a lot by people who just used my URL “http://pagechronicles.com/,” and I don’t get notifications of the tags. The only reason why I know this is because I read a lot of my subscribers’ posts, and I find out that I’m tagged by fully reading the posts myself. By using an appropriate link, you’ll get a lot more awareness and interactions on your posts!

 

“How have you been able to juggle college work, reading, writing reviews, and consistently blogging?”
Fatima @ NoteablePad

It’s hard. I just made it through my last semester of college, but it was tough balancing everything during this last semester. I was overloading with classes, trying to pass all of my upper-level classes to complete my minor and double major, staying active in my leadership positions in my extracurricular activities, doing my best to keep my social life afloat, dedicating time to my boyfriend, aiming to get at least eight hours of sleep a night, and maintaining this book blog with consistent posts.

Although I would become overwhelmed with work and stress, I got into the rhythm of balancing everything by prioritizing tasks and keeping a schedule. I usually had pretty chaotic days, so I would keep myself sane by sticking to a strict schedule so that I could visualize what I had to do and my mini breaks. I would usually read or write blog posts in between my classes, during lunch breaks, and before bed at night.

Looking back at it now, this semester might have been one of the most idiotic times to start my book blog. I wouldn’t change anything about it though. Keeping a strict schedule worked for me – properly prioritizing tasks was also crucial. I always remembered that class-related work was the most important thing to stay on top of, and then I prioritized other things by the amount of work, the importance of my contributions, and simply my moods. Now, after a hectic semester, I’m finally done with classes and set to graduate this weekend! I would say it’s pretty official because as of this morning, I finished decorating my graduation cap! I’m prepared to receive my diplomas now. 🙂

PacManGraduation

 

“How long did it take you get your 500 subscribers?”
Amanda @ Mind the Dog Writing Blog

It took me around three months to reach 500 subscribers. I know that this is faster than what’s typical in the book blogging community – I’m not exactly sure how I reached this, but I think it was from incessantly interacting with other book bloggers every free moment I had. I have a bit of an addictive personality once I get into something.

 

“Do you have any book bloggers you are particularly inspired by? (I’m looking to find new blogs to follow!)”
Emily @ Rose Read

There are actually a lot of book bloggers that inspire me! I come across new bloggers all the time that teach me something new, and there are also a lot of book bloggers that have inspired me ever since I started Page Chronicles. Just a few great blogs that come to mind now are:

 

“What have you learned since you started blogging that you would recommend to fellow bloggers?”
Jill @ Rant and Rave About Books

In addition to my reply to Lauren about tips for new-ish bloggers above, I would recommend to fellow bloggers to not forget that blogging is supposed to be fun.

Too many times have I seen bloggers apologize for getting out posts late or talk about how stressed they were since they had to complete x number of books to write more blog posts. I’ve also felt this pressure, such as feeling like I owe my readers a lot of content, and that I’m an inadequate blogger if I don’t do a certain number of posts a week or keep up with the latest book release.

However, try to remember that we all started book blogging because we share this passion of reading! Books bring joy out of us, and we’re blogging because we want to share the knowledge we have and the enjoyment reading gives us. When you do start stressing about book blogging, take a step back, and remember that no one will really be mad at you if you miss a post one week, or if you’re reading that one book a little past your projected schedule. We’re all here to give each other support and to garner book discussions, so especially for those of us who only do this as a hobby, don’t be too hard on yourself. 🙂

 

Bookish Questions

“If you could immerse yourself in any fictional world, which would it be and why?”
Katherine @ Fabled Haven

Okay, I’m going to interpret this question as any fictional world, and branch my answer out into non-book fictional worlds. I’d love to immerse myself in the world the TV show Suits is in. Suits is basically a show revolving around a corporate law firm – I’d actually be very interested to temporarily work in this law firm, just to know what it’s like. I’d never became a lawyer as a career because I don’t think it suits me (heh heh), so I think this would be a great opportunity to just experience it. I know that Suits isn’t a new “world,” but Suits itself is set in a fake law firm…

I hope I didn’t stretch your question too much. I was just dwelling on this question for a while, and I couldn’t think of any other fictional worlds that I’d like to experience since a lot of them are very dangerous – I’m kind of a wimp when it comes to going to places where my life could be at risk.

