A few weeks ago, I started talking to Cassidy @ Quartzfeather, and I realized that even though Cassidy is only 14, her posts are amazing and way better than I could ever write at that age. Plus, her site has a phenomenal color scheme and layout; it is the book blog that I wish mine could be (if only I had a sense of color scheme or code). So, without further ado… to the interview!
All About Cassidy…
What is something you think everyone should know about you?
I’m a huge fangirl (basically the entire story of my life). I’ve been a fangirl since before I even knew that word existed.
Why did you decide to start blogging?
I originally wanted to run a DIY blog, cause I’d been reading a ton of real cool ones online. After starting and abandoning like 5 blogs, I finally figured out that DIY blogging just wasn’t for me. After all that I created Quartzfeather, which gradually evolved into the book blog it is. I didn’t really intend to start a book blog (in fact for a while after starting Quartzfeather, I didn’t even know the online book blogging community existed) it was mostly a happy accident.
DIY blogging? That makes it sound like you’re really creative! What are some of your favorite DIY projects?
I like all sorts of DIY projects, anything to keep my hands busy, and my creativity churning. However recently I’ve taken a liking to sewing, in fact I recently sewed up a dress for a school dance, which was an awesome experience. I did it all by hand, which meant, that by the time I’d finished the project, my fingertips were covered in tiny puncture wounds from the pins and needles. Luckily, my first sewing machine is on the way, as I type.
What is your favorite post you’ve ever written?
At the moment it’s this Who Am I tag post. I just really like the way this one turned out. However my favorite is always and forever changing.
Your Twitter feed has a lot of controversial political content. How do you balance your political feelings with the overarching purpose of your blog?
I have pretty strong political views, I’ve always been a pretty opinionated person. I love debating, researching, and formulating opinions, so I tend to enjoy keeping up with politics. (My dad and me discuss politics a ton during dinner, the rest of my family’s not a huge fan.) I generally keep my political opinions off my blog, I never really decided I wasn’t going to talk about my political opinions on Quartzfeather, just never felt like doing so. However on occasion I will talk about politics just a bit, like if I’m reviewing a book that handles some political issues or conflict.
What inspired you to include animation reviews on your blog? They’re so fun and make your blog so unique!
Some Advice from the Expert…
What is your favorite type of post to read?
I’m a huge fan of tips or tutorials posts, that either deal with web design or blogging in general. I’ve always been a person who likes to learn new things. Plus, with blogging, and especially web design, there’s always something new to learn.
You have some tutorials on your own blog which I think are really helpful for people using Blogger. Maybe in the future you could expand to write a DIY blogging site in addition to book blogging, to combine all of your interests!
In your opinion, what is the hardest part about blogging?
The hardest thing about blogging for me is being uninspired. I love my blog, and I’m not giving it up anytime soon (you’ll have to pry it from my cold dead hands), however sometimes I just can’t write a blog post. Basically my brain deciding to bail on me.
What is one piece of advice that you would give to all new bloggers, or just people in general?
Don’t push yourself too hard, don’t feel like you need to post 7 days a week. Go at your own pace, It’ll make blogging (and life) much more enjoyable.
Because I couldn’t resist…
What is your favorite book?
Ah this question, the bane of every book lovers existence. Right now my favorite is Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. Carry On is pretty much Harry Potter fanfiction, but it also has the coolest spells, and fabulous gay wizards (now if only it wasn’t a standalone).
Now, the real most important question: What Harry Potter house do you belong to 😛
I’m a loud and proud Ravenclaw. I’ve always loved learning and knowledge, and yes I can be a bit eccentric at times. My second house of choice would probably be Slytherin though (shhh don’t tell the Ravenclaws).
What are your blogging goals for the coming year?
My biggest goal for the coming year is to just to keep on track with my posting schedule (with high school that is always a struggle). Unrelated to blogging I’d also love to finally launch my long dreamed of web design business (however at the moment the chances of that are quite unlikely, again busy busy high school).
Thank you so much to Cassidy for participating in the interview and telling us so much about her blog and her life! I wish you the best of luck in your future at Quartzfeather and in animation ❤ If you liked what you read, check out Quartzfeather for some awesome Bookish content, follow her on Twitter (just to be nice), and don’t forget to check out all of my blogger interviews to spread the love!
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