Welcome to the second Blogletters interview!
Today I have the amazing Minna whom I’ve had the honour of getting to know recently. We spent some time DMing each other on Twitter and laughing over childhood memories. So, yeah, I’m very excited to bring her on the blog today.
Hey everyone! My name is Minna, and I run Minna’s Reading Corner. I’m a queer Muslim woman who has just recently rediscovered her love for reading. This blog is my passion project, with reviews and TBRs and book-based playlists, but my posts may be a bit spaced out due to my ADHD, so please be patient with me 🙂 Thanks for reading!
Hi Minna! What inspired you to start a book blog?
I’ve had a lot of trouble reading these past few years, so I thought starting a book blog would help motivate me to read a bit more. I’ve also really enjoyed getting to know other bloggers and reading their content, and I wanted to bring something of my own to the community. I make book-themed playlists that I put on my blog. They’re some of my favorite things to make and listen to!
You’re a new blogger to the community. Do you have any expectations about book blogging and all that comes with it?
For me, I think blogging will just be reviews and TBR lists. I might occasionally do tags. I’m pretty lowkey and while extra stuff like interviews and discussion posts are fun to read, I don’t think I’ll put in that much effort in writing them myself. I just wanna write super sarcastic reviews and roast my ADHD and gush about good writing.
What aspect of book blogging excites you the most? Is there anything you’d rather avoid?
Just the idea of having this corner of the internet that’s wholly me. No retweets or reblogs. No character limit. No hiding any parts of my identity for fear that my family might see it. It’s entirely mine like no social media can be.
Why did you pick this platform instead of booktube or bookstagram?
There is no place in my apartment where I can take cute pictures or record videos, but also I have no patience or skill for any kind of photo or video editing. I could try to learn and I might venture into booktube in the future when I have more motivation and resources to do so, but for now, I’m comfy in my book blogging corner. I’m also just a lot more eloquent in writing than in speaking. I tend to dissociate and forget what I’m saying mid-sentence and that would just be a hassle to edit, to be honest.
You’re already very active on book twitter. How would you describe it to someone who knows nothing about it?
I’ve been on Twitter for three years, but do you wanna know a secret? I’ve only been on book twitter for about two months. So far, I’ve loved the community I’ve been able to find. I’ve never been surrounded by so many POC and queer people who are both content creators and consumers. And it’s much less prone to drama because unlike stan twitter, you’re not dealing with theorizing about real people, and the boundaries are much less blurred. It’s been amazing to me how the book twitter community rallies around each other when one of us is wronged or is quick to uplift and support each other or do fun things like “Give me top 5 of something” or “Four facts and four people I want to know about”. I’ve had so much more interaction with my tweets than I ever did in the past, and it’s so refreshing to be part of an active community of genuinely sweet and fun people (who are ready to take up arms for each other when necessary).
Does your blogger persona match your offline self? If not, how are they different and why do you think there’s a difference?
Yes and no. It matches how I act when I don’t filter myself. I tend to be high-energy and a bit scatter-brained, so if I’m not conscious of my words, I tend to curse a lot or hop from subject to subject or be insanely sarcastic. I try to emulate my normal speech in my blog posts though. I want them to sound more like a conversation than someone throwing an essay at you, ya know?
Do people who know you offline know about your blog? If yes, how did they react? If not, why not?
Most of my friends do! They were all very supportive and loved it, though I’m not sure how many of them actually check it regularly. My brother and cousin know about it, since they know I’m queer, and they both thought it was cool (they had very muted reactions, haha) but the rest of my family doesn’t since I’m not out to them.
Is there any aspect of blogging that intimidates you?
Actual reading XD
Hi, Sumedha chipping in here. This answer is too relatable.
If you could change one aspect of blogging for everyone, what would you change?
I know there’s no real pressure and everyone can do what they want with their blog, but everyone feels pressure anyway and I would love for that not to be a thing, haha.
Name some bloggers who inspire you!
There are so, so many blogs I love, but the biggest two are Fadwa @ Word Wonders and Chai @ Books With Chai. They were my first two friends on book twitter and helped me figure out the best way to set up my blog. They’re also just huge supports and amazing friends in general. I love Chai’s reviews because they’re snarky and vibrant and so full of emotion for each and every book. I love that whether they loved or hated the book, they still put so much thought and feeling into every word in their review. I love Fadwa’s blog because not only do they have the same emotion in their posts, but they are such a champion for underrepresented voices in literature. They have Color the Shelves and a review index with little symbols to mark MCs of color or LGBT MCs. It’s also so inspiring to see them bounce back and be even more determined to do these things after being attacked or put down. Both Chai and Fadwa are some of my biggest inspirations.
Thank you so much for doing this interview, Minna!
Minna is one of the very few people online with whom I immediately connected with and had no problem reaching out to. So when I say you have to follow her, YOU HAVE TO.
There will be many more interviews with amazing bloggers coming up so watch this space for them. You can also look at this page where I will be updating links of all the Blogletters interviews as they go up.
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