Blogging Advice: Consistency (Pros and Cons)

wow, it’s been a minute since i’ve written a post trying to give advice about absolutely anything. and in a way, this isn’t even going to be an advice post. in fact, by the time y’all read this post, there’s a chance that it’ll just have turned into a discussion on whether or not you should blog consistently (edit: i added pros and cons to the end to make it seem less decisive). But at any rate, hopefully you glean something interesting from this post.

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Book Blogger Award Nominations

Hey all!  If you have no idea what I’m talking about when I say book blogger awards, you should probably head back over to this post and take a look at it before reading any farther.  On the other hand, if you know exactly what these awards are about and are just excited to read my nominations, then you are in the right place!! Here’s my nominations for the 2017 Book Blogger Awards!  (I skipped some categories because even though I created them I couldn’t think of people who fit them, so oops!)

To do this, I scrolled around in my reader A LOT because I have so many book bloggers that I follow and love and was so afraid to leave anyone out!  It also gave me the opportunity to clean out who I follow, which I plan on writing more about in a later post.

Best Teen Book Blogger…

Tavleen @ Travelling Through Words— I love Tavleen’s blog, her reviews, and everything she puts in to make sure that every single post is equally as amazing.  She came into the blogosphere at almost the same time I did, and so I feel like we have a bond 🙂

Adult Book Blogger…

Maxti @ Maxti Books— Her blog is so incredible and we have virtually the same taste in books which I love.  Her tags, reviews, and everything else are my favorites to read, so if you haven’t seen her blog yet you need to. (plus while stalking her about page to double check her age I saw that English isn’t even her first language which I would have never known and is really impressive so Go You!)

Young Adult Genre…

Sarah @ Written Word Worlds— I love her blog, her reviews, and pretty much everything about it.

Mystery and Thriller…

Chelsea @ The Suspense is Thrilling Me— I read a lot of thrillers, and Chelsea’s recommendations are on point, and I love the way she manages to write every single review without giving anything away but at the same time telling me exactly whether or not I should read it.

Sam @ Clues and Reviews— I couldn’t pick just one for this category because there were too many options….. Although Sam’s blog isn’t all mystery thriller, there’s enough in it where I feel like she fits.  Her blog is fab and I 10/10 would recommend it!

Best Book Reviews…

Jess @ Bookends and Endings— I love these reviews because they’re concise but they give me a great idea of the characters and whether or not I’ll actually like the book.  I need to work on my length, but I feel like Jess does it incredibly, which means that I read the entire review without losing interest (sorry, that happens a lot) or reading spoilers

Master of Weekly Features…

Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads— Kourtni is the reason I found out about literally every single weekly feature which has ever found its way to my blog, and I’m so thankful for it.  She manages to write “Top 10” posts that are at once informative and unique and show off a great side of her personality, and I look forward to reading them every week!

Best Book Recommendations…

Alice @ Arctic Books-– I can always count on her to have found incredible books that go straight to my TBR, and her reviews are normally super accurate to how I actually feel once I start to read them.  If I’m ever in the mood for a YA read, I can trust Alice’s advice

Prettiest Bookshelf…

Shauna @ Bookstore Babe— I honestly love her shelves so so so much that words can’t describe it.  They’re color coded and beautiful.

Most Engaged in the Community…

Ava @ Bookishness and Tea— I didn’t follow Ava’s blog until recently, but you’d be blind if you missed her on Twitter.  She is constantly there advocating for what’s right, and her voice has become integral to the bookish community, especially for diverse authors/bloggers/people in general.

Blog Aesthetic…

Kristen @ The Brunette Bookwork Blog— Kristen’s header with the cute little book girl is amazing and made me follow her blog before I even read a single post (although let’s be real I would have followed anyways her posts are WONDERFUL).  Then, the featured image she uses is such a pretty combination of colors… *sigh*… I love!

Personality…

Mahriya @ My Bookish Life— Her personality shines through on her blog brighter than anyone else’s that I’ve ever seen, and it’s an amazing one at that.  She makes me laugh all the time, is super supportive, and has given me the confidence to share my personality.  Her comments on my posts make my day every time ❤

Best Friend Ever…

Cassidy @ Quartzfeather— When I first saw Cassidy and asked to do a blogger interview with her, I never imagined what would happen next.  She’s one of the few people I manage to stay in touch with, and we have the best conversations about everything whenever we have them.

