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As you guys probably know, this week the BookExpo America (BEA) and BEA Bloggers Conference are taking place in New York. And for all of us unable to attend, there’s Armchair BEA, a virtual convention that’s an incredible opportunity for book bloggers and readers to connect.
Today Armchair BEA is kicking off with a Q&A designed to get to know the participant bloggers. Before I leave you to it, make sure to visit the official site to get the more information, find out which other blogs are participating and take note of all the upcoming events and giveaways.
Q. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
My name is Brie, I’m 27 years old and I’ve been blogging along with my friend Marie for over a year now. I got into blogging -and I bet this answer will be repeated a lot- because I wanted to talk about books and sadly none of my friends were readers, so blogging was the perfect solution to my reading loneliness. Before that, I used to read (and still do) lots of review blogs, and I decided that reviewing was the best way to take on blogging.
Q. What is your favorite feature on your blog (i.e. author interviews, memes, something specific to your blog)?
My favorite feature are reviews, which is the blog’s main focus. I also really enjoy writing opinion posts and of course, anything that has to do with author interaction, like interviews and guest post. But reviews is what I love doing the most, closely followed by opinion posts, although those take more time to write so I don’t do them as often.
Q. Where do you see your blog in five years?
Hopefully, right where it is now! We have a steady, albeit small, traffic; regular, sporadic and lurker readers that are the blog’s heart and whose tastes I’ve come to know based on their comments (and that make me happy when, once in a while, decide to comment); and a great relationship with a few authors, publishers and publicists that offer us their books for review and their time in interviews and guest posts.
I’m happy with our readers and with the quality of the content we provide. My aim is to improve that quality and add more diverse and interesting content to keep our readers coming for more and maybe attract new ones. Although increasing our numbers is not our focus, if it happens great, if not, that’s fine too.
Q. What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? Is there anything that you would like to see change in the coming years?
My favorite part is, of course, reader interaction. Talking about books makes me happy, and the only thing better than that is meeting fellow passionate readers. It can be on my blog, on their blogs, on Twitter or Goodreads, it doesn’t matter where.
Q. Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How?
Not at all! Our main, and only focus, are Romance novels, and that’s what I love reading. I’ve discovered new authors but all within the genre. I think, maybe I read more YA than I used to, and that’s because of all the great YA Blogs out there, but that’s it. One year is, perhaps, too short a period of time to change reading tastes, so ask me again in a few years.
Thank you for stopping by!