Happy Book Blogger Appreciation Week! Yay!
If you don’t know about #BBAW or want to know more, be sure to check out their website to get all the latest news and events that are taking place during this awesome week for book bloggers worldwide.
This is my first year participating in #BBAW and I’m loving it so far. I was a judge for one of the categories for the nominees of book blogs and today I get to interview a fellow book blogger who is sweet, funny, and an awesome book blogger.
Ladies and Gents, I’d like you all to meet Laura Ashley of Owl Tell You All About It (don’t you just adore that blog name?!?!). I’ve enjoyed getting to know her and following her blog and I hope our friendship only grows from here.
Here’s a little something about Laura that I hope you all enjoy!
Tell me about yourself and your blog.
My name is Laura Ashlee and I’m twenty-four. I read more YA and romance than anything else, but I’ll branch out every now and then. I have two blogs actually. EARphoria (here’s the link for that one http://www.earphoriareviews.com) is where I post about audio books and Owl Tell You About It is where I post about print and e-books. I just feel like audio is such a different experience so I wanted to have a place for that and a place for books I’ll read, rather than listen to.
How long have you been blogging and what advice would you give to new bloggers?
I’ve been blogging for a year. I started out with one blog. It was called Ramblings of a (Future) Librarian. I was never sold on the name, and when I decided to split the blog up I chose two new names. A lot of bloggers think I’m crazy for having two, but it makes things easier for me. I can organize what I want to do on them better now. If there’s any advice I have for new bloggers it’s that you should find out what works for you and do it. Don’t try to copy what other bloggers are doing. I think this is a huge problem for many bloggers (including myself). It’s easy to say “this looks like it’s working for that blogger. Maybe I should do that.” I’m the worse about trying out new things on my blog and quickly realizing that it just doesn’t work out for me. Just find what’s comfortable for you, and settle into that.
What is the one thing you enjoy most about your blog? New followers? Comments? Requests?
I love comments so much. I check my email a hundred times a day, hoping for comment notifications. I also try really hard to comment back on those people’s pages because I know how much I love it when they comment on mine. It’s just a great feeling to know that someone is reading and they have an opinion. It’s also nice that there are awesome bloggers out there who will just drop by to say hello. I love that part of blogging.
What are your thoughts on BBAW and the interviews feature?
I love BBAW! It’s a great opportunity for all of us to meet new bloggers and hopefully make new friends. The BBAW guest post yesterday about the “best friends I’ve never met” really summed up how awesome the book blogging community is. I think this event just helps perpetuate that. The interviews are a big part of that too. I get to meet bloggers I might not have otherwise. I get to see a little of who is behind those opinions that I read every day.
How did you come up with your blog design?
The design idea, as well as the name of the blog, came when I was browsing through images to get idea about what I wanted to do with my new blog. I couldn’t settle on a name and I looked at tons of different stock images before I came upon these adorable owls. I loved them immediately and I tried to think up a name to work with it. I came up with Owl Tell You About It, which I’m pretty sure isn’t being used by another book blogger. Then I put in a request with Sheila over at http://www.blogdesignsbysheila.com/ and she did the rest. She also did the design for EARphoria.
What books are on your wishlist?
A lot of sequels! Here’s my top five, though some of them don’t come out until next year.
1. Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
2. Crossed by Ally Condie
3. A Midsummer Night’s Sin by Kasey Micahels
4. A Million Suns by Beth Revis
5. The Springsweet by Saundra Mitchell
Now click on over to her blog and give this girl some bloggy love! Follow her on Twitter and Goodreads too!