Today is my 6 month blogoversary! I’m honestly amazed that I’ve been blogging for this long already and even more amazed that anyone cares about what I have to say! haha Before I get onto the actual Q&A, I just want to say that you all have made this so much fun. I enjoy doing this so much more than I ever even thought I would.
A few days ago I posted an update mentioning that my 6 month blogoversary was coming up and that I wanted to do a Q&A with all of you to celebrate. You guys asked some great questions so without further ado, here we go. 🙂
Fatima @ NoteablePad asked: Are there ever times when you feel like blogging can be a real challenge, and how do you get past these times?
There have absolutely been times where blogging feels like a challenge. I’m still in college so when I get super busy with schoolwork, it’s hard to find time to read and blog. And there are of course times where I just don’t know what to post about. I don’t do a whole lot to get past it other than 1. remind myself my blog will still be here when I have time to blog again and/or 2. do some quicker posts that don’t need me to sit down and brainstorm like Teaser Tuesdays or a tag.
Novelgossip asked: Tips for new bloggers who are struggling to stay consistent?
I still struggle with consistency so I’m probably not the best to ask about this, but something that I’ve found helps a lot is assigning certain days for certain posts. For example, I leave Tuesdays for Teaser Tuesdays and/or Top Ten Tuesdays and Wednesdays for WWW Wednesdays. Then I do all my discussions on Thursdays and save the weekend for various other posts like tags. I don’t follow this 100% of the time, but having it as a general guideline is helpful. Find some sort of schedule like this that works for you and it can really help with consistency.
Jill @ Rant and Rave About Books asked: What’s your favorite part about the bookish community? How do you balance your personal life with your writing and reading life? What do you do when you have writer’s block?
My favorite part about the bookish community… This is hard but it’s probably getting to talk to all of the people in the community about books and discovering new books through them. Before I had a blog, I had no one to talk to about books so that’s something that I’ve really enjoyed about being a blogger.
Balancing my personal life with blogging, reading, etc. can be pretty hard especially when I’m in school. Basically I try to just do things that need to be done first (like homework) and use any spare minute I have to write blog posts or read. I also usually “go to bed” pretty early (around 10) and then spend an hour or two reading. That lets me get enough done without feeling like I’m neglecting anything.
I’m lucky enough that writer’s block has not been a huge issue for me thus far, but in the rare cases that it has happened I’ve just let myself take a break. By allowing myself to take a break and not beating myself up over it, I don’t feel as much pressure to come up with something to write and usually I end up coming up with ideas on my own pretty soon. There are also some blogs that have post ideas lists that I have bookmarked which can be helpful too.
Zainab @ TeenBookLit101 asked: Where do you see yourself in 5 years time? What are you currently doing in life besides blogging eg. Work, college etc.?
5 years from now I’ll hopefully have my Master’s and be a counselor of some sort. I’m still trying to figure that out haha I’d love to still be book blogging too. Hopefully life won’t get crazy enough that I need to abandon this blog, but who knows.
Besides blogging, I’m a college student (going into my senior year – yikes) studying psychology and trying to figure out exactly what it is I want to do with my life. But right now, I’m on summer break so I’m working for the summer at a Mexican restaurant.
Aentee @ Read at Midnight asked: What are some of your favourite books you found through blogging/following blogger’s recommendations? Have your reading tastes altered since you started blogging?
I’ve found some great books through blogging. A couple of my favorites would definitely be A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab and Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy. I found both of those through blogger recommendations. I’ll also count Fear My Mortality by Everly Frost and There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlane since I got those as review copies which wouldn’t have happened if I wasn’t blogging.
Since I started blogging, I definitely find myself reading a bigger variety of books. Before blogging, I was pretty much only reading sci-fi and fantasy, but now I’m reading a lot of historical fiction and contemporary as well. Those are genres I always liked, but for some reason neglected until I was blogging.
I just want to say thank you again too all of you for sending me questions and just for following my blog in the first place. 🙂 I love getting to interact with you and it’s been a big part of what has made blogging so much fun for me. Here’s to hoping the next 6 months are just as great!