Armchair BEA! Day 1: Introduction Questions

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!

Example of what a Blogger comment from me looks like. Click to make bigger.

Happy Armchair BEA!

~Sarah

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44 comments

  1. Ahh, Armchair BEA- and so it begins… :). I enjoy that for the five year question you didn’t say ‘Errrm, I’m totally going to be doing something else in 5 years’ cause noooo, everyone has to keep blogging forever!

    Also- I’ve totally been to Jane Austen’s house! It’s pretty awesome, and I’ve also been to Chawton, which is just up the road and is where her brother, I think, lived. It’s really really irritating to get to if you don’t have a car though, so, yeah, there’s that hehe. I really want to go to the Brontes’ house as well but it’s pretty far away from me- one day though! 🙂

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  2. I didn’t do a whole lot on my blog for the first year either. I started in 2008 but it was 2009 that I really got into it. I think after a while it’s fine to just count it. =)

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  3. I didn’t answer the literary location question, but I’ve always wanted to do a New England author tour–visiting graves, old houses, etc. But why had I never heard of the the World’s Biggest Book Store? Holy cow… I’d love to go there.

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  4. Hi, Sarah! Dropping by from the Armchair BEA. Nice to discover you from the event! I’m hoping to make the switch to WordPress too; I’ve been thinking about it for a while now. Hopefully soon. 🙂

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  5. I started my blog back in 2009 and was very sporadic with posting, so I’m always unsure of when to celebrate anniversaries! I like to do my “unofficial” anniversary which is in October and the start of when I actually began to enjoy blogging and started using my blog to its full capacity.

    I love the friendships that can be formed with book blogging! Though I agree that there are too many bloggers who are just in it for the free books. I get what I get and have never requested anything outside of NetGalley. When I think about it, I have sooooo many books on my shelves (like, 200+) that haven’t even been read yet and I’m constantly buying new ones, so if I never got a free book out of blogging, I think I’d be okay. 🙂

    When I started back in 2009, I never even knew there was such thing as Readalongs, or Readathons, or even great networking and socializing events as BEA. I didn’t even know Twitter existed! I was living under a rock. But thanks to wonderful bloggers — like yourself! — I’m learning the ropes and am happy to have done so.

    Happy commenting today!

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  6. Great blog! A friend of mine visited locations from Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters when she was in England last year. She planned it all out herself, there are lots of resources online on how to set that stuff up. I stopped by a historical site where Jane Austen lived in Bath (which apparently she didn’t enjoy, but Bath takes advantage of the tourist angle regardless). The staff were actually quite rude, but I picked up information to supplement my own Austen-fantaticism, so at least the gift shop was worth it!

    This is a fun blog hop, glad to be a part of it 🙂

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  7. I really love the relationships that I have formed through my time blogging as well. I really do think this is the best part of blogging for me. I don’t know a lot of people in my offline life that like to read and even fewer who read as much as I do.

    I have thought about moving to wordpress but I must admit I am chicken! I am nervous about learning another blogging platform and about the move itself. I hope I can work up the courage to do it by the end of the year!

    I hope you enjoy Armchair BEA!!

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    1. WordPress.com is easy, but a lot more limited than WordPress.org. If you do switch, I would just go straight for the .org one, you would have more freedom for your blog. I hope you’re able to switch!

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  8. It was actually your post yesterday that spurred me into signing up last minute 🙂 I’m SO tagging along on all the visits on your literary locations wish-list!
    And yeah, I agree with you on the drama, there’s been a lot of it lately and well, just like in high school I try to stay out of it 😉
    Go you for being on the commenting committee!

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    1. I’d love for you to come visit all my literary locations pics with me! Maybe we’ll get lucky and make it to Hogwarts somehow! 😉

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  9. I went to ComicCon in 2009 and you’re right–a ton of authors go there. I got to meet Charlaine Harris and Kami Garcia/Margaret Stohl (right before Beautiful Creatures came out–I even got an ARC!). It was absolutely amazing and I’ve been dying to go back ever since! If you want to go, you should definitely try to. 🙂

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  10. Thanks for visiting my introduction post, I am now a new follower of your blog 🙂
    I like reviews best on book blogs too, but I like the idea of your Sarah Sunday feature. I always say I want to make my blog more personal but somehow never get around to actually doing it.

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  11. When we lived in Michigan, we went to the World’s Biggest Book Store in Toronto. It’s loads of fun. Toronto is a great place to visit, in general.

    Sarah Sundah sounds fun. I just peeked at yesterday’s. LOVE your little gray kitty. So cute!!!

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  12. Hi Sarah! Nice getting to know you. I didn’t not know about The World’s Biggest Bookstore when I was in Toronto. I’ll have to go back and visit it.

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    1. Glad I’m spreading the word! I’ve never been there, so hopefully it’s not a huge disappointment to everyone, lol.

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    1. Personal posts make a blog more fun! We all like to get to know the person doing the reviewing. I hope you’re able to add more personal posts in!

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  13. Thanks for dropping by.

    I’ve thought about switching over to WordPress as well but I feel like I would be so lost with the coding!

    I haven’t really done well at creating a feature for my blog or participating in anything regularly either. I’m trying to get better at doing events with other bloggers though and so far that has been a lot of fun.

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  14. I was just at the World’s Largest Bookstore in Toronto about 3 weeks ago. Unfortunately it was at the very end of a very long day and i could’nt absorb it all. It’s nice to meet all these new (to me) bloggers via Armchair BEA.

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  15. I love rambling posts. I really want to copy you and Laura and start a Sunday non-bookish post.

    Also worlds biggest bookstore??? I want to go to there.

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  16. Someday, I hope to make the change to WordPress — I’m super intimidated by it right now! Like you, I would love to visit the homes of those fabu writers — and secretly, I do want to go to ComicCon although that, too, intimidates me! (Hm, I seem to be a v frightened person….)

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    1. Hi Audra!

      I would be intimidated by Comic-Con too – even though it’s a very geeky thing, I’d feel like everyone there was so much cooler than me, lol.

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  17. I want to go to the World’s Biggest Bookstore! How awesome would that be? Although…I’d probably wind up never ever leaving…. I’d also love to go to Shakespeare & Co. in Paris. Bookstores are the best =)
    So great to meet you Sarah!

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  18. I’ve been keeping up on my blog but only recently really started putting a lot of energy into it, so I feel you on that. And I agree with you on bloggers who do it for free books. Until recently I didn’t realize it was a thing and that that’s what most people think of when they hear the term book blogger. So yeah, anything that makes the community stronger and more positive, I’m all for!

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  19. Hi There!

    Can I come with you when you go to Toronto? The only problem would be getting me back out of the store at the end of the day! 😀

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