Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Interview of Bloggers!

Author interviews are pretty common in book blogs. Even I've interviewed a few authors on my blog! 
But I wanted to interview my fellow bloggers- to know them better and also to give them a space to share their blogging experiences. Hence, I decided to create this section for the Interview of Bloggers!

The blogger I interviewed this time is  Sophia from Bookwyrming Thoughts!

Here's what we talked about:

Me: Hey Sophia, welcome to my blog! It's such a pleasure to have you here!! To start the interview first tell us something about yourself.
Sophia: Hi! I'm Sophia, but I'm perfectly fine being called Sophi or Soph. I'm a blogger over at Bookwyrming Thoughts, graphic designer, bookworm, and very random (I think that might be noticed on Twitter... lol). I'm currently a high school student and still deciding just what career I should get into when I graduate in a few years. Unfortunately, there's not a lot of time left for me to decide. Time seems to be my enemy right now. >_<
Me: When did you start blogging and why?
Sophia: November 2, 2012 (almost a year!). I used to try blogging about a MMORPG game called Wizard101 but then I ended up distancing myself and later realized that gaming just isn't my thing to blog about, so I decided, why not blog about books instead?
Me: Tell us briefly about your blog and what do you do over there?
Sophia: Bookwyrming Thoughts is a book blog originally aimed toward Young Adult and Middle Grade reads. Now I'm also reading New Adult books, but definitely not adult books. I do book blitzes, blog tours, book blasts, the occasional giveaway, and of course, reviews.
Me: What you love most about blogging?
Sophia: My favorite thing about blogging? Being able to tell everyone my thoughts about the books I read without having to keep it all bottled up inside and reserved for my close friends/book club members at school.

Me: How do you promote your blog? Whenever there's a new post, how do you connect to people and let them know about your blog? 
Sophia: NetworkedBlogs and Tweetpost always tweet out and share on Facebook any new posts shortly after the post goes live. But then I also schedule posts on Twitter (no, Twitter doesn't have a schedule thingy...) that same day in the afternoon, and if it's a review, I tweet them on Sunday as well (also scheduled). They're always at hourly intervals to avoid spam at all costs.
Me: What is the most interesting thing that has happened to you during the course of blogging?
Sophia: To be honest, not much interesting has happened to me (YET). I've started revealing to some of my real life friends that I blog about books, and surprisingly (and interestingly), none of them reacted the way I feared they would. *phew!* But then that was book club, so of course they probably wouldn't react.
Me: What do you think is the most challenging part about blogging?
Sophia: Balancing everything. Even though I'm doing pretty well (in my opinion), I still have trouble here and there. Between school work, homework (not that there's much for me yet), any extracurricular activities and whatnot, there's not a lot of time to read and blog, unlike in the summer where I have almost all the time in the world to read and review. I also have to accommodate to my mother's schedule since I can't drive yet.
Okay, I'm eligible. I just haven't learned yet.
Me: What are your top 5 favourite books? Name some of your favourite authors.
Sophia: You're kidding me, right? FIVE books to choose? And they're favorites? Gee, I think I'll pass. I could go on all day naming my favorite books! But some of my favorite authors include Rick Riordan, Julie Kagawa, C.C. Hunter, James Dashner, Richelle Mead...
I'm out of ideas. And yes, I'm avoiding JK Rowling. Simply because that's just too... cliched. No offense.
Me: Haha! Choosing favourite books is indeed so difficult! Umm so besides blogger are you on any other blogging social networks? If yes, which one do you prefer most and why?
Sophia: Twitter, Goodreads, Tumblr, Pinterest, Facebook, Booklikes - I think that's a lot, lol. The majority of my social networking time is spent on Twitter. Facebook is pretty bland in my opinion, and Booklikes is okay - I'm still trying to navigate my way through the hoola hoops. Goodreads and Tumblr are the next two after Twitter. I personally prefer Twitter because it just seems more interesting. There's a lot more going on and you don't have to "friend" them just to follow them. You just click follow and go from there.
Me: What's unique about your blog? Why is your blog different from that of other book bloggers? 
Sophia: I'm honestly not sure. I think I'm probably the only one out there with text symbols decorating the sidebar (I have no clue how to make my own with pictures... so I looked toward the alternative idea) and a review queue. I'm also the host for the Summer Reading Challenge, which I just started this year and it'll return sometime next year in May.
Me: Your favourite blog that you follow?
Sophia: With no internet at home and I have to count on public computers to update my blog and schedule them, I generally don't have the time to read the blogs that I follow. I do try and check out the most recent posts whenever possible and visit people who commented on my blog.
Me: Lastly, any tips for fellow bloggers?
Sophia: The main one that pretty much everyone knows: be yourself and of course... don't plagiarize. But maybe I should also add something else: don't overwork yourself in trying to balance everything. :)

Thank you so much Sophia for sharing your experiences! It was a pleasure to talk to you. :)

You can interview bloggers on your blog too. It's really fun! If you do, share your link here (in the comments), I'd love to read them. It always feels great to know about more and more bloggers! 

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