Blogger Interview: Amber from The Mile Long Bookshelf


Amber

Amber is one of the first book bloggers that I really look up to (even if she’s younger). She started blogging at a young age, and she had achieved so much since then. I love her blog so much, and I’m excited for you to meet her too!

Amber shared some things about herself, and her blogging career. She also shared her thoughts on book discrimination.

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The Interview

PERSONAL QUESTIONS

When is your birthday?

October 28th.

How old are you?

15.

Favorite food?

I love Doritos and Tabbouleh…not together, though.

Favorite color?

At the moment it’s powder blue.

Favorite flower?

I love Stargazer Lilies.

Favorite song?

This seems to change every week…at the moment it’s Don’t by Ed Sheeran.

Favorite TV show?

The Big Bang Theory.

Favorite place to read and/or write?

Curled up in bed!

Favorite book? (The one that you’ll never get tired of reading.)

Tricky… probably Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.

ON BLOGGING

Why do you blog?

I blog so I can talk about books with people who actually listen and care about what I’m saying. And because it’s fun!

(I totally agree! It feels so good when people actually listen to what you’re saying.)

Who are you when you’re blogging?

I tend to be a happier and more confident person when I’m blogging.

Who are you when you’re not blogging?

When I’m not blogging, I’m a lot less confident.

Which do you prefer more?

They’re both me. When I’m blogging I’m usually happier and more confident, but there are times when that can change. When I’m not blogging I tend to be less confident, but it really depends on the situation. So I pick both.

How do you see yourself in the blogosphere?

That’s a difficult one. I’d say I’m an established book blogger because I’ve been blogging for so long, but I don’t think my blog is one of the popular ones.

What drives you to blog more?

My love of books, and the people! In real life I have extreme social anxiety so it’s really hard to socialise with friends, family, and other people, but in the blogging world I can talk to everyone!

Are you a perfectionist when it comes to your blog?

Very much so. Everything on my blog needs to be how I want it, otherwise I’ll just get agitated. That’s not to say my blog is perfect, though. It’s just how I want it to be.

Do you like making outlines when you write a blog post, or do you prefer to start from scratch and work your way from there?

It varies. I usually start from scratch, but if I have a blog post idea and I’m not somewhere where I can start writing the full post, I’ll whip out my phone and write a brief outline and then fill it out when I get home.

How much do your followers mean to you?

My followers mean the absolute world to me. Every single one of them, whether they’ve been with me from the start back in 2007 or have only recently started reading my blog. They’re all so lovely and supportive, and I just want to hug them and give them cupcakes! 😀

What is the best blogging advice that you could share with us?

Firstly, do not put any pressure on yourself. If you accidentally miss a day when you wanted to have a blog post up, just remember that no one’s judging you, and everyone understands. It’s not the end of the world! Although if you want to avoid that, I highly recommend trying to schedule a few blog posts in advance so you don’t have to write as much as frequently. That’s my top tip.

ON BOOK DISCRIMINATION

How would you define book discrimination?

People ignoring whether a book appeals to them or not, and basing their refusal to read it on other people.

How do you feel about it?

When someone refuses to read a book just because of its hype, it actually makes me pretty sad. A book can’t help it if it’s popular! I completely understand if you won’t read a book because it doesn’t appeal to you, but avoiding a book just because a large number of people happen to like it is a shame. Although, if someone refuses to read a book because of something bad that the author has done, then I completely get it.

What do you think is the cause of book discrimination?

There are so many reasons. I guess part of it is when a book is optioned for a film, because then suddenly EVERYONE is reading it which can put people off.

What would you do against it?

I don’t know… I don’t really discriminate against books anyway. If a book appeals to me but it has a ton of hype, I’ll be a bit nervous in anticipation, but that won’t stop me from reading it.

Fill in the blanks. More people should read ________ by ________ because ________.

More people should read The Mortal Instruments or The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare because both series are incredibly awesome and mind blowing. Clare’s world building is phenomenal and I absolutely adore her books. And if you don’t like the first book, then you don’t have to carry on. What have you got to lose? You might love them!

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You can visit Amber’s blog here.

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