Behind the Blog: 200 Follower Q&A Answers

Welcome everyone! Today I’m going to be answering the questions that some of you asked me on my 200 follower Q&A form. I hit 200 followers in October, and decided to ask you guys to ask me anything you’d like to know! It’s not a lot of questions, but I’m still super glad to answer them all.

Let’s get started!

From Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads:

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Right now, I’m not really sure because I haven’t had ice cream in a while, but I think I love vanilla and chocolate equally. If I had to pick between the two…I think I’d go with chocolate, because hey! It’s chocolate.

If you had to be stuck on a deserted island with 3 characters, who would you want to be stuck with??

Kell from A Darker Shade of Magic, Asher from The Fixer, and Inej from Six of Crows.

Kell, because he’s an Antari magician, so he’ll probably hopefully use a spell to get us off the island; Asher because he’d keep things fun, and interesting with a few explosions; and Inej because she’s sensible, smart, super agile, and maybe she’d teach me some of the things she knows (we can also cry over Kaz and his history together more like I’ll be the only one bawling my eyes out).


From Aimee @ My Addiction to Fiction

How did you manage to reach 200 followers? Do you have any tips?

Lol.

I don’t know.

I went to bed last night trying to answer this question, and I still can’t find the answer.

It’s kind of surprising that I reached 200 followers, because 1. I don’t think I’m a great blogger, and 2. I’m not a very good blog hopper/promoter. I really am not good at keeping up with all the blogs I follow, and commenting on their posts (I usually just read and like which is not good), and I’m working on that, but it’s a struggle.

I think that a mixture of blog hopping, doing book tags, being overly active, especially when I first started out, and taking part in the popular memes helped me get to where I am now. I also think I got more followers through Let’s Talk Bookish.

But what makes people want to follow me? Many of you (and thank you!!!) have said that you loved the design/theme, or my posts, and honestly, it makes me feel amazing and super proud of myself, especially because sometimes I think the design looks horrible and that I’m super annoying in my posts which I am.

So for tips: blog hop, get yourself out there. It’s the most generic advice ever and it works. I don’t have any social media (except if you count Goodreads, and even then I only know of a few people who found me through there), I don’t follow anyone on Twitter or Instagram, or wherever, and I seem to be doing something right, and the only thing that I am doing is blog hopping, being annoying sometimes, commenting with excessive hearts when I find someone who loves the same books as me, and just in general being a part of the community.


From Aria @ Book Nook Bits

What made you want to start a blog, and how do you post so often?

What made me want to start a blog: A mixture of boredom, no hobbies that stuck/no friends, a love of books, and a chance to be creative and do something that was my own. Last December, I didn’t really have any friends and I loved to read. I’d dabbled in painting, coding, writing, cooking/baking, but I eventually got tired of them, and I had just discovered book blogs, and I loved the idea and decided to give it a try. And I’m so glad that I did. I’ve discovered so many new books, people who love books like me, and I have something to do that I love except when it’s 7 in the morning and I just want to sleep

How do I post so often? By procrastinating? I usually wait until the last minute to write my posts, but I always keep a set schedule in my mind.

Monday: Book review or a monthly wrap-up or nothing if I don’t finish the post in time.

Tuesday: Another review, or the review that I should have done on Monday if I didn’t make it, or my off day

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: A book tag, or another review if I didn’t do a second one on Tuesday

Friday: Let’s Talk Bookish

So as you can see, it all depends on my mood, how tired I am, and if I finish writing a post in time. The only two days that there is a high guarantee that I’m going to post are Wednesdays and Fridays, but for the rest of the week, I flip flop and post based on how I’m feeling. And sometimes I don’t write any posts at all, and I only write a post on Friday so it all depends. I always try to at least draft a post every morning and maybe schedule it for later in the week.

I would not suggest you follow my method, and you should actually try and draft as many posts as possible when you have free time, and then schedule them through-out the week. I usually try to do that on the weekends (and I usually fail) so that way I’m not rushing to finish a post.


From Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea

If you had to change your name to a book character’s name, what would it be?

Probably Josephine “Jo” March from Little Women. I was obsessed with Jo’s name, and I still think it’s really pretty. Though I’d change the last name to Connolly. I really liked Puck Connolly in The Scorpio Races. So, Jo Connolly. I think it sounds really good.

What’s your opinion on liking “problematic” books?

