Awards/Tags, Blogging Tips, Books

The Secret Life of a Book Blogger

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This is my first attempt to participate in a book tag or a book award. In time, I have been nominated by fellow bloggers for awards but I never took any particular interest in responding and to continue the tradition from my side. My apologies. However, I tend to enjoy the questionnaire of these book tags and blogger awards since it is fun and informative when bloggers share their experience through these variety of posts.

Nobody nominated me this time for The Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag but I feel motivated to do this myself. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy this type. I’d like to thank QuirkyVictorian from Over Analysing Literature for introducing me to this tag. Do check out her blog, she’s a bibliophile just like you and me.

How long have you been a blogger?

This is my first book blog and I have been dragging on for four years now.

At what point do you think you will stop?

When I am sucked out of all the energy inside me, or when I stop reading books.

What is the best part?

I can write about any book I want. Certainly, since I manage this blog alone, nobody can question me. Second best thing is the community. There are is so much to learn. So many books lovers and having a talk with them occasionally is certainly one of the best part.

What is the worst part?

When I procrastinate about a post and it remains in the drafts folder, for ever. Sometimes, when I put more than usual amount of energy in a post and I don’t get the feedback as I expected and imagined while writing the post. It’s a learning. Another time is when I run out of blog posts or what to post next. Horrifying!

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

I don’t have a specific template, nor I use much images in my post. I hardly remember to create or edit picture for this blog. Mostly, images I borrow are from websites like Goodreads, Amazon, Authors Websites with credit given whereas necessary or I just use pics that are available under public domain licence (there is an option on Google.com to search images that are copyright free). So yeah, it takes some time. When Google Images becomes a helpful tool, it becomes a matter of minutes. I am a lazy bastard when it comes to pick images that might comfort a post.

Who’s your book crush?

Hmm… I don’t think I do.

What author would you like to have on your blog?

Hmm… Well I have been trying to interview Ian Rankin, Scottish Crime Fiction Writer, and creator of John Rebus, for two years now. Every time, my timing is wrong.

What do you wear when you write your blog?

Clothes. Whatever I am wearing.

How long does it take you to prepare a post?

Depends on the post itself. The preparation of the post subject i have in my mind plays a role for me when writing a blog post. Researching some facts and right images consumes a considerable amount of my time.

How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?

The Blogging Community is what makes a blogger blog. We may say that our opinions are our own but that’s true for every one, on any social media, not just you and me. Blogging Community restores my faith in humans ad humanity. It’s quite open which is unlike other communities.(Major Examples: Reddit- people are rude, Most coding communities- too many ego-maniacs.)

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

I don’t know if there is a specific way to measure the success of a blog. Are factors like earnings and followers what define a success of a blog? Then are  brainpickings.org or Shane Parrish’s Farnam Street most successful blogs of this decade? I think it depends wholesomely on the blogger on how he or she would like to mend the success of his or her blog. Though, I believe there are factors that can help a blog grow: consistency in posting is one. Consistency can be of any form, a post a day or two posts a week, et cetera.

There are other factors like the quality of the content that I think depends on the personal touch/experience of the blogger who writes it which definitely improves the post quality even if it’s a book review on Harry Potter or To Kill a Mockingbird. Writing what one wants to write about is the most applicable and at the same time, appreciable factor behind every blog.


I don’t know whom to tag specifically, I’d like tag anyone who’s reading this post. So, if you decide to write a post and share this book tag, please feel free to mention the link of your post in the comments below.

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