Hello everyone! Today for Woven In Books I am so excited to have one of my favourite bloggers for an interview! Today we have Fadwa from Word Wonders on the blog talking about books, managing multiple platforms and giving some awesome tips! You can read the previous Woven In Books post from HERE!
Hello Fadwa and welcome to Woven in Books. I am so glad to have you on the blog today as you’re an inspiration to me and so many others for all the amazing work you do in the book blogging community. Thank you for agreeing to answer some questions!
What would you say is the greatest satisfaction of being a book blogger?
To me, there’s no greater feeling as a book reviewer than being told that someone picked up and loved a book that I recommended, it just hits in all the soft spots and makes all of the work and stress worth it. And as someone who makes it a priority to boost diverse work, I have been told so many times that people have expanded their horizons and started reading more diversely because I encouraged them to is even more special. It makes me feel like I’m doing everything right.
You’re active on your blog, booktube, bookstagram and Twitter. Tell us the work which goes in behind the scenes of managing all this along with being in the medical field?
I get this question quite often actually and it all boils down to one word: organization. I’m a very type A person so I need my life to be planned down to the T and content creating is no different. Twitter is very spontaneous and word-vomity for me so that’s the easiest thing to do. Bookstagram is also a very spontaneous platform for me, I never schedule posts and I take my pictures wherever and whenever inspiration strikes, which is a decision I made when I started booktube and it started taking up a huge chunk of my time. Now balancing my blog and channel is where it gets tricky, because both of them are very time consuming and I use a healthy mix of daily to-do lists, spreadsheets and trello board to keep myself organized. The key for me is to make a content schedule around a week before the month starts and stick to it, that way I’m able to prefilm videos and prewrite posts. I also try to be easy on myself and not feel guilty when life gets in the way, I have a demanding job and interminable shifts that sometimes go up to 30 hours so if I can’t do it then it’s okay.
In our constantly busy lives, it can be very difficult to stay motivated. What would you say motivates you to keep going?
This makes me circle back to the first question. Knowing that people take my recommendations seriously and care about my opinions in books keeps me going when I want to do anything but.
What are three things you would say to someone wanting to start a booktube? (Most people find that platform very daunting)
Just go for it. Seriously. Don’t overthink it or tell yourself you don’t have what it takes for it. I have awful public speaking anxiety and I mean full on shaking and brain freezing anxiety, and you can see how scared I was in my first few videos. I, in fact, can’t rewatch them because they make me cringe. I also had no idea how to edit or upload or anything. I just took the plunge and went with it, and the more I filmed and uploaded the more comfortable I got with it.
You don’t have to be ~aesthetic~ to be a good booktuber. All that is required of you is to talk about books and put passion into what you’re doing. You don’t need to have your bookshelves in the background (you can’t see most of mine because the lighting is bad in that angle), you don’t need to have full bookshelves at all, you don’t even need to be reading primarily physically. You can film on your bed, couch, with a wall or whatever else behind you, it’s what you talk about that matters. You don’t need to sound a certain way, or have a certain accent, or look a certain way. You just need to talk about books. And I must admit that yes, people who have all of the above do get more attention and there’s privilege in that, but if you’re doing it for the fun of it, none of that matters, and the people who care about what you have to say will agree.
Have fun with it. You don’t have to fit a certain mold. Read what you love. Talk about what you love. And make the content that you want to see.
Now onto something less serious!
Which fictional characters would you choose to go shopping with?
I’d go with Ames from the Feverwake duology, because I know she’ll give it to me as it is and she also has a great edgy style. Would it be cheating to say Catherine St Day from The Lady’s Guide to Celestial mechanics? Because I don’t want her to go shopping with me per say, but I want her to customize and embroider my clothes for me because the dresses she does in the book are stunning.
Which books have had the most influence on your growth personally and as a book blogger and why?
When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie Mclemore was the first queer book and one of the very first diverse books I’ve ever read and kind of started me on a journey of both seeking more diverse book and self discovery.
Do you like desserts? If yes, then which one is your favourite?
I am not much for sweets actually haha, I just get overwhelmed easily by them. The only sweet thing I don’t get sick of is ice cream!
What would your ideal day look like?
Oof hard question. But I guess, as much as I actually love my job, an ideal day would be a day off. So I’d sleep in a little, wake up, do yoga and get breakfast on the seaside, because it’s my happy place. Then I’d go for a walk on the beach, settle there and read for a while. Then meet my friends for a late lunch/coffee date and come home, unwind and relax. Honestly, an ideal day for me is spending some quality time both by myself and with the people I love. This is very cliché ambivert of me.
Lastly, shout-out some of your favourite diverse books!
Thank you so much for this, Fadwa.
Fadwa is a 6th year med student from Morocco, as well as a bookish content creator who loves to boost diverse voices and books by marginalized authors in her free time, with features like Diverse Book Bloggers Discuss, Muslim Voices Rise up and Color the Shelves.
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