Blogoversary Q&A Part 1 ft Our Best and Worst Blogging Experiences!

We are so excited to do this Q&A!! Thanks to all you amazing people we got so many wonderful questions to answer! So many in fact, that we’ve decided to split the Q&A into two parts. One today on our 2 year blogoversary, and one at the end of the month to close it all up! We did get a few duplicate questions, so we kinda smushed those all together, so if you don’t see your question with the exact phrasing, don’t fret! We did answer it! We also didn’t answer questions in the order that we got them, so you may see one of your questions answered in part 1 and another question in part 2!

We also want to thank you for how kind everyone was in the comments and suggestions section! You all said such nice things and we’re so appreciative to have such lovely readers! Now, onto your questions and our answers!

1. How did you two meet each other?

This is the question we got the most! Waaaay back when (3 years ago), we met on our first day of college. We were in a required introductory engineering class and we both went to speak to the professor about the same thing, so obviously, we exchanged numbers! We didn’t end up starting the blog until a year later, but it was really all downhill from that first meeting.  

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2. What sparked you guys to make a book blog together? 

Malka

I had been considering starting some bookish platform for a few years honestly, but I’d always been too afraid to start one on my own. So when I mentioned the idea to Chana at BookCon, I was so excited that she was interested in starting a book blog with me! After that first talk about the possibility of starting a book blog together, about a month later we started Paper Procrastinators! 

Chana

I hadn’t known anything about the book community until right before we started blogging! I went with Malka to BookCon after we finished our freshman year, and when we were there she started telling me about book blogs and bookstagrams and all that. And then a few months later, we decided to try starting one ourselves!

3. What are the biggest challenges that comes from blogging with two admins? What are some of the benefits and challenges to co-blogging? What do you like about co blogging?

Coordination! WordPress does not like it when there are two people on a post at the same time, and it will only register one person’s changes. Plus, since we both get ARCs separately, we need to make sure that we plan reviews and blog tours on days that don’t overlap. And then there are posts like these that we literally write together on a Google Doc. All of it takes a lot of planning, coordination, and communication!

The biggest benefit to co-blogging has to be the support system you automatically have in place! If one of us is too busy to blog, the other person can take over, and if we’re both too busy to blog, we have the other person to reassure us that it’s okay to take a break. Additionally, you always have someone to proof-read and edit your posts, and to tell you that your post was amazing when it’s not getting much attention.

4. Has there been any planned changes that you intended to implement on this blog that you decided to drop because of some reason?

Hmm, none that come to mind immediately. We have been meaning to include an about us or little sidebar kind of thing, but things always come up before we get to doing it. But soon we’ll have it! 

jojo fletcher GIF by The Bachelorette

5. Was there any names for this blog other than Paper Procrastinator that you guys had come up with and thought to use before? Inspiration behind your blog name?

None that we seriously considered. Before we started our book blog we had a planning session (OMG, so official), where we brainstormed names. We went through a bunch of them that had the word “book” or “engineer” in them, but then decided on Paper Procrastinators. First off, we liked the alliteration. We also felt that Paper was bookish enough without hitting you over the head that this was a book blog. And Procrastinators, because well, we use reading and blogging as our way of procrastinating our school work most of the year!

6. What’s something that you guys did when you first started your blog that you wish you could change? 

Oh god. Okay. So I think we changed it, but don’t go back and look to be sure. But back when we first started our blog we thought that the best way to differentiate between the two of us would be for us to write in different colors. So every post we made was in bright blue and purple font. We sincerely apologize for that. (We technically could change this if we haven’t already, but it will always be in our minds as a measurement of how far we’ve come, from blinding our readers, to having what we think is a really aesthetically pleasing blog!)

7. What’s the best thing that’s happened in these last two years (blogging or otherwise)?

There have been so many exciting things! From being able to participate in blog tours, and interviewing authors, to getting to know other amazing bloggers and bookworms! It will never stop being crazy that we’re able to read and review books before they come out, and sometimes even influence people to read a book. 

8. Best and worst blogging experiences/encounters?

We mentioned the best in the question above, so now it’s time for the worst! So, at the beginning of the year we were supposed to meet up with an author at a coffee shop for an in person interview. And we were so so excited!! Um. However. There was a communication issue where we were told that the interview was let’s say on Wednesday, and the author was told that it was on Tuesday. So. We essentially stood up an author by mistake. It is to date one of the most mortifying and stressful blogging situations we’ve had, and we hope to never have a repeat of it again!

9. How has your blog changed since starting it? 

It’s gotten prettier, that’s for sure! We also think we’ve also gotten a lot better at writing certain types of posts. Our reviews have gotten better, and just the general organizational sense of our blog has become more cemented. 

