Bloggers’ Bench with Nia Wright

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Let’s sit down on the bench next to Nia Wright and ask a few questions about her blog: The Most Sublime Things

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Welcome Nia, can you tell us a little about yourself, and your blog?

Hi, I’m Nia – I’m a bookworm and general geek from North Wales. I read pretty much anything I can get my hands on but I really enjoy horror and mythology stories.

My blog is called ‘The Most Sublime Things’ and is a mix of book reviews and personal posts. It’s still a work in progress and I’m slowly making it more ‘me’ as I go along and learn new website building tricks.

How long have you been blogging for?

I’ve been blogging for a little over a year now, it’s been one heck of a learning curve!

What inspired you to start a blog, and why did you choose your chosen subject?

I really wanted to get back into reading, I used to go through 5+ books a week until I turned about 16 and discovered kittens on the internet so I decided to combine my loves.

Blogging about books keeps me motivated in my reading and also helps me keep track of series I want to keep up with.

Is this your first/only blog?

This is my first and only blog, I’m too scared to start any extra ones in case I give up on leaving the house altogether.

How much time do you spend on your blog per week?

Urgh….. not enough. I’m currently on a bit of a slump after 12 months of being so good, it used to be 3-6 hours a week but now it’s more like 1 or 2 at best. Shame on me!

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Where Nia blogs from, with Phil the burly Russian dwarf hamster

What’s the best bit about being a blogger?

It helps you get to know the authors whose work you’re reading, which is an amazing experience. You get insider information on their work and generally get a view inside the mind of the people who create the worlds you love.

What’s the most frustrating thing?

Making time for it all. There’s the book blogger triangle of frustration, I feel like I should always be doing these things and feel guilty that I can only do one at the time:

Read a book

Review a book

Write a post to fill in the time between reading and reviewing, thus delaying both.

Do you find that bloggers support one another?

Most of my communication with other bloggers happens on Twitter, I love watching everyone help each other out with guest posts and blog tips. I haven’t really joined in yet until I can commit my time to helping other people out too!

Do you tell people when you meet them, or friends and family that you are a blogger?

Absolutely not! The few ‘real life’ people who know about my blog aren’t really book lovers so I feel pretty safe that they won’t read it. I’m self-conscious about my friends reading my work and who knows when I’ll need to vent about my family on my blog!

Can you remember your very first post?

I vaguely remember it being terrible…. It was your typically naïve ‘I have no idea what I’m doing’ post. I’m too scared to go back and read it a year on!

What do you wish someone had told you about blogging at the start of your journey?

‘Beware of dealing directly with authors to get review copies of books’, you have to be honest in your book reviews so you’re going to feel pretty crap if you’ve enjoyed chatting with an author then given them 1 star on their work.

So. Very. Awkward.

Is there any advice that you would like to give people who are thinking about becoming a blogger, and those just starting out?

Don’t compromise, write in your own voice and say what you want to say – someone out there wants to read it!

What’s next for your blog, any big ambitions for it?

Well, I am currently qualifying as a proof reader and copy editor so I’m hoping to eventually offer that service via my website so I can reach aspiring authors! The only trouble with that is that I’m going to have to start reading over my own work a little bit better…

Apart from your blog where else can we find you on the internet?

You can find me over at :-

@Most_Sublime

 

I would just like to say a very big thank you to Nia for giving us an insight in her blogging life, and we wish her lots of success for the future.

 

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1 Response

  1. Terry Tyler says:

    Love reading these posts, ladies!

    Ha ha re the dealing with authors directly then not liking their books – it’s something writers have to deal with too, because we want to support our friends but sometimes we can like them and what they blog/chat about, but not their books. I review for a review team too, Nia, and find it best just to say thank you when the writer sends a mobi copy, just in case – and get into the chat later if I’ve liked the book!!