Best New Book Blogger…

Emma @ Book Emma— I think that Emma’s new to the blogosphere, if not forgive me 🙂 at any rate she’s amazing and has such a great personality, great book reviews, and great everything.  Plus, she designed my header so woohoo love you girl

Best Overall Book Blogger…

Cait @ Paper Fury— I love Cait’s blog, her personality, and pretty much everything about her.  She writes quality posts all the time, and her quizzes are some of the most fun things I’ve ever found on the blogosphere.  Plus, her color scheme is to die for, and every post is alive with the most wonderful color.  I stumbled across her via twitter and I could not be more happy I did!

 

Congrats to everyone I nominated!! Make sure that you cast your nominations this month!!!

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Blogger Interview: Isla @ A Whisper of Ink

You have no idea how overwhelmingly excited I was when Isla said that she wanted to do a blogger interview!  She is so incredibly amazing in the blogger world, both bookish and otherwise, and it was awesome to have the chance not only to talk to her more, but to be able to show those of you who don’t know her a perfect new addition to your Reader.  After reading this interview, I’m sure all of you will want to read her blog in depth, so just save yourself the time and click here! (I’m joking, please read this interview *begs on knees*)

Isla is best known for her blogging on A Whisper of Ink, a fun book blog for all sorts of great bookish content.  Her favorite hobbies are reading a blogging (and, of course, eating).  In addition to blogging, Isla offers FREE blog designs, so if you are in need go ask her.  The ones she has already done are fabulous.

The ACTUAL Interview…

J: Hi Isla!! I’m so excited to get the chance to interview you!  You have an amazing book blog, it’s what I aspire to be!  To start, I wanted to find out what your favorite book you’ve read this year is?

I: Hi, Joce! I’m so honoured to be here on your blog! This is the hardest question to answer for any book worm, but I think I’ll have to go with The Kite Runner By Khaled Hosseini! It made me cry at so many points in the book and it beautifully written!

J: Oh my god I LOVED that book!!! It was so incredible, it made me read one Hosseini’s other books, A Thousand Splendid Suns, right after. It was equally as good.

I: I really want to read A Thousand Splendid Suns but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet! Hosseini is truly amazing author and I want to read A Mountains Echoes aswell, have you read it?

J: No I haven’t gotten to that one yet but I want to! I find it amazing that he can consistently publish such great work.  So, out of curiosity, where do you normally read?

I: I know, his writing is so good and even though his books are long, he hits quantity and quality at the same time. I usually read on my bed. It’s just so wonderful, snuggling up with a good book, and getting in lost in thoughts of your own. Though, occasionally, if a book is SO good, and I can’t put it down, I take it with me to read on the Bus, Train or Car if I’m lucky. I usually use my e-reader for this because it’s easier to transport. I think, once for an audiobook, I listened to it wherever I went. Oops, I’m beginning to ramble, ahaha!

J: Haha I want to start an audiobook so that I can walk around reading, I’ve never done it before!! The bed is the best place to read because you’re just so warm, although I feel like I always forget food or something (I’m a compulsive eater when I read lol).

I: I’ve only done it once but it’s an amusing experience! I always like to get stocked up when I get a chance to read. Some chocolate, a warm brew, and some blankets always get me into the reading mood! Though, I hate getting smudges on books while I eat! It’s so frustrating getting stains on books!

J: Omg I hate that so much!! Especially when the pages are really white.  Did you get any books for Christmas?

I: Yes, tell me about it! 🙂 I don’t really celebrate Christmas but i did receive a review copy of this amazing book, which I’m reading now, called The Magician’s Workshop! And I’ve got my staggering TBR as well!

J: Oh oops I didn’t realise you didn’t celebrate! I’ve never heard of that book but the title sounds cool.

I: No worries! Yeah, I just finished and it was great!

J: That’s awesome!! So, why did you decide to start blogging?

I: It’s not as inspirational as others bloggers stories. It was because I was bored and competitive. My brother and I decided to start a blog. It was hot lazy, summer afternoon and we had nothing to do. We had no idea what a  blog actually was and began writing up random things on Blogger. That was years ago. But the real reason I started blogging PROPERLY was because I wanted a place where I could share my bookish thoughts. I’ve always loved writing and I wanted to set myself a challenge. Could I really run a fully-working blog BY MY SELF? Turns out, I can.

J: You definitely can!! That’s actually cool that you started with your brother. Does that blog still exist?

