Since I’m often asked the same questions about me and this blog, I thought it would be great to compile a list of the most frequently asked questions here.
Why and when did you start this blog?
After I graduated from College, I was then diagnosed with Tuberculosis which I underwent a year of medication. It could have been the darkest stage of my life but because of books, it lighten my baggage. I’m getting worst each day but not with my health condition but with my book addiction, and I needed to have a medium to release it. One disadvantage of living in a rural area and staying mostly at home is that you’ll only get a 1% chance of meeting a book reader like you. I always wanted to be a blogger, so I just said, why not?!
At the year 2014, I started blogging at agentbookworm.blogspot.com (which is now unavailable) but after a year of blogging about books, my interests broaden and I realized that I wanted to write about other things too. So instead of managing two blogs, why not combine them eh? So I decided to create vangonerogue.wordpress.com. And after a year and a half on a free WordPress blog, I came to the point that I needed to level-up and finally opted for a self hosted blog. And that’s how Blushing Geek came to life.
How do you have time blogging while working full-time?
I was currently on medication when I started blogging, which means I had the whole day to read and blog. But when I started working, I never thought I could still have time to blog. I guess the main secret of putting up a blog while working full-time is your love and passion for blogging. Because when you love what you do, you can always find time.
What did you learn after two years of blogging?
Actually, there’s a lot. Before I started blogging, I’m a kind of person that is really hard to sway away from my usual routine. So I stayed with suspense/thriller books until agentbookworm.blogspot.com came to life. When I started my book blog, I never imagined that I could be offered by other authors to review their books. Come on, if you’ve read my previous reviews, you’ll notice the novice writing haha. Aside from stepping out from my comfort zone, blogging also helped me improved my writing skills. I always love English, but it seems the language doesn’t like me. That’s also the reason why I thought its impossible for me to become a blogger, but because I wanted to be one, I learned to take a risk and overcome my weakness. I’m still not good with writing, but I can see some great improvements 😉
Blogging also lessen my procrastination when it comes to traveling. I always love to travel, but I’m afraid to travel alone so I always delay it until I found someone to come with me, which mind you, cost me a lot. But when I started with this blog, I learned to overcome my fears of travelling alone.
That’s some of the things blogging had taught me, but I’m sure I’ll still be learning a lot as I continue walking in the life of being a blogger.
Do you follow some guidelines on writing a book review?
No. I write everything I want in every way I want it to be. The reason why Blushing Geek is a personal lifestyle blog is because everything I wrote and will write in here is based in my own personal experiences. I want this blog to uphold it’s personal value so that my readers will feel like they are listening to their friend telling them a story. In that way, they’ll be more comfortable reading my blog and to also share their own thoughts.
Do you use regular stars in rating a book? If so, could you tell us how you interpret them?
Yes, I used the regular stars in rating every books I’ve read with the same interpretation too, 5 stars being the highest and 1 star being the lowest. As the blog’s previous update, I decided not to post those reviews that I’ve rated 3 stars and below to make the whole atmosphere of the blog more positive. But I still write and publish my review of those books that I’ve rated 3 stars and below on my goodreads and amazon accounts.
Where do you find books to read?
There’s actually a lot, but my major source of books are as follows: (orders don’t vary)
What camera do you use?
I don’t own any fancy DSLR coz I’m still saving, so I only use a cannon digital camera and occasionally used my mobile phone (Lenovo S850) for most of my IG posts. My aunt has a cannon rebel DSLR, so when she isn’t using it, she let me borrow it.
Can I use your photos?
It’s definitely fine as long as you let me know about it and will gave you the go signal. That said, it should link back to this site.
Do you accept sponsored posts and giveaways?
I am open for any sponsored posts and giveaways but only if I have personally tried the item/product or tested the company’s services and liked it. I want my blog to be all about positivity and honesty so I want every recommendations and reviews I posted in here to be about the things, services and items that I personally like. That’s also the reason why I decided to delete those 3-star ratings and below books that I’ve reviewed, but you can still read those in my goodreads and amazon account.
Do you use any affiliate links?
Yes, I use affiliate links which you usually see in my sidebar. I use agoda, amazon and inmotion.
I want to recommend you a book, how can I reach you?
If you’re a reader and you want to suggest me a book to read, you can always reached me out on Facebook.
For authors, you can refer to my review request page for the details.
Do you have any advice to first time bloggers or someone who wants to start blogging?
Some bloggers out there have followed some guidelines when they started their blogs, I’ve tried that too but it didn’t worked out. So the only advice I could give you is to follow your own instincts. Ofcourse when it comes to setting up your blog, you need to search Google about it, but when it comes to deciding what to write or what you want your blog to be, that’s on you. Just follow what you want and you’ll be surprised what you can come up with.
For some tips and easy ways of setting up your blog as well as the costs, you can refer to my blogging posts.