The Secret Life of a Book Blogger | TAG

The-Secret-Life-of-a-Book-BloggerHey guys!

I was tagged by Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts to do this tag. Thank you for tagging me, and if you haven’t checked out his blog then you must go do so now! I hope my answers are interesting enough. Let’s go!

The-Secret-Life-of-a-BloggerHow long have you been a blogger?

I began my blog in January of this year over on Blogspot. I deliberated and deliberated what I could do as a hobby that related to books. Booktube was the obvious choice but I ultimately sucked hard at it so I trashed that and decided to go for blogging. I was a little apprehensive about it because I don’t feel like my writing skills are up to par with some of the others and I didn’t want to come off as a noob! But here I am 8 months later and thriving off blogging. I love it and don’t see myself doing anything else.

At what point do you think you’ll stop blogging?The-Secret-Life-of-a-Blogger

To be honest I am really horrible with hobbies. I am constantly picking up hobby after hobby and dropping it months down the road due to boredom. For example, when I was in high school my friends were super into online games (Maple Story etc) and I decided to join them. I played non stop day and night (when there wasn’t school of course) and invested so much of my time to just stop playing altogether.

I am pleased to say that this might be the longest I’ve kept a hobby and I don’t have any immediate plans on stopping. I love books, I love blogging, and I love the whole book community! I’ve grown as a writer/reader/person since blogging and I wouldn’t give it up for the world! Now this doesn’t mean I won’t take a mini break here and there when I start to get a little burnt out, but I’ll let you know when that happens!

The-Secret-Life-of-a-BloggerWhat’s the best thing about blogging?

The best thing about blogging is the interactions that occur with my readers and friends here in the book community! I’ve met so many great book lovers and built some solid friendships too. I love hearing from my readers how much they enjoyed my reviews or other book related posts and that they can’t wait to read the books I post about. I’ve received great tips and tricks for my blog from other bloggers that I’m extremely grateful for too!

So as long as you guys keep liking and commenting on the topics I post then I will keep doing this you guys!

What’s the worst thing about blogging?The-Secret-Life-of-a-Blogger

The worst thing about blogging is the pressure. The pressure to produce blog posts daily/weekly to keep readership, the pressure to make sure that all my reviews are up to par with other great writers, and the pressure to read books that have a deadline. Most of those things sound like personal problems, so if you’re a new blogger or want to start blogging, take this with a grain of salt. Here is why:

The pressure to produce quality posts daily/weekly. This can get quite tasking. I pretty much use up all my free time to make sure that I have ideas, reviews, tags, memes etc ready for the upcoming week. I want to maintain viewership so I feel like the more posts I make the more viewers I get. Which is somewhat true, but for me I have to make sure that they are all quality posts. I never want to half ass anything I do so I take my time writing them!

The pressure to become a better writer. I am constantly comparing myself to other bloggers that have better writing skills than I do. Sure I can spell words and use correct grammar, but other writings have better flow to their writing. Where mine is standard, theirs is professional. Now I know what you guys are thinking,

“But you’re an amazing writer.”

“There is nothing wrong with your writing.”

” You shouldn’t compare yourself to them and just try your best.”

I get that, but if I don’t challenge myself, I won’t improve. So I will keep being hard on my writing skills and hope that one day I will be as great as them.

Lastly, the pressure to read books that have a deadline. I swear ARC’s will be the death of me. Now to be clear I’m not at the point of receiving physical ARC’s from publishers, but I do receive them from Netgalley. It can become a little daunting when you only have a couple weeks to read the book and review it so you stay in good standing with the publishers. This might mean that you have to put away your own books and pick up theirs, or you have to stay up later and finish the book etc. When you have a full time Monday-Friday job like I do, its hard to stick to deadlines but you have to make the time to do it!

The-Secret-Life-of-a-BloggerHow long does it take for you to find/create pictures for your post?

Oh lord. So I recently got into to making my own title graphics and such for my reviews and other posts using vectors and Photoshop and that has seriously been eating at my limited time. It can take anywhere from 30 minutes to over an hour to get the graphics to look just right. It’s daunting and time consuming but it adds a small touch of aesthetics to an ordinary blog post.

Who is your book crush?The-Secret-Life-of-a-Blogger

Everytime I read a new book I get a new crush. I’m extremely fickle and superficial so it’s hard to keep track and keep just one on my mind. So here are three as an example if you must.

Magnus from the Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes

Rowan/Tamlin from Throne of Glass/ACOTAR series’ by Sarah J. Maas

Thorne from the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer

The-Secret-Life-of-a-BloggerWhat author would you like to have on your blog?

Hands down I would to have Morgan Rhodes on my blog. Maybe a Q&A or Tips and Tricks to writing a novel post. I’ve met her in person and she is totally awesome! She’s funny, smart and down to earth. She truly appreciates her readers and is very passionate about her stories!

What do you wear when you write your blog posts?The-Secret-Life-of-a-Blogger

When I’m writing up my blog posts, I’m usually sitting on the couch or at my desk. It’s either really early in the morning or really late at night. So I would have to say I’m in lounge clothes like sweatpants, sweaters, pajamas etc.

