hi!! it has been 3 years since I started ‘a whisper of ink’. It honestly doesn’t feel like it has been that long? But I’m intensely grateful to have this platform and for me to have readers who care?? about what I say?? Wild!! (ignore how this post is a day late) I asked you guys for questions and…well let’s just say this post is nearly 3000 words. Sorry its so long!!
how has your outlook on blogging changed in 3 years?
Honestly, I could write a whole post about this!! But to sum up:
- I don’t need to be extra “funny” in my posts and instead just write like a normal human and not be cringey!
- Posting the content that you want to post >>>>
- I know everyone says this but BE YOURSELF. It’s so easy to try and copy other people’s successful blogs so you can be successful yourself and I feel like I fell into this trap when I first started out but trust me!! It is much better to discover your OWN writing voice and make your blog a personalised space. Side note: just because you like the look of someone’s blog graphics or featured images, make your own and don’t copy their ideas.
- Putting your energy into things beside blogging is OKAY. blogging isn’t the be all end all.
recent favorite bloggers?
What is your favorite thing about book blogging?
BEING FAMOUS!!! Okay but like, if you just look at book blogging and not other platforms (*cough* twitter) this can be such a friendly place! Also, the other day I was thinking about how many books I would have NEVER read if it wasn’t for blogging…I would have probably never have read ari and dante…that makes me so UPSET. Genuinely so many of my favourite books…I would not have read them. I would still be reading my bland library books like Carry On by Racist Rowell or The Thousandth Floor,,, both which I’ve never read thanks to blogging.
what advice would you give a new book blogger?
I feel like i’ve already said this but don’t try and copy what other bloggers are doing!! I feel like it takes time to find your writing voice so its okay if you feel like you’re not coming across as genuine at first but it will take time. Also blog hop! Find other bloggers and interact! Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to follow a schedule or anything either.
What are some things that you really DON’T like about blogging?
Having to like,,, actually write posts. Also I don’t really do this anymore but just comparing myself to other blogger’s and how many comments and likes they’re getting, and then feeling jealous and sad.
Are there any books you read specifically because of book blogging?
Nearly all of them!! Some are influenced by people in real life but most of my TBR is influenced by hype + online friend recommendations.
if you could blog about something that’s not books, what would the topic be?
Probably just a lifestyle blog about fashion (when I’m rich), food, school and nature things!!
blogging things you’d like to do in the next year?
To be honest, I’ve lost my ambitions when it comes to blogging. I really, really don’t care about stats that much, or follower counts. But I do care about writing posts I love! The only authentic answer I can give is write content I’m super proud of.
If you could go back in time, would you not start your blog?
While I regret some things in my blogging career, and while I don’t always love it, I’m so glad for blogging because of all the free books (lmao), book recommendations and friends!!
Who are your blogging friends?
do your in-real-life friends & family know about your blog?
My In real life friends don’t know about my blog and I plan to keep it that way. My family know about my blog but don’t read it (I hope)
How could I ask my parents about getting arcs?
Oh my, this is giving me genuine flashbacks to when I was SOOO anxious about asking my mum about ARCs. Honestly there is not much to worry about! You are getting FREE BOOKS who is going to complain? My mum was kind of just like “yeah, sure.” Try and explain what they are or you could just mumble something about free books (what i did) and hopefully your parents won’t have a problem? Good luck! (Psst here’s a post on how to get ARCs that I wrote!)
how do i become ur friend bc i admire u and ur blog sm but im lowkey scared to strike up a conversation and do anything lmao help me!!! Please!!
This is genuinely such a sweet message ❤ You can DM me on twitter or insta and I will reply! Most friendships just develop naturally so if you comment on my blog/reply to my tweets then I can get to know you. You may feel like you’re annoying but promise you’re not!!! I will be your friend!!!
A trope you love to see in books?
DON’T GET ME STARTED!!! There’s only one bed trope? Enemies to lovers trope? Fake dating trope? Man, they all slap so HARD!!! I’m planning to do a favourite romance tropes + recommendation posts soon!! (I’ve been meaning to do this…FOREVER but i’m lazy)
a guilty pleasure book?
Every book blogger on the earth: “I don’t believe in guilty pleasure reads we should all be able to love books without any guilt or shame”
Me: yeah, EXACTLY
But if you mean like a really trashy/tropey book then *looks at notes* I HAVE LOADS. There’s so many like shatter me and caraval…But for the most recent Serpent & Dove. Terrible book, but man,,,,, THE ROMANCE.
What song fits perfectly with your favourite book?
Favourite BOOK…not plural? I mean… Ari and Dante…Boys Will be Bugs by Cavetown is one that comes to mind instantly. Also Ribs by Lorde very much conveys the same sadness and loneliness that the book does.
if you were to choose a fictional character most similar to you, who would it be?
