Monday, December 15, 2014

'Bout This Blogger Tag


Cait is one of my favorite people out there in this book blogging neighborhood of the internet. And about a week ago, she switched her blog from Notebook Sisters to Paper Fury! *cheers and throws confetti*
To celebrate, she made this blogger tag. Are you a blogger? Do you like parties and (virtual) cake? Then click on the button above and do this tag! There's a linky AND giveaway! 

1. Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging on Friday, May 17th, 2013.

2. What’s the story behind your blog’s name?
I have a whole page just for that! But basically it's from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. 

3. How many designs have you been through since you started blogging? (Pictures! We demand pictures!)
So far, just two. I don't do change very well. My first design looked something like this:

This is, of course, not actually it, but my private blog where I mess around with design ideas before they show up here. You also can't tell, but it was messy and had a lot of buttons on both sidebars. 
And then of course:

4. Have you ever switched blog platforms? What made you move? If you haven’t ever changed…why?
I have not. But I am considering  a switch to Wordpress. Eventually. Remember - I don't change things up on a whim. Tell me - Wordpress? Blogger? I want pros and cons!

5. How long does it take you to write a post? What’s your postly process like?

Oh, it varies. Reviews take the longest, around 40-50 minutes. Discussion posts, since I've usually been rolling those over in my head, take around 30 minutes. Questionnaires, tags, Top Ten Tuesdays, etc - those take shorter, about 20 minutes, though it depends on the length of the tag. 

6. Have you ever been super nervous about a post? Why?! What was it?

I was nervous once about a review I had to write for a book I absolutely did not like. I tried to be diplomatic about it, and find the good points. But I just hate writing bad reviews! I actually had my mom look that review over to make sure it was postable. Ugh. 

7. Do you have a blogging schedule?

Well, Top Ten Tuesdays are weekly on... Tuesday.
When I did do The Bible Project (I'm reviving it soon), those came on Sundays.
Monday Memories go up on the second Monday of every month. 

Other than that? I try to squeeze in something every so often, when I'm not studying for exams or writing papers. Nope - no schedule.

8. Do you tell people In-Real-Life about your blog? Their reactions?

Actually, I do. It's so weird for me to have Virtual Friends and IRL Friends, and not let the worlds collide. I only recently discovered the beauty and wonder of Virtual Friends, so I'm not used to having a separate Virtual Life. So I'll say things like (when talking with my irl friends about books), "Oh yeah, I just wrote about that on my blog! Hugo's villains.... etc." (I actually had a long conversation about villains with one of my friends, and drew on a lot of what I wrote about in my post on Hugo's villains.)
I think, ultimately, the reason I tell people about my blog is that I actually know bookish people irl. And so it's hard NOT to talk about a book blog when you're talking with someone who is just as obsessed with literature as you are.

9. Top ten blogs you read/comment on the most! Go! Go!

Um. I've been a neglectful follower/commenter lately (blame school). But let's see what I can come up with. If you show up on this list - note, I probably haven't commented on your blog lately. But I will, very, very soon!

~Paper Fury (of course)
~Spiral Bound
~The Thousand Lives
~Classical Carousel
~Life of a Random
~My Sky of Paper and Ink (New Blog Alert! Go welcome the wonderful Bennet!)
~This Page Intentionally Left Blank
~You, Me, and a Cup of Tea
~Books, Tea, and Me
~Adrift on Vulcan

10. If you could change/improve things about your blog, what would they be?

Hmmmm. Well, I feel like I just redid it (really, it was way back in August), so it's feeling preety perfect to me, right now. Yeah.

Now you know EVERYTHING about my blog! (Sorta.) Go join the party at Paper Fury! And give me some blog recommendations in the comments - I want to follow more awesome blogs this winter break! 



  1. I've always found it awkward to tell people "in real life" about my blog but I'm becoming a lot more comfortable with it. I love all my virtual friends though. ;)

    1. It is sort of awkward. But I'm just awkward in general, so a little more awkwardness won't hurt me :-)

  2. I love this tag! I am someone who loves Blogger comment boxes more than all that hassle to fill out on Wordpress, which is why I am pro blogger of course xD Wow, you take a lot of time for a review! I usually make notes as I read, which I think helps shorten time, and I am a quick typer. But it's good you put the time in to churn out good quality! I like the difference between virtual and real friends too, but my friends found out about my blog and now a lot more people read it that I know than I thought. Which doesn't change much because we rarely talk about it, but now they know I do it xD

    1. Good to know about blogger! I'm trying to get as many opinions as possible.

      I am terrible at taking notes. I get so engrossed in the reading that I just forget! I wish I remembered - reviews would be so much easier. :-P

  3. Oh, my!! I'm on you list!!! I nearly exploded when I read that! I'm glowing! Thank you Sophia!
    I think we are following almost all the same blogs, except for a few. It's been wonderful getting to know you! I love your blog, it's been such an inspiration. Before I go all mushy, (ok, I already am) let me just tell you this post is wonderful.

    1. I'm on *your* list. See, I'm so excited I messed up my grammar!

    2. Hey - got you back for me being on YOUR list :-) And I can't get over that you find me an inspiration. ME. Waaa.

  4. YAY FOR KNOWING EVERYTHING (SORTA) ABOUT YOUR BLOG!!! I love your design! I thiiiiink I remember the old one? Because I remember way back long long ago coming onto your blog and just being "wow this is snazzy". XD
    Ughh, I hear ya with bad reviews. ME TOO. I freaked out the first time I had to write a really really bad review. >.> I try to always be light and funny and not too condescending, because I know somewhere in the world someone loves the book I hate. HEH. So I try to keep that in mind. STILL IT'S HARD.
    Anyways, YOU ARE SO NICE, SOPHIA. Even though I was awful that time and spelt your name wrong and even though I say the weirdest things on twitter. YOU ARE A FABULOUS FRIEND. *nods*
    I'd give you cake but....
    I ate it all.

    1. Aww I appreciate the thought of cake. And YOU ARE SO NICE TOO! I love your weird Twitter things and once spelled my own name wrong so no worries :-)
      *cheers for friendship*

  5. Oh, this tag sounds interesting, I think I'm going to do it too, eh? :D


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