Now I don’t know what this questions real purpose is besides igniting your wildest fantasies? Sorry to burst your bubble!

The-Secret-Life-of-a-BloggerHow long does it take you to prepare?

If you’re talking about my blog posts, then I would say it takes anywhere from 1 hour to 3 hours depending on what type of post it is. Reviews take me the longest because I have to make sure they are perfect and reader ready. Tags can up to 2 hours sometimes and memes most likely only an hour?

Take in to account that I get easily distracted and side tracked when I’m doing them, so that can affect the overall time frame.

How do you feel about the book/blogger community?The-Secret-Life-of-a-Blogger

I love it/them. Like I’ve said up above, I’ve met so many great bloggers and fellow book lovers! I love raving about books and recommending them. Getting deep down and dirty into the specifics and spoilery aspects of books that we all have read. As well as reading reviews on books I would not normally pick up but now I have no choice because they make them sound so great!

If it wasn’t for the little dramas here and there between the bloggers and the booktubers, I think the book community would be a paradise! Let’s all just get along ok? We share the same interests.

The-Secret-Life-of-a-BloggerWhat should be done to achieve a successful blog?

This is such a subjective question. I am just happy that people visit, read, and leave comments on my blog. That is what I find to be successful. I don’t need a thousand views a day to be considered successful in my mind. I take it in levels and enjoy the small accomplishments I achieve as the days go on.

I like when WordPress lets you know when you have the best day for likes or when you reach a milestone in follows. It just makes it all worth while in the end!

I guess the next big step and overall goal I want to accomplish is to receive a physical ARC from a publisher one day.


Aentee @ Read at Midnight

Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks

Rae @ Bookmark Chronicles

Josie @ Josie’s Book Corner

Krista @ Of Love and Wanderlust

CW @ Read, Think, Ponder

If you have already done this tag, feel free to ignore! I won’t be mad…maybe πŸ˜‰

Until next time,


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Jesse Nicholas lives in Toronto, Canada. He is an aspiring writer and one day wishes to have a novel published. Along with writing, Jesse enjoys music, travel, trashy TV, and is an avid reader of anything in the Young Adult and Fantasy/Sci-Fi genres. He is currently posts reviews on the novels he reads on his blog, and spends hours upon hours coming up with ideas for a future stories.

12 thoughts on “The Secret Life of a Book Blogger | TAG”

  1. Oh my goodness yes making graphics for blog posts will be the death of me, but I really can’t stop because it’s so FUN :D!

    Review copies are totally a double edged sword, especially when you realise what you request isn’t really something you enjoy. That’s happened to me loads. I must exercise more self control!

    I got my first physical review copies last week and I was stoked! I am nowhere near being established enough to start approaching publishers myself, though – so reaching 6 months is my next goal haha.

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  2. Eeeep, thank you for tagging me, Jesse!!
    And oh my gosh! I used to play so much of MapleStory too, and quit for the same reason. I got super addicted, and it was such a horrible time-sink.

    Also – “I am just happy that people visit, read, and leave comments on my blog.” Me too! And I like it when people say they find my reviews interesting to read, or when I meet new people. I think that’s the cool part about blogging – finding people who share the same interests! πŸ™‚

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  3. Thank you for tagging me! πŸ˜„ I have already don’t this, but your name and link will be added to that post! Thank you so much!
    I’ve only just discovered your blog, but already I love it. I love your writing, I think its quite amazing. Its great that you are striving to improve your writing! I’m always trying to do my best to improve mine to the best of my ability, being the total English and writing nerd that I am.
    Taking time to create your own graphics is always good, it adds that touch of uniqueness to your blog! And that’s a thing that I enjoy seeing on people’s blog. It shows that you really put love into your blog!
    And I get what you mean with the ARCS. So much pressure sometimes!
    Great post! 😊

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  4. Firstly, thank you so FREAKIN’ much for the tag. This sounds so much fun, and I’ll get on it asap πŸ˜€

    Secondly, can I get an amen for Tamlin?! Oh my God, Tamlin.

    Lastly, I just want to say that even if you want to improve your writing, please don’t lose the personality! I’ve read so many blogs where the professionalism exists, but the posts don’t feel personal. I really enjoy how you write; it’s almost like a conversation. :3

    Great post, and thanks again! x

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    1. Thank you for the words of encouragement! It really means a lot! I’ll improve my witting skills but I’ll make sure to never lose my personality. I lose that and I lose my voice. That’s definitely not what I want! Thanks again~

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  5. Hi Jesse

    As someone who is new to book blogging I love reading these tags. I loved your answers and can definitely relate to the pressure part. I am such a perfectionist and no matter what I do, I really do pile the pressure on myself and burn out quite easily. So for my blog I really am going to try chill out a bit more and just relax into it. Easier said than done. Lol.

    Anyway I love your blog and am looking forward to reading more of your posts!

    Nicola πŸ™‚

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