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In Conversation With STUART SIMPSON #InterviewSeries #BookBlogger #AlwaysTrustInBooks

Book Blogger’s community was the only source I had when I took up blogging from scratch. So, I decided to do an Interview Series with my fellow Book Bloggers whom I admire and feel that the budding Book Bloggers would surely learn something new and inspiring from each of them.

Let’s explore what they think about Books, how they started with blogging, What inspired them? It would be fun reading their minds😉

So, today we are In Conversation WithSTUART SIMPSON” owner of the mind-blowing Blog “Always Trust In Books”.

 

   1. Can you tell our readers about yourself and your blog?

I’m 28. Married with a family. I live in Norwich, UK. I love books, movies, TV and games. I read a huge variety of books from Fantasy to Non-fiction as I like to expand both my imagination and my knowledge. I attempt to read 4 books a week if I can. Running Always Trust In Books is important to me as I can explore my passion for reading and books in many different ways.

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 2. When did it first clicked to you that you need to have a Blog?

My friends and loved ones don’t read and I had so many books I wanted to talk about! I started looking around for a book club and saw reviews being shared on blogs. I started writing short reviews to see if I had the nack for it. It seems like I do because I have had a great time blogging ever since.

  3. Is blogging your profession or just a hobby?

Just an intellectual hobby for me. I enjoy it so much and it is a privilege to read new and upcoming releases from indie authors to big names. But I would never do it for money. I love the fact my blog is genuine and I worry any sort of financial influence may interfere with that.

4. What is the biggest difference in your life post-blogging?

I have so many books. An uncomfortable amount even for a book hermit like myself. I have 5 separate bookcases around the house. Plus many piles of books I have nowhere to store. I dropped 8 bags of books at the charity shop after Christmas and it didn’t even make a dent.

 5. Can you tell our readers about a few sources from where you get Books for review on your site?

I am incredibly lucky to be in contact with publishers like Penguin, Simon & Schuster, Gollancz and Titan Books who send me a steady supply of books. I also have the pleasure of interacting with many indies and self-published writers that I am able to support and promote where I can.

   6. What’s your take on sponsored reviews?

I don’t do them. I don’t have an issue with bloggers that do them. I am happy to accept a book in exchange for an honest review but that is as far as I go in terms of gaining from blogging.

   7. What do you think is the best social media strategy for getting more visitors to a blog?

WordPress can connect to a wide variety of social media platforms both when posting your reviews and when sharing other blog posts. I find that supporting your peers on WP and also on Twitter and Instagram can have an exceedingly positive influence on your own efforts.

 8. Do you have any specific goals for the rest of this year?

Read more books than last year. We had our second son in 2017 so things were pleasantly hectic in 2018 but life is calming down now so it would be great to hit the books hard again. I hope anyway.

 9. Can you name some of your favourite bloggers and explain why they are your favourites?

I have loads. Janel at Keeper of Pages is fantastic. Drew at The Tattooed Book Geek is a quality writer. Nikola at Breathing Through Pages has so much energy. Beth at Bibliobeth is my number one go to blogger, Beth is such a positive influence and is great fun to buddy read with. You don’t have to look very far to see talented bloggers who do great things for books.

10. If someone was interested in blogging, what would be a few things you would suggest?

Know your audience. Keep at it as blogging has a tricky learning curve at times. Don’t stick to one path, change it up as much as you can. Be genuine as readers will sense your passion and understanding. It adds an extra depth to your content.

Thanks, Stuart!

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Hope you all enjoyed reading. Do share your thoughts with me in the comment section below. I would love to listen from you about the interview. Happy reading!

 If you’re a book blogger yourself, and you’d like to be interviewed, follow this link to contact.

 

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