If this is your first visit, welcome! If it isn’t then welcome back! I am very excited to participate in this years Armchair BEA, which is a great way for those of us unable to participate in the real life Book Expo America to still get involved.
On this, day 1 of Armchair BEA we are doing a round of introductions. Since there are SO MANY blogs participating this year, we have been asked to interview ourselves, with 5 of a list of 10 questions, and then we can go around and check out all the other blogs.
The questions I chose to answer, in no particular order are as follows:
Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
My name is Laura *waves* and I have been blogging since March of this year. … I feel like this should be some sort of meeting, where we all sit in uncomfortable metal chairs and talk about our blogging problems, drinking bad coffee and eating day old, store-bought cookies.
Anyway … I live in Central FL, am getting married in Oct, and have 3 dogs and a cat who are all the children I will ever need. Those of you bloggers with kids, I don’t know how you do it. You must never sleep! I first started blogging because I LOVE to read. You may not understand how much. Let me try to explain. When I was a kid, reading was the only thing my parents could take away that would have an effect. No TV; great I’ll go read. No phone; super, let me grab a book. You can’t go outside; ok, just let me get my book out of my bag. Go to your room; fantastic, that’s where all my books are.
My mom still feels bad about that. If you don’t believe me, you can ask her. I am sure she will leave a comment ;-). Hi mom!
Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.
Well, if you know me in real life, you know I work with dogs. Not in a vets office, but at a boarding facility. They don’t stay in cages, we have a pool. Yes, an in-ground pool for the dogs, shaped like a dog bone. It is pretty sweet. I guess I should give myself a little more credit. I don’t just work there, I run the place. I don’t own it (I wish!) but I run this location for a larger company.
On the plus side, I get to bring my doggies to work most days. If I am having a bad day I can go sit and get puppy kisses from any number of our guests. Watching the dogs play, or getting out there to play with them, is probably the best part.
On the down side, we are busier most holidays and weekends, so I usually end up working. And (as with most customer service positions) I am continually surprised at the amount of stupidity in our general population. No, our computer doesn’t automatically link up with your vet, whom we are not even affiliated with, in another state, and upload your pets current vaccinations. What do you mean where do they go to the bathroom? *facepalm* One of these days I am going to start a list, and you may see a blog post relating to it.
Where do you see your blog in five years?
Oh boy. See, I have this problem sticking with things. Probably why I am almost 30 and just now deciding to get married ;-). I have already stuck with this longer than I figured I would. That fact alone gives me hope for the future. In five years, I hope I am still plugging along, and possibly even doing it as a side job *fingers crossed*. I am not holding my breath for that one, but it would be an added bonus. At the very least, I would like to see it updated/personalized (working on that now, hope it is done in five years!!) and have a larger following, with possibly one or two associate reviewers? Dream big. 🙂
Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read?
Ok, so to date my favorite post is my Review of Crimson Midnight. Not because it was an especially well written review, nor was it viewed thousands of times. No, the reason it is my favorite, is it opened the door to work with a couple of amazing authors that write under the name Amos Cassidy. They have become some of my favorite people, and have really widened my horizons to the whole book blogging world. They asked me to be a part of their upcoming blog tour (more information here) and gave me the choice of what kind of stop I wanted to host, so for fun I picked a character interview. They then wrote me into a little story to do said interview. (Check back June 7th for that fun!).
THEN they asked me to be a Beta reader for their next book. It may not sound like a big deal to all you other bloggers, but that really made my year. I was so honored that someone valued my opinions so much that they asked me to do that. I know, it is silly, but it really means a lot to me. Because of them, I have opened myself up to other authors, and have even started doing editing on the side, for another great author.
Ok, so that really went off on a tangent. Sorry about that, I don’t always have linear thoughts. 🙂
A close second is my Currently Reading Sacrificial Magic post, just because the author commented on it and I squeed! (a high-pitched girl scream, if you didn’t know)
What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? Is there anything that you would like to see change in the coming years?
I would say it is the new friends I have already made. They really came in at a time when I was thinking about giving up the blogging, after having just started. I had given an ok review to a book I had read, and received a nasty email from the author. It was bad. I KNEW I had done nothing wrong, but I was near tears. So what did I do? I jumped on Goodreads and went to the group I had just, a few days before, been invited to. I pasted the letter, and these people, who I had just digitally met, were outraged on my behalf. One of them even went so far as to comment on my review on Amazon, where someone else had commented that my review was “complaining to complain,” very much like what the author herself had said. Coincidence? I think not.
After their thoughtfulness, I was able to write a nice email back to the author, telling her off in the friendliest way possible, and then shared my response with my group. They all said I was too nice. 🙂 It was a great feeling, knowing that I am new to this, but other, more established bloggers had my back, and even if my review had been horrible, they would have backed me up anyway. It was amazing.
Something I would change … well, back to the horrible author. I wish there was a way bloggers and authors could interact, but not be so nasty. We don’t like to give books bad reviews. Trust me. I am currently reading a book that at 30% in I am thinking will get just 1 star. Maybe 2. The story itself has just enough depth to it to keep me interested, keep me wanting to know what happens, but I have had to start a word doc. to keep track of all the contradictions in the story. I am dreading writing this review, because what if the author sees it? What if I get another nasty email? I shouldn’t be subject to that, and neither should any blogger, that has invested her time into reading someone’s work. It is of course, one persons opinion, and once you publish a book, it is out there for the world to see. That doesn’t give the blogger a right to say nasty things either. Be respectful, and don’t make the review personal, and we can all get along.
Wishful thinking, I know. But you asked 🙂
Holy crap I am long-winded. If you read all of that, then you are my new best friend.
If you are participating in Armchair BEA, leave a comment and a link back to your interview post. I am going to try to make the rounds, but at least I want to give some visit love to everyone that visits me! 🙂
I hope to see you back here again soon!