Hey everyone! Hopefully this turns out okay, I'm on my old desktop since my laptop broke. But it should turn out good. Anyway, today I bring you an interview with an awesome blogger over at Doodle's Book Blog!
I asked her a couple of questions about blogging and she was kind enough to respond to them.
What's the story on how you go into blogging (reviewing books and such)?
I wasn't a big reader while I was growing up. I had a bad experience while I was reading Charlotte's Web in third grade. Two pages to go and I put the book down and never picked it back up. I read off and on for school, but always at a leisurely pace and rarely because I wanted to. In December of 2010, I was on break from school with nothing to do so I picked up a random book that had been laying on my shelf for who knows how long and I finished it in one sitting. A month later I convinced my dad to buy me a Nook and I've been reading like crazy ever since. It wasn't until this January when I started thinking about all of the books I've read, how little I remembered from each of them and having no idea what to read next. I had spent so much money on my books and never really thought about what I was getting from them besides entertainment. That's when the idea to start a blog popped into my head. I mulled over it for about a week because I've never enjoyed writing and I didn't know if it was what I really wanted to do. Needless to say, I opened my blog on January 24 and I'm so happy I did because I've gotten to know a lot of awesome people that I wouldn't have otherwise.
How has it changed your life in both good ways and bad?
Let's start with the good...
First and foremost, blogging has made me more organized and I procrastinate less. Both of those things I really needed to improve on. I used to always wait till the last minute to do things, but I can't really do that with reading and reviewing. If I tell an author I will be able to read their book on a certain date, I have it read, reviewed and already scheduled to post before the day I said I could start it. I've set goals for myself and I try to accomplish those goals ahead of time. I've also made a lot of really great friends. I may not live close to them, but we talk on a regular basis. I actually have plans to fly to Canada when I graduate to meet one of my best blogging buddies.
And the bad...
I'm not going to say it's such a bad thing, but I feel like I read a lot more than I used to. I spend a lot of time on the internet now networking and formatting posts. Some of my friends have said that I spend to much time on my blog, but it's only as good as the amount of time and effort I put into it. I also don't get to the gym as much as I would like, but I make time for a 4-mile walk with my mom about 3 or 4 days a week.
Do you see yourself continuing this wonderful journey into the far future?
I would like to say that I do see my blog still alive and posting regularly well into the future, but I don't want to say yes or no. Things may happen between now and then where I can't continue to put as much work into it, or I may have to take a couple of months off. With what I'm planning to do after college, it may or may not be here three years from now. I currently have plans to graduate and work for two years then join the Air Force. I would love to do both, but I'm not sure where I will be stationed or if it will even be possible for me to do both. If I can, I most definitely will. Blogging has become such a big part of my life that giving it up will be hard and I really don't want to see that happen.
What's your most favorite part about blogging?
There are so many good things about blogging, but my favorite part doesn't even happen online. I can walk into a bookstore now and I will see a kid in the young adult section looking completely lost, unable to find a book. If they look flustered, I ask them if they need help and tell them what I do. They tend to get excited and they either describe the cover, explain the major plot, or they tell me the title and explain that they don't remember the author's name. Then I find the book within minutes and the look on their faces is priceless. They ask if I work there, and no, I don't, but if I can help someone out I will. Then they start asking me questions about my blog and I hand them business card and I find I have a new follower the next day.
I actually like the end question with helping people out because I've done that so many times and not only the looks on their faces but the feeling you get of having made someone happy. Again, thank you for answering these questions and guys don't forget to check her out.
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Also don't forget to go to her site to check out a giveaway she's doing where you can win 1 of 6 books.