I don’t think I’ve liked a problematic book before really? So I’m not really sure but I guess it depends. If the whole book is problematic, and everywhere you turn, you find something wrong, or someone says something that isn’t right etc, then yes, I think it’s, not necessarily wrong, but it’s not good to like such a book IF you don’t understand or see what the problems are.

For instance, some people may read the book, not notice all the problems everyone is mentioning, or just brush it off as a character being an idiot, or like it’s part of the plot for the character to be saying/doing things like that etc, and they like the book. You can’t really blame someone for missing that. This time last year, I probably wouldn’t have noticed any problems myself.

So I respect everyone’s decision to read whatever they want, and if they like it, then I’m not going to lose sleep over the matter. I can try and convince them of why it is problematic and why I think they shouldn’t like it, but everybody’s allowed to have their opinion, and to like whatever they want. Maybe there’s something else that they liked about the book, or maybe they didn’t see what was so harmful or problematic about it, or they might believe that it is the point of the author for the character to do XYZ.

Perhaps because we are reading the book looking for the problematic content, and they read the book with no idea about it being problematic, they saw the other good parts of the book while we were focused on all the bad things being said or done.

But at the end of the day, if they still like it, then well, life moves on.

Any tips for balancing blogging and school?

I’d suggest you try blogging ahead/scheduling posts on the weekends when you have the time, or setting aside 30 minutes each day to draft a post. By the next week, those 30 minutes will add up, and you’ll probably have one, two, maybe even three extra posts already completed.

Also, take advantage of the holidays!!! Thanksgiving break is coming up here in the U.S. and I’m already planning how I’m going to cram all my reading and blogging into next week starting from this Saturday to the Sunday after Thanksgiving though knowing me, I’m probably not going to write anything πŸ€¦πŸ½β€β™€οΈ. Holidays are the best time to draft a lot of posts ahead of time, and then when school resumes, you’ll have a bunch ready for those days that you didn’t manage to write anything.

Honestly, the only other thing I could say is to try and find a balance. Maybe your class load is very light and you have the time to blog 5 days a week, or maybe you’re like me, you have assignments to do, yet you still try and blog 4 times a week, or maybe all what you can manage is one post every week.

Find the right fit for you, and don’t feel too bad if you can only post 4 times a month. School is stressful. I’m pretty sure it’s a scientific fact and if it isn’t, it definitely needs to be. Trying to do more than you can handle doesn’t help, and beats (at least for me) the purpose of blogging, which is to relax and have fun while talking about books.

Who are your blogging inspirations?

Definitely you Caitlin!! I absolutely love your discussions, and your humor, and it makes me want to write better posts and be more creative with the topics that I discuss on my blog and with Let’s Talk Bookish. So thank you!!

Kat @ Novels and Waffles is also one of my inspirations, especially for design. Her blog is mouth-wateringly splendid and every time, it makes me want to go and do a rebrand, or try a different look with my graphics/blog. It also makes me seriously crave waffles 😭

Xandra @ Starry Sky Books is another amazing blogger who inspired me to start Let’s Talk Bookish. Her discussion posts are on point, and I love how she explains everything so thoroughly and in such a fun way.

Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads is awesome, and I love her and her blog, and even though we don’t read many similar books, or enjoy the same genres, she still inspires me to be a better reader and blogger overall. It’s one of those things that you can’t really explain, but she definitely does inspire me a lot!

These are only some of my inspirations when it comes to blogging, and definitely not all, because all of you who read my posts, like, and comment inspire me to continue blogging, and not to give up even when I just want to curl up and go back to bed. You are all awesome, and I thank you for being with me on this journey and motivating me to keep going πŸ’•πŸ’–πŸ’š

Chat with me

That’s it for today! Thank you to Meeghan, Caitlin, Aimee, and Aria for asking me questions!!

What do you think about liking problematic books? When and why did you start blogging? Who are your inspirations? Got any tips for posting more often or finding a balance between blogging and life? And for a random question, what did you have for breakfast? Chat with me in the comments below!!

27 thoughts on “Behind the Blog: 200 Follower Q&A Answers

  1. I’m a little late, but congrats on 200 followers, love!!! I’m so happy I discovered your blog this year and I always have so much fun reading through your reviews and discussion posts! I feel the same way about problematic books, and agree that setting aside time to blog is great for motivating oneself and dedicating time to keeping up with our blogs! ❀

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  2. RUKKY!!! You’re too kind to me!! Oh, I hope you know that you inspire me too. Your blogging is far more consistent than mine and you created your own weekly tag!! Also you’ve grown your blog so quickly, I am in awe of you. You will definitely be surpassing me soon!!
    Sending you all of my love πŸ’•
    (Also, if they could mix chocolate and vanilla ice cream I would only eat that. It just needs like a half strength choc with vanilla bean. So delicious!!

