Blog Tips & Tricks
Q: Why did you start blogging?
I didn’t exactly realize what I was doing when I started blogging. I have always been a big reader but didn’t do very much of it when I was in high school and college. After I graduated college I got into reading again. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix came out the year I graduated and then reading the next two books in the following years I felt like something was missing. I had a conversation with one of my patients at work and she suggested I read a book called Twilight. From then on I just had this need that only reading would fill. I basically read all the YA titles at my local library and most of the romance ones as well! I was looking up a book and stumbled upon a book blog. Called The Page Flipper… which is no longer a blog… it’s now Coffee & Cliffhangers! I realized there were people who not only loved to read, but were sharing that love on the internet! Chelsea that blogs now at Coffee & Cliffhangers really helped me figure this whole blogging thing out and has became one of my most dearest friends!
I started blogging in December of 2007!
This is a really boring answer.
I knew I wanted a name for a book blog. I wanted something that was catchy and that if you saw it you’d know it was about reading, or stories, or books. I love mythology. All types. I went through quite a few names until I found the one I liked. I wish I could remember the rejects. And like I said I wanted something catchy, so I thought the repeating S’s in Story & Siren went together rather nicely. And a blog name was born.
That would be Tawni from Forever Design Studio. http://foreverdesignstudio.com/
Nope. I am an orthodontic technician. Though I may or may not have a freelance writing gig. It’s sort of up in the air at the moment. I would love for blogging to be my job. I would love even more to finish this darn manuscript I’ve been working on and be a “real” author someday.
Didn’t your momma teach you it’s not polite to ask a lady that!
This one changes all the time. Depending on what I’ve just read… or what my mood is at the moment. If I had to pick just one favorite of all time, it would probably be Speak by Laure Halse Anderson. I wish I would have found that book when I was in high school. I just remember FEELING when I read that book, and it really hit home for me. Not that I experienced anything as horrific as the character in that novel, but I did have something that I had always blamed myself for, and finally had the strength to see that it wasn’t my fault.
Originally I would have said that I wasn’t sure, but I was sorted by the sorting hat at Pottermore and it sorted me into: Gryffindor!
I can usually read around 70-100 pages in an hour.
I don’t. I suppose that I could if I really wanted to. I may have a few times, but I like to focus on just one book.
Yes I do. More so recently as more publishers are offering e-galleys.
Star ratings were really hard for me. It was hard to assign a numerical rating to my feelings. I never really felt the same way about two books. I would find myself thinking well I didn’t feel the same way about these two books… yet they have the same rating? It one three star rating equal to another? I don’t think it is. And that’s what I really struggled with.
I’m thinking about bring back a rating system, but not a numerical system.
That would be iMovie. Nothing fancy!