We’re rather selective about tags, but when Lashaan from the one and only Bookidote blog tagged us with this one (thanks!) we decided it’s interesting enough to participate 🙂
1) Where do you typically write your blog posts?
Ola: At my desk, where my computer usually resides 😉 It’s a very neat wooden desk by a large window, and having my back to everything else helps me to concentrate on the task at hand 🙂
Piotrek: My desk is where my computer resides always, as it’s a desk-top. This desk faces the entire room, becoming a kind of the bridge of the SS MyHome. Sometimes I call it my battlestation, I do some gaming here 😉 I also really need two screens, both at work and here, it’s just so much better than a one-screen setup, for any work with sources. Or just to watch YouTube while I pretend to work…
2) How long does it generally take you to write a book review?
Ola: Hmm, do we count the preparation time? 😉 I almost never write reviews right after reading a book, so the books usually stays with me for a while before I start writing. But the writing itself takes anywhere from 2 to 6 hours – the Two-shots definitely take more time than single posts, but are so much fun! The Witcher post took probably up to 8 hrs, but it was an exception.
Piotrek: It depends on the amount of research. 4-8 hours usually? I write slower than I used to in the university days, and I work more with number than words, so maintaining a blog is a great exercise, but also a challenge.
3) When did you start your book blog?
Long time ago! 😀
4) What is the worst thing about having a book blog in your opinion?
Ola: It’s all in the theory of alternative costs 😉 Time is the most precious resource to me, and blogging takes a lot of it.
Piotrek: Exactly. It eats time. Less than it used to, now that we compromise and post on an almost-weekly basis, but still a lot. I could read a few more books per year without it.
5) What is the best thing about having a book blog in your opinion?
Ola: The community of like-minded (at least in some aspects ;)) people and the opportunity to share one’s emotions and thoughts on books with others.
Piotrek: Yes, it’s fun, it’s educational, it gives me a sense of connection with like-minded individuals.
Also, it adds some discipline to my reading. I notice more details when I think how I would review what I read, even if the review never gets to be written.
The cost/benefit analysis clearly show we should continue with the thing!
6) What blog post have you had the most fun writing so far?
Ola: Tough question. Writing the Witcher post was definitely very entertaining and rewarding, and I expect the oncoming nostalgia posts to be lots of fun as well. Contrary to what some people think, I’m not overly happy writing very critical posts – I consider it my duty in the service to the community 😛
Piotrek: Yes, well, if you say so 😉 For me… Witcher is one of the favourite ones, certainly, and I definitely like our collaborations the most, co-authoring the post is fun!
Of the ones I wrote alone… it was fun to put my delights and frustrations with Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series into writing…
7) What is your favourite type of blog post to write?
Ola: Reviews; Two-shots specifically, for they let us preserve our usual banter on line, despite the real distance. I also like the art posts, but they are becoming quite rare to the time constraints.
Piotrek: Definitely the two-shots. Or reviews of books that impressed me strongly shortly before I started writing (in a good, or bad, way 😉 )
8) When do you typically write?
Ola: Late evenings and some rare quiet moments during the day.
Piotrek: Evenings mostly, I’m an office drone 5 days a week. Sometimes – weekends.
9) Do you review every book you read?
Ola: Absolutely not. That would be very difficult to achieve. My list of titles waiting for review gets longer every month, but I’m a firm adherent to the “quality over quantity” adage 😉
Piotrek: No, with my writing speed, I would have to seriously limit my reading. And recently I’m also reading quite a lot of Polish political books, too niche for Re-E.
10) How do you write your book reviews? With a cup of coffee or tea? With Netflix? Cuddled with your fur baby?
Ola: Tea, obviously 😉 Music in the background is very welcome, instrumental, classical, classic rock or soundtracks.
Piotrek: It’s winter, so I drink a king of tea-soup with raspberry syrup, honey, lemon and ginger. It warms me up and is supposed to keep me healthy, way too many colds this season. I drink plenty of coffee, but that’s before 6 PM. Occasionally, a good beer. Plenty to choose from these days!
My favourite mugs. The one on the bottom is 0.7l and quite a lot tea goes there. Batman keeps my coffee warm for a long time. And caption on the one with tortoises says “there are moments in a tortoise’s life, when you just have to punch someone in the face” I feel like that after writing a strong, negative review 😉
11) When do you write your book reviews? Right after finishing the books? Two weeks after finishing the book?
Ola: Usually long after finishing the book, a month or more.
Piotrek: Same here. With the way my schedule works, it’s usually a couple of weeks.
12) How often do you post?
Ola: Once a week or two weeks, depending how you count ;).
Piotrek: And it used to be precisely two posts per week, week after week. Unsustainable in the long run… but we pledge to continue, with reasonable regularity.
These were some interesting questions, and I hope they helped you understand us better 🙂 I see no need to nominate anybody, but I’d be happy to read the answers to these questions on any friendly blog!
Ola: We’re looking specifically at you, Chris and Maddalena, since Bookstooge has already been nominated 😉