I like getting to know the bloggers behind my favorite blogs, and I'm hoping you all do, as well! Yes, you can visit the About Me page, but today I wanted to introduce myself, give a little background, and explain how I came up with my blog name.
Who am I?
I'm Angela, a 30-something who lives in New Jersey with my husband, Tom. By day, I'm a legal assistant. At practically any other time, you can find me with my nose in a book. I've been a huge reader for as long as I can remember. My parents introduced me to books at a young age and they've always encouraged me to read. I love books from a wide range of genres and I'm willing to try almost anything once - mystery, thriller, contemporary fiction, YA, chick lit, and fantasy are all genres I'm reading lately. For a look at how my genre preferences have changed over the years, check out this post.
And when I'm not reading...
If I'm not reading, you can find me...
- watching trashy reality shows. If it features "real housewives," I'm probably watching it.
- taking a long walk or finding a new hiking trail. My dad instilled in me a love of the outdoors when I was younger, and in recent years Tom and I have really enjoyed exploring new places and finding different places to hike. Sometimes we even plan our vacations around what parks we can visit.
- taking pictures. I pretty much always have a camera with me, and I love taking photos. I enjoy landscape photography, but I've also been getting into portraits and candid photography at family events. My sister and her family are gracious enough to let me practice on them!
So why "The Literary Wanderer"?
In 2015, I started to read a lot of book blogs, mostly to check out reviews. I saw the different reading challenges the bloggers were participating in, too. I also happened to come across Gone Hikin', where the blogger details all of her hikes. Then, in April 2016, I had the idea to start a blog that combined both my love of reading and my love of the outdoors and talk about things that were important to me. I wanted to be a part of this blogging community that I had been observing from the outside. But I was really nervous - what would people think? Would anyone even read it? Could I actually do this?
I needed to come up with a name for this potential blog, and so "Literary Wanderer" was born:
- literary for my love of reading and books
- wanderer for a couple reasons - it represents my outdoor travels, but it also represents how I wander through books and even genres, and how I use reading as an escape and to visit places I might otherwise not be able to
- As for musings? I just like the sound of it - it's kind of whimsical!
Why did you start your blog? How did you come up with your blog's name?
Wonderful post!! Coming up with my name (Erica Robyn Reads) wasn't nearly as creative as yours. I run a photography "business," though it's more like a hobby, which I call Erica Robyn Photography. When I thought about making a blog, I knew I wanted to keep the Erica Robyn bit, and Reads just seemed to flow the best. :)ReplyDelete
I think it's a great way to keep all your businesses/hobbies connected - it creates more of a brand!Delete
For sure!! :)Delete
I like learning about bloggers too. I love how you came up with your blog name! I started my blog because I had no one else to really talk about books with. I am so glad I started it too!ReplyDelete
Yes, other than my sister, I don't really have a lot of people in my life to talk books with, either!Delete
It was great to learn a bit about you and to see how apt your blog name is! I love walking, exploring and being outdoors too.ReplyDelete
Thank you! Yes, besides reading, taking long walks is one of my favorite things to do.Delete
It's always interesting hearing how people got started, and especially when people have a bit of an explanation behind their blog name! I like "literary wanderer," it has a great feel to it and does seem like it fits you perfectly! And I also like the word "musings" lol. I chose my blog name because I just really like alliteration? Lol so I wanted the words to start with the same letter. I went with "Metaphors" to express my love for books/words/etc. and "Moonlight" because I love the night and am basically nocturnal and for some reason that was important enough to me that I wanted some sort of reference to that in my blog name.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Kristen! I love your blog name, it's very melodic!Delete
Such a great post. I always love learning more about my fellow bloggers. I've always liked the name of your blog so it's cool to see how you came up with it. :)ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Suzanne!Delete
This is so cool, Angela! I love hearing the backstory to people's blogs.ReplyDelete
Love getting to know my fellow bloggers a bit better! That's a great story behind your name! It's so well thought out and fitting for you :)ReplyDelete
Mine is pretty unoriginal - I already had my website adress lindseyh.be from when I took a class on web design a few years back and wanted to used that for my blog, so I re-used my name and added the super original 'Reads' behind it ;)
I like your blog name! That's cool that you were able to use an existing website.
Cool post!! I love getting to know the person behind the blog :) I think it's cool that you combined 2 of your hobbies into one blog. And I was definitely nervous that no one would like my blog when I first started too. It can be sort of intimidating to enter into a new online community!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Michelle! I was scared at first, but everyone has been so lovely and welcoming - much different than I expected!Delete
Hey Angela! So nice to read your post!ReplyDelete
Sorry I've been so absent lately!
I love finding out more about bloggers and it's so great to learn more about you.
I also love a trashy reality show every once in a while (I have no idea why I watch America's Next Top Model but you can find it playing in the background some weekends while I'm pottering around the house!) and I also used to love taking pictures but for some reason that's petered out of my life a little - especially with smart phones always being attached to my body somewhere.
I also love the story of how you came up with your blog name. Clearly mine didn't take too much thought!!! Ha ha.
Hope you're having a great week!
Thank you, Di! OMG, I used to watch America's Next Top Model constantly!! I haven't watched in awhile, though!Delete
I'm a huge fan of reality tv too, especially when it's focused around glamorous people (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Keeping Up with the Kardashians are favorites!) It's nice to loose myself in the ridiculous rich people problems sometimes!ReplyDelete
-Cristina @ Girl in the Pages
Haha, yes, their problems are so much different than ours! I love seeing their closets and houses and the vacations they take!Delete