Book Tag: The Secret Life of a Book Blogger

While scrolling down my blog, I felt in the last few weeks, I have been constantly posting either a movie review or a book review and I questioned – maybe it’s time to have something different. Just then I stumbled upon ‘Book Tag: The Secret Life of a Book Blogger’ on A Rambling Reviewer, a blog that I love to follow. After reading this interesting post, I wanted to write a post of my own by the same tag. Hope this one is as much fun!

So, here goes my post:

How long have you been blogging?

I am not sure how to answer this one. I started blogging on blogger platform way back in 2013 but went nowhere with it. The first four years were a lean period where I hardly posted; say two to three random posts a year. In December 2017, I decided to have another blog, this time on the WordPress platform. But, trying to manage two blogs was becoming quite hectic so I completely migrated to my present address at ‘bookishloom’ on WordPress in October 2019. So, I would say somewhere around early 2019, I took blogging seriously – discovered the community and signed up for a couple of challenges. That makes a year in serious blogging!

What is the best thing about blogging?

In 2018, when I realized my love for books was actually transforming me into a compulsive reviewer, wanting me to either scribble on my notepad or on EverNote or blabbering about the book to people around me. Yes, going completely crazy, talking about books, short stories, movie adaptations and authors to uninterested people! Then, one day I just posted a book review. This brought joy to me, I realized I could write about the books I love and connect with people who love to read about books.

What is the worst thing? What can you do to make it okay?

Ok, I think pretty obvious, the disappointment of not reaching out to as many readers as I expected. I see some of the blogs doing really great, a committed readership and a huge number of comments. Probably, I am not reaching out as much. I really need to visit more blogs…that’s my 2020 resolution too!

How long does it make/take you to find pictures?

As a book blogger, I take pictures of the books with me or of the bookshelf or the web version of the book cover. Sometimes, it is about the lighting in the room where I am sitting to write or just being able to get my table cleared sans the clutter for me to click the picture.

What is your book crush?

I am not sure if this is a constant. There was Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, which has been the longest love affair. Then, there was Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie and a few months back, I read Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman and I couldn’t part with the book.

What author would you like to guest on your blog?

Ohh…this one is like a dream question. If ever, that is ever-ever I could, I would like to have Amitav Ghosh. Whether I can stick with a book crush or not, the author crush is a permanence in my life since college days.

What do you wear when you write blog posts?

Haha…well, I am always wearing my tshirt and pyjamas while writing the blog posts. I mostly write my blogs after completing the household chores in the morning before I head out for the day. So that hardly leaves me with any choice of styling!

How long does it take you to prepare?

Well, essentially I write book reviews so my preparation starts from day one when I begin reading a book. There are times that I constantly keep notes or screenshot the page I really loved or want to refer to.

Once I finish reading, it takes about 1-2 hours to complete writing the review and then editing, proofreading. The problem is these 1-2 hours never come as a whole; I constantly juggle with half-an-hour slots which makes me linger for 2-3 days before posting it.

How do you feel about the book blogging community?

I have felt happy and encouraged with the response from the book blogging community, especially during the blogging challenges I undertook this year. It is amazing to connect with people who can gush about the same books and authors and give some worthy recommendations.

What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?

Love what you create and promote your content religiously.

Hope you enjoyed reading the post!

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