I: Like I said, it was a very long time. Both of the blogs we started out with are long gone. We moved to WordPress. It’s funny you ask that, because a few days ago he started up a new blog. I asked him if he wanted any promotion on my blog, he politely declined. I won’t give the link but looks out for it!

J: Oh wow that’s awesome, I’ll definitely keep an eye out! I always tell my mom to start a food/lifestyle blog (she’s a HUGE vegan foodie and there’s such a blog market for that) but she never does.

Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with me!! It was so much fun to learn about your favorite books and how you started your blog!

I: You’re welcome! But, really I should be thanking YOU for the honour!

Yayyyyy…

I hope you guys enjoyed reading that interview as much as I enjoyed doing it!!!  Make sure you go and read a few posts on Isla’s blog and share the love!!

Do you love Isla’s blog too? What’s your favorite feature?  Are you a blogger interested in being interviewed? I want to know!


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9 Steps for Taking Your Blog from Zero to Hero

New year, new me!

I joke, but that’s the way a lot of people think (I guess it’s too strange to change in the middle of a year, might as well keep up those bad habits until New Years) and so in honor of New Year’s Resolutions, 2017, and a fresh start, I decided to write up a post on everything I’ve learned in the past year about stepping up your blogging game and making it a place that people actually want to visit.  In no particular order…

1. Make It Pretty

This is one of the first things that people will see when coming across your blog, whether they read your comment and wanted to see more, google searched for a blog, or they’re your best friend and you asked them to come.  If a blog is ugly, overwhelming, or otherwise not visually appealing, they’re going to click off the page.  Nobody wants to continuously go to a blog that makes their eyes hurt.  The key for a nice blog is to have a lot of white space, and a consistent color scheme.  Pictures are nice, but if there are too many it will just overwhelm your reader, and leave them wondering where the actual content is.  White space gives a fresh, clean look, and makes everyone happy (I promise it doesn’t look “empty”).  The color scheme is crucial because even if you have a lot of blank space, if the colors you do have clash, that hurts.  It is more important to have a TONE that matches than color.  ex. only post in pastels, or neons.  I use primarily black and white, with color only for book covers, or tags where other people made the cover.  This way, there is some color, but not too much.  Then, in my actual posts, I use purple, and my links are a coral.  Minimal, but pretty (I think).

2. Make it Easy

This goes along with making it pretty, but this one might be even more important.  Your menu bar at the top of your page should have only the essentials.  Don’t clutter it, but make it easy to find what’s important (About menu, Book review index, contact page).  It’s fine to have dropdown menus there, but the first things that people say should be organized and attractive.  The same goes for the sidebar.  Tag clouds, excessive images, and awards, only clutter up the sidebar and cause people to miss the more important things (such as the FOLLOW BUTTON) which is nothing that you want to happen.  Plus, nobody really cares if you’ve won an award (sorry).  They’ll decide for themselves if your blog is worth staying at.

3. High Quality Content

This is the most important thing of all because, right after they look at the pictures and layout, they’re going to actually read what you’re writing.  The prettiest blog in the world won’t have followers if there isn’t actual writing there.  Post what you want to write, but make sure it’s proofread, and interesting.  Longer, more high quality, insightful, unique posts will get more views than quick filler content.  Memes are fun, but a blog that only does quick memes or tags is unlikely to find readers.  Mix these in, but make sure that you are doing things that nobody else is, or posting reviews that share opinions and are well written.  AVOID FILLER CONTENT NO MATTER WHAT!!1

4. Consistent Content

This may seem like an oxymoron.  It’s hard to have consistent quality content.  I understand.  But it really helps if you pick a schedule and actually stick to it.  THIS STILL MEANS NO FILLER CONTENT!!! If you can only write a post about once a week, then only post then, even if one week you write 4.  Schedule these for the future, and it will make it easier on weeks that you can’t write at all.  Readers want to know when you’re posting new content, and hate month long breaks, or week long breaks for authors who normally post daily.  Trust me, it’s better to have fewer a week but consistent than 4 one week and 1 the next.  This is hard for new bloggers to understand (I remember) but it will pay off in the long run.

5. Get Involved, ASAP

There is no excuse for not getting involved in the blogger community.  Create a blog social media, participate in blogger chats, join groups on Goodreads (or other communities in your niche) and start emailing bloggers you love.  It will help get you the attention you deserve.  Twitter chats are a free way to get traffic and make awesome friends, so make sure that you’re doing it.  Even just a simple DM to a blogger you love could be the start to getting you a TON more traffic.