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    1. You are so amazing and kind to me, and I’m so thankful for that ❀ Aww, I don’t think so, but we’ll see. Your posts are amazing, you are spectacular and I love reading your posts, despite us not having much in common so don’t worry if it’s inconsistent. You’re doing amazing!
      Thank you for everything, Meeghan πŸ’πŸ’•πŸ’–
      That is a spectacular idea. That way I don’t have to pick every time I want ice cream, if I’m going to have chocolate or vanilla. And it sounds delicious anyway 😍

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  3. Ahh, congrats on 200 followers again! You deserve it and so much more πŸ’š Also, thank you for answering all of my questions 😭 I loved reading your answers!
    Actually, I have liked problematic books before, and it’s definitely a problem. On one hand, I did enjoy the book, but I couldn’t exactly promote it because it could be really harmful, you know? But Vicky Who Reads has a phenomenal discussion on what to do if you like a problematic book that I adore and try my best to follow (https://vickywhoreads.wordpress.com/2019/06/06/so-your-favorite-books-are-problematic-now-what/). If someone does find a book problematic, I agree that it’s okay if they do as long as they acknowledge that it has flaws. But at the same time, it annoys me when people know that their fave has flaws, yet they still scream about it?? Like, that’s not enough! If you enjoyed a problematic book (especially if it’s blatantly racist like E&P), then keep quiet about it! Sorry for the mini rant, but this is one thing that’s been bugging me a little. I definitely have screamed about my problematic faves even though I knew they had issues before, but I’m working on boosting books by own voices diverse authors more!
    Ah, your tips for balancing blogging with school sound phenomenal! I’ll definitely have to try them! I asked you that question because I’m currently dying trying to balance school, reading and blogging. I’m so amazed that you manage to post so much, even though you’re a full-time student. I think setting aside thirty minutes each day would definitely help, and I’ll try to do that!
    AHH RUKKY YOU’RE GONNA MAKE ME CRY. I can’t believe that you consider me a blogging inspiration 😭 Also, your discussions are so good as well, and I really hope I can participate in a LTB soon!
    Kal and Xandra are definite blogging inspirations for me too! I love how organized Kal is as a blogger, and I’m in love with how Type A-like she is. And Xandra is one of my all time favorite book bloggers!! I aspire to reach the level of quality that her posts have, tbh. I love love love her blogging voice, and her discussions are top-notch.
    Ah, sorry for the long comment!! But I loved reading this Q&A and learning more about you ❀

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    1. I MISSED YOUR COMMENT. HOW ON EARTH DID I MISS YOUR COMMENT?????? HOW DID I LIKE IT AND NOT RESPOND!!! I was just reading through this post out of nostalgia, and bc I was looking to see if I had done a different post, and I’m going through the comments and I MISSED THIS. I am so so sorry! Wow. Please forgive me for responding to this so many months later!

      Thank you for asking them!!
      I understand your point, and I’m wondering if my post on problematic books was inspired by your lovely comment (my memory is horrible as has been shown). But I think with problematic books, it’s very tricky. Example: I didn’t know SoC was considered problematic before, and I’ve shouted it out every place that I possibly can. So, I wouldn’t want others to think that I don’t care about the problematic things, because I actually didn’t know. Still my fault I guess.
      So that’s why I feel like it’s ignorance on other peoples’ part and how they don’t realize how much of a responsibility that they have when they write posts and have a following. I personally didn’t really realize how much it mattered that I have 300+ followers; I have a serious responsibility to be careful about who I promote and who I don’t. I don’t really research the authors or the books I read, and that matters because the author could be a racist and horrible person, and then I’ll be supporting them on my blog. But if you know a book is especially problematic, I really don’t think you should be promoting it so much. Have a couple of posts where it is mentioned or a review, that’s fine. But you have to acknowledge the good and the bad always. So yeah, I 100% agree with you πŸ™‚
      I hope it helped! Lol, it’s extremely ironic how I seem to be able to give good advice, but I’m horrible at following it myself πŸ˜‚πŸ€¦πŸΎβ€β™€οΈ
      You are forever and always going to be a blogging inspiration for me Caitlin ✨❀ I’m so glad I came across your blog, and that I got to know you, and that we’re friends now. It really means a lot to me and I hope you can forgive my constant mistakes ❀

      It’s no problem at all! You know I love your long comments so much ✨ Thank you so much for asking me questions and being such a wonderful friend!

