Recently I sent an email to one of my favorite bloggers, Jamie from perpetualpageturner.com to see if she would be willing to do an interview for this blog. SHE AGREED!!! I asked her all kinds of personal and blogging questions, that I have been wondering, and SHE ANSWERED ALL OF THEM! SQUEEEEEEE! I am so excited ! Without further ado, here is the interview.
Interview with Jamie – The Perpetual Page Turner
- Where are you from? Have you thought of living anywhere else?I’m originally from upstate Pennsylvania in the middle of nowhere but moved when I was in 8th grade to the Philadelphia area where I still live. I have thought about living MANY places. All the time — NYC, California, England, Austin, etc. Ask my husband…I’m always thinking of new places to live.
- How is married life treating you?
GOOD! Things have been rough externally for us but I feel like we’ve kept it together and weathered these storms together. Just having a lot of fun in the midst of layoffs and other not fun things.
- How did you come up with your blog names?The Broke and the Bookish came about because we were all college students (or recently graduated) when we came up with the idea so we wanted it to reflect that but now that we aren’t it still works because we spend all our money on books. The Perpetual Page-Turner came about as a result of a conversation I was having Will because he was saying how I’m constantly just turning the pages and saying “Just one more page/chapter.” and so then I said something like you are going to be in for a lifetime of page-turning if you marry me. And somehow it stuck!
- When did you start blogging, was The Broke and The Bookish your first blog?I started blogging in June 2010. TBTB was my first blog that I made with some friends I met through a College Students Goodreads group I created. Then I started my own blog a week later because I wanted MORE!
- Walk me through the process that you went through to get your blog to where it is today.Honestly? Just lots of genuine interaction and being myself on my blog. I’m chatty and like getting to know people! I think I’ve just always tried to be true to myself and bring my creativity into the blog and it’s seemed to work? I wish I had a process but it’s been fairly by the seat of my pants and just doing ME.
- What made you start a blog in the first place?I got back into reading after a long gap of NOT reading. I wanted a place to talk about books and had always loved blogging on Myspace and Xanga and when I saw a couple book bloggers on Goodreads I was like WHAT IS THIS MAGICAL THING?! So I embarked on the journey with some pals and fell in love!
- How long were you running your blog before you started getting many followers?Well, I think for TBTB we got a lot of followers after about a month because we started out of the gate with my idea of Top Ten Tuesday which I NEVER thought would take off but it did. My own blog took a little longer but really started to hit its stride in that first year.
- How long before you started to receive ARCs from authors and publishers?I received lots of crappy self published arcs immediately haha. But from bigger publishers? Probably a couple months it took before we received our first review request.
- What are the top questions you get asked by your readers?WHAT SHOULD I READ NEXT? That’s probably the biggest. And random questions about ARCs and blogging tips.
- If a new blogger came up to you today, and you only had a few minutes to talk, what would be your best blogging tip?BE YOURSELF. Honestly. It was so freeing after the first couple months when I decided SCREW TRYING TO BE LIKE ALL THE OTHER BLOGS. I knew that maybe it wouldn’t be everyone’s thing but I felt so much happier. For me, that meant adding a lot more personal stuff that I hadn’t seen people really do back in 2010. I just kept going with all my creative ideas that I had and some failed but some really took off. I promised myself I would always be true to myself so that I could be proud of whatever outcome happened. Being ME has made this journey worth it for my happiness and I really do think it’s made an impact on how my blog grew.
- How do you juggle blogging, working, reading, and family time so flawlessly?HAHAH does it look flawless?? I assure you…I’m not good at it. Sometimes Will has to be like HI I EXIST. Sometimes I’m scrambling to write posts late at night. Sometimes I don’t read for a week. Sometimes I don’t feel like posting. I never have my shit together but I’m glad that THAT doesn’t show through!! I think for me the juggling has always been about a) my priorities in the big picture and in that moment and b) what makes me happy. If I don’t feel like blogging, I won’t. There are a lot of other things more important than blogging and I refuse to make it a habit to put blogging first.
- What book did you read most recently that you loved, and would recommend to everyone?HMM to EVERYONE? God I’ve had some books I really loved but idk that I would rec them to EVERYONE because stylistically I know they might not be people’s thing (like I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson.) I’d say After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid to ALL adults/married people/people who want to get married.
- You mentioned on your blog, that you started writing a book, are we going to hear more about that any time soon? HA NO. That juggling thing? The book has gotten pushed to the side big time. It’s a very personal story to me and I’m not sure if I’m ready for it. Although my brain seems to tell me otherwise because I’m constantly thinking about it. I guess I’ll know when I’m ready because I won’t be able to keep it in anymore.
- Are there any authors you are dying to meet, but haven’t been able to yet?HMMM honestly I’ve met like all my favorite authors. Some of them multiple times. I’m very lucky in that regard that authors do come to Philly and I’m so close to NYC that I am able to travel (plus BEA). I AM dying to meet Trish Doller and haven’t yet because she writes some of my favorite books!
- Have you ever liked the movie more than the book? Be honest!
I LOVED The Perks of Being A Wallflower book (like a favorite) but IAMTHISCLOSE to loving the movie more.
- Are there any popular books you know you would never read?Fifty Shades of Grey. NEVER.
- How many books do you read in a month?Hmm it really varies. Some months it’s 4 and other months I’ve been able to read 8 or 9. I don’t read as much as other bloggers but that’s because I choose not to. I don’t function well without balance and reading more than I do anything else would KILL ME even though I would love to read more to make a better dent in my TBR.
- What are 5 items you never leave home without?My wallet, a book or my kindle (no seriously, I got stuck in my car for 4 hours during a snowstorm once so NEVER will go without), some sort of lip balm or lip gloss/lip stick, my keys and a hairband/bobby pins — you never know when you are going to have a hair emergency.
Anything else you would like to add?No! Great questions!
My facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PageTurnerJamie
My Goodreads page: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1518370-jamie-the-perpetual-page-turner
Wow! I am so glad that Jamie was able (and willing!) to do this interview. I think I have gotten a lot of really great info on running a blog, plus I got to know one of my favorite bloggers better! YAY! Seriously, if you don’t already follow The Perpetual Page Turner, you should totally check it out, and if you run a book blog yourself, get in on the Top-Ten Tuesdays that The Broke and the Bookish post, they are really fun! I think so, anyway!
Thank you, thank you, thank you to Jamie!
Do you guys already follow Jamie? What other blogs do you love?