Honesty Hour: Top [Nine] Book Blogging Confessions

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Top [Nine] Book Blogging Confessions

  1. I’ve had two other blogs prior to this one! I actually got into blogging about 2 years ago, and have attempted at blogging before, but so far this has been my most successful and enjoyable attempt. I love Books & Cleverness, and all of the wonderful people I’ve gotten the chance to meet and interact with because of it!
  2. I don’t schedule posts more than a week out at most. This is mainly because I’m a HUGE procrastinator, but I like to write my posts close to when they will go up on the blog as well. I want the blog to be current and up to date with my life, too!
  3. I’m really shy, so I’m using blogging as a tool to get me to open up a bit more. Every time one of you guys comments on a post, Tweets me, etc. I always think twice before I post or send. I’m trying to use blogging as a tool to help me interact more and be more “outgoing” in a way, than I was before. It’s also really helped my confidence – so thank YOU for helping do that!
  4. None of my family knows about this blog. Or any of the others. I don’t know why I choose to keep it a secret, but I just do. I like to keep my blogging life and my “real” life separate. I’m really not sure how my family would react to knowing that I blog. I may tell them in the future, but for right now I keep it to myself and a select few friends.
  5. I got more into reading and books AFTER I began blogging. It has really opened my eyes about the world of publishing, and the community of people that are like me when it comes to books. Seeing everyones passion toward reading and blogging caused me to delve even deeper into the world of books, authors, publishers, and of course: bloggers.
  6. I watch a LOT of BookTube. If you’re not aware, there is also a HUGE book-loving community on YouTube. I got into watching BookTube videos around the same time I started to realize book blogging was actually a “thing.” To this day I still watch a TON of people’s videos on YouTube. If you’re new to them search things like “book haul” or “bookshelf tour” in YouTube to kickstart some people to watch. I would also love to recommend you some BookTuber’s too!
  7. My favorite kind of posts to write are reviews. This may be obvious, but I really do love writing them. They’re the reason why I started blogging. While I do enjoy writing posts that are features and memes, reviews remain my favorite.
  8. I’m obsessive when it comes to checking my blog’s Twitter, Goodreads, or any other social media platform you can think of. I have come to LOVE interacting with you guys, and it still surprises and excites me to know that you like doing the same with me. ❤
  9. It only takes me about 20 minutes to write a post! I know some bloggers can spend hours on a post. If that’s you, I applaud your patience and dedication! I tend to only take about 20 minutes to a half hour when I write a post, but that’s mainly because I don’t really revise/edit them. I normally write my thoughts down on paper first, and by that time I have my ideas fleshed out, I know what I’m going to say, and I just write.

So, spill! What are your secrets when it comes to book blogging?

xo, emily

46 thoughts on “Honesty Hour: Top [Nine] Book Blogging Confessions

  1. I love booktube. Watching the hauls and wrap ups are so fun. But I’ve learnt to be weary of what they find popular and “amazing” because the few books of those I’ve managed to get my hands on and read? not actually that great, which led to massive disappointment because of the amount of hype from booktube. Le sigh.

    1. I’m sorry that happened to you 😦 I normally don’t watch many reviews – I stick to book hauls and wrap ups too. But I do watch some, while I still tend to trust established blog reviewers over the BookTubers.

  2. I’m like you; I haven’t told anyone,except my parents,that I run a blog.
    People here are pretty petty-minded,so they will have a tendency to judge me unnecessarily.Besides they might look down upon my blog,as,for many here,reading books is something uncool. :/

  3. I have told quite a lot of people that I blog, but have only told my mum what my blog is called and how to find it. I just don’t like the idea of anyone I know reading it, probably because none of them have a love of books and they probably wouldn’t ‘get’ it.

    I have started watching a little Book Tube, but only 1 or 2. Who would you recommend?

    1. Yeah I don’t think my family and friends would “get” it either…

      Some of my favorite BookTubers are astridthebookworm, polandbananasBOOKS, PeruseProject, thebumblingbibliophile, bookables…my list goes on and on! 🙂

  4. I haven’t told very many about my blog either… I’m half ashamed and half can’t be bothered with the inevitable criticism. I love booktube too!

  5. I envy your 20 minute record! I write post for almost three hours! TEACH ME YOUR WAYS! OMG Me too! I love booktubes! I forgot to add it on my list! By chance, do you watch Katytastic’s videos? 😀 She’s my fave of all! Thanks for sharing! Great list!

  6. It doesn’t take me very long to write a post either. I normally write such good notes that I can really use them to articulate my feelings. Plus I’m more comically-inclined, so my notes are already written kind of funny and I just need to expand on it.

  7. Wow! I’m so jealous of your super fast post writing skills! It takes me quite a long time to write a post (an hour or a couple hours), though I’m not quite sure why. I need to work on it…

  8. I spend WAY too much time watching booktube videos. And I also obsessively check all of my social media on my laptop and my phone. Great post! Im glad you have been gaining confidence from this blog! That’s awesome 🙂

    1. I’m glad I’m not the only social media obsessed blogger out there! 🙂 And yes, me too! I don’t think I would be as outgoing in more “professional” situations had I not have had the opportunity to interact with authors and publishers as a blogger. It’s been a great learning experience.

  9. My family doesn’t know about my blog either. They wouldn’t understand my obsession. Plus, blogging is my escape from real life, so I keep it separate. I check social media a lot, too. I enjoy connecting with other readers.

