It’s herrrree! Armchair BEA time!
So hi everybody! Excuse the lame picture, but I’m currently in my pj’s so a nice, waving-at-the-webcam photo was not an option. This is my first time participating in Armchair BEA, and I’m very, very excited! I even signed up to be a part of the commenting committee, so you may see me around the blogosphere a lot during this week. So, let’s jump right into the Introduction Questions, kay? Here are the five questions I chose to answer…
1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
Well, I’m Sarah here at Sarah Says Read. I started my blog in June 2009, over at Blogger. Sadly, I didn’t start blogging regularly until September 2010, so I’ll say that I’ve been blogging for almost 2 years now. I originally got into blogging because I was bored at work, and my older sister Heather wanted me to start one. At first I had a personal-only blog, and then I realized that what I really wanted to talk about was books and stuff, so I started a separate blog for that. I never celebrate blogoversaries because I don’t feel right starting it from my first review post because I blogged so inconsistently for the first year. I switched over to WordPress.com in June of 2011, and I’m enjoying it.
4. What is your favorite feature on your blog (i.e. author interviews, memes, something specific to your blog)?
I don’t really have a favorite “feature”. I do a couple of memes, but there’s no weekly thing that’s really central and unique to my blog. So I suppose my favorite features are my reviews, which is what the book blog is all about, and my weekly Sarah Sunday post because let’s face it – I like to ramble about real life too.
5. Where do you see your blog in five years?
Hopefully by then I’ll have made the switch over to WordPress.org, so that my blog is more customized and I have use more widgets and plug-ins. Ideally I’ll have at least the same amount of regular readers that I do now, if not more. And I’d like to think I’ll be able to post more reviews and host more events or features, but that depends on whether or not I’m still working full-time in 5 years.
8. What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?
World’s Biggest Book Store in Toronto, Canada is definitely high on my list. (It’s not the biggest per floor space, but apparently carries the most titles.) Though it’s not really a “location”, I’d love to go to BEA in New York City someday. And I’d also really love to visit the homes of Jane Austen and the Brontes sisters, cause come on – that would be freaking amazing. Oh, also this isn’t strictly literary or bookish, but I’d love to go to Comic-Con, and I know that a lot of sci-fi and fantasy authors go there, so it counts.
9. What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? Is there anything that you would like to see change in the coming years?
What isn’t there to love about the book blogging community??? There’s camaraderie and hundreds of other people to talk to books about, fun online events like readathons and readalongs (and Armchair BEA!), there are friendships to form with other bloggers who have similar tastes… it’s all so awesome. Sure, there’s the occasional drama, but drama is bound to surface in any large community so who cares? You can just ignore it, or you can jump into the controversial discussions. The only thing I would like to see change is fewer bloggers who are just in it to get free ARC’s. There’s not many, but they give all of us book bloggers a bad name.
So, there ya have it! I can’t wait to come visit a whole ton of blogs and get to know more of you better!
I do want to point out that as part of the commenting committee, I’ll be commenting A LOT. I’ll try to sign in with my WordPress log-in as often as possible, but usually for Blogger-hosted blogs it’s easier if I comment using my Blogger profile (example below), which links back to my WordPress site. So look for “Sarah” or “Sarah Says Read” and hopefully that’ll be me! Also, I’ll be on Twitter a lot – @SarahSaysRead if you’re around!
Happy Armchair BEA!