During 2012, I’m trying to highlight a few bloggers in the romance blogosphere just in case you all were looking for more resources for book recommendations. Today we are featuring Wicked Little Pixie. I’ve heard Natasha and Sara are from Canada but their blogging pals cover the rest of the U.S. with Pamela from Texas and Julie from Michigan.
1) When did you first start blogging?
I started blogging way back in the My Dear Diary days back in the mid 90’s, then moved to LiveJournal & Xanga before finally settling on WordPress in last 2008. That’s when I made my blog 95% book related, prior to that there would be scattered book chat but nothing as concrete and focused as what we do now.
2) What inspired you to blog?
Obvious answer aside (my love of reading), it was meeting a random woman at my first book singing (Sherrilyn Kenyon). This woman told me about all sorts of books I’d never even heard of because she had found them on book blogs. I was shocked, a blog 100% dedicated to talking about books. Count me in!
3) Describe what your blog does now?
When I changed to the all books format, it was strictly paranormal romance and urban fantasy reviews. Now we do YA, some erotica, contemporary and horror. Just reading the same genres and talking about them back to back to back takes a toll on you. We also do interviews, host guest bloggers and author tours and of course giveaways. Then we have rants, which are always fun to do and a lot of fun to interact in the comments with.
4) What is your favorite feature on your blog?
We have a feature that’s sort of random, where we speak to musicians about books. I’m a huge music fan, with extremely eclectic tastes. So bringing two things I love so much together and having it turn out to be so much fun has been pretty awesome. We’ve had Henry Rollins, Bono of U2 and lots local bands.
5) What is the best thing about blogging?
The community without a doubt is one of the best things about blogging. I have maybe two “real life” friends who read the genres I do, and no one that reads at my pace, so it was hard to connect with friends in terms of reading. I love being able to read a book with another blogger or reader at the same time, to share the WTF and OMG moments. Plus, I feel like we’re sort of a family now. I know blogger babies, birthdays, break ups and marriages and names of pets. We rally together as a dysfunctional family to offer support and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
6) What is the worst thing?
I’d have to say, the community is also the worst thing about blogging. We tend to jump first and ask questions after, most of the time it’s really something that in the grand scheme of things doesn’t matter to us but we pitchfork. We are very protective of each other, which is great but some times it goes just a bit overboard.
7) If you had the money, what would be the one thing you would hire someone to do for your blog?
Without a doubt if I had the money, the first thing I would do would be to hire someone to format all our blog posts! I absolutely detest the amount of time it takes to format each individual blog post to get it ready to publish. Especially when I have to not only do mine, but the rest of the ladies!
8) How do you encourage or foster commenting?
We’re quite simple, if you comment we will reply. I notice most of our reviews never have any comments, so at least once every couple of weeks we’ll post something (a rant – http://wickedlilpixie.com/
9) What is the one book that you are excited about this year?
Endgame by Ann Aguirre, give it to me NOW!