Please meet Carmel! the founder, designer and main blogger behind Rabid Reads, one of the most fantastic book blogs I’ve seen! You can’t help but love its unique “canine” theme and features (check its “Fresh Meat” and “Fiction Police” pages!)
Carmel Thank you for agreeing to this interview!
D: Why did you start blogging?
C: I’ve always been a reader, and at the time, I was considering pursuing a career in web design by going back to school, so it was the best of both worlds as well as the perfect way to put my growing repertoire of coding skills to the test.
D: What bloggers/blog inspired you and motivated you when you started blogging?
C: Julie from Yummy Men and Kick Ass Chicks is the woman responsible for introducing me to the wonderful world of book blogging. Unfortunately, she had to give up her hobby last November due to other commitments, but we’re friends in real life too, so we still chat about books a lot even though she’s no longer in the biz.
D: Can you tell us a funny anecdote about being a new blogger? Are there things you wish you have done differently maybe?
C: ALWAYS back-up before mucking around with your template even when you think you know what you are doing. You’ll save yourself a huge headache, and a few tears. Otherwise, I don’t really have any entertaining oops’ to share, but I do regret not having hosted my site on WordPress from the get-go; it’s way more versatile than Blogspot, and I wouldn’t have had to go through the annoying process of transferring. Oh well, hindsight is 20/20, right?
D: Any advice for new bloggers like me?
C: Don’t worry about what everyone else is posting, how many followers they have, or the number of books they read in a week. As long as you’re happy with your progression, the rest will come, and don’t be afraid to reach out to seasoned bloggers for help. Most are more than willing to share tips, or to point you in the right direction when it comes to do’s and don’ts.
D: What are your favorite bloggers/blogs and why?
C: I’ve known Lori (Romancing the Dark Side), Jennifer (The Book Nympho), and Loupe (Hot Listens) the longest, so they are definitely my top 3 gals to trade secrets with, but I love how engaged Felicia (The Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog) is, she’s always participating in a charity read-a-thon, or motivating her fellow bookworms to get moving with her #FitReaders challenge. Kimberly (Caffeinated Book Reviewer) is the queen of interacting with her followers while as Blodeuedd (Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell) & Ali (My Guilty Obsession) are machines when it comes to leaving comments. And, I absolutely ADORE chatting with Dolly (Just Talking Books) on Twitter, exchanging recommendations with Braine (Talk Supe) on GoodReads, and getting my cover art fix from Cat’s (Addicted 2 Heroines) Pinterest board.
D: What made you look for associate bloggers? Was it hard to share your blog with other reviewers?
C: I was hit with a pretty major blogging / reading slump a few years back, and was faced with the decision of either shutting down shop completely, or seeking out help. I went with option B. At first, it was super hard to trust my associate reviewers to hold down the fort on my off days, but once I succeeded in toning down my control freak-edness it felt like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders, and I was able to enjoy my hobby once more.
D: Since you recently completed your Webmaster certificate… what is on your wish list as far as your blog design? Any changes coming soon?
C: No changes in the pipeline at the moment. I recently started a new job, so unfortunately all of my bloggy plans have been placed on the backburner for the time being. Right now, I’m just trying to focus on maintaining status quo while also balancing my work commitments. It’s been three weeks, and so far so good
D: You do have quite a pack of followers! What do you think makes your blog so successful?
D: Hard work; I’m constantly on the look-out for new authors to feature, hops to sign-up for, giveaways to host, social media outlets to master, networking opportunities to take advantage of, and ways to improve my site. When I first started there were countless blogs that were just dedicated to Speculative Fiction, but now I’m one of the few left that’s still in operation, so that for sure helps me stand out from the crowd as well, plus I even took it a step further with my werewolf obsession.
D: What can you tell us about Canadian bloggers? What is it unique about them?
D: Our reading preferences differ slightly because, for the most part, there aren’t as many Canadian authors, so I try to feature their novels as much as possible over some of the bigger names from other countries. Our reputation for “being nice” isn’t too far off either, so you’ll rarely see me post overly negative reviews, or rant-y posts because I just can’t bring myself to publicly bash someone’s baby. That’s what my associate reviewers are for. 😉
D: Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer suggested I asked you about your weekly question? Tell us about this feature. How did you come up with it?
I wish I could take the credit for that one, but that post originated on Yummy Men and Kick Ass Chicks. I asked Julie if I could piggy back on her cool feature, and she said yes. However, since she stopped blogging, I’ve been coming up with the majority of the topics myself, so I guess it’s mine now. LOL It’s exactly what the name suggests; I ask my readers a bookish question every Thursday, weigh-in on it, and encourage them to add their own two cents in the comments. 11. Who should I interview next and what should I ask this blogger?
Ask Melliane (Between Dreams and Reality) about writing all of her reviews in two languages (English & French).
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