You know those blogs that have more content than you can shake a stick at? Those bloggers who make this look so easy? My Shelf Confessions is one of those blogs, and Tabitha is one of those bloggers.
Tabitha is one busy lady, so I’m thrilled she took the time to answer a few questions (I asked her to do a guest post too . . . ), so let’s better get to know her!
Q. Welcome to BSBBConnection! Can you tell us a little about your blog, My Shelf Confessions and how you decided to start blogging?
A. April is the founder of My Shelf Confessions – I came on board a year and a half ago. This coming March I think will be the blog’s 3 year anniversary.
But to tell you a little bit about how I got my start. I was in my zombie craze phase of reading over 3 years ago and stumbled across a blog having a zombie event. The blogger asked if I was interested in co-blogging/reviewing with her. I said I’d give it a try but it never got past her doing an introduction post before she decided she wanted to be a solo blogger after all. So, I didn’t blog there – funny right? Oddly enough, another blogger saw that intro post and asked me to blog with her instead – so I thought ok I’ll give it another go, why not. I think I might have blogged/reviewed there for 6 months or so? I don’t remember – but things really weren’t working for either of us and we went our separate ways.
I had stalked My Shelf Confessions because I really liked April’s spunky personality and it matched so perfectly with mine. We used to have comment wars! I can spit out some really outlandish things during the wee hours of the night.
So when she saw I was no longer blogging elsewhere she scooped me up. My Shelf Confessions is the perfect place for me. April is now one of my best friends and a day doesn’t go by where we don’t talk. We are true partners and share everything. Except panties – ooops did I just? – yeah. When deciding to blog with someone chemistry, team work, and communication are so important. It has to be fun, otherwise its just work…and who wants more work?
A. You blog a LOT, for the last few month you have upwards of 50 blog posts per month. Even with your co-blogger, April, that’s an incredible amount of posts! How are you able to publish so much content so quickly?
Q. April and I share the load equally. I read faster than she does – but she formats faster than I do! We used to fly by the seat of our pants and not have posts formatted / ready to go until the night before they went live. While that was very relaxed we didn’t get as many hits or traffic.
Now we are very organized and usually have at least 2 posts a day scheduled 2 to 3 weeks in advance. Then we try to make sure we are several days to a week ahead in our formatting. This has worked out wonderfully!
Our goal is to put out 2 posts a day. Our week usually consists of anywhere from 3-5 reviews, 1 comic/graphic review, 2 memes, 1 mailbox post, 1+ interviews / guest posts, and 1-2 discussions/features. Plus anything else that we can squeeze in. My philosophy is – even someone doesn’t like 1 post perhaps they’ll be interested in the other. Believe it or not – it really isn’t all that difficult with 2 people working on it. But then I think we both type with the speed of light also.
When do I sleep? How about you tell ME….do you think 50+ posts a month, 2 posts a day is too much?
Q. What are your favorite genres of books to talk about on your blog?
A. I prefer Fantasy and Science Fiction of course!! Who wants to read about stinky old reality. Pppppshawww!
Usually I lean more towards the fantasy but this year I’ve been seriously digging on the sci-fi. Adult/YA/MG I like it all. Ultimately, I’ll read whatever strikes my fancy no matter the genre. MSC isn’t necessarily a genre specific blog – though we lean heavily towards the fantasy/UF/Paranormal/SF I think. April really enjoys gothic mysteries and contemporaries and some urban fantasy. Between the two of us we pretty much read across almost all the fiction genres. The exception to that would be that neither of us enjoy straight romance.
Q. Is it true that Harry Dresden is your book boyfriend? What do you love about him?
A .#SWOONS – Oh Harry, I will nurse your wounds for you!! Scruffy, tall, nerdy, pale and handsome – how could that not be any woman’s dreamboat? He bares a strong resemblance to my husband too haha. Shhhh don’t tell him I have a crush on a fictional character – though I’m sure he already knows. #wink
Harry is an amazing character and his voice really speaks to me. He’s smart, somewhat clueless in things, loyal, and more than a bit of a martyr. I do have to admit I am hoping the series will come to an end soon because at some point there is only so badass you can be before there is just nothing left you can do or beat.
Q. This October My Shelf Confessions will be hosting the WWRead-a-thon, can you tell us more about this?
A. The WWRead-a-thons are a running tradition at My Shelf Confessions. With anywhere from 100-200+ participants – We like to keep it as casual as possible. We have been keeping our challenges open the entirety of the RAT so readers can focus on reading and not on missing out on a challenges/prizes. We also randomly give prizes during our twitter parties and to participants that completely the questionnaire at the end of the rat as well as challenge prizes. Readers do not have to have a blog to participate!
The people who tweet updates and come to the parties are great about participating and we have an amazing number of repeat readers it really makes us happy. You should give it a shot sometime! We are also always, always looking for new challenge hosts so if you or anyone is interested stop on by and drop us a line!
Q. What’s your favorite thing about being a book blogger?
A. It is all about connecting with other book enthusiasts and making new friends. I love making friends that love books as much as I do and who like sharing that love with other people. I sponsor a lot of the giveaways for My Shelf Confessions because I really do LIKE sharing books with people. (Giveaway goblins make me a sad panda).
I think for some bloggers out there it’s a status thing about “Oh I’ve got this hot ARC” – and that just boggles my mind. It’s not about the free books – its about getting your thoughts on the books out there and helping readers connect with books and authors. When you make real connections with other readers and authors that is worth more than a box full of free books.
Q. You recently returned from WorldCon, and yes, I”m a little jealous! What was your favorite thing about the convention? Would you recommend other fans attend either the yearly scifi convention in San Antonio, or a WorldCon?
A. BARCON!!! Seriously – they need to rename WorldCon to BarCon – no joke – the fun doesn’t really start until the evenings when everyone files into the hotel bar, or into the elevator to hit the many many hotel parties that go til the wee hours of the mornings.
I had no idea what I was getting myself into – authors and publishers and all of fandom really knows how to burn the midnight oil. The first night one party had bugs as hors d’oeuvres – that was a major bonding experience peer pressuring my man Wesley Chu into eating a bug with me.
In seriousness though, it was a wonderful experience! The panels were so interesting and the readings were great. Everyone is so friendly because they are all book lovers just like you. Don’t be scared to go alone either because you can strike up a conversation with anyone – and likely that person will be an author. So many times I would chat with someone then realize awhile later – hey I was just talking to Hugh Howey (Wool) or Scott Lynch, or Jon Scalzi!
Q. Here at Bookstore Bookblogger Connection, we love bookstores! Can you tell us about a great experience you had at a bookstore?
A. I don’t have just one – I would say it has to be everytime I meet a random stranger in the aisle and strike up a conversation about books. There is nothing more fun than meeting a total stranger and convincing them they HAVE TO READ this or that book and talking about what we like. Readers are the friendliest and most open bunch of people ever! I could say though – my good friend met her husband while she was working in a bookstore. He would come in frequently to ask her what he should read – and he would read anything she told him too so he could come back again and ask for more and talk about what he read. So it may not have been my experience but it is another one of my favorites (because I got to listen to her tell me about them firsthand – a mix of romance and book enthusiasm rolled into one!)