 

“Hypothetically speaking, you can only read one book for the rest of your life, what book will it be and why?”
Trisha @ Vive Les Books

This is a tough question. I’m not one to re-read books unless I have to in order to get caught up with a series. If I had to pick only one book though, I’d probably choose Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows since I could continuously re-live the fantastic ending of Harry Potter, including that epilogue.

 

“If you could create a dessert inspired by a book, what would it be?”
Kevin @ Bookevin

ToAllTheBoysIveLovedBeforeI would create a green tea cheesecake, inspired by To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han [Review]. The protagonist in this book is a half-Korean, half-white teenage girl who lives in America. The green tea that’s popular in Asian culture dessert and the classic New York cheesecake would be a perfect dessert for that duology!

This dessert is actually a thing that some people make at home, so you could look up the recipe for it online! I actually made this dessert a few weeks ago – it was delicious.

 

“If you could be any character for a day, who would it be?”
Amanda @ Cover2CoverMom

If it’s just for a day, I’d want to be Katniss from The Hunger Games. I think it would be really interesting experiencing the Hunger Games. I’ve never done anything remotely close to it – I’m not a very outdoorsy person, and I don’t take part in physical competitions. With Katniss’ skills, I’d be able to stay alive in the Hunger Games for that one day, while also greatly stepping outside of my comfort zone.

 

“What are your biggest pet peeves in books?”
Kellie @ Book Delights

I have a few pet peeves in books – a lot of them are tropes. For instance, I get easily annoyed with insta-love, love triangles, special snowflakes, too much deus ex machina, and characters that are too perfect (also known as Mary Sue’s).

Other things that bother me are cliffhangers, POVs that change too often, and cop-out endings that are obviously trying to pander to readers.

 

“If you could met any character from any novel, who would it be?”
Book Dragon Site

I would want to meet Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. She’s such a smart and witty person who wasn’t afraid to challenge the ideals of her time. I’d love to hear what she has to say about our current society and to pick her brain on how she was able to stick to her guns and stay so confident, despite everyone telling her things otherwise.

 

“Okay so, KISS MARRY KILL with fictional characters. But the twist is, I’ll let you surprise us instead of giving you 3 choices :)”
The Bibliotheque

I’ll randomly choose three non-main characters from Harry Potter since everyone’s familiar with the books:

  1. Cedric Diggory
  2. Dudley Dursley
  3. Viktor Krum

I’d kiss Viktor Krum, marry Cedric Diggory, and kill Dudley Dursley.

 

Fun Questions

“If you could be any magical creature which one would you be and why?”
Cath @ Trust in the Words

I would be a dragon because dragons are pretty awesome. They can fly, they can breathe fire, and they can save people from many dangers. Who wouldn’t want to be a dragon?

 

“Name an event that changed your life or something about yourself.”
Cath @ Trust in the Words

Like everyone else, there have been many events that shaped me to be who I am today. To stay relevant to this book blog, I would say starting Page Chronicles changed me, even though I’ve only been doing this for a few months. This blog has made me more open about my love of books, more willing to try new genres, and even more confident about my opinions overall.

I’m anticipating going through more changes as I continue book blogging, although I’m not exactly sure what’s going to change. Since starting this blog, I’ve considered starting a BookTube and writing a book. I haven’t decided if I want to do either for sure yet, but the fact that I’m even considering them is a pretty big change for me.

 

“What would your Patronus be?”
Kevin @ Bookevin

I think my Patronus would be a dolphin. I grew up swimming competitively, but stopped when I started college because I couldn’t dedicate enough time to compete on a collegiate level. However, I still love swimming in my free time – it’s a fantastic workout. I’ve also always wanted to swim with dolphins since it would just seem so serene.

 

“If you have one hour of free time, do you rather read or browse books on the interwebz?”
Anne @ Inked Brownies

It actually largely depends on my mood and circumstances. I’ve spent tons of time just browsing books on Goodreads, Amazon, and Book Depository – I’ve also had periods of time where I would read as much as I could and not browse any new books. I think I tend to prefer browsing books when I’m procrastinating or don’t have much time. I’ll usually only read a book if I know I have a few hours to dedicate to just reading.