6. Build an Internal Community

This is crucial if you ever want people to comment again.  Reply to every single comment, no matter how trivial it is, and like all the comments too.  You want to encourage people to contribute to your site, and bring them back, so make them feel loved.  When people like a post on your site, pay a visit to theirs and maybe comment.  Give to receive, and when people give to you, give back even more.  Thus, a cycle where everyone is happy!  This doesn’t mean random following or liking.  People know when you really care and when you’re just trying to get cheap followers.

7. Post Elsewhere

This goes along a lot with number 6.  You need to read other blogs, and comment.  Not only will this put you in other people’s heads for when they are looking for a blog to read, but your Gravatar leaves a URL so that everyone can track back to your site.  Plus, it’s an amazing way to share the love.  If you like a blog post, you should say it! Nobody is going to find your site if you sit isolated in the corner and don’t make a sound.

8. Get Organized

This is essential. There’s no way that you’re going to be able to stick to a schedule without being organized. Write out a plan of what you want to do, and stick to it. And then, write out posts in advance (at least a week, I do up to a month with gaps for time relevant posts to be inserted) so that you can post on time. Being neater in your outside world life will make your blog neater.

9. Find What Makes You Special and Exploit it for Personal Gain

This sounds a bit evil dictator, take over the worldy, but seriously.  You do want to take over the internet, don’t you?  In all honesty, nobody wants to read a blog that is the exact same as everyone else’s.  If you want to get people to like your blog, throw something special in.  Are you great at graphics?  Are you hilarious?  Do you write the most tear jerking reviews that make everyone obsessed? If you have nothing special, you’re lying.  Just throw in some personality, and have fun.  There’s no need for embarrassment about anything.  The weirder, the more the blogging world will embrace you.

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With any luck, these few steps will have gotten you on your way to creating an even more amazing blog.  At this time of year, there are many new blogs and so I thought it would be a great time to post this!!! And, even if you’ve had your blog for a while, it’s always a great time to mix it up and make your blog better than ever.

But I’m not perfect either.  Do you have any advice for making your blog better that I missed?  Which step do you think is the most important?  Comment below!!


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Blogger Appreciation: The funny, the exciting, the incredible… TEENELLA!!

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About a month ago, I stumbled upon this insanely unique, quirky, fun to read, and oh so relatable blog called Teenella… and I instantly wondered why it had taken me this long to find it in the first place!  Her entire blog is so inspirational and full of life that you can spend hours getting lost in her posts, and cheering out loud when you read some of her strong opinions and powerful thoughts (and trust me, that’s exactly what I did).

Now, I’m a little nervous to write this post because her blog is so amazing (just like her personality) that I want to make sure I actually do it justice.  The worst thing I could possibly do (besides writing nothing at all) would be to make it seem like I was just throwing in a bunch of random adjectives rather than actually saying what I mean.  And I realize if you read the first sentence that’s exactly what it sounds like…. sooooo….. let me reiterate one more time that Teenella is AMAZING… and now I will try to keep my flowery adjectives to a minimum 🙂

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One of my favorite parts of her blog: she has a static home screen where you can find exactly what you want easily… Clicking on “nice and organised” gives you the most beautiful assortment of categories too!

The first thing that struck me when I went to Teenella’s page was that SHE MADE IT FREAKING SNOW.  And not only that, but SHE HAS SUCH A COOL COLOR SCHEME EVERYTHING POPS AND YOU JUST WANT TO CLICK ON EVERYTHING BECAUSE COLORSSSS!  She does an amazing (crap I did it again) job of making everything pretty and aesthetic, so that even if you don’t speak English you will want to spend hours clicking around her blog.  Plus, she uses one of my favorite fonts ever for her headings, so that’s an added bonus (Side note: I decided to add screenshots of her blog so that you can all appreciate it).2016-12-14 (3).png

When I first read Teenella’s “All About Me” post, I had already been clicking around for a while (in awe of the prettiness) and so the first thing that I thought when I read it was, This girl is lying, there’s no way she was ever shy like she says she is.  Of course, this is an extremely unfair judgement, and so my second thought was, You go girl, way to show the world your true self, make that difference!  Do the thing that the rest of us only dream about!  And honestly, based on her blogging, I really think that she can.  It’s now been over 2 YEARS since she started blogging, and you can tell that she really truly cares about everyone in her blogging world, and in real life, and I admire her so much for that.  Even if she hasn’t “changed the world” yet, she has certainly changed the lives of the many people who have read her advice posts, or just been inspired by watching (err… reading) the way that she lives her life and overcomes obstacles.

