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Book Tag | Book Blogger Insider Tag

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It has been FOREVER since we have done a tag / award post. We were tagged for this one by Jacquie @ Rattle the Stars all the way back in February! If you haven’t checked out her blog, you really should. Her design is absolutely gorgeous and we always enjoy her posts! Go take a look 🙂 Really, we’ll wait . . .


RULES . . .
1. Answer the questions below.
2. Credit the creator: Jamie @ A Little Slice of Jamie
3. Tag at least 5 people.
4. Have fun! 🙂


QUESTIONS . . .

Q1 – Where do you typically write your blog posts?
Megan: When I first started the Ginger Mom, I was writing my blog posts on a 13-something inch laptop. That didn’t last long – and it made reviews a bit difficult (all that clicking between Amazon, Goodreads, and WordPress!). Now, I am starting to resemble my IT husband. Who knew a book blogger needed 14+ tabs open at one time! But dual monitoring has spoiled me. Never again will I be able to work on a single monitor . . . at least not for any length of time.
Crystal:  I write all my reviews on my phone because I take the info off my Kindle and go from there. That’s why I’m saving for an iPad 🙂

Q2 – How long does it generally take you to write a book review?
Megan: I like to get all my actual reviews written within a couple hours of finishing the book. Thoughts I had on the book, characters, etc. Get it all out of my head before I start reading the next book, so I am guaranteed not to get them all mixed up. It usually takes 10 minutes at most. Writing the actual post, however, takes longer. Graphics get made (all by hand – we don’t use stock graphics at the Ginger Mom. I make them all), book info needs to be added, GIFs, the blurb, buy links, author links, etc. Writing the entire post probably takes between 30-60 minutes for me.
Crystal: It doesn’t take me long! It’s like it comes CHARGING out of me . . . It’s almost as if I’m possessed, plugged in, whatever you want to call it. It flows like someone spilling a jug of milk on the floor!!! 😀 Messy, but it works. Under 30 minutes.

Q3 – When did you start your book blog?
It’s almost our 1ST BLOGIVERSARY here! July 1, 2017 marks the first day that Crystal and I were co-owners of the Ginger Mom blog 🙂 Yes, there were a few posts before that (most taken from my previous attempt at blogging), but July 1 is when it all started for us as a duo! Happy Blogiversary, to the best blogging partner I could have ever hoped for 🙂

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Q4 – What is the worst thing about having a book blog, in your opinion?
Crystal: I don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings, so if a book isn’t reviewed and I have to say “I just didn’t like it” . . . that’s hard for me.
Megan: Negative reviews. Absolutely. And trying to make sure that I don’t overload my calendar. And having to tell someone who hasn’t read the Review Policy and is offering a book that I don’t want to review . . . that I don’t want to review their book. That’s awkward. How do you say that without making someone feel bad?

Q5 – What is the best thing about having a book blog, in your opinion?
Crystal: Reading different books I maybe would not have otherwise read. And collaborating with my chica ❤ I love that we work together. 
Megan: I couldn’t have said it better. I love the book blogging community and being able to branch out my reading tastes, but the best thing about the Ginger Mom is being able to work with my mom. It’s something we have that is entirely ours, something no one else can have 🙂

Q6 – What blog post have you had the most fun writing so far?
Crystal:  I enjoy every one!!!
Megan: Hard question! Most fun writing? I think all of them are fun. The ones that I like the best usually tend to be the ones where my graphics were gorgeous (in my opinion), and I found that perfect GIF that fit like a glove 🙂 I think I’m going to say our One Year Blogiversary – What We Learned post was probably one of my favorites.

Q7 – What is your favorite type of blog post to write?

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Megan: I know we don’t do them very often, but tags are always the most fun for me. I love seeing the questions that the tag creators come up with. It gives you a little insight into the person behind the tag 🙂

Q8 – When do you typically write?
Megan: Usually, it’s in the middle of the night, after work and when Lady Quinn and Mister Chu are sound asleep 🙂

Q9 – Do you review every book you read?
Megan: I’m not sure how to answer this one because right now, I haven’t had time to read books that aren’t for review. When the time allows for free reading and reviews aren’t necessarily required, I prefer to only review books that are 3 stars and above. It makes me feel bad to write a negative review if it wasn’t specifically asked for. Guess I am still a bit of a blogging chicken.

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Crystal: If I really did not like the book, I do not review it. “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” 

Q10 – How do you write your book reviews? With a cup of coffee or tea? With Netflix? Cuddled with your fur baby?
Megan: Many times, I write my reviews on my phone in the WordPress app, lying in bed at 4AM, still teary eyed because I had to finish the book and find out what happened.
Crystal: With my phone in hand, my Kindle on my lap on the couch. Furry kids are always close by ❤

Q11 – How often do you post?
This one is always up in the air for us. It depends on tour schedules, how many books we have waiting to be reviewed, if there is a super-awesome link-up to join.


TAG! YOU’RE IT!

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If you’d like to do this tag, consider yourself tagged 🙂 Or if you’d like to leave some of your answers in the comments below, we’d be glad to read them. As always, we thank you for taking the time to visit us.

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12 thoughts on “Book Tag | Book Blogger Insider Tag”

    1. I initially bought my laptop because I wanted a “tablet-style” computer that I could still run Windows programs on. But I have so many windows open when working on my blog that it’s just not realistic anymore.

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