That being said though, I currently prefer reading in my free time because I want to delve into the many unread books on my bookshelves, as well as get some more book reviews out.

 

“If you could have any superpower what would it be?”
The Orang-utan Librarian

I would probably choose to have invisibility. Not only would I like to take walks at night and not be afraid of there being any danger, but I’d also love to read in public and not be disturbed.

 

“Who’s your favourite superhero?”
The Orang-utan Librarian

I’m actually not a big superhero person, so I don’t know many superheroes. From the superheros that I do know though, I would say my favorite is Wonder Woman. She can not only protect herself, but she’s someone who a lot of people look up to and believe in. I think Wonder Woman serves as a symbol of a woman who is respected and strong in a male-dominated culture. That especially resonates with me since I’m a woman who’s going to be working in the tech industry soon.

 

“Ninjas or Pirates? Why?”
Lois @ My Midnight Musing

Ninjas! I prefer them and think they would win against pirates because of their sneakiness, cleverness, and swiftness. I never really became immersed in this debate because I always thought the answer was obvious. 😉

 

 

Thank you again to all of my subscribers and everyone who asked me a question for this Q&A! If you missed the opportunity to ask me a question on my last post, feel free to ask me questions on this post, and I’ll answer them here! 🙂

56 thoughts on “Blog-Related Advice, Bookish Preferences, and Fun Facts Questions Answered

  1. Katherine @ Fabled Haven

    I really should give Suits a watch then, haha! You make it sound so entertaining – it’s kind of ironic, because I’ve always planned to enter the field of law! Congratulations again on 500, Jorelene – you really deserve it (:

  2. transhaan

    Awesome post! Love you answers to everything, so detailed and thorough. Got to admit that it is quite hard–almost impossible–to find real life people that are as invested as us in books. Good thing we have such an amazing community huh? 😀 Thank you for mentioning us among the book bloggers that you had on your mind when typing up that list! That’s so kind of you. Oh, and I would totally pick ninjas too! 😀 😀

    – Lashaan

  3. Carolyn

    I’m in my last quarter of uni but unlike you, I’m taking it way too easy this time around because I was finished with all but one of my major requirements. Props to you for almost completing your minor and a double major 0: you go!! Also, I’ve read To All the Boys and I want to try all of Lara Jean’s recipes..lol

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      I’m so jealous! I definitely should’ve planned more ahead with my classes and opted to take the harder classes earlier – it would’ve allowed me to enjoy my senior year a lot more. Congrats on finishing university! Isn’t it amazing how fast things went by? It’s incredibly bittersweet. Yeah, all of the food mentioned in To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before sounded delicious! Haha, thank you so much, Carolyn! 🙂

      1. Carolyn

        It’s ok, you got it done and that’s what it counts although I probably wouldn’t be saying that if it were me lol. I was lucky I took so many APs because it counted for a lot of elective credit I didn’t have to take in uni.
        Thanks! Yeah, three more weeks until graduation! So scary :/

        1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

          I just finished my graduation ceremonies, so I can say that there’s really not much to be scared about! It’s a bit nerve-wrecking going on stage, but it’s also a fantastic experience. I hope you have a wonderful graduation! 🙂 <3

          1. Carolyn

            I think I’m more scared of what’s gonna happen after graduation. It’s like the first time I won’t be going back to school in September. It’s gonna feel so weird.

  4. Kellie @ Book Delights

    Awesome post, I loved your answers!! Same, I get annoyed by too much deus ex machina (unless it’s sort of justified… c:) and special snowflakes. And I agree, cop out endings suck. :\

    Thank you for sharing your blogging advice (it was very helpful), and congratulations on 500 followers again! 🙂

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      Thank you so much, Kellie! Yeah, cop-out endings are especially awful at the end of a long series. It’s like it was a large build-up for almost nothing. No problem at all – I’m so glad you found my advice useful! Aww, thank you! 🙂 <3

  5. rantandraveaboutbooks

    Thank you so much for mentioning my post and for answering my question. I love your answers to all of the questions! 🙂 For some reason, I can never respond to your posts through the WP reader, only when I visit the full site. That’s strange. I agree with you 100%. The book community is really supportive and that’s what makes blogging so much fun for me. I only know one person who reads, which sounds weird when I think about it, but it’s true, and I’m willing to bet that plays a big part in why a lot of us started blogging. I was also surprised how much time it takes to plan, research, and write a post. I went into it thinking it would be easy and I was so wrong. I follow some of the bloggers you listed, but there’s a handful I haven’t heard of. I’ll go check them out.
    You’re a Suits fan!! I love that show! It’s the only show on TV I watch live. Nice post! Congrats on graduating and 500+ followers!