I think I’d say I’m most like Ari from Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of the Universe. There’s just…so much I could say about how much Ari’s character means to me…but we’d be here all day and I would be writing an essay. So, Ari is very bad at dealing with affection, lies to himself a lot and is very sad.
Also there’s a scene where he’s with Dante and there’s a line that says “A thought came into my head that I hated Dante” or something like that,, AND I CANNOT EXPLAIN WHY THAT LINES MEANS THINGS TO ME BUT IT DOES.
did your love for reading start as a child, and if so, what books shaped it?
Yes! I read loads as a child and the Secret Seven books (and other Enid Blyton novels) got me into reading!
If you could visit one fictional world for a week, which one would it be and what would you do?
The Night Circus sounds like the most MAGICAL place ever. The Starless Sea as well. Basically Erin Morgenstern writes the most beautiful intoxicating settings and I want to live between the pages of her books.
how many books do you own?
I own about 80 books (sorry I couldn’t be bothered to count)
Which book would you like to rewrite from start to finish?
The first book that came to mind was Finale by Stephanie Garber. This book had its moments (that I loved) but I would have loved to just really edit this book and make it seem more finished because what I read felt like a second draft.
if you were on a vacation for 4 weeks and could only take 1 book with you, what would the book be?
AGH THAT’S SO HARD. I think I’d either take You Deserve Each Other to FEEL HAPPY or Ari and Dante to FEEL SAD. Both books I could never tire of reading.
If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, which would it be? (i know, a super unfair question)
YEAH UR RIGHT THIS IS UNFAIR. But, predictably I would go with Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of The Universe…because my favorite book of all time. Characters bring me joy. Every line is like “YES.” Perfection.
what’s something that’s made you happy recently?
This happened right at the beginning of july…but uhm aristotle and dante book 2…is finished!! The author tweeted that he finished the draft and sent it to his agent and honestly this made me so overwhelmed.
what would you like to do in the future? (future jobs, uni degree/apprenticeship etc)
Well I’m going into sixth form soon, and I’m a bit unsure of my subjects that I’m taking. I’m hoping to do something computing related in university but at this point, I’m very unsure!
favourite tv shows/films
BBC Merlin is my favourite show of all time just because it brings back a lot of nostalgia for me and also, its such a good show. I have a few problems with it sometimes (*cough* Morgana’s character development* cough) but MERLIN AND ARTHUR! The love they have for each other is my favourite thing in the entire world. Also, when i rewatched this, I genuinely cried every 2 episodes. I am an emotional fragile mess!! Some of my other fave shows:
unpopular opinion that is not book-related?
Bold of you to assume I have nuanced opinions on anything outside of books. Anyways, its time for me to come out and say I think Riverdale is a FANTASTIC show.
I think Riverdale is terrible and stopped watching mid season 2 but sometimes I think of that Betty and Jughead scene where they both randomly start aggressively “singing” and am glad I never continued.
Also have you seen KJ Apa’s Tik Toks?
All this talk is because I am avoiding the question because I CAN’T THINK OF ANYTHING. Brain = blank. I will say there are these waffle things my mum buys (They’re called like belgian waffles or something?) and I think they ARE TERRIBLE. Other people in my family like them! I don’t. I hate the flavour and texture of them greatly. *shivers*
what’s your favourite thing about your culture?
If you didn’t know I am a british-pakistani. I don’t think I’m that invested in my culture a lot just because I live in Britain and don’t feel that connected with it? I feel so bored if I say “the food is great” because that’s what EVERYONE says about their culture. But I think the clothes and dresses can look so pretty sometimes!!
what’s an interest you have that’s completely unrelated to books/reading?
I wish I did something interesting like sport or playing an instrument But I do really love to code even though I don’t do a lot of it and am at a pretty amateur level of it. It’s just a lot of fun for me! I also really like fashion (which is very very new to me)? But I don’t have the money to invest in my own style properly but I find it very interesting? I enjoy baking as well! And by that I mean I make chocolate chip cookies for my family from time to time.
Do you think that aliens exist?
I mean i think so…like the universe is huge and constantly expanding…and we’ve explored barely anything. It would be weird if we were the only sentient beings to ever exist??
If magic was real, what spell would you try to learn first?
How to fly!! That would be exciting. Or how to teleport – that would be so awesome!!
What music are you listening to? (drop your poison 👀)
I listen to a lot of music!! I’m starting to get into Clairo and Phoebe Bridges because everyone seems to love their music and I love what I’ve heard so far. I have way too many songs I want to list so let me just drop a spotify playlist with some of my all time favourite songs.
