Tuesday, February 14, 2012

1/2 Dozen for Melissa of i swim for oceans

The NEW Feature: The Blogger's 1/2 Dozen

What's this now? Well, Baggott is turning the tables and here's the back story.

While on this mad blog tour, a simple realization hit me. I read interviews of novelists by bloggers all the time, but when have I ever read an interview of a blogger by a novelist? (Maybe I just don't get out in the blogosphere enough.) As soon as I had this thought, a bunch of questions for bloggers appeared in my head.

At the heart of it all, I wanted to know who the people are who've changed the way we hear about books, talk about books, and create online communities around literature. Bloggers surely have done that. It's nothing short of a revolution.

And so I've reached out to some prominent book bloggers with a list of questions from which they each will choose six to answer. And here we are with our VERY FIRST for this new feature ... the beloved book blogger, Melissa from: www.iswimforoceans.com.


How does your persona as a blogger differ from your own personal identity?

I really like this question because I’ve found that there are two completely differing opinions on this. There are those bloggers who choose a new identity or anonymity in the blogosphere, and there are those who use their blog to put forth a true reflection of who they are. I actually struggled this when I first started blogging. I didn’t know if I was trying to be a professional, if I just wanted to be fun and engaging, or if I wanted to be someone completely different.

I blogged without a real voice for a month or two, then I finally decided to just be me. So, in a nutshell, i swim for oceans is me. Every blog is my voice and my opinion. Every post is a little piece of my personality. Trust me…those bloggers that have met me know that I am just as ridiculous in real life as I am on my blog. I have fun, and I hope it shows!

If you don't post for a while, do you feel guilty? Does it sometimes feel like a complex relationship -- between you and the blog, as well as you and your readers?

I’ve gone through a series of highs and lows throughout blogging, but overall, if I don’t post, I feel like I’m letting not only myself down, the potential of my blog down and those that follow me, as well. I started it as a hobby, but now it’s become a lot more than that for me. I love the written word and, as a marketing professional, I love to help authors, both represented and independent, get the word out for their books. Sometimes my relationship with my blog is a bit love/hate, but for the most part, I love blogging, I love the blogging world and I really enjoy what I do.

Why do you think people are drawn to your blog in particular? Is there something that they seem to mention in comments again and again?

I really don’t know, to be honest! I’d love to say it’s because of my reviews, but I do think that, at times, it might just be because of the voice of my blog? I know that there are readers that enjoy the fact that I’ll be honest if I don’t like a book. If it deserves one star, it will get one star, but I also think that there is always something positive to highlight in a book. What works for me won’t necessarily work for everyone, and I think the objectivity of that might appeal to some. Plus, I try to spice up my blog every now and again…throw in a fun discussion to keep people thinking. That’s what I love most.

Whose blog do you particularly admire right now?

Supernatural Snark is probably my absolute favourite blog right now. Granted, Jenny and I are good friends in real life, too (we had a blast at BEA in 2011), but she has some of the most articulate and thoughtful posts in the world. She is a complete professional, and I know I can count on her honesty always!

Current obsessions -- literary or otherwise.

I am absolutely, positively infatuated with The Walking Dead. My fiancé and I have date nights with hot chocolate and zombies. I don’t think it can get better than that. I’m also super obsessed with swimming, dystopian literature, adopting stray animals and eating tons of delicious food.

Writing Tip #1 for Bloggers.

Be yourself, engage with others and have fun! The more you get to know the rest of the blogosphere, the more fun you will have. Ask questions, seek advice and make sure you are yourself. Your thoughts are what sets you apart, so don’t be afraid to be different…it’s always better!

BIO: I’m Melissa...also known as Mel, or Missy. I'm a 26-year-old blonde currently living and loving life in New Hampshire after having lived in Salt Lake City, Florida and New Jersey. I grew up swimming competitively, and after 4 years of NCAA I fell in love with open water swimming (hence, i swim for oceans). I'm a web editor and social media specialist by day, but my passion lies in literature - with the reading age of a perpetual teenager.

A few "fun" facts about me: I have two rescue cats, Stella and Jasper, the former being a Bengal. I also have a rescue Chow puppy. If I see water, I want to swim. It's that simple. I escaped Alcatraz in June of 2008. No, I'm not kidding. My sisters are my best friends. You mess with my sisters...I mess with your face. I’m engaged to a saint of a man who shares my passion for comic books and nerdiness. I'm deathly afraid of the bottom of boats. No, I don't know why.

Twitter: @melissaswims

Facebook: www.facebook.com/iswimforoceans

Site: www.iswimforoceans.com

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108279160035766386654/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/3096138-melissa-i-swim-for-oceans