YABC's Blogger Of The Month ~ Caden Armstrong (A Thousand Books To Read)
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 Caden @ A Thousand Books To Read, YABC's Blogger Of The Month!!
Hello Book Nerds! My name is Caden Armstrong, I am sixteen and a Junior in High school. I have an unhealthy obsession with books! I got into reading when I was thirteen and fell in love with the book community as a whole. My channel is based mostly around the book world, but I will sometimes talk about things that aren't bookish. I have a passion for books and this is my outlet! My favorite genres are fantasy and historical fiction and I love getting new recommendations all the time!
YABC: Can you tell our readers about yourself and your blog?
Hi! My name is Caden Armstrong, I’m 16 almost 17 years old. I have a blog on Youtube called A Thousand Books To Read and an Instagram called @athousandbookstoread where… wait for it… can you guess what i talk about? Yep Books! I also do skits, and talk about movies! I am a competitive gymnast as well and that is my other life outside of the amazing book world!
YABC: Describe how did you first get into blogging?
I first got into blogging in 2014. I had just found Book Tube and the book world, and I was in awe. One day, I was talking to a friend’s mom about books and what Book Tube was; and she was like, “Caden, you should start your own channel!” From there it was stuck in my brain, and I decided to start it up so that I could share my own opinions and love for books.
YABC: What type of networking do you think is better to enhance your traffic to the blog?
Usually people love watching hauls or book tags! I also find that skits and anything to do with my bookshelves brings in a lot of people to my blog! The best thing to do on YouTube and Instagram is to be active and participate in the community because the handles and channels that you see and watch are actually real people! (I know shocking! lol) and getting to know people and making friends is a great way to spread your influence but also make amazing and new friends!
YABC: What do you think is the best service a blogger can provide to his readers?
I think the best service a blogger can give is their true and honest opinion. Readers and viewers come to your blog to hear what YOU have to say, so it is always important to be true to yourself and how you feel about something.
YABC: What do you think is the best strategy that worked well for you to get more traffic to your blog?
I think one of the best things for me is to post about it more on my Instagram because I have a much larger following on Instagram than I do on YouTube. Another is to comment on and post things that people will search for often. If your video comes up on a search bar, they are more likely to click on it! :)
YABC: How do you want to improve yourself in the next year?
My goal this year is to grow my channel more! I have focused a lot in the past on growing my Instagram community, and this year for me is to really focus on my channel! I really want to not stress as much about content and really enjoy what I am putting out there and do what I love, which is talking about books!
YABC: Who has impacted you most in blogging and how?
The two people that impacted me most were the two bloggers who I first started watching, Sasha Alsberg from Abookutopia and Christine Riccio from PolandbananasBooks. I have had the awesome opportunity to hang out with both of them, and they are very sweet! The voices that they put out there and how they use their channels to promote amazing things is awesome and inspiring. I also love how they have opened up the book community to more people and have contributed so much to it! I am really thankful for that!
YABC: What was the most challenging moment in your blogging journey so far?
I think my most challenging part is the time stress. I am in high school and am naturally a very busy person, and sometimes I can get overwhelmed with posts or what I have to do for promotions. But in the end it is all worth it because I love what I do.
YABC: What do you find the most frustrating aspect of blogging?
I think one of the hardest things is that it can be frustrating when you are making content you love and it isn’t being seen. Also when you are not taken seriously in a community. I have had both happen to me, and the thing that helps most is to take a step back and realize that I am not doing this for fame or fortune but because i love books. And I want to put my content out into the world no matter if anyone sees it or not, just because I love it.
YABC: What do you think is the best social media strategy for getting more visitors to a blog?
I think the best social media strategy right now in society is to get an Instagram account because more people follow on that platform than on any other. Twitter helps as well; and if you can use those platforms to help promote your blog, it helps a lot.
YABC: Can you tell me some of your strengths that really helped you in blogging?
I think one of my strengths in my blogging is my passion and love for the subject, books. I also have a huge personality that I love to show to the camera, and I like to think that people enjoy it! ;)
YABC: Tell me about your proudest achievement?
My proudest achievements so far in my blogging career have been the amazing authors that I have gotten to interview! This past year, I got to interview some amazing authors, including Leigh Bardugo, Kami Garcia, Romina Russell, Michael Dante DiMartino, and coming up I will have an interview with C.J. Redwine! It has been so much fun corresponding with these authors! I love getting to know them and their books better!
YABC: How do you manage time to run your blog efficiently?
I read this question and laughed so hard. I am terrible at managing my time, haha. Usually what I do is I have my mom or a friend help me map out what is due or what I need to post about each month; and then I plan out from there the general time that I need to post, etc. But usually things go up when they are done and ready or when I feel like it. I am very sporadic about when I upload a video onto YouTube; however, on Instagram I am way more organized and post about twice a day. One of the things that helps me the most is lists. I also create a calendar for just books and my channel so that I don’t get lost or confused.
YABC: Where would you like to be in blogging ?
I usually don’t set subscriber or follower goals. So I would say that I want my blog to be my business. I want to be reaching people, and I want to have a fun and healthy place where people can come to read about and talk about books. It is always a goal to be a huge influence in the community, and it would be an honor to be one.
YABC: Can you name some of your favorite bloggers and explain why they are your favorites?
Some of my favorite bloggers — Sasha Alsberg, I love her love for books and she always connects with her viewers so well. Another is Christine from PolandBananasBooks. I love her energy and excitement about what she is talking about and she also gives amazing reviews and dives deep into story structure. I really love Emma from EmmaBooks because she always brings a unique and interesting perspective to familiar topics and she always makes me think differently after a new video. Another favorite is Natasha from Tashoplis. I love how diverse her channel is and how she can relate to so many different people. And then, lastly, another favorite is one of my best friends, Jesy over at Jesy Elyse, because her content is always so in depth and she does amazing book/make-up looks. All of these YouTubers bring a smile to my face when I watch their videos, and they are all very inspirational to me as a blogger. They are amazing people!
THANK YOU Caden 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!!!