YABC's Blogger Of The Month ~ Patricia Lopez (The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club)
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 Patricia @ The Unoffical Addiction Book Fan Club, YABC's Blogger Of The Month!!
YABC: Can you tell our readers about yourself and your blog?
I'm Patricia Lopez, book blogger and owner of The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club and also co-owner of The FFBC Tours. The first site is the website where I review and promote books by hosting blitzs, cover reveals, giveaways, etc. And the second one is the site I run along with Anasheh at A Reading Nurse where we organise tours for upcoming novels free of charge to help authors a little bit.
In my personal life, I am a recently graduated chemical engineer currently coursing a MSc in Biotechnology at University of Lincoln (UK) and I was born and raised in Spain. I love books so much I started blogging a couple of years ago. But I also go crazy over TV Shows, music, I love to dance and go out partying (uni life YAS!) and I love animals. Oh, and my friends always say I am a little crazy. But, and I quote, "good-crazy".
YABC: Describe how did you first get into blogging?
My blogging site was opened in April 2013 and I started with a friend from college, Rosario. We read so many books, all in english, and were so excited about them that we wanted to share our enthusiasm with someone else. It was always just us talking about books and we felt kind of lonely. Let's just say no one in Spain were reading the same books we did. So that's when we decided to open a website and try blogging about it; to make friends while discussing about books.
On the other hand, the FFBC Tours started as a way to help authors promote their books. We believe that authors do a fantastic job just by writing an story and that they should not be "as afraid" as some authors are about bloggers. It is also nice to be able to put the authors and bloggers in touch and show readers some aspects with the promotional posts to their stories that otherwise would not be possible.
YABC: What do you think is the best service a blogger can provide to his readers?
Honesty. I believe that book bloggers are a powerful source of information and can influence a lot of people just by their opinion. Myself as a reader, I have read a thousand times reviews of books on Goodreads and based on what they said, I would read it or not. Therefore, we have the “obligation” of being honest with ourselves and the people that follow us and truly put into words what we are thinking about a book. Because our opinion might help or not an author.
YABC: Who has impacted you most in blogging and how?
I have to say Once Upon a Twilight (http://www.onceuponatwilight.com), actually. Their website was the first one I found with my college friend when we decided starting blogging. In fact, they kind of “inspired us” to do the same. They have a beautifully set up website and they post daily about anything related to books.
They don’t really know about this, but I’m really proud that now they are part of our FFBC team J
There are others, obviously, but OUaT was worth mentioning first since we’ve never said anything to anyone about who inspired us to start “working” as a book blogger.
YABC: What was the most challenging moment in your blogging journey so far?
I thought that the most challenging moment as a blogger and owner of the FFBC Tours was last year: working two part-time jobs, finishing my undergraduate in Chemical Engineering and doing my final project, blogging, organising everything for the FFBC Tours and finding also a bit of free time to have a little of social life. However, I always said that the key was organisation and trying to find the time for everything.
Despite this, these past months I saw that, no matter how organise you are, doing everything I did last year but instead of pursuing an undergraduate degree doing a master is really complicated. However, this change is quite new, being in a new country and all that, but I am sure that I will be able to do everything once I have established a routine.
As a general thing, I would say that a challenging moment as a blogger is always the "getting people to know your site". You spent a lot of time trying to get the maximum outreach and get excited over every single new follower you get. But the process is stressful and frustrating sometimes. You try to be innovate, creative and "cool", but for me it was always the same: someone already thought about that "cool, innovative" idea before me.
I would like to mention that people sometimes forget that we do all this as a hobby, on our free time and we do not get payed to do it (which I am not saying we should, obviously). That is also a challenge for a blogger. I have found that some people do not respect each other or degrade other people's work with actions as plagiarism. I have not been a direct protagonist of either of these situations and I hope it stays that way, but I can see how that can affect someone and someone people do not know about this, do not care or simply ignore it.
YABC: What do you find the most frustrating aspect of blogging?
Editing and creating banners and stuff to make your blog "look nicer". It's not that I do not like doing it, but I spent a lot of time doing it. Time that I could use writing a review, reading a new book or organising a new tour. But everything that is easier for bloggers means spending money and I am, sadly, a poor university student living abroad. I definitely cannot afford to invest any money on my site.
YABC: Can you tell me some of your strengths that really helped you in blogging?
Well, I think that one of my strong points is that I am very organizer person and that really helps a book blogger with deadlines and setting up the posts. Plus, I am always trying to learn a bit more of HTML coding whenever I can to improve my website. Which is a bit much easier since I’ve done a bit of programming (to design reactors, but still) at university.
YABC: Tell me about your proudest achievement?
I might cheat right now, but I think it's worth mentioning two moments in my blogging career. The first I would say was hearing from a Tiffany, book tuber at About To Read, that some important publishing houses were asking at BEA 2016 about us, The FFBC Tours (how cool is that?). I could not believe what I was hearing. I felt so proud of all the hours invested working in the site that I almost cried.
The other is being seeing your site, either TUABFC or The FFBC Tours, mentioned in the acknowledgements of a book. It is amazing that an author recognises your support, your help and your work to the point of including you in that special section of a book. I remember that the first time my site was mentioned in a site was in Kresley Cole's. I was amazed by that because I truly loved the story and went all over the place creating book playlists, dream casts, etc. aside from my review. So let's just say that I worked really hard and seeing that was like winning a Nobel Prize for me *sorta hehe*.
YABC: Where would you like to be in blogging five years from now?
I would like to have found some stability in my life. Finished my MSc, found a good job related to what I studied and have some extra time to keep up with the blogging life. We have a big announcement coming up in the FFBC Tours that will definitely help me achieve that J (You guys will soon know!).
YABC: Can you name some of your favorite bloggers and explain why they are your favorites?
To be honest, I follow a lot of websites. I think that as a book blogger is nice to help other fellow book bloggers by reading their work and following their sites (You should see my inbox right now…).
- Once Upon a Twilight (http://www.onceuponatwilight.com), for what I mentioned before.
- Oops! I Read a Book Again (http://www.oopsireadabookagain.com), because I’ve always liked her reviews and she does a lot of authors’ interviews.
- Cuddlebuggery (http://cuddlebuggery.com): they have an amazing web design and the content itself is exclusive.
I could keep going but these three are the ones I always check regularly.
THANK YOU Patricia for all your hard work and dedication to the blogging 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!!!