I was tagged by Elissa at Elissa Reads to participate in this challenge! I’m due for a meet-the-book-blogger post, so I thought this could be a good introduction to me and my blog writing process!
Note: This form was created by Jamie @ ALittleSliceofJamie
1. Where do you typically write your blog posts?
At my desk! One of the reason’s I’ve been able to post more recently, is because I finally set up a desk in my house, which has been great for sitting down and pulling my thoughts together.
2. How long does it take you to write a book review?
A long time. I never time it because that would stress me out but it’s not very quick. I can normally get my first round of thoughts down in 10-15 minutes but then its going back, refining my word choices, and checking for typos that takes a long time. I care a lot about the reader getting the information and emotional understanding they need, so I try to make sure I’m choosing words with the right connotations.
3. When did you start your book blog?
February 2017! I was feeling unsatisfied with my engineering life – not enough creativity! – and also felt like I was just reading books and forgetting them. Having a place to write creatively and process the books I was reading felt like a good idea.
4. What’s the worst thing about having a book blog in your opinion?
I don’t think there is one. Maybe overcommiting to reading as a hobby, but is that really such a bad thing? I don’t put too much pressure on myself to write, so it’s just enjoyable so far.
5. What is the best thing about having a book blog in your opinion?
First and foremost – the interaction with all of you! If it wasn’t the interaction, I’d have a reading journal 😉
I also enjoy the creative process of writing reviews. I typically ask myself “What was the best part of this book? Why would I read it? What would I want to know before? How did this book make me feel?” I often find that some book reviews don’t set up the intrigue for the future reader and I try to to do that. The best compliment I can receive is that someone started reading a book because of my review!
6. What blog post have you had the most fun writing so far?
7. What is your favorite type of blog post to write?
Review posts are great! I enjoy discussion posts, but often worry I don’t have the authority to make generalizations and give advice – if you’re reading my blog you probably already have some bookish opinions of your own!
8. When do you typically write?
When I have free time! Sometimes a Tuesday, sometimes a Saturday. There’s no real rhyme or reason. Mostly when I’m between books and deciding what to read next.
9. How do you write your book reviews? With a cup of coffee or tea? With Netflix? Cuddled up with your fur baby?
Typically with a can of La Croix at my desk. No music. I can’t think about words while music is on. If TV is on it needs to be something I’m not really watching, like overly long reality TV shows – Hello The Bachelor and The Voice.
10. When do you write your book reviews? Right after finishing the book? Two weeks after finishing the book?
I try to keep it within a week or two but definitely less than three weeks. If it goes past three weeks, it’s not getting written. However, I really like having time to process my thoughts before I sit down and write. That way it’s more helpful and less reactionary.
11. How often do you post?
Aiming for twice a week! I’ve been doing well over the last month – we’ll see how that translates in to a busy summer!