Second, what the hell is the Liebster Award? From the looks of it, this is an award created by bloggers, for bloggers, and awarded to bloggers from bloggers... yep. Looks like fun. Let's do this!
1. Why did you start blogging?
Because I was told to, or more like I was advised by a couple of writer friends to build a fan base so I could sell my self-published books to them. That has sort of worked, I have sold a couple of books, but not enough to stop playing adult and escape to my imagination for good. Not even enough to pay the editor's bill *gulp*. The flip side of starting a blog, I fell in love with writing weird articles and sharing them with the world. I can't give it up. So, I started so I could mimic other authors and in the end continue because it's fun and uniquely mine.
2. What are your tips for building a popular blog?
Popular? (looking from one side and then to the other, checking for people with popular blogs) Are you suggesting my blog is popular? Well, I wouldn't say popular. I would say it is read by people, anywhere between 80 people to 1,000 a day (the latter number happens rarely). My tips would be to keep at it, write what interests you, and post regularly. I post every weekday (though not public holidays) and I have a series that I post each Friday that in theory grabs the attention of readers and keeps them coming back. You have to give the reader a reason to return.
3. What has been your most popular post to date?
I think it was the movie review for Kull the Conqueror. Understandable, it did star Kevin Sorbo with his hero mullet and no shirt... what was the question again?
4. What does your writing routine look like?
Erratic most of the time. Though, when I'm working on a novel I keep to a minimum word count each day and focus solely on the story. A lot of the time I space out and it takes a little bit for me to come back and realise I'm at home on my computer and not out exploring and falling in love and cooking amazing foods. This is my zazen time.
When I write blog posts and articles, I am very easily distracted so I write when I get the chance.
5. Finish this sentence "I am happiest when..."
I dance without caring.
6. What are your best SEO tips?
Learn about them. What are they again? I think I've given up trying to understand how to use them and yeah. If you're into the technical, learn what they're about and how to use them.
7. How do you manage blogging and life?
I don't have the internet on at home, so I go to the library everyday and spend an hour online. This means I have to write articles in advance if they're really long and detailed so it's an easy copy and paste and post. I have a dedicated time to blog and that's it. When I'm off the internet that's when life can take over and I can go back to working/cleaning/hanging with friends/plotting total world domination.
8. What are your favourite blogs you follow?
Um, this is probably a terrible thing to admit, but I don't really follow other people since my time online is so limited. When I did work in admin and was on a computer all day I did like to read Jenny Crusie's www.arghink.com otherwise I would like to admit that there two web addresses that I can type super fast because I go to them a lot. First, www.kissanime.com and second, www.sbspopasia.com.au
9. What are your favourite social media platforms and what clever tips for gaining engagement can you share?
Personally, the only social media I use is facebook and on that I am part of several blog and writer groups and will post on appropriate sharing pages. It is a fine line to walk between promoting and being annoying. Post links back to your website only when it is acceptable and use taglines that are interesting and will hook readers. But don't feel pressure to use social media. It is a great tool but if it doesn't feel comfortable, then you don't have to do it. Find what works for you.
10. Best non-fiction book you’ve read?
Does it have to be one book? I have read so many that have made me reconsider my perspective on things. Jarhead by Anthony Swafford, Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, Diary of a Submissive by Sophie Morgan, and a little book on zen that I can't remember the title but it really changed things for me.
11. Best fiction book you’ve read?
This is so mean! Still just one book? Well, suck it, I have a list.
All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka
Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa
Dengeki Daisy by Kyousuke Motomi
11 Random Facts
2. I don't like beetroot.
3. I can swear in Portuguese and insult someone in Japanese.
4. When I'm about to give up while running I sing "Eye of the Tiger" in my head and that pushes me forward (it's because of Jensen Ackles).
5. I knit left-handed.
6. I collect "Sweet Dream" romance books.
7. I don't like reading reviews before reading a book or watching anime.
8. The last time I rode a horse I was nine and the horse was named Bubbles.
9. Addictions include; books, tea, and one online computer game (the magic sakura tree).
10. Daisies and cherry blossoms, never roses.
11. I am currently writing a first draft for "The Human Bride".
1. What do you love about blogging?
2. What motivates you to create?
3. Last book you read.
4. Any tips on protecting your creative rights and those of other while online?
5. Favourite blogs you follow.
6. What would you change about yourself?
7. How do you manage blogging and life?
8.What are your favourite social media platforms and what clever tips for gaining engagement can you share?
9. Tea or coffee?
10. How do you prevent stress?
11. Finish this sentence: I’m happiest when…