Hello, blogosphere! Today is my two-year blogaversary, which is very exciting! I can’t believe I’ve had this blog for two years now, it’s crazy how fast time flies by. I’ve definitely grown a lot as both a writer and a blogger in my journey, from first learning about digital citizenship in elementary school, to creating my first blog, and then posting on Katie, That Bookish Girl. Blogging has changed my life in so many ways, and it’s an amazing way both to express myself creatively and vent through books, bujo, & writing.
I asked my Instagram followers (the username is @katiethatbookishgirl if you want to give it a follow) questions about books, writing, bullet journaling, blogging, and lifestyle, and got several responses. In today’s special blog post, I will be sharing my answers to your questions! I hope you enjoy!
1. How do you manage blogging and school? | I prioritize schoolwork over hobbies, and focus on the task at hand. To stay motivated to do my homework, I think how much better I’ll feel when everything is complete!
2. Any romantic book recommendations? | I don’t often read romantic novel, but below is a bulleted list of my current favorites.
- Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton
- To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series by Jenny Han
- Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
- Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
I know it’s pretty short, but I think I will make a separate blog post about romantic novel recommendations!
3. What are your biggest writing inspirations? | My biggest writing inspirations are random things that I will see or hear, usually out in public or in nature that spark my imagination. Sometimes it’s a street sign with a particular font, a patch of wildflowers just blooming, or the raspy pitch of a stranger’s voice. I call them “thought butterflies” because if I don’t “catch” (write them down in time) they’ll fly away.
4. This is not a question, but I love your account. 💕 | Thank you so much! I really appreciate all of the support!
5. Favorite author? | That’s a really hard question, and my response definitely changes often, but John Green is one of my favorite authors at the moment. Some of my favorite novels by him are The Fault in Our Stars and Turtles All the Way Down.
6. If you could have lunch with anyone (dead or alive), who would it be? | This is a really difficult question! I would probably have lunch with a female historical figure who had a tremendous positive impact on the world. I can’t narrow it down to one, but I would be honored to have lunch with Maya Angelou, Anne Frank, or Malala Yousafzai. (A plus is that all these amazing women have published books, poetry, or diaries).
7. What is your favorite thing about blogging? | My favorite thing about blogging is the tight knit bookish community. I love reading and commenting on other blogger’s posts. Whenever I don’t know what to read next, I can always turn to the blogging community and find my next read, and then get it a bookstore or my local library. (Although, sadly all the libraries are currently closed).
8. Do you want to pursue writing for a job? | Writing will always be a passion for me. Although it would be a dream to make a living solely off writing in my future, I don’t know if that’s a possibility. I definitely aspire to be a published or self-published author someday, and it is one of my life goals. However, I also love science, especially the biology and anatomy of the brain, so becoming a neuropsychologist would be an ideal path as well.
9. How are you so aesthetic, haha? | Thank you! I don’t consider myself to be super aesthetic, but my blog is driven by passion.
10. Where so you live? | I live on the coast in Southern California. 🙂
11. Why did you start bullet journaling? | The first thing that drew me into bullet journaling was the aesthetic Instagram pages filled with beautiful doodles and productivity tips. I decided to try it out for myself, and the system works a lot for me!
12. How did you get so many followers? | I don’t consider myself to have a whole lot of followers, but I always remain genuine online and post what interests me, hoping others are drawn to it as well.
13. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned about blogging? | The biggest lesson I’ve learned about blogging is that anyone has the power to create and express themselves. Oftentimes, we are indirectly discouraged at being different and thinking outside of the box. The blogging community is nothing of the sort, being diverse and accepting. We all have the power of the pen (or, the keyboard, I should say).
14. What are your top three books? | My top three current favorites that I’ve read recently are The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert, Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, and The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brain Selznick.
15. Why did you start your blog? | I started blogging because I wanted a platform to express myself through writing and sharing my favorite books!
16. What are your favorite posts to write? | My favorite posts to make are writing themed posts! Although I also love book reviews and sharing my bullet journal spreads, writing themed posts are simply my favorite.
17. How do you push forward and keep writing a story? I always stop after 10-20 pages… | Honestly, I’ve struggled a lot with this in the past and still do. My first suggestion would be to map out your plot. It doesn’t need to be in excruciating detail, just enough so that you know where you’ve going with the story. I also recommend giving yourself “inspiration breaks” or periods of time to remember why you’re writing, and rediscover motivation. I also have a lot more writing tips included in my last blog post.
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Are you a blogger or writer? What are your favorite things about blogging? What are your favorite things about writing? Let me know in the comments section down below.
Keep On Booking,
☆ Katie K ☆