    1. Yes, exactly. Right now whenever I’m blogging I fib and tell my family I’m on Goodreads, so now they think I’m addicted to that website (well I so am, but not as much as they think I am lol!). And yes, I love connecting and chatting with other book nerds! 🙂

      1. My mom knows that I write book reviews, but she doesn’t know that I post them on my own blog. I guess she thinks I do it for newspaper or something.

  10. I am exactly the same way! I’ve had a blog for 11 months now and it’s only in the last month that I’ve finally had the courage to post on other people’s blogs. I’m using my blog to force myself to interact with people. Everyone’s been nice so far. 🙂

    I wish I could write a post in 20 minutes! It usually takes me closer to an hour for the reviews, my writing help posts took me several hours. (Which is why I changed it up, and reviews are more fun.)

  11. I hadn’t told anyone about my blog except my sister because she blogs too, about an entirely different subject, but a couple of people know now. Not many. And I also obsessively watch BookTube. I love unboxing videos, and I have no idea why. I’m glad blogging is helping you to be more confident! It’s amazing what blogging can do to other aspects of your life, and I hope unlike your previous blogging attempts (I had one before my book blog) you stick with this one! 🙂

    My TTT

  12. Haha I’m with you on the procrastination. If I don’t have a review to post, I usually just open my feed and whatever meme grabs my attention I go with it. I’m the worst blogger.

  13. I love watching booktube as well. I kinda love watching Youtube in general, like I watch a lot of the beauty Youtubers and British ones too. So I guess I’m a little bit obsessed with Youtube as a whole. But BookTube is a lot of fun! I’m trying my hand at vlogging (not very good at it) because they just make it seem so much fun!

    Reviews are definitely my favourite to write as well. I never have to worry about not having anything to say when it comes to reviews and I love just talking on and on about a book.

    20 minutes? Wow, it takes me about one hour to two hours to write a typical post. Haha and there really isn’t any patience or dedication on my part. I don’t spend time revising either, I just write it all out and then publish it but I’m a slow worker so an hour on a post is pretty standard.

    1. Yes…I’m a sucker for the British ones. Particularly Jack and Finn…*sigh*

      I think reviews are my favorite since they’re the main reason I started the blog.

      And yeah I’m realizing I take a really short amount of time compared to some! I must hold a book blogging record, haha! 😉

  14. Ironically I like to write discussion posts instead of reviews lol! I tend to reuse the same words when they have the same rating and it irks me lol. With discussion I can be super creative if I want!
    And dudeeee I’m scheduled ahead by 3-4 months 😉 (I brag a bit >_> SORRY)

  15. It took me several months to tell my family about my blog, and even longer before I let my mom follow it. Sometimes I post things (or use curse words) that she doesn’t really like, and she’ll let me know, but so far she’s been pretty okay with what I’m doing. And it’s nice when something exciting happens and I can say “MOOOOMMM LOOKIT I GOT APPROVED FOR THIS ARC” so that I can just scream it to someone 😛

    I draft up my posts pretty quickly too; any longer than 30 minutes and I start losing my steam. I just need to spit out what I’m thinking, then move on. It always helps to add some gifs too 😀

  16. #1: I’ve had plenty of those “secret” blogs only I post to and read. ;P I’ve realized that sharing your blog and its content is so much better, though!

    #3: Same here! I’m really awkward in person, so blogging is definitely a great way for me to reach out to more bookish people!

    #4: My parents and a few (maybe 2-3) friends know about my blog. 🙂

    #6: I love BookTube, but I usually watch videos for discussion posts, hauls, etc. rather than reviews. 🙂

    #7: Me too! Discussion posts are hard, and reviews are a great outlet to rant or rave. ;D

    #8: YES! When I come home, I have this Google Hangouts–Twitter–Instagram–Goodreads checklist. ;P

    Thanks for sharing, Emily!

    1. I think I will end up telling my parents SOME time because I would eventually love to go to a conference like BEA or ALA and go to blogger events, which obviously, my parent would need to know about my blog for me to go! 🙂

  17. Reviews are my ideal posts to write too–mainly because I just enjoy being extremely and unnecessary judgmental. It’s probably unhealthy to enjoy chirping out things though. I’m pretty bad with using twitter but I think I fault it on owning an ancient phone with anything remotely advanced on it (it’s without wi-fi capabilities, to be blunt).

    joey via. thoughts and afterthoughts

  18. I can relate to everything you’ve written… it’s like you’re my twin :O Just kidding xD
    I was about to write down a ginourmous comment about every single point you’ve mentioned but, you what, you’ve said everything! I second everything 😉

    XX Ner

  19. I am beyond jealous of your #9! I feel like part of my time-consuming problem is that I spend way too long on posts, especially reviews. But I can never seem to get things out quickly enough. I completely envy you! #3 and #8 for sure – I check Goodreads and Twitter obsessively, but I’m also always conscious of what I say/how I reply to things, etc. Some bloggers are just so FUNNY and astute and I fear that I will just fail in comparison haha.

  20. I’m the same about writing posts quickly. I think I take more like half and hour, but I also write down notes on paper or outline before writing properly 😉

  21. 3. Me too. I recently talked about this on the blog. Blogging is a good way to put yourself out there.
    6. I’m starting to get more into Booktubing too. Perhaps because I’ve made some vlogs myself, but I enjoy watching bookhauls 😀
    8. Guilty! It’s starting to get out of hand though, so I’ve started to cut down on the obsessive Twitter stalking.

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