One of my favourite bloggers, Cait @ Notebook Sisters, made the big switch from Blogger to Wordpress a few weeks ago. She also took the chance to change her blog name to Paper Fury, and in celebration of her newly revamped blog of awesomness, she created this equally awesome tag! And I love tags! So, naturally, I have to take part :)
1. Why did you start blogging?
I had thought about starting a blog for a little while, but I didn’t take the idea very seriously. I mean, I also want to travel the world, climb Kilimanjaro, visit the Antarctic, and maybe see a tiger in the wilds, but I know all these things most likely won’t happen.
And then one day, I sat down and created a blog. It was all very spur of the moment!
I don’t really know what was running through my head at the time, in honesty. I think the whole process sort of went like… ‘I like books. I like talking about books… Let’s blog!’
Shame I didn’t think that I might actually need to learn HOW to blog, and to have some back up posts instead of posting four reviews in the one day!
2. What's the story behind your blog's name?
I wish I had some awesome story about my blog name! It’s a sad truth, but I’m terrible at naming things.
At that same eureka moment that I decided to start a blog, I was listening to Journey Through Pressure by Katatonia. And things just sort of clicked. Being honest, Journey Through Fiction was a placeholder name until I thought of something better. Unfortunately, I must be all out of eureka moments as I haven’t been able to come up with anything else that I like. To make it harder, the name has kinda grown on me!
3. How many designs have you been through since you started blogging?
This is the second design I’ve had, and it’s not terribly different to my first design. True story: I’ve had a ‘RE-DESIGN BLOG’ task (yes, it’s in Caps, too!) on my Google calendar for the past five months, and I keep putting it off until tomorrow… or the day after… or how about next weekend? Rinse and repeat fifty times.
Now you can see that I totally deserve my Master Procrastinator crown.
I’d love to be able to do some design work myself, but I’m kind of afraid of tinkering around too much and then breaking the blog!
4. Have you ever switched blog platforms? What made you move? If you haven't ever changed... why?
I’m barely competent with Blogger… I can only imagine the chaos that would happen if I moved to WordPress!
Eventually, I’d probably have to make the move. I really doubt I’d be able to do it myself, so I’d need to hire someone to do it. The deciding factor comes down to the bank balance. Money is extremely tight, so all of this is way, way, WAY off in the future!
5. How long does it take you to write a post? What's your postly process like?
Remember how I said I was a Master Procrastinator? Well, the same principle applies to writing posts. I sit down to write a review, tap out a few lines, and clearly the song I’m listening to is not adequate for my mood… so I skip over to Spotify. Ten minutes later, I come back and tap out another few sentences. Then shuffle produces one of my favourite songs, and I just HAVE to watch the video on YouTube… An hour later, I’ve managed to write two paragraphs. I totally deserve a reward for my hard work! Three hours of gaming later, and what the heck is that document doing open??
I really do treasure those days when I wake up in a writing mood! The first person that interrupts me would probably get yelled at.
6. Have you ever been super nervous about a post? Why? What was it?
I don’t really get nervous, necessarily, but the posts I would get a bit concerned about are lower star and negative reviews. You never know what can of worms will be opened!
7. Do you have a blogging schedule?
HA! I wish! I try to be organised, but it never works. I do try to post two reviews a week, but beyond that, anything goes! I’d love to be more organised and have a month or two scheduled in advance, but it doesn’t seem to be in my nature, unfortunately.
8. Do you tell people In-Real-Life about your blog? Their reactions?
I don’t really go out of my way to tell people about the blog, but I don’t hide it either. I guess it depends if the conversation comes up, then I’ll mention it. When I do mention it, I usually get a blank stare as a reward!
9. Top ten blogs you read/comment on the most.
Oh my gosh, only ten?! Aargh, ok, here we go!
And SO MANY more!
10. If you could change/improve things about your blog, what would they be?
Everything! If I had to choose one thing to tackle right now, it would be the blog design. I’m not uber happy with it, and I maybe if I have extra time over Christmas or early in the New Year I’ll change a few things.
Thanks for reading!
And don’t forget to stop by and say 'Hi' to Cait over at Paper Fury!