Blog Survey – A Bit About Sarah Says Read

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Christine at Bookishly Boisterous posted this, and well, I needed a post to do since I’m not going to bother reviewing my Harry Potter re-reads. So here we are. We all know I can’t resist a good survey. Ready to get a peek at my genius?

1. Why did you start blogging?

Because I had free time at my desk job, and no one to talk to about books. BAM. Magic formula.

2. What’s the story behind your blog’s name?

I wanted something that had “Sarah” in it. Because I’m an egomaniac like that.

3. How many designs have you been through since you started blogging?

Oh good lord… I can’t even try to guess. My sister used to make me headers and stuff that I would change every season, and now I just have a simple, clean WordPress theme.

4. Have you ever switched blog platforms?

Yup. I started out on Blogspot, but it was always screwing up and WordPress seemed like it was better. I’m glad I made the switch – WordPress looks a bit better, and they have a lot of handy stuff. And they make owning my own domain pretty easy – I’m dreading trying to figure out how to switch to self-hosting but still keeping my mitts on “sarahsaysread.com”. I don’t know how all that works.

5. How long does it take you to write a post? What is your process like?

Depends on the post, but some posts take me HOURS. I’ve been a blogger for like 6 years or so, and I’m still not so great at the words. And my attention span is worse than ever. So there’s no real process… I just sit down and do it when I can.

6. Have you ever been super nervous about a post?

Sometimes.

7. Do you have a blogging schedule?

I used to, and I miss that! I was really organized, had a blogging-only calendar and everything. I just don’t have the time now 😦

8. Do you tell people in-real-life about your blog? What are their reactions?

Depends. I tend to not tell work people about my blog. Other random people, sure.

9. Top ten blogs you read/comment on the most:

In no sort of order…

Okay, ten was not enough… should’ve been like top 25. Come on now.

10. If you could change/improve things about your blog, what would they be?

I want to write better, and more often.

I want to switch to self-hosting. It’s been my goal for about two years now. The first year it didn’t happen because I didn’t have the money to do it, and this year it didn’t happen because I switched jobs in February and my new position kept me SO much busier, so I didn’t really have the free time to invest. And I’m still pretty busy, so I don’t know when I’ll finally be able to make the change. I need some balance.

Well that was fun and a teeny bit depressing! I need to come up with a plan, man.

 

~Sarah

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17 comments

  1. Interesting survey! I haven’t seen this one making the rounds yet, so you’re my first.

    How expensive is it to host your own domain? And is it more difficult than using a platform like wordpress or blogger? I feel like my blogging has been slacking off over the last two years anyway, and anything that would make it more difficult would make me less inclined to blog.

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    1. Self-hosting is expensive, but also not. So most hosting sites are something like $4 to $8 dollars a month, but for the one I wanted to go through (blue-something…? I can’t remember now) to get the best deal you paid like 3 years in advance, so it was a couple hundred bucks. And I’m thinking that when the time comes, I might pay a few hundred to just have someone do all the technical bits for me – seems worth the money to save time and stress.

      I’ve heard that self-hosting is pretty easy-peasy once you’re doing it though. And no one can tell you what you can and can’t do on your blog. (Free WordPress doesn’t allow you to sell ad space, for instance.)

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  2. I love reading your blog – I’m glad you keep doing it. You’ve inspired me quite a bit since I started blogging.

    I use blogger for another blog I co-review on – why is blogger so annoying? I’m really glad I started my blog on WordPress. So much easier.

    That cat gif is the BEST.

    I appreciate you following me, too, and thanks for the shout out!

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    1. WordPress is miles ahead of Blogger, IMHO. Although I hate that I can do simple things like change the font size or something if I need to, but whatever. I’m sure there’s HTML code that I could use to do it, but I’m too lazy to look it up.

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  3. Oh yes! I totally forgot about your seasonal headers! They were fun, but I do like the clean WP theme, too.

    I had someone switch me to self-hosted WP from Blogger and it was free if I bought a year of hosting (that also made it wayyyy easy, since I didn’t have to do anything myself). I was too nervous to try to tackle that on my own, but it seems like people do it pretty often.

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  4. Keep up the blogging! The survey was a nice peek into your blogging origin story πŸ™‚
    It’s hard to find people who actually read on a regular basis and are willing to geek out about the same genres. I can definitely relate to #8. The blog isn’t exactly a secret, but I’m not about to advertise to my co-workers that, God-forbid, I actually have a life and hobbies outside of work, haha!

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    1. Thanks πŸ™‚
      Finding people who read often and get excited about reading is surprisingly hard. ZERO people at my office read the way I do, out of about… 30 people? 40? Some of the women read romance and some fluffy stuff, but that’s about it.

      And considering how much I used to read and blog during work, yeah, I don’t point it out to co-workers πŸ™‚ That was when my job position back then consisted of sitting for 12 hours answering phones, but still.

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  5. Yeah, I have maybe a few people in my real life (what a stupid expression…) who are passionate about reading. Jan is an okay reader and used to read before we met, but not very much. I have definitely been a good influence and now he seems to have a book on the go all the time (even if it takes a loooong time to finish :p) and I usually put aside books that I like a lot and that I think he might enjoy, so it’s very easy for him to choose what to read (we have similar taste – sci-fi, fantasy and David Mitchell, + non-fiction).

    I want to blog but I’m in some weird state right now where I’m not happy with my blog (technically, not the contents) and I don’t feel motivated enough to make a huge effort to change it. I can’t code and I’m a bit hesitant to buy some sort of blog design. I’m hoping to sort this out new year though be cause book blogging is AWESOME! :))

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    1. Well if you want to make a technical change with your blog… switching to wordpress.com (the free version) was super easy. You can import all your posts from Blogger. I hope you can pinpoint what you want to change up – I like your blogging!! πŸ˜€

      It’s nice that Jan reads more now because of you. I think Treland actually reads less than before we dated, lol. Every now and then some book will catch his eye, but it’s not on a regular basis. I don’t mind though, he still talks books with me πŸ™‚

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  6. MWAH! ♥

    ohhh lordy, one of my favorite (and least favorite) things about WordPress is that they have new themes every week. I’m a theme FIEND. Before WP I was all about livejournal and followed a ton of layout communities. Back then it was no big deal to switch up a layout every week. Now, though…ugh. I TRY to pick one and stick with it (I honestly don’t know how other people manage, though I guess when you pay money for a custom design you’re a little more inclined to hold onto it), especially since I’m trying to be ~professional~ but. there are just so many pretty ones out there!

    Every year I tell myself that this will be the year I make the switch to my own domain. And every year I become super intimidated by the mere thought. SO many bloggers are self-hosted so it can’t be that difficult and complicated, right?

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