I’m sometimes skeptical of life advice blogs, because let’s be real, I’m a teenager and I know everything (I say, laughing sarcastically and hiding behind a book in case anyone finds out the truth), I don’t want to be told what to do!  But she manages to make hers more a blog about life, by telling stories about what happens to her, mixed in with helpful self confidence posts, and guest posts, and everything you could ever think of.  Her blog isn’t a preachy “do this”, it’s a “I messed this up and I don’t want you to, come help me and we can learn together” and I think that’s really really cool.  Example: her I’m Rooting for You post.2016-12-14 (4).png

And now I just realized that this is a bit long, so to sum it up I just want to say that Teenella has made my day so many times, just by reading her posts, and has given me the confidence that I need to know that I can overcome everything.  Teenella, your blog is INCREDIBLY, AMAZINGLY INSPIRATIONAL AND PERFECT, and I’m so glad that I found it.


Fellow Bloggers!! People of Planet Earth!! Take a few minutes out of your life to go to Teenella’s page (and I promise you won’t regret it)

P.S. @TeenElla I hope you complete your bucket list 🙂

P.P.S. I know this is longer than it’s supposed to be, but you put together the whole thing so you deserve it, plus I have a lot of side comments


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Blogger Interview: Elm @ Just Elm

Before I start this post, I wanted to announce the fact that I’m making progress towards no longer being anonymous.  I’ve changed my name to Joce, which is in fact my real name!!!! I will leave Isobel in the name for a little bit, to make it less confusing for everyone.  Thank you to everyone who has given me the confidence to do this, especially (what a coincidence…) Elm!

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of being able to reach out to Elm and ask her if she wanted to do an interview.  Her blog, Just Elm, is incredible, and I was so excited when I heard back and she told me she would love to do it.  Plus, her responses were amazing; this interview was so fun to do, and I hope you guys have as much fun reading it!

Just Elm is a blog about Elm’s life, where she writes about all of her experiences and thoughts.  The way she writes is so unique, and she has a great sense of humor, which makes her posts relatable and fun!  To find out more about her, check out her about me page.

What made you decide to write a blog about your personal experiences?

Right from the start, I wanted to make my blog about me, as a person. Writing about my experiences is a way to get my emotions out, to help me, but to also give myself perspective when I look back on it. If a situation which upset me happened, writing about it helps to organise the details and feelings associated with it in my mind, and so I chose to write my blog as I do because it felt like something that would make my mind less cluttered.

Why do you use tree names for everyone in your blog?

Before, I’d had a blog where I named my friends after gemstones; I always liked having a theme on which to base names, as it made it easier to connect them together. Because my blogging name is a tree, I thought that my friends should have names relating to nature; originally, it was going to be just a few people with the rest having rather generic names, but the trend stuck and now the naming system is central to my blog. I’ve even started to accidentally call my friends their tree names in my head sometimes!

What happened to the gemstone blog?

I deleted it, sadly – one of my best friends had made an account on Wattpad under a different name, contacted me through it and made me think they were somebody else, until I found out who they are. In a fit of anger, I deleted the blog and was furious with my friend, something that quite ashames me. I think I was so angry because I understood the need for another identity, how you can feel more like yourself in a way because people do not judge you, and so because I knew she also knew that I felt incredibly betrayed. However, I moved past it and now she and I are closer than ever before, and she’s one of the best people I could ever know. I’m almost glad I deleted that blog, because although I would like to look back at that segment of my past, if I’d kept that blog I wouldn’t be the Elm I am today.

So that begs the question… do any of your real life friends know about Just Elm?

A fair few do – in the early days of my blog, I told my close friends that I had one as they knew about the Gemstone one. As I gained new friends, many of them were told by me about the blog: more people know that it exists than those who know the address. As much as I trust the people that know so much, it’s meant that I’ve had to censor myself more; because of this, I’ve decided not to tell any new real life people unless I have to, simply because I want to save this part of my identity.

What is your favorite part about blogging?

Without a doubt, my favourite part is the community. You’ll hear me say this over and over, but without readers and friends that I’ve made, my blog wouldn’t exist today. The people in the blogging world have kept me going when I needed it the most, writing beautifully supportive comments, and equally amazing posts to match. I can always rely on them to give me unbiased advice, and to always be there, whether that’s to share laughs Or to email each other about our lives. It’s not just a disconnected post – being surrounded by fellow bloggers is unbelievably comforting.