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      No problem at all, Jill! I think you may be unable to respond to my posts through the WP reader because I’m on a self-hosted WordPress site.

      Yeah, it’s strange how rare it is to meet someone who enjoys reading as a hobby. Book blogging has been an amazing avenue to meet people who are also passionate about books and discussing them! 🙂

      I absolutely love Suits! It’s such a fun show to watch – it’s a great mixture of drama, romance, case logistics, and the professional lifestyle. I’m a bit behind on the fifth season, so I’m ready to binge it once things settle down!

      Thank you so much! 🙂

  6. Lulu's House of Books

    I really enjoyed reading your answers! You gave some pretty good advice on book blogging and I will definitely take it on board for my own blog. Congratulations on reaching 500 subscribers, it’s proof of your fantastic assiduity and passion. I’m happy to have joined this wagon too!

    Could you explain better what you were saying about tagging people on a blog? I didn’t even know it was possible.
    I also have a question about blogging. Themewise, do you think it’s better to stick to one theme or area of interest (e.g. literature), or is it ok to expand it to other things? If you choose the second, do you have any advise about how to do that well so that people can follow what interests them? (I hope what I just wrote makes sense)

    Well done for finishing this semester and have fun on your graduation day !

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      Aww, thank you so much! I’m so glad my advice was helpful! 😀

      Yeah, so when a WordPress post links to another WordPress blog’s post or page, the latter WordPress blog gets a comment notification in the form of a “pingback.” You can find examples of pingbacks on my About Me page! They just look like comments. Does that clarify things more for you?

      I personally think it’s better to stick to one area of interest, although that area of interest can be broad. For instance, my focus is books/literature – my posts therefore include book reviews, in-depth book discussions, and bookish topics. That also gives me the option of doing author interviews, book-related guest posts, and book blog tours in the future. That being said, I know that there are book-related blogs that have more than one area of interest. The most common I’ve seen is book and lifestyle blogs. I think it really just depends on the type of posts your readers would enjoy. That being said, blogging is also about doing what you want, so if you want your blog to be focused on more than one area of interest, then go for it! 🙂

      1. Lulu's House of Books

        That makes it a lot clearer, thank you! I agree with you, at the end of the day it’s about what one wants to put in their blog and what one’s audience prefers (although mine is very small). Thank you for your opinion, I’ll pay more attention at how other blogs combine different areas of focus and see what works for me and what doesn’t 🙂

  7. Briana

    The point about bloggers apologizing for being late is a good one. I don’t think I would ever even notice if a blogger I followed was “off schedule!” Maybe early on, when I first started blogging and didn’t follow very many bloggers, I would be more attuned to what “normally” happens on their blog. But now I follow a lot of blogs and definitely couldn’t tell you if someone is “supposed” to have a review every Friday or what. 😉

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      Haha yeah, I also don’t think I’ve ever realized someone’s off schedule, unless they said so in a post. Whenever I come across someone’s blogging schedule, I’m usually impressed, but I don’t ever expect to hold them to that schedule since I know that a lot can come up in bloggers’ lives.

  8. Marie @ drizzleandhurricanebooks

    I can’t believe I completely forgot about asking you a question…*hides in shame*. But I do think you have an incredible blog, and you put so much into it, really, I can tell. It’s so great that you got so many followers in no time, I’m impressed, but what is even greater is how you can dedicate yourself to blogging despite a busy schedule. I try and do that as well, but it’s not always easy 🙂
    I love all of your advice on blogging especially, you’re so right, this needs to remain a hobby before everything, even if it’s time consuming, and who thought blogging took so much time? 😛

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      Haha, it’s totally fine – don’t worry about it at all, Marie! 🙂

      Yeah, it can be really difficult maintaining consistent posts on a blog, but I would say it’s definitely worthwhile because of all of the great people I’ve met and posts that I’ve read. I think you do a really great job with dedicating yourself to your blog as well!

