400 follower Q&A explaining the start of my blog and how it’s grown + post shout-outs (pt. 1 of 2)

What do you guys think???

I’ve done yet another blog redesign, but this time, I actually think it’ll last? I’ve said that every previous time, but let’s ignore that. I’ve been working on all the graphics, and the color scheme since around June, and I’m now finally publishing this! I’m so excited, and I actually really like the look of it, so I hope you guys do too. Let me know in the comments down below!!

And now to the normal intro of this post:


Good morning my dear friends! I hope you have had a fantastic August. It’s so funny how weeks, months, and years fly by so fast, but then days take forever to end. And this lock-down is not helping things.

Nonetheless, hopefully this day will go pretty great since we’re starting it off with a 400 follower Q&A!! I am so happy to have reached this milestone, and I’m so thankful for every single one of you for following my little corner of ramblings and less than awesome designs.

Last week or so, I posted the 400 follower Q&A form for you guys to fill out, and I really appreciate all of you who did!! I’ve got a lot of questions, so I’ve decided to split this Q&A into two, this being the first part all about blogging, and then the next part will be about books, food, and my likes/dislikes.

This is going to be kind of long, so let’s get started!!

Continue reading “400 follower Q&A explaining the start of my blog and how it’s grown + post shout-outs (pt. 1 of 2)”

Let’s Talk Bookish – What Makes An Engaging Blog Post

Good morning! Welcome to another Let’s Talk Bookish post! Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, created and hosted by me, where we discuss chosen topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.

Today’s topic is: What makes you continue reading a blog post?

This question is absolutely random, has nothing to do with books, should probably not be a topic for a meme called Let’s Talk Bookish, but I think it’s an interesting question that I’d love to see the answer to!

Top Three Things That Makes Me Want to Read Your Post:

A Beautiful Featured Image & Blog:

I love creative and aesthetically pleasing featured images. They’re so unique and delightful to look at, and they make me want to see the rest of your blog. If you blog’s also absolutely beautiful, or if it has a pleasing/unique color palette, then I will take the time to read through your posts.

Seeing other blog’s lovely featured images is also the reason why I’ve started designing my own with stock photos, instead of the vine + flower graphics that I had before. I still use those for WWW Wednesday, but I like designing unique images for the rest of my posts.

I think that I’m most proud of these two:

A Catchy Title:

A catchy title is also super important, and I love the ones that have the little side-note is that what it’s called?? like:

I listened to an audiobook for the first time – would I do it again?// ft. me questioning everything + LISTS ~ Kerys @ The Everlasting Library

That little side note could be what makes me read your post, rather than the actual title itself. It’s also a great way to point out exciting news that is in your post, or use a buzzword that is not mentioned in the title.

Like: Monthly Wrap-Up: September 2019 ft. a 200 Follower Q&A Form

OR

Mini Reviews: Escaping From Houdini and The Rose and the Dagger | ft. a rant, tears, and broken love

Hitting a follower milestone is something amazing, and adding it to the title would make me want to continue reading and also congratulate you on your achievement. Also, if I see rant and tears, I am definitely going to read your post. Or at least leave it open for later. Those are two buzzwords that I just can’t ignore. And I’m pretty sure that I’m not the only one.

You Being You:

The most important thing that will make me read your post until the very end is you being you. If that means no capitalization, a lot of side comments like this one!!, plenty of GIFs or swear words, anything that makes that post scream YOU, then yes, that would make me finish reading your post.

There are probably many millions of blogs out there, and what makes each of us unique is the way we write. There are thousands of us who talk about the same topic, hundreds who talk about the same sub-topic, and the only way for you to stand out is by being yourself, whoever that may be. Don’t censor yourself, or try to be someone you’re not because that just won’t work. Just write, and whatever feels right, feels right, and nothing can change that.

It’s a lot more fun reading a post that is “messy” or super snarky and it being natural, than having to cringe, leaving a polite comment, and then never coming back because the author was trying to write in a way that’s not them. Because it was forced. Nobody wants to read painfully forced writing, so just be yourself, because that’s what makes people, or at least me, stop and hear what you have to say.

This Week’s Participants:

Evelyn @ Evelyn Reads | Jane @ Blogger Books | Dani @ Literary Lion | Aria @ Book Nook Bits

That’s it for this Friday!!

How was your week? What are you reading? What makes you want to read a post? Are there some buzzwords that you just can’t ignore either? Do you think I should include more blog related questions in LTB’s prompts? Chat with me in the comments below!

Let’s Talk Bookish – Anxiety and Book Blogging

Hey guys. Hope you’ve had a great week so far! Welcome to another Let’s Talk Bookish post! Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, created and hosted by me, where we discuss chosen topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.

Today’s topic is: Anxiety and Book Blogging

Tbh, I should have called it Stress and Blogging since this is more about that than about anxiety really. Stress and anxiety kind of go hand in hand though, so it’s not too bad.

Also, if you have any suggestions for topics, please do share them. It’d be so helpful, and will include topics from the community that you want to discuss, not just me trying to think of something in the wee hours of the morning. You can share them through my contact page or using this form here. Thank you!