What’s your zodiac sign and do you think it fits? (Why/why not/ what traits are spot on)
I AM A GEMINI. As for traits i’m just gonna click on the first website and see what I think is accurate.
- affectionate, curious, adaptable, ability to learn quickly and exchange ideas, nervous, inconsistent, indecisive, dislikes being confined.
- Gemini likes: Music, books, short trips around the town
- Expressive and quick-witted, Gemini represents two different personalities in one and you will never be sure which one you will face.
- sociable, communicative and ready for fun, with a tendency to suddenly get serious, thoughtful and restless.
- fascinated with the world itself, extremely curious, with a constant feeling that there is not enough time to experience everything they want to see.
- often have a feeling that their other half is missing, so they are forever seeking new friends, mentors, colleagues and people to talk to.
Things i like to think are true: Gemini’s changeable and open mind makes them excellent artists, especially writers and journalists. This is a versatile, inquisitive, fun loving sign, born with a wish to experience everything there is out there, in the world. This makes their character inspiring, and never boring.
I disagree: gentle, likes magazines, chats with nearly anyone (I AM ANXIOUS BEAN), dislikes being alone (in some ways, yeah but No?), dislikes repetition and routine (no i miss school)
what’s something interesting about you that most people don’t know?
:(( i’m BORING.
People are so mulit-faceted and I feel like being online means you can’t properly convey your personality. I like the feeling of being sleep-deprived. I am scared of video calls. Biscuits dipped in tea is heaven and yes, I’m british. I love to act even though I’m terrible at it. I take blurry, dim-lit selfies at 2am to feel alive. Some people call me “rebellious.” at school, though I’m not really, but I’m definitely…not someone who follows the rules. I am really loud in real life!! That doesn’t mean I talk a lot, just that people say i’m loud?? I love debating. Truly, there is more I could say about my life but I feel like a lot my life needs to say off the internet so I hope that gave you some insight.
if you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
At the moment, couscous is my new obsession. Potatoes also, because they are so versatile.
what’s your favorite thing to bake?
As if I bake anything but cookies?
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Oh yeah got to love that interview-style question! In 10 years I’ll be 26. That’s honestly TERRIFYING to think about (the future is scary, okay). I mean the dream is to live in a cottage in the countryside with someone I love and we have cats and we go on nature walks every evening and watch the sunset and breathe in the evening air. That’s the dream!! Realistically, I hope I will have got a degree and a job and perhaps be living in an apartment. But life is unpredictable and things can change in the span of a second!
How are you?
Okay two people asked this and *tears up* I’m…okay. I wouldn’t say I’m doing terrible, but I’m not exactly BURSTING WITH HAPPINESS. I’m a bit stressed about a few things happening in my life right now and my lack of motivation to do things. Also Results Day is soon and I am: scared, but excited.
Avatar The Last Air Bender Related Questions
5-word thoughts on atla characters
Okay i can’t do the five word thoughts thing but i’ll keep these short!
- suki – LOVE OF MY LIFE!!
- Azula – best lady villain me thinks!
- Ty Lee – stop being so cute!
- Mai – break up with your boyfriend YUH YUH CUS HE’S MINE ❤
- Katara – best waterbender ever i love you!
- Sokka – How are you so funny and CUTE?
- Aang – smol adorable little EGG
- Zuko(‘s collarbones) – marry me
why do you love zuko so much?
*clears throat* I JUST THINK HE’S NEAT. To refrain myself from being too wild, I didn’t like Zuko much at first but I think (and everyone else thinks) that his redemption arc is so so well-done. Zuko makes very difficult decisions throughout the series and him becoming “good” causes so much pain for him. His character development feels so natural, the entire “transformation” is dealt with such nuance and makes it so believable and enjoyable to see. Also he’s so socially awkward and stupid sometimes and that’s what I LOVE about him. And his relationship with Iroh is the most wholesome, beautiful thing I have ever witnessed!! As you can see, I could go on forever about why I love Zuko.
Also, his collarbones.
thoughts on zutara ;))
My feelings keep changing about this. People who say Kataang came out of nowhere are wrong because their development is actually really sweet and slow and Aang, in many episodes, wants to tell Katara how he feels about her. But honestly, sometimes I watch Zutara edits and think…wow, they would’ve been such a power couple. So! I feel a bit conflicted. What i will say is that after the final agni kai, when zuko thanks katara…they should’ve kissed. THAT’S ALL I’LL SAY.
If you made it to the end of this post, WELL DONE. It was SO LONG but I felt like it was needed because I haven’t ever done a q&a on this blog before!! I’m curious, how intimidating am I? What are some of your answers to these questions? How long have you been blogging?