      Aww, thank you so much – that means so much to me! Although blogging does take so much time, I think it’s a fantastic way to spend the time. 😀

  9. Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews

    I love this post! I enjoyed reading your answers so much.

    The advice you gave was fantastic too. I think having an aesthetically pleasing design is so important. Like you said it doesn’t have to be anything too complicated, just easy on the eyes. Whilst I stick around for the content the first thing catches my eye is the theme and it’s so much more easier to navigate a blog that has a great layout. And aw, thank you so much for saying you like my blog design! I wish the free version of WordPress had a CSS editor so I could customise it even more, haha.

    Congrats on graduating! Your cap is awesome!

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      Thank you so much, Lauren! Haha, no problem at all – your blog is easy to navigate, and your graphics are well made! I’m decent at graphic designing, but I’m usually pretty bad at actual artwork. My graduation cap is one of the few tangible things that I’m pretty happy that I designed! 🙂

  10. amortalreader1

    Thank you for answering my question, I watch a-lot of the same booktubers as you do but you also introduced me to a few others.
    This post is full of really useful tips and congratulations on just getting 500 followers in a matter of months!
    I’m going to take some of your tips on board and look into my own blog to see if I can make my blog more appealing 🙂

  11. Trisha @ Vive Les Books

    Great Answers Jorelene! I think Harry Potter will always be a clutch read. I wholeheartedly agree with your pickings for Kiss, Marry, Kill. (Icky Dudley) And you are TOO SWEET, you’re an inspiration too! I was very hesitant starting my blog but when you followed (first follower btw) and commented. It put a smile to my face and gave me the confidence to say ‘yes I can do this’ 🙂

    Congratulations on your graduation!! Cheers to your success!

  12. Ishita

    Amazing post! Speaking of pet-peeves, insta-love has become so commonplace these days (especially in the YA and fantasy), that I fear I will soon I will lose the … erm… ability to even recognize and critique it in my reviews. Cliffhangers I don’t mind much if the book overall was really good, and I am definitely going to pick part 2 from the local library when it releases. But if it was a book I didnt like, I would hate it and feel cheated that I invested all the time reading it .. hehe..

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      Thank you so much, Ishita! Yeah, I’ve been noticing insta-love a lot in YA fantasy recently as well – I’m not sure if it’s something that’s becoming more common, or if it’s always been that way and I’m only now starting to notice it more. Haha, I don’t like cliffhangers under really any circumstances… I like book endings that hint to where the plot direction is going to go, but if the ending is something that insinuates a character is going to die soon or a huge revelation, then I get peeved.

  13. Liam @ Hey Ashers!

    Congratulations on graduating! Your cap is awesome. What are you going to do to celebrate?

    “There’s a lot of effort needed to be put into reading books during a busy school semester, writing consistent posts, and being active on social media.”

    Your time-management abilities are admirable and so inspiring. How do you keep up with your social media as well as the blog itself? I try to read most posts of the blogs I follow (I’m only following 140, and I don’t know if that’s a pretty average number, or below average. How many are you following?), and it takes a ton of my time. I can’t imagine ALSO keeping up with, say, a Twitter account and all its extra conversations.

    You’re the first person I’ve seen point out the importance of a nice-looking blog, and I just about cheered reading that. It’s so true.

    Thanks for the reminder about the name thing; my link wasn’t broken, but I’d been meaning to add “Liam @” for a while.

    Excellent advice, and I loved reading all your answers! And thank you so much for listing me as one of the bloggers who inspires you; it means a lot, since you’re one of the bloggers who most inspires me! 😀

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      Thank you so much, Liam! Now that graduation is over, I’m going to head over to my hometown to visit family for two weeks, and then I’m going to return to my college city to celebrate my 21st birthday with my friends! I’m finally going to be 21, which is crazy since it’ll be after I graduated college. The drinking age in the US is so unfortunate for me. 🙁

      Aww, that means so much to me! My social media isn’t as active as it should be, but I try to not let my accounts have more than a couple of days of no posts. That’s pretty doable for Twitter since it’s just short snippets of text, so my Instagram account is probably the most neglected since it’s hard for me to take good bookish pictures. As for the number of blogs I follow, I currently follow 188 blogs, which I think is below average. However, even 188 blogs for me is hard to keep up with. I used to follow over 300, but I realized I couldn’t keep up with that many, so I unfollowed blogs that were irrelevant for me or inactive for more than a month.

