It is a pleasure to start my new series “In the Spotlight” interviewing Kimberly, @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Before I started this blog, about four weeks ago, I explored the blogosphere looking for good book blogs. Caffeinated Book Reviewers popped up among the “Top” blogs everywhere I browsed.
All these “top” blogs, including Kimberly’s, had a cool design and quality book reviews. However, what set Kimberly’s apart for me was the tons of comments from loyal followers genuinely interested in Kimberly and her content, followers that visit her blog over and over. Then when I read Kimberly’s replies I realized why Kimberly is so popular! Because of her “down-to-earthliness” and commitment to her readers. Amazingly, Kimberly replies to all her comments! and she does it with a heartfelt reply, every time. Kimberly knows her followers, she writes for them and she cares about them. Another example? Kimberly’s Bloggers’ tips and tricks page. I called it my “blogopedia”. When I don’t know something, I go to that page.
Please meet the blogger behind the blog that has become my landing page:
D: Kimberly, thank you for taking the time to answer my questions! I learned you started blogging to share your love of books with others… what sites/blogs/bloggers inspired you?
K: When I first started I wasn’t following any blogs and really had no idea what I was doing. The first bloggers who influenced me and became my friends were Christy’s Love of Books, My Shelf Confessions and Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf. Blogs that speak passionately about the books they love/hate and offer fair but honest reviews have had the greatest influence. Blogs like Nose Graze hand Hot Listens have strengthened my knowledge of the back-end of blogging. I made my first blogger friends by joining a read-a-thon. We chatted online and I asked them questions.
D: I’m very shy and blogging has helped me come out of my shell… Has
blogging changed you in any way?
K: I am a total homebody and prefer small crowds. If you met me in public I am easy-going, but it takes a while to really know me. Blogging has given me a venue to talk about my love of all things reading and to make friends all over the world. I have learned new skills and have more social media sites then my kids. They laugh at me and are in awe of my followers. It has also changed the way I read and expanded my choice of genres and authors.
D: I know one of your “favorite past times is chatting with my friends online about books” What else do you looooove about blogging and what makes you go… urghrgh@##@!
K: I love the networking and friendships but I also like creating posts, tweaking my reviews and learning new skills. I am not into negativity or drama so those things make me uncomfortable. It has also allowed me to use my work experience/blogging experience to create a career in the book world and the confidence to do it. I started Caffeinated Virtual Assistant Services. I love the independence of working from home and in a field I adore.-
D: Since I’m new at blogging, I make mistakes (post without categories, typos, etc.) Any anecdotes that you’d like to share from when you were a newbie?
K: We all make them… from typos to missed post. Don’t sweat it! Wipe of your knees and begin again. I once changed the hero’s name in a review. Bwahaha. At least I was consistent and did it all the way through my review. These things happen. Always Educate yourself there is a wealth of information out there and a lot of blogger’s share their knowledge. That being said..no one blogger has all the answers. This is your blog and run it the way you want.
D: I have to ask this… (I want to be able to do it too!) How do you get to read so many books???
K: :snort: Reading three hours a day every day. However in January I became a grandmother and I am finding three hours a day has become very hard. Blogging ahead is key to posting successfully weekly. Life happens and having two weeks or more already scheduled helps handle these hiccups.
D: Would you mind sharing what Mr. Caffeinated’s says about your love for blogging?
K: Mr. Caffeinated is a sweetie and very supportive of both my love of books and blogging. He is very proud of my successes and patiently listens when I have frustrations. When I hear him sharing my accomplishments or showing someone my work I feel blessed.
D: What are your favorite blogs?
K: I love all types of blogs from book reviews to cooking blogs and tutorials. A few blogger favorites are Christy @Love of Books, Lorna @ Rabid Reads, Ali @ My Guilty Confessions, Loupe and Meliane @ Hot Listens. I also enjoy Ashley @ Nose Grazes tutorials. You can see all of my favorite book blogs here: http://caffeinatedbookreviewer.com/blogs-stalk. I follow a diverse group of bloggers since I read so many different genres.
D: Who should I be interviewing next? What question would you ask that blogger?
K: Ooo so many interesting folks. Trish @ Between the Lines ask her about her Ireland posts or Carmel @ Rabid Reads ask her about her weekly questions post.
D: Looking back now that you are an experienced blogger what would you have done differently?
K: For me I would have started my blog on WordPress.org.
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