The Compulsive Reader: Q&A 5

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Q&A 5

Q: Why don't you do IMM? (In My Mailbox)

A: The short answer is that I am lazy and that it would take a lot of time and work.

The longer answer to that is a little more complicated. I'm certainly not against it, but it's not for me. If you're a frequent reader, you've noticed that I usually update daily, and that lately I've not been updating quite as frequently. That would be because I work and go to school full time. It's actually incredibly hard to blog daily--besides the time constraint of putting a blog post together (it takes me usually about a minimum of 30 minutes per post, but usually longer), there's also the pressure of constantly generating material. I won't lie--it sometimes gets stressful, and those are the times when I have to remind myself that blogging is fun, and not work.

So, you'd think that doing IMM would be something I could check off my list--once a week, do an IMM, done. But...IMM isn't mine. It's not my idea, it's not my feature. The two ladies who came up with it are generous enough to let lots of other bloggers use the name and the idea, and I know a lot of other people really enjoy it, so that's great.

Like there are lots of different books and readers, there are lots of different book bloggers. No two book blogs are alike. We all have our own voices, opinions, and ways of doing things. This is just mine.

Q: I saw on an earlier Q&A that you're taking a lot of literature classes. What are you reading? :)

A: So far, I've read In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, re-read "King Lear" by the Bard, Hell's Angels by Hunter S. Thompson, lots of Emily Dickinson, and too many Walt Whitman poems. I just started re-reading "Romeo and Juliet" and I'm going to being diving into some Kate Chopin later this afternoon.

Q: I just wanted to let you know that I really liked your blog, but ever since you started posting ads, I think that they just really have ruined it. I wish you'd stop.

A: Ouch. Let's take a moment and observe the ruination.

They look pretty harmless to me. I am sorry that they bother you.

When it comes to accepting ads on the site, I sell through Blogads, which does an awesome job at letting me approve the ads that get placed, and lets me reject ones I deem inappropriate or just obnoxious. I know that you guys aren't on the blog to see what I'm advertising in the sidebar, and I appreciate that. But, sometimes the ads I have are things that I also like, and I think you'll like too. So, if you click on them, it's a win-win situation!

The other thing to remember is that uh, running my blog isn't exactly free. I have to pay for domain space, and I pay for almost all of the contests here (prizes, shipping, etc.). Some months that kinda is beyond my college student/part time bookseller budget. Now I could choose to not do contests, but that's something I enjoy doing, so I don't. So, if you can endure a few ads in the sidebar, I can give you some opportunities to win cool books. Cool?

Q: What's your middle name?

A: Ruth.

Leave me questions in the comments, or email me at thecompulsivereader@gmail.com!


Dawn said...

I understand the IMM thing. I've got my own reasons for staying away from that one.

Anonymous said...

I gotta be honest and say that I only do IMM when I have nothing else to post, so I do one about every six weeks or so. LOL

And you know, I hadn't actually noticed the adds much, so I'll say they are cool! :D

Farah @ Broken Penguins said...

I did the IMM thing once and it didn't feel quite right for my blog. I find the posts that are easiest to write just feel right when you're putting them together. And those are usually the ones that get the most responses. I'd like to do another IMM post but with my own twist...

Your ads don't bother me but I used to have a Firefox add-on that got rid of all ads. It was fantastic for getting sites to load faster.

Melanie said...

I do IMM's occasionally, especially IMM vlogs. You're right, they're simple to do, and I always like seeing what people get. I find a lot of new books that way.

I read in a previous Q&A that you love Rebecca. Me too! Did you see the 1997 version? It was creepy!