Day 2 Interview Day!
Well, I didn't sign up for an interview this year because I was feeling anti-social during sign-ups. But, as I soon have my first job interview after twelve years of being a stay-at-home mom, I thought I should answer some practice interview questions here.
How has book blogging been like a job?
I think the main thing is pride of work. I don't like to put anything on my blog that isn't my best work. Sometimes I rush something out and then I feel a bit bad about doing it. I wouldn't mind being able to edit some of my posts a day or two later. I guess the moral of that is to not procrastinate! If I write my posts early, I have time to think about them and revise and add as things occur to me.
Other things that make it like a job are
-- community and collaboration. Many of the best ideas of book bloggers are actually group ideas. If you're feeling stuck on something blog or book related, you can always find someone to talk it out with.
-- deadlines. Those of us that accept review copies or participate in group events tend to keep elaborate calendars and schedules.
-- sometimes you need a vacation. There's a post later this week about how to beat burnout which is interesting because we totally are given stress-free time off in a job but for some reason don't often allow ourselves to take guilt-free breaks from our blogs.
What technologies have you used in blogging?
I write posts in both Blogger (this site) and Wordpress (for The Estella Society), have a Facebook page for the blog, a Tumblr for the DWJ March event (that I need to change now that I've changed the event to March Magics), Twitter for advertising my posts and for socializing, Instagram for book love photos, and random sites like Canva for event buttons and my new header! I've learned a lot about technology through running my blog and I've become much more confident with my skills.
What is the best thing about book blogging?
It is definitely the community. There's nothing better than finding a book soulmate. And to have someone take one of your recommendations and then also love the book feels amazing. It gets even better when your friendship becomes about more than just the books. There are many true friendships that have started simply from loving the same book.
Luckily, blogging isn't exactly like a job. We can sit and write posts while we watch silly New Zealander vampire movies, pre-schedule a dozen posts and then take off on vacation without anyone knowing, or quit anytime we want and not have to start a new blog to pay the rent. Also, it's all done out of love for the books. We aren't always so lucky with jobs!
I know this has nothing to do with blogging but ...
What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about returning to work after a long break?
Using my network,