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Suntag: The Secret Life of A Book Blogger

the secret life of a book blogger

When I say I am behind on tags, don’t take it lightly. I was nominated by Charley @ Books and Bakes1 for the Secret Life Of a Book Blogger two months ago. Yes, two months. Two months and three weeks to be more accurate. But hey, they say better now than never, right?

Let’s get started!

How long have you been a blogger?

My blog was born on a cold December day, and my first post was published by my shivering fingers and my hopeful heart on January 1st. I have officially been pouring my heart and thoughts on the blogosphere for 7 months and 24 days.

I had a couple of blogs before, but I was never able to find a voice, or a theme to stick to. I have never been a huge fan of online diaries, and although watching TV shows is fun, writing about them did not appeal to me, except to fangirl like crazy and complain about how writers should be more careful with their timelines (Please, dear writers, pay attention to the shows you are working on!) So those blogs dried up and died like all the plants I forget to water. I can’t even remember their names. A lifetime ago, I am sure I had a Skyblog. Yep, a gross Skyblog with its garish colors and a hundred adverts all over the page.

At what point do you think you will stop? 

Stop? What does that mean? Is this one of those tricky words, like ban or sleep?

I was forced to go on hiatus this month, and I really did not like it. Having no time for blogging or reading felt like a punishment I hadn’t deserved, and I missed my daily chat with everyone. I hope I won’t ever need a break, unless I am the one deciding it.

What is the best part?

Waking up knowing there will be new posts, maybe new bloggers, and that I won’t have to go through the thousand of emotions sparkled by the books on my own.

Also, I am always sure to find a new book to add to my TBR, and that certainty is one of the best feeling in the world.

What is the worst part? 

It is very frustrating to not have enough time to check all the posts every day. Also, I use everyone’s posts to create flashcards and improve my vocabulary, which means it takes extra time to find definitions and pronunciations before adding it to Anki. What would take you 5 minutes to read requires 15 minutes from me. I need a Time-Turner!

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

I usually use pictures I have already posted on Instagram, and I add a few changes with Canva. I try not to spend more than 10 minutes on pictures because it is not my forte. The only pictures I don’t mind spending time on are those of my dog, but I promised myself I would not flood the blog with them.


Who’s your book crush? 

What is it with book crush? I don’t have one! My crush is my hubby. (Yes, I’m cheesy today.)

More seriously, maybe there is something wrong with me, but I never fell for a book guy. Never had a book boyfriend either! Don’t feel sorry for me, there are so many characters I love, but I still haven’t found The One.

What author would you like to have on your blog?

Any author I read that is looking for a place to share something interesting and/or fun.

What do you wear when you write your blog?

Panties, for sure. The rest changes with the season, my mood, the temperature of the room. I love yoga pants and loose tee shirts, they are so comfortable you can do anything while wearing them, including blogging. I’ve never tried blogging while doing yoga, though.

I should set a blogging outfit. That could help my brain get in the mood whenever I try to write all my posts in one day. Any suggestions?

How long does it take you to prepare a post? 

Forever. Okay, maybe not. But definitely too long.
If it’s a review, I will start it, stop, get back to it later, and repeat. It can take up to 5 days to get it right. Hello perfectionist. If it’s my This Week In Books post, 30 minutes are enough. For tags and other memes, I try to have them done within an hour, because even though they are fun and easy, they are not the main feature on my blog. I keep my energy for bigger things. For discussion posts, I write a draft with the main ideas, leave it for a couple of days, and then write the entire thing at once. I give it another break and put the final touch after a day. Now you know why I don’t schedule too much ahead!

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

I feel so comfortable around here. I believe I never felt this good talking with other people than I do on the Internet. The community is so supportive and friendly. It is very easy to chip in, voice an opinion, and share. It’s a treat to know you have a place in here.

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

What is a successful blog? You have 4 hours. Okay, enough with the philosophy for today.

Do your own thing. It can be tempting to take example on a successful blog, but it can only result in a tame copy if all you do is bring the format and voice to your own name. Use your voice to say what you want. Some people will like it, others won’t. It doesn’t matter as long as you are true to yourself.

Who do I want to know better?

Martin @ A Pretty Wonderful Book

Jill @ Rant & Rave about Books

Babus @ Ajoobacatsblog

Inge @ The Belgian Reviewer

As usual, there is no obligation! 🙂


58 thoughts on “Suntag: The Secret Life of A Book Blogger”

  1. Some great answers.😊

    But, oh no, Jill is going to have to answer the ‘what does she wear when blogging’ question, ha, that should be interesting and may need a ‘parental guidance’ warning before hand! 🙂 I know she’ll read this later so Hi Jillian! 😊

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          1. I use both UK and US spellings for words, I blame books as lots use the US spelling but I do have to make the effort to spell in UK style when conversing with Jill, you know, to keep up my British Gentleman image. 😂

            Ah, no need to be scared, I’m the one who should be worried after all Jillian gets to write about me, the horror! 😂

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            1. You don’t need that to keep your gentleman image xD Do you use all UK terms to drive her crazy because she can’t figure out what they mean?
              Haha, be brave, she’ll spare your life… but will certainly hit you hard :p

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              1. I don’t generally use UK terms as she can’t figure them out, I’m from the UK so there the usual terms I use, though Jill will tell you I use a variety of both UK and US terminology. Though it does sometime befuddle her, was having to explain about dinner, lunch and tea to her today! 😂


    1. Hello, love! Thanks for mentioning this tag cause my pingbacks are broken. Ha! My name is a warning. Lol. Funny thing is my name in Latin means young girl. 😘 I can’t wait to answer this tag! I will do it later. It shouldn’t take me very long. You two are always ganging up on me. 😂 Hugs. ❤️

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  2. Are there any people out there who don’t wear panties while blogging? O_o YUCK! Or well, it probably depends on what you’re blogging about, of course. There’s this blog from a girl who is trying to bake cakes by using yeast from her vagina…I bet she’s not wearing any xD.