      No problem at all – I love your honest reviews and writing style! 😀

      1. Liam @ Hey Ashers!

        That sounds like a perfect way to celebrate both your graduation and your birthday!

        188 blogs would definitely be hard to keep up with, but that makes me feel better about how I’m going about following other blogs. It’s nice to know I’m not way outside the norm. Thanks for that!

        🙂

  14. Fatima @NoteablePad

    Jorelene, I feel like I got to know you a whole lot better with this Q & A, and congratulations again for the 500 subscribers! This post has made me admire you a whole lot more. I’ve continually wondered how you’re able to keep on top of your responsibilities, college work and consistently blog. You’re like super woman! You have such amazing time management skills .. I can’t stick to any timetables, and sometimes I spend too much time blogging. I’m so impressed. I have a Twitter and Instagram, but constantly forget to update them. Not to mention I have awful attention problems. For you to do all of that and still be able to graduate is beyond amazing (that cap is adorable!) I wish you all the best in the male-dominated tech industry! No matter how difficult it may be at first, if there’s anyone that can get through it, that’s you! You’re determined, committed and intelligent – you can get through anything life throws at you!
    Your blogging tips are all so true! Also, green tea cheesecake sounds so good. I’m definitely looking it up now!
    Can I also just thank you from the bottom of my heart? Thank you so much for listing me… I’ve already told you that you inspired me a lot to actually take blogging seriously, so it all goes back to you 😀

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      Haha, you’re the sweetest, Fatima! Thank you so much for your kind words, especially for your encouragement of me joining the tech industry! I’m nervous to start my job in a few weeks, but I’m also very excited at the same time! 🙂 <3

      I also spend a lot of time blogging, so what I do is over-allocate time to blogging in my schedule, which usually turns out to be the actual amount of time I need to spend on blogging. Maybe you can try that out!

      Aww, it makes me so happy that I was able to help you in your blogging journey. I absolutely love your blog, and I can definitely see the effort you put into it! I’m really looking forward to watching your blog continue to grow! 😀

      1. Fatima @ NoteablePad

        Thank you for the advice 🙂 I think that might work for me. I don’t know how I manage to spend so much time blogging, but I need to be stringent with my time.

        And thank you so much! <3 <3 your comment has made my day.

  15. Lois

    THANK YOU!! I have been standing by my point that ninja’s would always win for those exact reasons. I am always baffled at how people can think that pirates can outmaneuver a ninja – well, unless they’re a ninja pirate, which makes things a bit more complicated haha.

    I feel like I’ve gotten to know you a whole lot better after this Q&A sesh and I love the answers that you came up with especially with regards to reminding ourselves that blogging is supposed to be fun. I know that the minute I start to feel like the blog is an obligation instead of fun I need to step back and re-evaluate.

    I am still very much in love with your graduation cap design and it makes me want to play a game of pacman. 😛 I am also so impressed that you found the time to juggle blogging, school and just life in general. I definitely could not do that and it’s why I waited until after graduation to start the blog haha.

    Also, thank you for listing me on your list of blogs and you are definitely an inspiration to me and I love getting to chat with you about all things bookish and everything in between. 😀

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      I know! It’s such an obvious choice!

      Haha, Pac-Man is such an iconic game – I loved having it on my graduation cap. It would’ve definitely been smarter of me to start this blog after I graduated, but I just didn’t fully understand the amount of time I would need to dedicate to it… Well, at least I made it through! 🙂

      No problem at all, Lois! I’ve been following your blog for probably as long as I’ve been blogging, so I knew I had to list you. I love being able to continuously chat with you as well! <3

  16. Life of a Female Bibliophile

    Really nice post! I loved the Q & A idea. That was really creative. Congratulations on 500 subscribers and your upcoming graduation! Your cap design is so cute, and I wish I had dressed up my own cap when I graduated. I just started following your blog and I love it! 🙂

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      Haha, I would only be Katniss for one day though! I couldn’t live her whole life. I just think it would be interesting experiencing The Hunger Games for a day and to be able to properly use a bow and arrow. 🙂

  17. Reg @ She Latitude

    I love this post, thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and insights as well as including me! Also love your graduation cap, it’s really cute. 🙂

    OMG I can’t believe you would want to be Katniss. I think I’d be too scared to even spend an hour in her world, let alone a day, haha. I strictly believe that the only reason she survived is because she’s our protagonist and can’t really die (well, until the book ends), but let’s be real IT’S SO SCARY.

