For Day 2 of Book Blogger Appreciation Week (#BBAW), I have the privilege of sharing an interview I did with Florinda of The 3 R’s Blog: Reading, ‘Riting and Randomness. Florinda currently hails from Southern California and has been book blogging since March 2007. I’m sure many reading this post count her as a friend as she’s been active contributor to the community for many years. I’d previously seen Florinda around the blogosphere but it was a pleasure to learn more about her and interview her over email.
I started off my interview by asking Florinda to name three highlights of her years as a book review blogger.
Two of the three highlights I’ve chosen are things that would never have happened without the blog:
After four years of writing about books for free, my first paid, published-elsewhere book review went online in July 2011.
I have attended Book Expo America three times (2011, 2012, and 2014) and will make it four in May 2016
I reached the milestone of 2000 posts on this blog in November 2013. I’m on pace to make it to 2500 sometime this year!
Though Florinda had said in a recent blog post that she is currently taking a break from deadline reading and paid reviewing, that is an aspect of book blogging in which she has a good deal of experience. I asked her for an observation about current publishing trends:
Florinda is on the advisory board for this year’s Bloggers’ Conference at Book Expo America. I asked if there were any topics guaranteed to start an animated discussion among book bloggers:
Then I asked what are some things she’s learned about her own reading taste, thanks to blogging:
I saw that Florinda had once mentioned she had 150 blogs in her blog reader. I asked: what kinds of posts usually catch your eye? What motivates you to comment on a post?
I don’t comment on posts nearly as much as I’d like to, mostly due to lack of time. But I try to share links to posts that strike a nerve–sometimes I don’t know if I have anything to add to a discussion, but I think it merits wider circulation so it can be seen by people who do. I respond to posts that make me think of something differently, relate to my own experiences, or express something that I’ve thought about more effectively than I could do myself.
And to end the interview looking ahead, I asked: what are some things you are looking forward to this year (doesn’t have to be blog related)?
I’m anticipating my trip to Chicago for Book Expo, and hoping to spend time with some of my best blogging friends while we’re there! Also, my husband and I will be celebrating our tenth wedding anniversary this October, but I think we’ll probably keep that pretty low-key–we’ll save it up for the trip to Italy we’re planning for the spring of 2017! (I know that’s really not “this year,” but I really am looking forward to it!)