To wrap up Thankful for Words, today I’m thankful that people can blog, write and publish at any age. Here to talk about that is
Xander @ Forever Bookish
When did you start blogging?
March 15, 2013; two and a half years ago! Time really flies!
Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging because of my love of books, ARCs, and the community. I’ve loved books for a very long time, and what better way to spend my free time than sharing the books I love with others and talking to other book lovers? I got my first ARC ever from my school’ library and I was so fascinated by the fact that I had an early copy! of a book! “Look, it says released 9/25/12! That’s today! Ahhhh!” I wanted books that hadn’t come out yet! To 10 year-old Xander, that idea was so awesome. If I hadn’t moved to Austin and gone to BookPeople, I don’t think Forever Bookish would exist. I was so inspired by the awesome store and the authors that talked there really ignited my love of reading and put it into this blog. Also, a good friend Lynn Rosen who was visiting really convinced me that I should start what was then “Xander’s YA Book Reviews.” (That was when I only reviewed middle grade, but had no idea it was called that. Thanks Topher)
How has your experience as a blogger changed over the years?
My blogging experience gets better the longer I do it. I started off blogging with me and a computer and now I have a whole community I can talk to on Twitter when I’m bored. I have made more bookish friends than I thought I’d ever make. It’s really incredible.
What has been your most memorable blogger experience?
This is a hard one, so I’m going to pick two. BEA and Hooked by Books. BEA in 2014 was my first real foray into conventions and it was the coolest thing ever. This year’s BEA was even better, because I had more bookish friends attending, and I knew how BEA worked. Though running around with bags of books on your shoulders for 9 hours doesn’t sound like fun, I assure you, it is. Hooked by Books was the initiative I did to give a book to most of the kids in a school, and it was so stressful and time-consuming but in the end it totally paid off. Seeing the kids faces when I gave them their book, and the excitement as I told them they were each getting a copy of their own made my year.
What’s the best part about blogging?
The best part of blogging is the community. Other bloggers are so supportive and friendly and kind. I don’t want to know how different my life would be without them!
You started blogging at a pretty young age. What were some of the difficulties of that?
There truly have not been many difficulties for me. To other young bloggers out there, don’t be self-conscious or think that other bloggers will treat you different because of your age. That has rarely happened to me. The difficult part is time. I’m at school for 8 hours and when you factor in homework and all that, I don’t have a lot of extra time. I have been getting behind on blogging because of that very reason. It’s really important to budget out your time and not procrastinate (which I’m very good at.)
What advice would you give to new bloggers or people who want to start blogs?
If you’re wanting to start a blog, but aren’t sure if you should for one reason or another, my advice is DO IT. What could it hurt? You’ll either love it or decide it’s not for you. Be consistent and post often but not too often. Join the community! There is a giant community on Twitter with other bloggers who will talk to you for hours on end about books. Lastly, make sure you enjoy blogging. Don’t make it feel like a priority and don’t be hard on yourself if you don’t stick to your schedule. Blogging isn’t a chore; it’s supposed to be fun, and your readers understand: life can get in the way. It is so much fun having a blog, and I’d definitely recommend starting one and putting yourself out there if you’re really passionate about something.
Thank you so much for hosting me Eli! :D
Thanks to Xander for coming out on the blog! No matter what age you are, the blogging community will welcome you. :D Be sure to follow Xander, and to check out his awesome blog by clicking the button below!
HEYA THERE! I’m Xander. I am the blogger/reviewer who runs Forever Bookish. I kinda sorta like books. Like, A LOT. Like, so much that my floor has piles of books on it and my TBR shows no sign of ending. I’m 13 years old and don’t sleep nearly enough because books. I attend WAY too many book festivals and conventions and get even MORE books from those, but hey, it’s one of my favorite things. I geek out and freak out over Harry Potter, Rick Riordan and adorable picture books about beefeaters. I like chocolate and organizing my bookshelf, but not together because I don’t want to get chocolate on my books. I collect foreign and unique Harry Potter editions, and most of my Tweets are all CAPSLOCK even though my computer doesn’t have a capslock button. Let’s be friends!