3, days, 3 people, 3 interviews is a feature I’ve created for (only) my blog where each month I interview three people in three days in a row. Each month has a new theme (for example, this month, I’ll be interviewing bloggers – and the next month could maybe be bookstagrammers or art bloggers etc.) The three interviews are to go up on the first three days of each month.
This feature was created so that you could get to know some of my favorite people (bloggers, Instagrammers, YouTubers, etc.) and their blogs, lives, etc.
This month’s theme is – Bookbloggers.
You can read yesterday’s post (in which I interviewed Jill @booknerdreads)by clicking here.
Today, our guest here at this blog is Maren from TheWornBookmark. Maren is a 30 year old bookworm who is currently living in Minnesota with her husband and 2 cats. She loves reading, photography, traveling and seeing live music. Here’s how my interview with her went!
Firstly, can you tell our readers about yourself and your blog?
My name is Maren and I blog over at The Worn Bookmark. I review books, participate in readathons and challenges, and post weekly features like Top Ten Tuesday. My preferred genres are fantasy and historical fiction, both YA and adult.
Why and how did you start blogging? Like, what inspired you to start your blog?
I originally had a general blog about things in my life and the majority of my posts ended up being about books so I decided to just make a dedicated book blog to connect more with other readers since not many people I know personally do much reading.
And do you like blogging? Don’t you sometimes get tired of it?
For the most part I really enjoy blogging. It’s been a fun way to talk about books and find new books to read. I do get tired of it sometimes though so I just take a step back to refresh myself and come back to it when I feel read.
So you’ve been blogging since …?
I started my book blog in September 2014 so I’ve had this blog for 2 years now.
Does blogging pressurize you? I mean, one time, I was under pressure, and I just wanted to leave blogging. I was so tired of it. That was before I realized that blogging is not a chore, of course. Now-a-days, I only blog when I’m in the mood. If I’m not, then I don’t force myself to write … what about you?
Occasionally I feel pressure from my blog but I’ve learned to take a break when it starts to feel like pressure. I basically now just blog whenever I feel like it or have something I want to post about
Would you like to pursue blogging as a full-time career and earn money for it , if it were possible?
I would love to pursue blogging as a full-time career if it were possible to do that as a book blogger. I think it would be great to be able to devote more of my time to blogging.
But there are a lot of people in the world who don’t approve of book bloggers getting money for all their work. They don’t think we should earn money to write reviews. But truthfully, I think blogging is a bit of a hard work. We spend months and years, trying to design our blog in a way that attracts people to it, and – well, we work hard to improve our blog and create traffic. There are affiliate links and things similar to that of course, but earning a lot of money from that is not possible. Perhaps a dollar or two a year … three or four dollars, if you’re famous. What do you think about this matter? Isn’t it ridiculous that some people think book-bloggers shouldn’t earn money for the things that they do, and that it can’t be chosen as a profession?
I must admit that when I first found out about bloggers and booktubers charging money for book reviews and shout-outs, I was a little shocked. But the more I thought about it, the more it made sense to me when comparing it to lifestyle bloggers who make their living off their blogs. Why shouldn’t book bloggers be allowed to do the same thing. Especially considering the amount of time it takes to read and review these books.
Do you post very often on your blog? How often do you communicate with your followers?
I used to try to post at least 3 days per week but I’ve been in a bit of a slump lately so this month I’ve only posted 6 times so far. When I do post, I always make sure to reply to every comment that I receive to keep connected with my followers.
Does anything frustrate you about blogging? If so, what is that thing?
I think what frustrates me the most about blogging is the amount of time that goes into it. Also trying to figure out what kind of posts people are interested in reading. It gets frustrating when you put a lot of time and effort into a particular post, and then it doesn’t receive a lot of views or comments.
What do you think is the best strategy to get more traffic on a blog?
I think the best strategy is probably consistent posting and eye catching posts. At least in my experience, book reviews don’t get a lot of views so I think it’s important to have some variety when it comes to the types of posts you put out.
How would you describe your blogging style?
I don’t really think I have a blogging style per se. I usually just freestyle and post when I’m feeling inspired or see a cool topic I want to put my own spin on.
Can you name one strength that helped you in blogging?
I think one strength that has really helped me in my blogging is my ability to keep an open mind. I used to pretty much exclusively read fantasy and historical fiction but since I’ve started blogging, I’ve expanded my horizons and tried other genres like YA contemporary and NA romance and have found some new favorite books as well as new bloggers to talk to about them. It definitely adds more fun to the blog.
Can you name some of your favorite bloggers and explain why they are your favorites?
I actually recently featured my favorite bloggers in a post so rather than go through all of those again, here is the link to that post. https://thewornbookmark.wordpress.com/2016/10/24/my-favorite-book-bloggers/
What do you think of reading slumps? Do you force yourself to read when you’re in a reading slump or do you just relax and don’t read until it’s over? How do you get over reading slumps?
I absolutely hate reading slumps. I’ve had a few this year that have happened because I’ve joined too many readathons or pushed myself to read too many books, too fast. When I find myself in a slump I do one of two things. Either I just take a step back from reading and just chill until I feel the urge to read again. Or I will pick up an old favorite that I’ve read many times to try and spark my reading mood again.
Do you sometimes suffer from your writers block? How do you get over it?
I would definitely say that I sometimes suffer from writer’s block. There are times when I have absolutely no idea what to post about or write about. Usually when that happens I try to find a fun book tag or something with some easier questions to answer just to get some ideas flowing.
Have you met someone interesting or famous on your blog journey? And have you made some blogger-friends?
I’ve met lots of great people through blogging and some I’ve even met in person. Last year around this time I became friends with Lauren Bird Horowitz, author of Shattered Blue, and we have since become really great friends and I even traveled to California last March for her book tour to stay with her for a few days. Also on that trip was one of my original blogger friends, Ashley @ Socially Awkward Bookworm. I’ve also become really close friends with Tricia @ Bookworm Coalition. Those are just a few of the friends I have made through blogging.
What’s the best thing about blogging, in your opinion?
I think the above answer is pretty much my favorite part about blogging. I really love connecting with other readers and finding other shared interests. I have made some really great friends through my blog.
And lastly, would you encourage other people to make a blog?
I would definitely encourage other people to start a blog if they are wanting to share their love of reading with other people. It’s a great way to connect with other people, especially if you don’t have many people in your personal life who share that passion for all things bookish.
And that was it! My interview with Maren @ The Worn Bookmark. I hope you guys learned more about Maren and her blog from this post, and enjoyed reading this as much as I did writing this. I’d like to thank her for giving me some of her time and letting me interview her! I hope you’ll go give her a follow!
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