Today, bloggers participating in BBAW have been paired up to interview each other and get answers to all our burning questions! I was so glad to be partnered with Kelly from The Well-Read Redhead, because I’ve long enjoyed following her reviews and other features. Be sure to visit Kelly’s blog today as well to learn some fascinating facts about me. 🙂
I’ll start with the obvious: Who are you and where are you blogging from? How do you spend your time when you’re not in the blogosphere?
I’m Kelly, 32 year old wife and stay-at-home mom to two little boys. My past (and likely future?) career is in higher education administration, but for now I’m happy to be home with my ruffians. 🙂 We live in the great white north of Rochester, NY, but I grew up in Connecticut.
When I’m not blogging (or parenting!), I’m reading, running, practicing yoga, scrapbooking, enjoying the outdoors, and brainstorming vacations with my husband (we love to travel, though we are sticking to kid-friendly destinations these days!). Oh, and I’m drinking wine. Lots of that. 🙂
What do you value most about reading and blogging?
I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t love reading. There’s certainly the escapist part of it (love being transported into someone else’s story…what a great way to relax after a crazy day), but reading is also such a wonderful way to gain an understanding and respect for other people’s experiences. I did well in school and have two college degrees, but being an avid reader (of both fiction and nonfiction) has been a major part of my education as well, even if self-directed.
As for blogging–I think many of us agree that one of the best things about reading is sharing the experience with others! Blogging about books has been a wonderful outlet for that, and I love all my book blogger friends. I’m also finding similar camaraderie in the running blogger community, which I love.When I started the blog in 2012, I posted more frequently, but even though my posts are more spread out now, I don’t feel any less connected to my fellow bloggers, thanks to conversations on their blogs and other areas of social media.
What’s the latest book you read that got you really excited, and why?
The last one I finished and gushed about was The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins. That one totally took me by surprise and blew me away! I should also mention that I’m currently reading What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty, not done yet but can’t remember the last time I was this glued to the page!
You started “The Well-Read Runner” as a temporary feature, and then kept it going because you liked it so much. What do you particularly enjoy about this aspect of your blog?
I started my running posts because I wanted to track my training for my second half marathon, and keep myself accountable by checking in via a public forum. However, once the race ended, I realized my blog had been enlivened as new running-blogger friends began to appear alongside my reading-blogger friends in the comments section. I’d been struggling for a while with how to keep my blog fresh (hard to do when you’ve been at it more than a few years), and this felt perfect. Why give up a feature that I had such fun writing? And honestly, though my love of running is not nearly as long-standing as my love of reading, I sure do like sharing it just as much. 🙂
Has your blog changed direction in any other ways over the years? Do you have any wishes or goals for the future?
I’d say the running feature has been the only significant change in terms of topic. I was pretty solely book focused before that. The only other major change has been in the frequency of my posting. When I started in 2012, I was still working part time and only had 1 kiddo at home. Since then, we’ve moved (from Albany to Rochester), I quit my job, and my second son was born…so my blogging frequency has had a lot of peaks and valleys. That worried me at first, but I finally realized that even when I disappeared for a while, my dedicated readers stuck around…and really, I’ve never been all about the page hits anyway. I started blogging to share something that I love, and that’s what I want to keep doing. My only wish for the future is that I can keep it from getting boring around here, and that I can maybe, hopefully, eventually attend BEA! Long standing dream!
What’s one fun fact about you that readers wouldn’t know from your blog?
I road tripped to the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 with two of my cousins, and it started my long-standing obsession with the Olympics. Can’t wait to take our boys one day!!