This week’s Bloggers Made of AWESOME is Taylor from Pink Heels, Pink Truck! Taylor is a She Reads member, does this great feature called Blogger Edmucation and is passionate about blogging! So, I had to ask her to be a part of the AWESOME feature!
Bloggers Made of AWESOME: Taylor at Pink Heels, Pink Truck
Taylor-when did you begin blogging?
I originally started blogging in 2010. My hubby and I own a used car lot and I thought it’d be fun to share about some of our tales. That first attempt lasted a few posts and then I grew bored (and ran out of stories…LOL). In 2011, I had to move out to West Texas for work. My hubby stayed home (6 hours away) and so I was out there in a town by myself. I started blogging again as a way to pass time and to ward off the loneliness. I’ve been blogging ever since.
How did you come up with the name Pink Heels Pink Truck?
January 2013 I moved myself over to WordPress. I knew with my upcoming move that I wanted to rebrand myself (my previous blog was titled Goings on in Texas). I didn’t feel that my blog name was a good representation of me or what I blogged about. So after some exhausting brainstorming sessions, I came up with Pink Heels Pink Truck. I am a country girl through and through but I love wearing high heels just for fun. And I’m in the process of restoring a 1954 GMC Truck that once it goes to paint, will be painted pink. I received that truck for my 30th birthday from my hubby and I’ve wanted to paint it pink ever since. So I knew that I wanted to incorporate that part into my brand.
What are your thoughts on blogging today in an ever-changing book-ish world? Are blogs helping other readers connect with good books?
The amount of books that I come across because of blogs and Goodreads is actually a bit overwhelming. 😉 I am an avid reader. I consider myself to be a book-hoarder as I have a bookcase full of books I have not yet read and a Kindle that is overflowing. I never in my life thought I’d be so far behind on reading for pleasure…but that’s exactly where I am! I definitely think blogs are helping to connect readers with good books. I’m more likely to read a book that a fellow friend writes about (and gives a good review) than had I stumbled on the book in a bookstore (unless I’m attracted by the cover). Word of mouth (aka blogging) definitely influences my decisions when it comes to books. And I think the authors who do not get early copies of books into the hands of bloggers and online book reviewers are missing out on a lot of potential for that word of mouth advertising.
When you are not blogging (or reading!)- what do you like to do?
Being outside, cooking, traveling, hanging out with my friends, crafts/DIY.
Do you have any #literaryconfessions?
#LiteraryConfessions – I have not read a lot of the “greats” which is sad. I own them. They are on that bookcase I mentioned earlier, but I have not gotten to them just yet.
#LiteraryConfessions – I would love to hang out with Jennifer Crusie or Mary Kay Andrews. Two of my favorite authors.
#LiteraryConfessions – I get super excited when an author tweets back to me regarding a book review of one of their books. Or when they retweet me. They are celebrities in my eyes and I think that is the coolest thing ever.
Do you have a #literarycrush?
#LiteraryCrush – total girl crush on Kinsey Milhone from Sue Grafton’s Alphabet Murder Mystery Series. That girl just kicks butt and takes names. All in the 1980s.
Taylor, you are a member of She Reads. How, in your opinion, is She Reads helping women find books to read?
First of all, the entire She Reads network just rocks. From the women who take time to review the monthly bookclub books to the women that participate in the book club. A few things that I LOVE about the community: a) it supports women; b) it supports reading; c) it supports women authors; and d) it connects the bookclub readers with the authors on a much more personal level than any other book club out there.
What books are you looking forward to reading in 2014?
This is always a tough question because it just really depends on my mood. 😉 And I don’t really pay attention to new releases because I’m always picking up something from my bookcase or sneaking in a review of something or reading something that was free. 😉
What is a book (or 2!) that you’ve read and LOVED- but did not get positive reviews?
Oh man…I can’t recall anything that I loved that got bad reviews.
What is the best part of the book- the cover? The opening line? Or the ending?
The best part…the story and characters. If it’s good (the first few pages will tell me if I’m going to like it), then I’m hooked until it’s finished. That’s the best part.
You have a beach vacation planned. What are the 3 books that you must bring?
Mary Kay Andrews’s latest read; and then the other 2 are going to be of the chick lit variety. I don’t have any titles to give you because again…I have way too many to list at the moment. 😉
Are you an e-book or tree book lover? Or does it not matter?
I’ve always been a tree book lover. And will always be a tree book lover. However….I do love my kindle for traveling and for storage of books. I read from both.
How do you find other blogs to read? Recommendations of other bloggers?
Blogging networks are the biggest source of finding other blogs to read and to meet other bloggers. I actually run a blogging network for Texas Women Bloggers so I’m constantly reading my fellow Texans stories. But there are other networks out there with a great resource of blogs and bloggers. Recommendations come from Twitter or Facebook. I read through my feeds to see what others are talking about.
What is a book that you’ve wanted to read, but just haven’t found the time?
Can I just say all the ones on my book case and in my kindle?? I had every intention last summer to read Le Mis but never got around to it. Also, I really want to re-read the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon (well re-read the books I’d already read…somewhere I left off and don’t really remember at which books, so I was just going to start all over). However, her books are ginormous and I’m typically stacked up with review books that my personal choices get pushed to the back burner. LOL (But I wouldn’t have it any other way!)
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T