Welcome to YABC's monthly special feature post,
Blogger Of The Month!!
Each month YABC will be interviewing a different blogger and highlight all of their hard work within the blogging community!!
Introducing Katie @ Mundie Moms, YABC's Blogger Of The Month!!
YABC: Can you tell our readers about yourself and your blog?
Thank you so much for having me today. Hi everyone! I'm Katie. I'm a wife and mom of 2 kids, and one furry baby. I'm also a substitute teacher for K-12th grade. I love it. I'm also an avid promoter of kid & YA books. I'm the founder of Mundie Moms, and Mundie Kids, as well as a reviewer on both of my sites. Mundie Moms is my YA book review site, and Mundie Kids is my children's books, and Middle Grade book review site.
YABC: Describe how did you first get into blogging?
I got into blogging towards the end of being apart of and helping run a site called Twilight Moms, which was back before all the Twilight books and movies were out. Through that site I met was amazing women, and through Stephenie's books I rediscovered my love of reading. She's also the one who introduced me to Cassie's City of Bones. After I read it, and then City of Ashes, I knew I wanted to start a site where I could talk about and promote other YA books, along site the TMI series. The rest is history. That was eight years ago... wow, time sure has flown by. It's been an incredible journey.
YABC: What do you think is the best service a blogger can provide to his readers?
I think the most important service bloggers can provide to their readers is honest content, and just be yourself. Never be afraid to post about the things you love, and don't love. Especially when it comes to books. If you are being true to yourself with your content, and being honest with how you feel about a book (whether you loved it or hated it), your readers will appreciate it. Whether you see it or not, you offer a unique voice that your readers recognize.
YABC: How do you want to improve yourself in the next year?
One of things I'm trying to improve one is branching out a bit more with genre reviews. I really want to do more diverse in my reviews. I'm a huge fantasy fan, but I've been incorporating more contemporary and some Sci-Fi into my reading piles, as well as more historicals, which I'm also a sucker for.
YABC: What was the most challenging moment in your blogging journey so far?
To be honest, it's been the moments of overcoming self doubt, and wondering if I can still make the time to keep doing something I love. I've had so many talks with Sophie over the years about this. Without her advice, and her listening ear, I don't know how I'd have gotten through it all. She's been a huge help for me. This may seem silly, but also being states apart from my BFF, whom if we lived closer together, we could do book videos, and go book shopping together, and do all the bookish things we always say we'd do if only we weren't separated by so many states.
YABC: What do you find the most frustrating aspect of blogging?
Never having enough time to read all the books, write all the reviews, and promote all the things I always have on my never ending to do list. I have a list of reviews I still need to write for both of my blogs as I'm writing this, and I'm trying to figure out how I can possibly get that done tonight, and finish a book I need to review for later this week. See... I NEED MORE TIME. lol
YABC: Can you tell me some of your strengths that really helped you in blogging?
Great question. This is hard to answer. I think one of the things is I've never tried to be or do anything that wasn't me. There's a lot of amazing, creative content out there, and sometimes it's hard not having the nicest looking blog, or the most amazing pictures in my posts or on instagram, or wishing I could be more creative. The other is knowing my limits. I used to go, go, go with the blog, until I realized I couldn't. It's not a race or a contest. Sometimes there will be a lot of posts up in a week, and sometimes there will be a few. Real life exists outside of blogging, not the other way around. Never feel guilty for doing what you can. I've also learned that sometimes it's not about how many reviews you have up, but the quality of the post content that matters.
YABC: Tell me about your proudest achievement?
Oooh this is a hard question, because I have a couple things that came to mind at the same time. One is fulfilling a childhood goal of mine of somehow seeing my name in a published book. Throughout the last eight years, I've been so blessed to have blurbs on books, and even be acknowledged in a few books. It's such a humbling thing every time I see that. It always gets me teary eyed. The other thing is having a blog that's been around for 8 years now. I am always so grateful to readers who take time out of their busy lives to stop by MMs and MKs. The last one is moderating, and helping out at book signings for Cassandra Clare and a few other author friends. I love moderating, and I've moderated at book festivals, book signings, and especially BEA this last year, during Book Con. That was a huge dream of mine to be able to do, and it was so much fun. I had blast moderating for Tor Teen. This last week I moderated an amazing panel at the North Texas Teen Book Festival (which is why I'm late sending this to you. Sorry). It was so much fun to be back there. I love this book festival.
YABC: How do you manage time to run your blog efficiently?
To be honest, most the time I feel like I don't, especially if I'm teaching a lot that week. If I didn't have my calendar, and never ending to do list, I don't know how I'd even get by. Most of the time I feel like I'm not doing the best job at blogging, because I don't always have the time, but some how I try and squeeze in time to do it, even it's just sharing book pictures on Instagram. The most important thing is having a friend, who is just as busy as me, there to not only lean on, but help when I need it. I don't know what I'd do without Sophie's help. She'll deny it, and say she don't do anything (ha-beat you to it Sophie), but she does more than she thinks she does.
Thank you so much for having me!
THANK YOU Mundie Moms for all your hard work and dedication to the blogging/booktubing community and thank you for taking time out to allow us to interview you and share your thoughts with all of our readers!!! Keep up the good work and looking forward to all of your future posts!!!