The Secret Life of a Book Blogger

Secret Life of a Book Blogger

I saw this tag over at Novellique and I thought I would give it a shot. No, the girl in this photo isn’t me, but this is definitely how I look when I am blogging, minus the button-down shirt.

How long have you been a blogger? 

I started this blog in January but it’s been about two to three months of dedicated posting.

Prior to Comma Hangover, I had another blog that lasted about six months. Apparently, being a junior in college isn’t a conducive environment to pleasure reading and blogging, and I hadn’t discovered book tags and ways to make other bookish content.

I think I’ve remedied that this time around.

At what point do you think you will stop? 

I am hoping I will never stop blogging, I may need to reduce my frequency and take a hiatus, but I love this blog and I have enjoyed the last few months creating it and watching it grow.

What is the best part? 

Talking to all of you guys about books that we’ve both read.

What is the worst part? 

The fact that my TBR pile is forever growing based on the number of blogs I’ve followed. So many good books are out there and there is so little time!

How long does it take you to find/create pictures to use?

It takes me very little time to create pictures. I tend to go through a stock photo site and save them in batches and then I rotate through them, unless it’s a very specific topic I am
writing about.

The Cookie Book Tag

For example, the Cookie Book Tag’s main image took me about an hour to make because I tried three different cookie images.

I try to keep my images relatively simple, but I have also had a fair amount of time to experiment and see what works and what doesn’t in Photoshop, so I like to think I know what I am doing.

Who’s your book crush? 

I wouldn’t say that I have a book crush. I have a hard time shipping characters in books. I tend to just enjoy the story or series.

What author would you like to have on your blog? 

Oh there are so many! I love authors and I really love talking with authors about the process of writing and what they’re reading now.

I think I would have to say that amongst the ones I would really love to have a conversation with are: Elizabeth Wein, David Benioff, Margot Livesey, Audrey Niffenegger, Neil Gaiman, and J. Ryan Stradal.

They’re all written books that I feel are really unique and have really distinct voices and talents. I would love the chance to converse with them on craft and creating a story.

What do you wear when you write your blog? 

Since its at night, it’s usually pajamas. Sometimes it’s just casual clothes or whatever I happen to be wearing that day. On the weekends, particularly in this hot New England summer, I’ve been wearing a lot of loose-fitting tank tops and pants.

Maybe one day I’ll do a special edition of Book Style showing you guys what I wear. Of course then it would be Book Blogger Style not really Book Style.

How long does it take you to prepare a post?

It depends. Honestly I have a bunch of tags and some lists and discussion posts in my
drafts and I am waiting on one real “EUREKA!” moment before I post them. I can sometimes go between two or three tags a day when a book really hits me for a prompt.

Main Image

I can honestly put way too much thought into my answers sometimes. One that comes to mind is ‘The 100’ Character Book Tag. I found it back in April and it took me until July to post it. Mostly because I knew the show so well that I was trying to find characters that were true to the inspiration behind the prompt. I am still really proud of the example I found for Abby Griffin.

Most of the books that are currently in my TBR pile are also listed there as pending reviews, so they can sit anywhere for a week or two at times.

How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture? 

I like the way we are all supportive of each other. So far I’ve seen that we’ve really respected one another’s opinions. Maybe I  just haven’t found a seedy underbelly of the book blogging world yet, but I think that we’re all just really supportive of each other.

What do you think one should do to have a successful blog? 

I am not entirely sure how we define successful blogs. I feel like we go by numbers because they’re something to latch onto and publicists like to see those numbers.

I personally created my blog for me, and while I am looking to find ways to engage with people more, I think that the primary objective is to make sure your blog is fun for you.

You have to write it, you’re creating content for it. I think the important thing is to make sure that your content is something that you would want to read because there is a good chance that someone else out there with a like mind.

That’s all for today! Hope you enjoyed The Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag! I am going to tag a few people to keep it going. If you’ve already done this or don’t want to, no big deal. 

People I Nominate:

Ola @ OlaReadsBooks
Grace @
Taylor @ Literary Leisure
Gretchen @ ChicNerdReads
Esther @ Chapter Adventures

And anyone else who wants to do this fun, low-pressure tag! I would be really interesting to hearing about why you guys started your blog and what advice you would give other bloggers. 

Link your response below and I will check it out! 

Published by Lauren Busser

Lauren Busser is a fiction writer and essayist. She is an associate editor at Tell-Tale TV, where she writes about all things tv. She has had fiction appear in five : 2 : one magazine’s #thesideshow and her nonfiction has appeared in Bitch Media and The Hartford Courant. You can find her talking about tv, film, and knitting on Twitter @LaurenBusser.

19 thoughts on “The Secret Life of a Book Blogger

    1. I definitely will. Part of why I started Comma Hangover was because I missed having a book blog. It keeps me engaged and reading and helps me find new books. Plus, it’s nice having people to talk with about books. My taste spreads through a wide range of genres and many people I know don’t like certain books.

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  1. Thank you so much for this tag! I can’t wait to get started, as these questions are so much fun 🙂
    Please never ever stop blogging. I love reading your posts, and it would be so sad to see this blog go. I find myself wearing work out clothes when I write my posts, mainly because it’s the first thing I want to do as soon as I get home.


    1. You are welcome! I do not intent to stop blogging anytime soon. Like I said, I may need to decrease my frequency a bit but this blog will stick around for a long time! I work from home so I am usually on comfy clothes. I will do a style of the a book blogger post in the coming weeks.


  2. This is the best tag post for a blogger to do!! It’s like an inside look of what’s on the mind of a (book) blogger. BTW I love how you combine books and fashion in your other posts 🙂


  3. Great to get to know you a bit through this post! I’m really impressed that it takes you so little time to find and create graphics for Comma Hangover — your graphics always look so great!

    Thank you for the tag! I’ve only just started book blogging but I’ll give it a shot. It’ll be fun to look on my answers a year from now and see how things have changed and developed. 🙂


    1. Thank you so much! I really love graphics. I used to make a lot of wallpapers for computers back when LiveJournal was a big thing and there was a large fandom community. So I think most of it comes from those tips and tricks that I picked up reading tutorials. I would love to see your answers. It’s so weird when you start blogging compared to when you get some knowledge under your belt. I was just thinking about the first blog I had and how I knew nothing about how to work Google or social media links. Now suddenly I look at my writing and go….”okay…check, check, check…this should perform well for a fairly new blog.”

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  4. Awesome post! I haven’t blogged for some time because of work. Work has a way in dampening my enthusiasm in about, well, everything I love to do.

    I’m glad that you’re enjoying book blogging, it helped me gain perspective on blogging as well hahaha read lots and lots of books and keep on making lots and lots of posts


    1. Thank you! I will keep doing that. I love the community I have found here and all of you are great. I know what you mean about work there, there are times when I am not in the mood, but a part of why I started this was to get me into the habit of constantly writing something.

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      1. I hope I could be as committed as you. It baffles me how bloggers could balance their work and hobbies, because I honestly find it exhausting to keep the two working together.


      2. Yea I know the feeling. I am trying to get my name out there as a writer too so really I hoped this blog would be a place where I could talk and hopefully facilitate discussion on good books. Plus, it would also be a record for me of what I have read.

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