    Also I’m super excited to see your BookTube if you ever start one. It’ll be fun. 🙂

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      It’s no problem at all, Reg! I love reading your posts! 🙂

      Haha, that’s true! Protagonists have this ability to live through just about anything. I’m just so curious to experience The Hunger Games though! I haven’t ever (or ever will) experienced a scenario where I have to beat nature, and possibly other people, to sustain myself and live. I think it would be a really great experience, given that I don’t die. 😛

      I’ll experiment with videos sometime later this year, once things settle down more for me! Have you thought about starting a BookTube?

      1. Reg @ She Latitude

        DON’T JINX IT, JORELENE. The thought of fighting nature freaks me out even though I actually really love disaster/apocalyptic/dystopian movies/books, etc. 😛

        Hmm, I have, but honestly I’m not very into filming myself and I HATE, I emphasis HATE, the way I sound on camera so the chances of me starting a BookTube is extremely low. Plus I also don’t actually follow any BookTubers – I’m more the beauty/food YouTube watcher, haha. I’m looking forward to yours, though!

        1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

          Hahaha, knock on wood! 😛

          Ahh, I’m actually in the same boat! I really dislike my voice on any recording device, phone, camera, etc. It’ll probably be my biggest hurdle when trying to create a BookTube. I hope I’ll be able to look past that and create a BookTube nonetheless! I’m so glad I have at least one viewer now! 🙂

          1. Reg @ She Latitude

            It’s interesting that you feel that way too and still want to BookTube! Was there a particular reason why you feel YouTube would be a good medium, or is it just something you feel like doing? 😛

            1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

              I think BookTube can be more personal than blogging because you can actually hear and see the person. Although I don’t enjoy listening to my own voice, I feel like a lot of people would be interested to get to know me better, and I think video is a great way of accomplishing that since we all only know each other online. I know that I can get a better sense of a person through his/her BookTube, compared to just blog posts! 🙂

  18. Summer @ Xingsings

    Oh my, this comment is so late but thank you so much for including me in this post, Jorelene! I just wanted to let you know it’s mutual; seeing your growth as a blogger and success as an individual really inspires me. <3

    AND congratulations on graduating! Gosh, girl, your academic workload… Just wow! We've talked about this before but even though I'm technically done with undergrad I don't really graduate like you until two more years. I just got into professional school early and they allowed me to do this dual enrollment with school (so technically I'm done but don't get my degree until the traditional four years). Anyway, I'm not graduating like you yet! (I'm not sure why I'm sharing this when this post should be to celebrate you, haha.)

    This is also belated but congratulations on your follower milestone! I try not to focus on the numbers anymore but it feels good to meet those.

    Anyway, I hope you celebrate everything with some good ice cream or boba tea (or really whatever you like). Wishing you only the best in the future (both blogging and real life)!

    (Oh and your tips for new bloggers are brilliant. I honestly don't follow many people (since I tend to blog hop all over the place anyway) but the ones I do, blog design plays a role.)

    This comment is probably all over the place since it's 1:30 am, but I really wanted to comment before I lost this post. 😅

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      Haha, it’s no problem at all, Summer! I absolutely love your posts. Aww, thank you so much! That means so much to me. 🙂 <3

      Thank you, Summer! I'm so relieved that I survived, especially since this past semester was so stressful and hectic. That’s really awesome that you’re in professional school! At least you know that this way, you’re getting a head start on establishing yourself in your career. I’m actually a bit jealous – being done with school is strange because I can no longer call myself a student, and it gives me a whole new set of things to worry about. Graduating is definitely bittersweet. 🙂

      Haha, I love both ice cream and boba tea! I’ll be sure to stuff myself with both since I have a few weeks of free time now before I start my job. Thank you so much, Summer! You’re incredibly sweet! 🙂

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