What’s your favorite post you’ve ever written?

Oh goodness, I don’t know! I often look over my posts to critique them in my mind’ but I’ve written so many that picking a favourite is difficult. I’d probably say this one:  https://justelm.wordpress.com/2016/07/24/dont-let-this-be-our-final-song/ – it represents something utterly beautiful that happened in my life. Though it’s tinged with sadness now, that post serves as a reminder to me that missing people is okay, natural, but that life eventually goes on. It was a post written for me, to me, but also to any other person who finds it hard to say goodbye.

Do you have any book recommendations?

Absolutely – I adore books!

Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill, as it is incredibly thought-provoking and teaches you a lot about society, despite being set in a post-apocalyptic world. It follows the story of Freida and Isabel, two girls in a school where girls in that society are prepared for later life – to be Companions, Concubines or Chastities. It’s not an easy read, but it’s very much worthwhile.

The Worldwalker Trilogy by Josephine Angelini, which is unbelievably compelling and fascinating if you like the idea of dimension travelling, and even if you don’t. To date, it is the best series I have ever read in terms of how much it made me think, and how the characters developed’ including twisted morals and the idea of multiple versions of yourself.

The Next Together and the Last Beginning by Lauren James, which I’ve read three times; it explores the idea of a couple being born throughout history. Involving time-travel, ideas of different cultures and beautiful characters, it’s not like anything I’ve ever read before. The second book features the most adorable romance in the history of time.

You’re hosting the 2016 Blogger Awards this year! That’s so awesome! 

Yes I am, and it was a shock to be asked! Last year, it was my favourite part of blogging, and so to be hosting it is an amazing honour. I love the thought of bloggers being brought together through the mutual respect and love of each other; it makes me so happy.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Winter day?

Definitely to sit writing, reading or blogging – doing something I enjoy in the security of warmth, that is. That can include singing, talking to people and laughing, and hot chocolate is pretty much a given because it is glorious.

If you could only get one thing for Christmas, what would it be?

Only one thing? A keyboard that I can connect to my computer, so that I can record songs. And then I’d use any money I got for my birthday to buy a good microphone so that I could record myself singing. What can I say – I love music! My parents would never get me those though, as I already have a keyboard and it’d be rather expensive.

How do you plan on celebrating the holidays?

Despite not being religious, I celebrate Christmas because it’s a family tradition. As with every year, I’m going to my Grandma’s on Christmas Eve to have a Swedish Christmas, where we open our presents. I’m staying the night there, and on Christmas day, I’m going to my mum’s. Apart from that, I won’t be doing much, except from relaxing and hopefully meeting up with friends.

Finally, what is one piece of advice you would want to give everyone?

You aren’t defined by the mistakes you make, or the things you dislike about yourself. Try to focus on all of the good things – and yes it’s hard, but if you think positively, you’re more likely to be happy. Hold on, and there are so many people supporting you that you can talk to. Neither you nor I are alone.

Thank you so much to Elm for answering all of my questions and sharing about her life and blog!  Like I said earlier, I had so much fun reading your answers to these questions!!  Make sure you take the time to visit Elm’s blog, or follow her on Twitter!


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Blogger Interview: Cassidy @ Quartzfeather

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!

Time for some backstory…. *superhero movie villain laugh* I didn’t grow up on Pixar, Disney, Dreamworks, or Cartoons (I know *gasp*). Instead, like the little nerd I am, I grew up on books. However, while I successfully evaded animation as a child, it got me as a preteen. I went to see How To Train Your Dragon 2 with my family, and as I walked out of the theatre that day, I knew I had a serious obsession on my hands. I’ve loved talking about animation ever since, and I decided I’d like to include my love for animation in my blog, so I started occasionally writing posts about animation.
Do you think you’ll ever go into the animation field as a career?
YESSS! In fact that’s my top dream job at the moment (how did you know?), I’d love to work in character or story development. However animation is a really exclusive field (with there only really being like 4-5 well known movie studios). At the moment I’m still a bit on the fence, but I hope that I’ll find myself in that field in 9 or so years.

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!

I’ve considered this, however I have so many other things I want to do, including: the aforementioned web design store, a booktube channel, and a possible podcast, plus, I’m also currently scribbling away at a writing project. However, maybe in the future, I’ll post some bookish DIYs from time to time.

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).

And Finally…

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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