The Book Blog Changes

So it begins…

 

I´ve had a good few weeks to prepare for this moment. Many hours of brainstorming were invested into this pimp-my-book-blog project. Now, I think I´m happy with the end results.

Thanks to the harsh critique I received from close friends regarding my blog ( which can be read in my It´s Time For A Book Blog Change blog post ) I was able to see why I was not feeling my online baby. Even if I didn´t like most of the critique that was thrown at me I still understood each point and decided to sit down and think about my blog´s future.

As much as I appreciated the feedback… not everything I was advised to change truly needed a makeover. Which made this somehow a more difficult project than it would´ve been if I were to start from scratch.

Here´s a quick rundown on what the professionals thought needed improvement:

  • everything ( including my blog name ) except my blog content

What a way to kill a book blogger´s mood. So, I began thinking about my blog structure. Since I won´t be changing my blog name I figured I could rethink my setup. The features I currently have are:

Monday:  Mug Monday

Tuesday:  Book Reviews

Wednesday: Discussion Topics

Thursday: Simply Book Covers

Friday: Random

This isn´t a popular book blog schedule as many of the most used themes done by other book bloggers aren´t included ( and probably never will be, but more on that in a future post )

I think uploading five times a week is a lot so I´ve decided to remove a few days. This not only gives me more room for spontaneous posts but also allows more time for research ( should I need to do my homework on certain topics ). Without further ado, my new upload dates will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The goal here is not to become overwhelmed by my hobby and to not spam the hell out of everyone.

Good to know is that whatever I deem worthy of uploading on my blog- There will always be a book involved just to keep the connection with the book blog. This means there won´t ever be a post that doesn´t show or at least mention a book.

So without any delay… The new uploading days ( with their touched up features/themes ) will be:

Monday – Mug Feature with either a book-related topic and/or hot beverage & book talk, and/or mentionable stand-out line from a book.

Wednesday – Book reviews. This day will be dedicated to standalone reviews, collective reviews and DNF´d reads. Also, I´ll include a review in a foreign language once a month.

Friday – Book Discussions & Book Findings.

I know. This doesn´t seem like anything ground-breaking. But as I said… This is a touch-up. A rearrangement that fits my schedule a little better. I can preschedule posts better and spread these out more. This, in turn, also gives me more time.

Of course, there will be uploading exceptions every now and again in the future. I´m planning on doing some more Bookstagram recreations and even including book blogger interviews before each major holiday.

Another critique point was the Bitmoji images I´ve been including, with the addition of my self-made graphics. * takes deep breaths * I was told they´re shit. As in shittier than shit. If you want to see me curl up in the fetus position and watch me cry my eyes out just tell me the hours I spent creating banners have been for nothing. Okay. Critique noted. This is why I contacted a photographer friend of mine to help me out a little.

Let´s all bid the Bitmoji´s and self-made banners a farewell and welcome creative book photography ( not the Instagram kind ). I´ll admit that this is the weirdest change for me because these new images that are supposed to represent my book blog will have my face on them. Not every picture but a few for sure. I figured that not many book bloggers like to expose themselves this way so I might as well stand out. If my book blog is going to be judged for its appearance then I might as well expose the face behind it all and have that judged, too.

Now for the blog appearance. I was told that white is the way to go. Simple layouts that offer easy readability. Nothing too flashy. Nothing too dark. Personally, I don´t think I can get things to be simpler than they already are on my blog. So, my layout will remain. The white will stay. The only thing I´ll do is rearrange the menu and clean up the sidebar.

My greatest goal for my “new” book blog is to be as transparent as possible. Aside from spilling a little bookish Tea, I´d love for my book blog posts to help others.

With all this having been said- I think I´m good to go for now. I´m liking the changes I´ve made so far ( they all look fab on paper ). I´m excited to see how they´ll be received. Should all go downhill for whatever reason I can still go back to the same old, right?

Here´s to changes!

 

 

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post. I hope you enjoyed. Get in touch!

Warm book blogger hugs,

Morgana

 

 

 

 

 

 

Books, Baths & Boobs – Recreating Bookstagram Images: Part 4

Bookstagram

A place filled with comfortable white bedsheets and knowledge.

 

Now that we´ve already talked about Books & CoffeeBooks & Bubble Baths and Books & Outdoors it´s time to discuss my next Bookstagram image recreation:  Books & Beds.

The Books & Bed theme is probably the most envied type of Bookstagram feature there is ( according to all the comments under those images ). Why? Well, because they´re just SO DAMN BEAUTIFUL. It´s basically bookish art. Fine, clean, stark white bookish art.

Bookish art that serves two purposes: 1) to look good. 2) To promote a book.