    But erm, great answers! And you’re not the only one who takes forever to write posts. I hardly ever schedule anything because I know I’m going to edit it 14524,12 times before posting it anyways 😀

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    1. It’s a disturbing thought! 😂 Let’s hope everyone wears panties! Panties are good! Panties are essential!
      I’m sure editing takes me even more time than the actual writing XD


    1. Do you also stare at your blank post page and pray the blogging Gods to send you some aspiration?? 😀
      Haha, thanks! But I’m obsessed with flashcards! They’re so helpful to pretend you know how to construct real sentences, and get some stubborn words into your reluctant brain!


      1. You know it ;-). I get all these cool tags too but I don’t know how to fill them, I have a feeling I haven’t read enough books yet (and those from 5 years ago, before I started to record them, I don’t even remember). Oh so you’re the student with the flashcards ;-). I was the one with the highlighting everywhere 😉

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        1. Same for me! I struggle with tags about books because it looks like everyone has read half of the stories available in the world while I always mention the same because I’ve only recently started reading full time.
          I can’t behave with a highlighter, the whole page is filled with yellow or pink because I just like using the pens, haha!


  3. Not having enough time is the worst part of blogging to me too!! Not enough time to read, to post, to keep up! Ahhh it gets frustrating but it’s so rewarding when you do get time ☺️

    I love this tag! I think I may just have to do it.


  4. I loved reading your answers for this tag Donna. I was the same I had a couple of blogs before this one but they never lasted, I think because I just couldn’t decide what content to focus on eventually they just fizzled out. Hopefully though this one is here to stay, and the same with yours as well! 😀
    I know what you mean about not having the time to check everyone’s posts too. I always feel really guilty if I’m busy and don’t have the time to check everything and write comments on other people’s posts. Add to the fact that I can never remember to charge my phone so I can’t even reply though the app and it’s just a massive guilt complex waiting to happen! Either way I love blogging, like you I don’t think I’ll stop for a long time yet! 😀

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    1. Thank you 🙂 I had fun with this tag!
      Exactly, with no real purpose to it, I never figured the point of blogging. Until now 😀 Now, try to take me out of the blogosphere for too long and I might just rip your head off! Even with the stress I feel whenever I need to review a book, being a part of the community is too fun to stay away for too long. And with all the books available, we won’t run out of things to say 🙂
      My phone is such a pain, I often miss notifications. Also, the WP is not very handy and reading posts or commenting can be very tricky!
      Here’s to many more years of blogging! 😀

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      1. It’s a lot easier to write posts and even comment on other people’s when you have a purpose isn’t it. I guess that’s what I was missing when I let my other blogs just kind of die away. Yep, same here, I can’t imagine being away from WordPress for too long, I’m constantly checking the app on my phone! 😀 but I know what you mean about missed notifications as well, that or it doesn’t show me the whole of the comment someone has made and instead cuts half of it off. Or crashes halfway through me writing a comment! :/
        Hopefully many more years, yes! 😀

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  5. Great post Donna! Your answers got me smiling and straight out laughing(the panties part). I also don’t have a book boyfriend, I read a lot of psychological thrillers and have liked a few serial killers along the way but nothing serious:-) Thanks for making my day!

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    1. You are very welcome 😀 I had fun doing this tag. Panties are the only item I hope people are wearing whenever they’re blogging!
      People outside of the book community might have problems understanding your liking of serial killers, haha! But don’t worry, I get it!

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  6. Woah! 5 days for a review??? I normally get them done in under an hour, and I thought that was too much! I love, love, love writing reviews. They come so naturally and I don’t thinker with them because I don’t want to modify my earlier feelings, you know??


    1. I totally understands 🙂
      I do have to work extra hard on them, first because I want to make sure what I put down in words is what I truly think about the book, and because as English is not my mother tongue, I check and double check and I am extra careful with my sentences 🙂


  7. haha *snap* I’m ridiculously behind too!! I have some I was tagged to do months and months ago… whoops! *hides in shame*- want to hide in shame with me? 😉 Anyhoo on another topic- I have to ask- what’s a Skyblog? (is this another one of those many many occasions where I’m ridiculously out of the loop?) haha I have the same reaction when people say the word “stop” to me. I need a time turner too!!! haha I now have a picture in my mind of yoga blogging- basically a bunch of bloggers stretching in weird ways while they try to type…. much like the odd positions I get into while reading… 😉 Love this post!

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    1. Let’s hide and eat waffles while we complain about our tags 😀
      Skyrock was a platform and skyblog was the blogging feature of it, if I remember correctly. Only the oldest of us can remember that, haha. I am prehistoric. It was full of weird blog posts written by teens with no knowledge whatsoever about grammar or orthography.
      I love the yoga blogging idea :p I want to try and see if I can get funny pics of me trying to make it happen!
      Thank you! ❤

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      1. hahaha sounds like the best kind of plan! ahh no worries- I’m prehistoric too- I just didn’t pay that much attention to things online until I reached adulthood- too busy reading 😉 hahaha that sounds… interesting? hahah that would be brilliant, right? You’re welcome ❤

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