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      1. no, it’s okay πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ’— there are some comments on my blog from a year ago that i completely forgot to reply to, and i feel SO BAD whenever i think about them :((

        yes, i completely agree with you!! sometimes people just don’t know that a book they’ve read or its author is problematic, & it’s not their fault. i try my best not to recommend or read books that i know have problematic content, & i think it’s working out nicely! i think that some books are more problematic than others though. like, SoC has some questionable things, but it’s not as bad as other books that i can think of, haha. so imo it’s fine to talk about the books that aren’t *super* problematic, but maybe give your audience a heads-up about the problematic content. (people’s views on what’s a little problematic and very problematic can differ though, so that’s where it gets complicated, ahhh)
        there’s also the matter of “what if the author is problematic but the book they wrote *seems* to be unproblematic?”. i think the “can we separate the art from the artist” discussion is really relevant right now, especially with J.K. Rowling tweeting transphobic things again 😫 i used to think that HP was unproblematic, but now that i’ve reread some of the books & read about people’s opinions on it, i’ve come to realize that her bigoted views are present in her work. like, first of all, she named an Asian character Cho Chang, which is a name i’m very offended by as a Chinese person πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ also she wrote about a race of people who *wanted* to be slaves, many people believe that the goblins in the book are supposed to be representative of Jews, etc. Anyways, many people have been saying that you cannot separate the art from the artists because their values are reflected in their work, and I think that’s true to an extent. I will never interact with HP from this point onwards. but there are more complicated matters like Brandon Sanderson, who has expressed homophobic views in the past. however, i still want to read his works, because i know he was raised mormon, and mormons are very homophobic. plus, i’ve heard that he’s working to change his views? so yeah, idk how to feel about that. still gonna read his books, but i probably won’t if more controversy arises from him. i’m pretty sure the homophobia thing was from *years* ago, and there haven’t been any new scandals about him. anyways, sorry to bring new things up πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ this topic has just been swirling in my head for the past few days, & it’s totally okay if you don’t want to reply to this comment & start a long-ass discussion, HAHA.

        no, don’t worry. i think i give pretty good advice, but i don’t follow them myself :”).

        AWWWW, THANK YOU. i’m so glad we became friends too, and some of your comments have legitimately made my entire day πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯ΊπŸ’— i hope you can forgive my mistakes too!!! i’m not perfect, & i’m not gonna judge others for being the same! (though you haven’t made mistakes what are you talking about)

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  4. Yay!!! Congratulations on 200 followers!
    I started blogging a couple months ago, and you are one of my inspirations for my blog! Your graphics are amazing, and your writing is really good.
    (Also, for breakfast I had yogurt and granola.)

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  5. I loved reading this and definitely agree that planning posts in advance helps a lot. The bit that I struggle most with, time wise, is keeping up with everybody else’s posts. I love reading them, and I’m so glad that I figured out why I was only getting alerts from some people, but it’s definitely hard to fit them all in at times. I think my favourite ice cream flavour is birthday cake or gingerbread or caramel brownie πŸ˜… there are too many to pick from

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    1. Yes, I love reading them, but there isn’t a lot of time to read every single one, and comment on all of them as well. It can get so stressful. Oooh, caramel brownie sounds delicious!! Honestly, the only flavors I know are the basics: strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla πŸ˜‚ Ok, and cookies & cream lol.
      Thanks for reading πŸ’š

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      1. Yes I agree. Especially once you’ve fallen behind; if you read absolutely everything that everyone else posted you’d never catch up. Or if you did you’d probably have to skip several days of sleep :L
        It is (:

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  6. Oh I love this post! As a new blogger, several of your points really resonated with me. And I like what you said here about “problematic” books:

    “Perhaps because we are reading the book looking for the problematic content, and they read the book with no idea about it being problematic, they saw the other good parts of the book while we were focused on all the bad things being said or done.”

    I’ve never thought about it that way, but you’re absolutely right! I’m so happy I discovered your blog and I think you’re doing a great job!

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