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?


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 ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ. 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 ๐Ÿ˜ญ

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 ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’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!!

200 Followers: Thank you so much!

Good morning!!!!!! I hope you’re happy and as excited as I am!!! I am so so excited to say that I’ve hit 200 followers!!! This is unbelievable!!!! I’m SO HAPPY!! THANK YOU guys so much for following my tiny corner of the internet and wanting to hear read what I say! It means so much to know that 200 people liked my blog enough to follow, and I’m honestly really proud of myself, super happy, and overwhelmed right now.

It’s also really funny, considering that my goal for 2019 at the beginning of the year was to have 55 followers…like wow, you guys have totally blown that number out of the park. I feel so accomplished, and I’m so glad that you guys are sticking with me through my blogging journey even though it’s bumpy and my posting schedule is a mess, and I have no idea what I’m doing!

I’ve seen this idea on other blogs before (shout-out to Caitlin and Xandra!! You guys really made me excited to do it!), and I’d love to try it out now that I’ve reached such a milestone.

So to celebrate, I created a form where you can give me feedback about my posts, and also ask me any question, or something that you’d like to know about me! You can find it here or down below.

Again, thank you all so much and I’d love to hear your feedback and questions! Now I’m off to go find some cake or something to celebrate with…

Happy Reading, Rukky๐Ÿ’š

Bookish Discussion: Bloglovin’ and why I’m disappointed

Hello friends and welcome to my first ever Bookish Discussion! Today, I’ll be discussing Bloglovin’ and why it disappointed me.

First of all, a lot of people use Bloglovin’. It’s “…a platform that allows users to read, organize, and discover their favorite blogs on mobile and desktop. It is a design-focused platform that aggregates feeds from sources with RSS feeds, allowing users to discover and organize content.” (thank you, Wikipedia.)

So, something similar to the WordPress Reader, right? Yes, it sounds like it is. Why am I upset about a platform that is helping spread the contents of my blog? Because there is a difference between signing up for a service and being featured on it, and being forced to be featured on another service that you didn’t sign up for.

You’re probably confused, so here’s some backstory. A few days ago, I was checking my Stats and saw that a visitor had been referred to me by Bloglovin’.

Figure 1

I was confused, because I didn’t have an account, and I hadn’t put my blog on there. I pressed the link, and was stunned to see some of my posts on their website. I even had a follower that I was unaware of.

This raised a lot of questions:

Who put my blog on there? How does this work? Are they affiliated to WordPress and so any new blog is automatically added?

So, I searched on Google. I literally typed:

“Somehow my blog found its way onto bloglovin, I didn’t put it there what is going?”

The 5th result seemed promising:

Offbeat YA: How Bloglovin’ Ate My Blog (and Yours too).

And then I read about how Bloglovin’ takes your RSS feed and uses it to add blogs to their site. You have no control over it, as long as your RSS is public. And if it isn’t public, then no one will be able to find your blog.

As I read, I got frustrated because I understood how Roberta (the author of the the above article) felt. She didn’t want her blog on there, and she didn’t know how to remove it. And then there was the issue of Bloglovin’ opening posts from your website in their frames.

Apparently, that’s still happening because when I press a post link, I get this:

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And I’m confused about the pop-up. I can’t press no even though I DON’T want to sign up. But forget that, the main issue here is the frame thing at the top. You can even see in the background behind the popup the page on my site, but it isn’t really my site.

Roberta’s post was written in 2013, and updates from another post proved that the issue was still a problem in 2017.

That post, by Ashley @ Nose Graze, talked about how you can now read full posts on Bloglovin’ and actually comment on there. They even claimed to search engines (using something called a canonical) that they are the original owners of the posts. (More about that here.)

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One the main page (above: Figure 3), if you click the title of a post, it leads you to their link of the post (see Figure 2). The commenting feature still exists right now and if I press ‘Add comment’ on the main page (above: Figure 3), I get this:

Figure 4

I’m guessing that because my posts are on ‘post summary’, they aren’t showing my full posts on their website. Pressing ‘More Tag Thursday…’ here goes to my actual post page, not their version of my website. There’s a problem because this link that I’m sent to from Figure 4 isn’t the same one that I get sent to in Figure 2. IMO, I should be sent to my URL on BOTH pages, not their link.

At least the canonical issue was resolved.

I don’t have anything against my posts being read on their website, but I feel like they should have to visit my website to comment.

You’re probably wondering: What’s all the fuss? WP Reader does the exact same thing and I’m not complaining.

The fuss is because I voluntarily signed up for WP so my blog is featured on their Reader. However, I didn’t sign up for Bloglovin’ and I didn’t ask for my blog to be put on their service. They aren’t Google or Bing who have to have access to your blog or else you pretty much don’t exist. It’s a service that I didn’t sign up for and, at the moment, don’t want.

That’s my issue. I didn’t sign up for Bloglovin’ so they shouldn’t have a right to feature my blog just because I have a public RSS. It’s like saying that your information HAS to be on Facebook/Twitter/Google+ because you exist and use the internet. That’s not right, and it isn’t fair. They don’t have a blog removal option if I wanted to remove mine.

There are some things I can do (check out Ashley’s post) about it, and you too if you are in this situation.

I’m not saying that Bloglovin’ is bad. It’s kind of like a Facebook for blogs and can serve to help bloggers get more followers/readers. However, I don’t like the fact that I have no say in whether my blog is featured or not. At a time, I wanted to sign up but now I don’t want anything to do with them.

Maybe in the future I might sign up, but for now, no. If you followed me on Bloglovin’, please be sure to drop a comment on my actual website so that I’m aware of you! I love all my followers๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–!

A lot of people in the Blog-o-sphere use Bloglovin’ and I don’t mean to hate on you. ๐Ÿ’– I just wanted to talk about my experience and why I don’t use it.

Let’s Discuss:

Do you use Bloglovin’? Do you think Bloglovin’ should be able to put your blog on their website without your permission? Is that fair (In your opinion)?

I’m interested to hear what you think and want to have a healthy discussion. Your opinions will be respected!

2018 Wrap-up and 2019 Goals

Hi friends! 2018 has come to a close and I’m excited for the new year. New year = new beginnings and goals. I started this blog three weeks ago, and I’ve already met so many amazing and welcoming people. I’m very glad I decided to take this risk and joined the bookish community.

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