Today I’m interviewing the lovely Meg & Chri, the geniuses behind the book blog Ink Skies!
1. Describe your blog in 5 words
Ramblings under an inky sky.
Ramblings of two word-obsessed bookworms.
2. Why did you start your blog?
To be honest, I don’t quite remember. All I know is that I loved reading so much and wanted to share my love for all things YA, and also partly because I love to write.
My blog started out as just a small space to write down my thoughts about, well, anything. That was around the time my English teacher introduced me to a bunch of YA novels and I really fell in love with reading. I created a Goodreads account, lurked around the blogs of some of my favorite reviewers I discovered via Goodreads, and later on plucked up the courage to start book reviews on my own blog. It’s tricky to juggle book blogging and my academic and social life all at the same time, but I regret nothing 🙂
3. What is your favourite part of blogging?
Typing up the posts, for sure! I’ve never been in a blogging slump, so I still really enjoy thinking up discussion topics, writing up reviews, etc.
The community. I love how everyone’s so enthusiastic about books, and how nice everyone is! It’s always nice to talk about books with someone – how great it was, what you didn’t like about it, how angry it made you, how much you need to get your hands on a copy of it, etc – and have them respond just as enthusiastically. My brothers and friends, though they understand my love for words, would never really understand as much as all the book bloggers do. And I love being able to discuss something I love with someone who loves it just as much.
4. What do find hardest about blogging?
Hmm… probably getting the blog known. Ink Skies has been around for a year and a month already, and yet I don’t have as big a reader base as I would’ve liked. That’s partly my fault, though, since I never really bothered to advertise my blog much when I first started it, and getting word out about your blog is no easy feat, since there are so many others who are doing the same thing out there!
Finding the time for it all! I really need more than 24 hours a day – I can never find enough time to get everything done.
5. What’s your favourite post you’ve written on your blog?
Tough question! I love each and every post I typed up (um, except for the earlier ones, because those were just plain horrible), so I don’t really have a favorite.
Eep. This is hard, because most of time I’d pour over a blog post for a few days, then press “publish” and bury my head under a pillow and try to forget it’s existence. I always feel like my posts are lacking something, and if I look over them I’m always tempted to go back and edit it. But I do like my review of Darker Still . Sometimes I struggle with explaining how exactly I felt about a book, what annoyed me, and what not, but I think I got everything across and I think it’s one of my better, more in-depth reviews. Hopefully 😛
6. Who are some bloggers that inspire you?
Sam from Realm of Fiction, Giselle from Xpresso Reads, Kelly from Radiant Shadows (that girl has amazing discussion posts), Vicky from Books, Biscuits and Tea – and so many more. All these people have great blogs and they’ve definitely helped my blogging journey for the better!
There’s so many! Here’s just a few of them: Renae, Kelly, Krista and Becca, Blythe, Wendy, Steph and Kat, and Dianna. They’re all such lovely people with amazing blogs that I highly recommend you visit.
7. What are some goals you have for your blog?
First of all: to get a bigger reader base. The more the merrier, as they say. I’m also hoping that my blog will be able to last for at least another two years, because book blogging has been one of the best experiences of my life.
I want to try to write more discussion posts – I feel like all I’m writing are reviews and weekly wrap-up posts, and I really want to try to add more variation to the blog. I also want to try to do something creative, something that involves making graphics, because that’s another hobby of mine. I’m still figuring things out, but that’s one thing I want to add to the blog. But I guess the largest goal for me this year is to be more time efficient – I’m the kind of person who could come up with a million different ideas and then just sit there, staring off into space, and getting nothing done. I have a bunch of drafts for the blog that are all half-finished, and I want to try to set aside a few hours each week just to work on those and to respond to all the lovely comments that we receive. I’m a procrastinator, but I’m working on it. Really. 😛
8. What book are you currently reading and how are you liking it?
I’m currently reading Dare You To by Katie McGarry. I’m really enjoying it! I was a huge fan of Pushing the Limits, so it’s great that the sequel’s equally as good.
I’m currently reading The Last Academy by Anne Applegate, and it’s… I feel like the first chapter was really gripping and pulled me right in, but then after that the story just took the first turn into Snoozeville :/
9. Are your bookshelves organized in any particular way?
Nope! I’m not OCD about that at all. I just find space for my books and shove them in.
My bookshelves are organized by ARC, paperback, and hardcover, and then by genre, and then by color. I’m a little obsessed xD
10. How do you decide what book to read next?
I always try to read books that will be published soon first. That way, I’ll be able to type up my review and publish it before/on the publication date and also fulfill the publisher’s request. Sometimes, though, I won’t be able to resist reading a book I really want to, so I will. I don’t have much of a reading schedule. On rare occasions, I also ask Twitter what books they think I should read next.
I’m a mood reader – reading schedules never really work out for me, because I always end up skipping books and reading whatever I’m in the mood for. So mostly it’s based on what I feel like reading at that moment. Sometimes, if I haven’t read and reviewed a book that’ll be archived on Netgalley or is being published in a few days, I’ll read that one first. But that hasn’t really happened yet.
Thank you so much for stopping by guys! I loved this interview! Be sure to check out Meg and Chri’s fabulous blog!