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Interview with a Book Blogger | Sabrina | Notes from a Paper Plane Nomad

Sabrina The Book Loving Panda


Q.1 Please introduce yourself - Where are you from? How long have you been blogging? What’s the name of your blog? What made you decide to start a book blog?
I’m from Hong Kong, and I’m now living in the United Kingdom! I’ve been blogging on Bookstagram for almost two years now, but I only launched my WordPress blog last April. My blog is called Notes from a Paper Plane Nomad - I imagine the pages of books folding into paper planes, taking me to all sorts of places.

I decided to start a book blog because I wanted to share my book reviews on more personalized platforms (in addition to Goodreads), as well as having more space for discussions that Instagram captions are a little too small for.

Q.2 What is your favorite genre and book?
My favorite genre is fantasy, and my favorite book is The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.

Q.3 What one piece of advice do you wish you’d had when you first started book blogging?
Don’t pressure yourself into doing every single book meme/tag out there or feel the need to churn outposts like crazy! It’s better to write for what you’re really inspired by - it’s both more rewarding for you and more engaging for your followers to read.

Q.4 What piece of advice you would like to give to other bloggers?
Make buttons, search options, and menus easy to find (no one wants to spend ages stumbling around your website), and always have an ‘About’ page – as a reader/site visitor, I’m much more likely to stick around or subscribe if I feel like I’ve gotten a sense of the person behind the blog.

Q.5 How many books are actually on your bookshelf/shelves right now?
If I’m only counting my bookshelves in the UK…76.

Q.6 If you could be a character from a book for just one day who would you be and why?
I’d be Charlie Weasley from the Harry Potter series. I’d get to experience all the magic of the wizarding world, see dragons up close, be part of my favorite fictional family and be amazing at Quidditch!

Q.7 Is blogging your profession or just a hobby? Does your family support you? What’s their take on this?
It’s a hobby! I’m lucky that my family is quite supportive of creativity, and they’ve always known how much I love books and writing - so it wasn’t a surprise for them when I started blogging about it. I also use my blog to share my artwork, which my dad is especially supportive of.

Q.8 What do you think is the best strategy for getting more visitors to a blog?
Interacting with other bloggers and taking part in bookish memes (like ‘Top Ten Tuesday’) and linking to your blog or posts on multiple platforms helps too!

Q.9 What are the top 3 characteristics you look for in a good book?
My absolute top one is good characters - if I love the characters, I will happily read about them doing even the most mundane things. Next is lively, naturalistic dialogue (if it’s a novel in prose) - bonus points if it’s funny - and of course, we can’t neglect the compelling power of a twisty plot!

Q.10 What are your favorite Instagram/Bookstagram/Booktuber accounts?
I love on Instagram! She’s hilarious and brutally honest with her bookish opinions (though never rude nor a bully!), and her photos are stunning. I don’t watch that much Booktube currently, but I like Book Roast and how genuinely enthusiastic she is!

A few words for our readers and Books Charming -
Thank you, Aakanksha, for inviting me to do this interview, and thanks to you for reading it. Keep turning pages, putting pen to paper, and doing what makes you happy - and take care!

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