A feature like this is supposed to stop someone from scrolling further. It´s more or less an invitation to read the caption where a book is promoted / a book blog promotes themselves. This is a normal book blogging strategy, not rocket science. But I find it the hardest way to blog, if I´m honest.

After having given this theme much thought I finally found it in me to approach this type of image recreation. All I needed was a ton of shit I don´t have.

From all the beautiful Books & Bed Bookstagram images I chose one from Bookstagrammer  @acourtofwordsandpages

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There´s no denying how beautiful this looks. And if I´m honest- I was a little terrified of copying this image. Why? Because it looks like hard work to me. It looks perfect. It´s so… white-ish. So, I gave it my best. 150%.

Here´s my 150%.

 

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For me, I failed miserably. I´ll tell you why.

 

Here´s What Happened

 

#1  I had to make a few calls. The only things I had on hand were my books and the piece of cardboard. The candles and the white coffee cup & saucer were from my mother in – law. The wooden clothespins, the single pages, and the lavender & vase were from my mom and the white bedsheet…. the hardest item to borrow ( because no one has white bedding around here ), was from my neighbor.

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The experiment hadn´t even started and I was already having problems.

If you´re asking yourselves why I don´t own most of the objects in the picture…

I´m not the decorating type. And, I have kids. I don´t own matching dishes or silverware, let alone saucers for tea/coffee cups. Candles… I´m just not into candles. Let´s not even discuss the white sheet.

Once I had everything together the placements began.

 

#2  You need to be careful. Once that mug has something in it and you place it on your bed then you begin to sweat. The books you open don´t necessarily stay in place so you have to be careful and quick. I held my breath every time I had to readjust the setup.  I didn´t want chocolate milk on the white sheet and I certainly didn´t want to clean it off my mattress or have it spill over my books.

 

#3   Another 2 hours of my life I won´t get back. Add the time I spent collecting everything and the time I spend returning the items to their rightful owners and you can say I spent roughly around 3 hours.

 

My Conclusion

 

For me, this wasn´t worth it. Not worth my time, not worth the sweat I involuntarily invested. I was frustrated from start to finish. I realized that my creativity lies elsewhere. My role is to admire Books & Bed Bookstagram images, not to copy them. I´m just not interested in going the extra mile for a simple image that means so little to me.

I have a newfound respect for those who do this daily/weekly or even once.

Although I´m not too keen on creating this type of content again I´d still recommend giving this a go if anyone were interested in trying this whole thing out. 


 

What do you think? Do you like to see this type of Bookstagram content? Have you tried the Books & Bed theme before? I´d love to hear your thoughts on this. ❤

 


 

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. I fully appreciate it.

 

XO´s

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Instagram Features From Morgana´s Book Box

With the new year I found some new energy to work Instagram again. Ha! Who would have thought, right? Between the unforgivable algorithm and my lazy self I figured I´d forget all the junk I was fed up about and just start to enjoy Instagram for myself. Partly because everything else would piss me off. * insert huge smile *insta icon free

With that being said…. I´ve been having fun on the pic platform with doing whatever the flipping foo foo I want. To hell with Instagram goals. It´s time for some awkwardness in form of book love.

Ready to see the features? Sure you are * wink *


 

insta icon freeI´ve Rekindled With My Kindle

I normally dislike my kindle. Not because it´s shit. No. I hate it because it´s dead most of the time. I belong to the lazy chicks who don´t charge their kindles.

 

 

insta icon freeMy #1 Book Cover Of The Year

Don´t ask me why but I just love this cover. Would be awesome to have this image printed in poster size.

 

 

insta icon freeThe First Useful Christmas Gift From My Brother

Usual gifts I received from my younger brother:

Laced table cloths ( don´t ask ), colored pictures of dragons ( the pictures turned into wolves as he got older ), a selfie of himself in a picture frame ( because he once felt left out ), A CD with the music he likes ( because apparently, I have no taste in music )… It took the boy 20+ years to come up with the perfect Christmas gift. ❤

 

 

insta icon freeMy Lack Of Creativity Knows No Bounds

Just slap the book on the Lazy Susan, add some confetti, throw 10 filters over your pic and POOF!

 

 

insta icon freeDecent Results Also Show By Spending Even Less Energy

Ditch the Lazy Susan but add new filters. * face palm * I´m surprised I found the energy to get up from the sofa the day I took this shot. 2019 is supposed to be a lazy year.

 

 

So that´s it. A little bit of 2018 and a little bit of 2019 and you can already tell where my bright Insta future is headed. Be prepared for sofa pics very soon!

Also, not to forget- If you´re on Instagram be sure to hit me up and give me a nudge to follow you back.

 

Much love,

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