Welcome to another Blogletters interview where we talk about all the sides of blogging!
Today, I’m talking to Jayati who has been blogging about books for over two years. Let’s get to it!
Hello! I’m Jayati, a student, book blogger, writer and coffee lover. If you’re looking for someone who’s procrastinating on everything and despite being a part of the young generation that’s supposed to be tech savvy, is unable to figure any of it out, you’re at the right place! You can see me struggling over at my blog and also on social media, where I attempt to talk about books I love.
Hi Jayati! What inspired you to start a blog? What was your idea of blogging when you started?
To be honest, it was a spur of the moment thing that I did as I had nothing to do and I thought it may be a good idea. It was mostly because I’d seen a few blogs and it felt interesting and I wanted to make bookish friends so I just decided to do it! My initial idea of blogging was just posting reviews but since I’ve come to realise that it is much more than that – it includes discussions and tags and other fun and interesting posts which is what makes it great!
I know that you are a part of the book blogging community. Are you also a part of the teen blogging community?
I mostly only post about books, so I don’t really belong to the ‘teen blogging community’ but I have to say that being a teen is an important part of who I am and so I can’t separate both of those identities. Being a teen book blogger comes with its own set of insecurities as it often feels like you can’t partake in some discussions or your opinion will not matter as much but I have come to realise that it isn’t true! While some people do try to put you down, there are many others who will stay by your side and it is essential you say what you think. Teen opinions are as valid as those of any adult and it is time that people realize that, especially when it comes to YA books as teens are the targeted audience. (Just to clarify, it’s great that adults read YA too! I think YA is one of the best categories to read with so many important topics being discussed)
Do you think being a teen has affected your blogging journey in any way?
The beginning was quite intimidating as all the blogs I looked at were run by people in the 20+ age range. I didn’t know how to interact with them or if they would accept me and for a while, didn’t display my age on my blog. It took some time before I joined discord servers and found other people my age and felt more accepted. Finding the Teen Book Bloggers directory was great and it helped me a lot in finding other teen bloggers and feeling less alone. Now, I’m pretty sure that most of my friends in the bookish community aren’t teens, and I know they don’t care about my age, but in the beginning I did and I think I needed to move past that more than anyone else!
What are your favourite and least favourite aspects of blogging?
My favourite aspect is definitely the community! I love making new friends and buddy reading and gushing about our favourite characters!
Choosing my least favourite aspect is quite a hard one! I do definitely hate the underappreciation and how hard it is for international bloggers to get ARCs. I think those are it.
How would you describe your online personality? Is it different compared to who you are in real life?
I guess my online personality is a mix of shy and trying not to be. It’s not much different from real life where I try to be outgoing and make new friends but kind of suck at it because I’m way too shy. The only thing different is that I’ve actually made quite a bit of progress online and made new friends but I’m still trying in real life! It’s just easier to be more interactive online so I think that’s that.
Another thing that’s different is I talk a lot about books online but in real life, I don’t really. I read a lot and do talk about reading in general but don’t often discuss what I’m reading with many people, just my cousins.
Has blogging influenced your life in any way?
Blogging has definitely influenced my life a lot! It’s the reason I chose the college I am going to – another blogger is going to the same college and she told me all about it and I just started there! Blogging had also made me confident in the sense I feel more sure of myself and proud because I’m actually doing something which is important to me.
In 2 years of blogging, what are your biggest takeaways?
Blogging has helped me learn a lot about graphics and designing and social media overall in order to promote my blog posts! It has been a delight to figure all this out and now graphic designing is something I love to do for my blog as well as the clubs I am a part of!
Do people in your real life know that you have a blog? If yes, how did they react? If not, why not?
Only people I am close to know I have a book blog and they are 100% supportive! My cousin often goes through my posts and comments. She also took part in the readathon I hosted last month! My best friend is also very supportive – she keeps telling me what she liked or didn’t and helps me improve my posts! I was actually planning to do a fun summer series with her, but oops.
If you could go back and change something about your blog/blogging journey, what would you change?
I just wish I’d been more interactive from the start but I guess it’s okay since I needed to start off slow and make friends because that’s who I am. I also wish I’d taken my time when starting my blog and figured out what I was doing because well, I now hated the name I started with but I guess it takes everyone time to figure out their brand.
Who are your blogging inspirations?
I have so many! But to name a few:
- Clo @ Cuppa Clo
She has a great blog vibe and is just so supportive and inspiring! I really love her guides and unique posts!
- Kal @ Reader Voracious
She has such great tips and resources which have been great help to me!
- Sahi @ My World of Books
She is one of the best people I’ve met! She is so nice and friendly and it’s been great to know her!
- Haley @The Caffeinated Reader
She has great content and is one of the sweetest people I’ve met! I also hosted The Coffee Readathon with her in September and it was so amazing!
- Marie @Drizzzles and Hurricanes
She has great discussion posts and I love to read them!
Thanks for this interview, Jayati!
I started following Jayati only recently but I’ve been really enjoying her posts. Do check them out!
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