One thing I never imagined when I first started blogging was that it was going to be stressful. And that I’d be anxious about my stats and followers a lot of the time.

I consider myself a perfectionist. I’m always trying to my very best, and it annoys me so much when I get less than that. When I started blogging, my stats worried me, but it wasn’t very consuming. I only had one or two views a day, one visitor etc., so it didn’t really bother me.

Of course I still had all these grand dreams that I’d become the next biggest most famous blogger. 2018 Me loved to dream.

And then my views picked up. More and more people came. And my stats became so vital and so important that I checked them regularly through-out the day. Like several times in an hour.

This created stress. And anxiety. Because I was constantly waiting and watching and becoming a nervous worried wreck when my stats didn’t turn out how I expected. A post that I worked on and expected to have a high number barely had anything. My first discussion post, that I was so nervous but excited to post, was a flop.

It wasn’t good for me. I hadn’t started blogging to make it a race to Most Popular Blog. sure I wouldn’t mind becoming really popular but it wasn’t the reason why I started. It was about reading, and books, and about sharing my love for books with whoever read my tiny corner of the internet.

Most of this pressure and worry and anxiousness came from myself. I wanted to be good, I wanted more followers and more people coming to read my posts, but in the process, I made blogging something that stressed me out.

Nowadays, I’m more chill with myself. I don’t obsess over my stats as much, and I write what I can, when I can. And people still come and still read what I have to say. Honestly, I have higher stats now, even though my posting is irregular, than I did when I posted 5 times a week.

Blogging can be stressful. It can be anxiety-inducing. But we’ve got to learn to calm down, take a deep breath, and let it go. Today might just be a bad day. It might just be a bad month. Tomorrow may be better, or even next month. Remember why you started the blog in the first place, and focus on that. And most of all, Stop. Comparing. Yourself. To. Others. For all you know, they’ve been blogging for 5 years. You can’t expect your one-year-old blog to have similar stats to a blog that has been running for 5 years.

Remember to write because you want to, and stop checking your phone every two minutes. It doesn’t help. Trust me.

Note: Anxiety here doesn’t mean an actual diagnosis. It’s just that feeling of being anxious or nervous/worried.

This Week’s Participants:

Aria @ Book Nook Bits | Jane @ Blogger Books | Dani @ Literary Lion

Chat with me

That’s it for today! What do you think? Am I the only one who used to obsessively check stats every two minutes? (it’s horrible!!) Does anxiety or stress affect the way you blog? How do you relax or calm down when it becomes super stressful? Chat with me in the comments below!

Tag Thursday – Blogger Recognition Award

Hey everyone! Welcome back. I hope you’re having a great day. Today I’m going to be doing the Blogger Recognition Award. Many thanks to Emer @ A Little Haze Book Blog for tagging/nominating me!

Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger/s who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Select up to 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  6. Comment (or pingback) on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

How Eternity Books Was Created:

Last year December can you believe that it’s been almost a year?!!!, I decided to put my love of books and writing to use and create a blog where I could talk about them to my hearts content. I had just discovered book blogs and GoodReads the month before, and I also wanted to have my own creative space to do whatever I wanted.

To talk books with people who loved books.

To find new books instead of reading the same old Nancy Drew.

To make friends since I didn’t have any IRL.

I was lonely. Bored.

And having a blog seemed like an excellent way to change that. Actually, it was an excellent way to change that. Now, I have a community of readers, blogger and GR friends, a never ending TBR list, and a place that is all mine that makes me feel happy, (sometimes stressed), understood, and also accepted for who I am.

So thank you so much to everybody who has welcomed me into this beautiful community, recommended and talked books as well as discussed topics with me, and also to everyone who has been following this blog. You all made being a blogger such a fun escape, and I am forever grateful to every single one of you πŸ’š

Two Pieces of Advice:

If you’d like to see more than just two pieces of advice, and not just from me but also from other bloggers, check out my LTB post with advice for newbie bloggers!


#1: Blog for the right reasons

More than likely, you started your blog as a way to relax and have fun. So blog to relax and have fun. Don’t make it a chore that becomes super stressful for you, and don’t be too hard on yourself about anything. We’re all human, and trust me, we all understand. Stuff happens, life happens, and at some point, we’ve all probably been in your shoes. So don’t beat yourself up too much, and remember to blog for the right reasons.

#2: Reach out

I promise, we don’t bite. If there is anything you need help with, or a question that you’d like to ask, or maybe you just want to thank someone for something, don’t be afraid to do so. The book blogging community is super welcoming, and we love to chat. As long as you’re nice and polite, you are probably going to get an equally amazing response.

Tagging/Nominating:

Jane @ Blogger Books | Donna’s Reading Chair | Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea | Aimee @ My Addiction to Fiction | Veronika @ Wordy and Whimsical | YOU

As always, no pressure if you don’t want to do the tag, and if you’d like to do the tag and I haven’t tagged you, go right ahead! Be sure to link back here so I can see your post πŸ™‚

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!!