Thursday, December 7

The Secret Life of a Book Blogger


Hello, you beautiful hoomans! I've been meaning to talk about exactly what blogging means to me for quite some time now, and this short hiatus I've been on has given me quite some stuff I want to talk about here. Instead of opening up a discussion of sorts though, I figured this tag would give me a good framework to work around what I want to talk about and so here goes! 

How long have you been a book blogger?

Approximately 2.5 years! Looking back it feels like both a long time and a ridiculously short one- long, because wow, two and half years is HUGE (according to me, anyway), and short because how time flies! It's amazing to think that I've managed to hang in here for all of this period, juggling uni and what not. *pats self in the back*

At what point do you think you’ll stop blogging?

Um, never? I hope I never do. I know for a fact that Vera has no ideas (yet) of kicking me out, so yeah. I'm in this for the long haul, I guess, whether you like it or not haha.

What is the best thing about blogging?

Being able to share whatever I want to and have an audience for it. Honestly, the best thing about book blogging is interacting with the many, many beautiful minds here and it's such a blessing to feel heard, you know? I love it.

What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it OK?

I'd be lying if I said there have never been moments where I genuinely felt scared about speaking up. More often than not, I refrain for raising anything problematic on the blog unless I talk it out with Vera first and double-check myself, but I wish I were more outspoken. I should work on that.

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

Not very long. I try to keep things as simple (yet pleasing) as possible, and I make do with free stock and vector images I find online. Up until recently I used picmonkey.com but then they decided to make things oh-so-difficult for poor us by charging for all their services so now I resort to other sites like fotor.com

Who is your book crush?

I've had this answer since forever but Michael from the Princess Diaries series and Luke Brandon from the Shopaholic series. I've just mentally married them both already and refuse to let anyone else take top spots in my list of book crushes.

What author would you like to have on your blog?

Ahh this is a tough one. I'll just name a few of my 2017 faves- I'd love to have any of these fabulous ladies over here, thank you very much: Angie Thomas, S. K. Ali, Leigh Bardugo, L. A. Weatherly, Holly Bourne.

What do you wear when you write your blog post?

Pajamas, usually, or just regular day clothes (shalwars or kurtis most of the time, in case you were wondering).
How long does it take you to prepare?

An hour at best, or literally days. There's no in between.

How do you feel about the book blogger community?

I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT IT!!! The book community is one of the best things that ever happened to me and I consider myself very, very lucky to be a small, small part of it. Sure, there are bad days, but there are really amazing ones too and that makes everything so worth it.

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

This may sound like a terrible clichΓ©, but I think the best thing one can do is be oneself. Don't change yourself or your content to suit the audience- rather, be yourself, and create your own niche. That's best, and you'll be the happiest at the end of the day.

Well, so that's all my thoughts regarding blogging and all it means to me. What about you? Are you a blogger or reader, or both? What about blogging makes it the most appealing to you? Let's talk in the comments below! 

10 comments:

  1. I also write on my pyjamas LOL and I decided a long time ago that my blog was primarily for me. I don't really care much about following or pleasing others just for the sake of it. I update when I want about what I want. If people like the content, awesome but if they don't, that's also fine. Trying to be someone else is very tiring and eventually it will be noticeable

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    1. HAH PYJAMAS FTW!!! And yesss, things are so much better when you just decide to be yourself- less pressure in keeping up the image, for one!

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  2. Great tag. I love the book blogger community too. The people are so nice and creative.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Right?? It's such a blessing honestly <3

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  3. I definitely agree on the outspoken dilemma. I definitely shy away from the tougher topics because I’m afraid of how people will receive them. The last thing I want to do is come off as rude. Excellent post Ruzaika!

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    1. The. struggle. is. real. I'm rooting for us both to be more outspoken in the future!!! :D

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    "I'm in this for the long haul, I guess, whether you like it or not haha."
    We definitely like it! 😘

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    "An hour at best, or literally days. There's no in between."
    LOL, I can relate. I mean, it's mostly DAYS with me, but sometimes I manage to write a quick post. Not quicker than a hour long though πŸ˜‰.

    Maybe being yourself is not exactly the recipe for a successful blog, but it is for a happy one!

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    1. I'M GLAD YOU LOVE THE IDEA OF ME BEING AROUND FOREVER. #immortalityisthebestest

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  5. Great answers. IT would be a dream to have Angie Thomas and Leigh Bardugo on the blog. But I wouldn't know where to start with either to be honesty. I always think I've been blogging for less time than I actually have, so yes, time does fly by when it comes to blogging.

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    1. ANgie Thomas, honestly! I'd LOVE to have a look into that brilliant mind of hers. And yes, it's so easy to lose track of time, especially in blogging!

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