Keeping things going with another fun book tag I came across while looking for things to write about. This one gives you a peek at some of the inner workings of how things get done here over here at BeerRantsandBooks. I don’t really like playing the tagging game, so I again offer my apologies if not doing so is some sort of no-no around here. No disrespect is intended to the tag’s creators.
Where do you typically write your blog posts?
Wherever I can. Usually that means my couch or dining room table, though I often write in bed, at work during lunch, and on the subway as well. I’m currently sitting on my back deck and writing which is a trend I’d like to continue in the coming months.
How long does it generally take you to write a book review?
Depends on the book, how much I want to say, and how busy I am with work and childcare. Anywhere from a few days to a few weeks though I’ve had some linger on for longer.
When did you start your book blog?
I started my blog back in November 2014, though it wasn’t until December 8th of that year that I got my first book review up.
What is the worst thing about having a book blog in your opinion?
Accepting my limitations as a writer/reviewer. Despite being an otherwise fairly intelligent and capable individual, writing, even informally, has always been a bit of a process for me. I often have difficulty pulling all the ideas out of my head and then getting them organized on a page. I like to think that I’ve improved over the years of plugging away here, but I’m still not as efficient at it as I would like to be.
What is the best thing about having a book blog in your opinion?
Going back to the previous question, I like having a book blog because it pushes me to write more. This has on occasion been a source of frustration, but in the end I find it worthwhile as it gives me a creative outlet through which to voice my thoughts while at the same time encouraging me to constantly seek out new reading material.
What blog post have you had the most fun writing so far?
Lately I’ve been having a lot of fun searching out and writing book tags as it gives my blog more a personal touch that it hasn’t really had until recently. Beyond that, I’ve really enjoyed my beer reviews that include mini photo shoots. Anytime I’m able to combine a beverage with some kind of prop (usually an on-theme book or Star Wars Lego) I’m having fun.
My most rewarding post, however, is one I wrote back in November 2015 about going through my old baseball cards. Not only did looking at them bring back a ton of childhood memories, but the post ended up getting linked to on Major League Baseball’s Around the Horn blog. That is without a doubt my proudest moment as a blogger and it always makes me happy when I see it get hits.
What is your favourite type of blog post to write?
I’m not sure I really have a favorite since what I’m into posting so often depends more on my mood and what subject matter I have to work with.
When do you typically write?
Usually either in the morning on my subway ride into work or in the evening after I have gotten my son to bed. Time has been at a premium for me lately so I try to get my writing in whenever and wherever I can.
Do you review every book you read?
For the most part. There have been a few I’ve skipped for a variety of reasons, but on the whole I am very selective when picking up books and enjoy writing about my thoughts on them.
How do you write your book reviews? With a cup of coffee or tea? With Netflix? Cuddled with your fur baby?
This may sound crazy, but here goes. I typically type up a draft on my phone whenever and wherever I can; on the subway, in bed, sitting on the couch, etc. I then print that to (*gasp*) paper and make revisions in any and all of the locations listed previously. I do final draft either on my laptop or sitting at desk. Thank you wireless printer and Google docs!
When do you write your book reviews? Right after finishing the book? Two weeks after finishing the book?
I usually start drafting my reviews within a day of finishing the book, but depending upon my schedule it can sometimes take a few weeks for me to finish. I do always like to at least get my thoughts outlined while the book is still fresh in my head.
How often do you post?
I generally post 2-3 times per week. Lately I started alternating weeks were I post Monday/ Wednesday/Friday and those where I post Tuesday/Thursday and I like how that has been going. I’m jealous of the people I see with dedicated posting schedules and thematic days, but I know that I would never be able to keep up with that and just end up getting overwhelmed or stressed in try to.