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!
“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:
- Amanda @ Read All The Books
- Ariel @ Ariel Bisset
- Caz @ Little Book Owl
- Christine @ PolandBananasBooks
- Emma @ emmmabooks
- Regan @ Peruse Project
- Taneika @ Flipping Through Pages
- Zoe @ Read by Zoe
“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.
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. 🙂
“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:
- Alysyn @ ReinReads
- Ashleigh @ A Frolic Through Fiction
- Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions
- Fatima @ NoteablePad
- Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner
- Josephine @ Word Revel
- Lashaan and Trang @ Bookidote
- Leslie @ LesliesLibrary
- Liam @ Hey Ashers!
- Lois @ My Midnight Musing
- Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books
- Nemo and Taneika @ Young Adult At Heart
- Reg @ She Latitude
- Summer @ Xingsings
- Trisha @ Vive Les Books
“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. 🙂
“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
I 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:
- Cedric Diggory
- Dudley Dursley
- Viktor Krum
I’d kiss Viktor Krum, marry Cedric Diggory, and kill Dudley Dursley.
“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! 🙂