10. Can you actually solve the math equation in your header because it stresses me out every time. 

Hahaha, we could at one point! 

The equation is actually something called a Taylor series, where it shows the expansion of a function (this one is specifically a sine function), so the solution is actually the formula itself! 

11. If you were stranded on a deserted island with a magical bookcase that would auto-fill with only one genre plus one trope (separately, they don’t have to relate), what would you pick?

Malka

Romance genre, for sure. And what’s nice about that is I don’t have to choose between my romance-centric YA romance books, and my smuttier Adult romance books! As for a trope, hmmmm. All the tropes I can think of are just romance tropes that I’d be getting anyways. So I guess I’m going to pick purple prose as my trope. I don’t think it’s an actual trope, but oh well! It would help me diversify the genres I can read on the island, since I tend to pick up literary fiction and sometimes even fantasy as long as the prose is purple enough! 

Chana

I’m stealing this from an old joke, but books on boat building and jungle survival forsure!

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12. Chana, when will you read The Dragon Republic? 

SOON. I PROMISE. (The hold just came through from my library again but I don’t really know if that increases the likelihood of me reading it).

13. Malka, when will you read Dear Martin? 

Probably July! But no promises! Not even our friendship can change the fact that I’m a mood reader! (But I really appreciate you lending me your copy! Thank you!)

14. How do you feel about the Artemis Fowl adaptation? 

Ok, we don’t even know why you would bring that up. The Artemis Fowl adaptation was a sin, and should not be spoken about ever. It has joined the ranks of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief and the Avatar the Last Airbender movies. 

Really, don’t

15. Do you have any song recommendations?

Malka

I don’t know if these are recommendations per se, because everyone has different music tastes, but I’ll mention a few of the songs that I’ve been listening to on repeat, that aren’t the mainstream pop songs that I primarily listen to! 

🎵 Six Feet by Patent Pending

🎵 Goliath by Smith & Thell

🎵 Oh My Love by The Score

🎵 Body Talks by The Struts ft Kesha

Chana

I’ve been listening to Modern Loneliness by Lauv on repeat for the past like two weeks, and I will probably hate it in about a month, but right now, I love it! As for just general song recommendations, I’ll just mention a few favorites I have across genres. 

🎵 Walkin’ and Swingin’ by Andy Kirk and His Twelve Clouds of Joy

🎵 I Cain’t Say No from Oklahoma (Ali Stroker, 2019 cast recording)

🎵 I’d Rather Drown by Set It Off

🎵 Crush Culture by Conan Gray

16. What’s your opinion on love triangles?

Malka

Just no. I hate angst and love triangles are usually just there to perpetuate drama. No thank you.

Chana

Ugh. In my opinion they’ve become a little overdone at this point. The only love triangles that I would deem valid are the ones that end in a poly relationship. 

17. What’s something you can get really nerdy over? 

Malka

Literally anything! If something has captured my interest then I will get super excited and get really nerdy over said topic! It’s usually something either scientific or book related, but it really could be just about anything that I find cool! My interests are broad!

welcome stephen colbert GIF by The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Chana

Aaah, so many things! I’ve mentioned this before, but I love history, so any chance I can to find out and rant about weird historical facts, I will! I will also always be up for an in depth discussion of any comic book/video game lore.

18. Favorite TV shows at the moment?

Malka

I just got back into watching TV after taking a break for a few months! I go in waves with my TV watching, and right now I’m back to watching The Great British Baking Show. Before I stopped watching TV due to immense amounts of schoolwork I was watching and loving Schitt’s Creek, which I hopefully will finish sometime soon!  

Chana

I recently watched the second season of The Politician and it was so good!! I’ve also been skipping around through the seasons of Criminal Minds, but I haven’t had any time to watch that in almost a month. 

19. Are you sisters ?

20. Do you like dark chocolate ?

Malka

Yup! It’s so much better than milk chocolate! (Stop throwing tomatoes, dairy and I don’t agree!)

Chana

Definitely! Dark chocolate is fantastic!

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21. Did you ever think of becoming a writer?

Malka

Yes, but then I discovered that I really hate writing fiction! It’s very difficult for me to get my thoughts out onto a page, and I don’t really like creating my own stories. So at this point I’m going to leave the writers to their writing, and I’ll stick to reading what they come up with!

Chana

Like many bookworms, it was my dream to become a writer when I was a kid. But then I realized how much time it takes to write and edit a book, not to mention how difficult it is to actually sell your book to a publisher! I’d love to write something someday, but it’s probably not a very likely possibility. 

22. What differs about both of your reading tastes? 

Malka likes cute and fluffy stuff, while Chana likes reading books where characters die!

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Well, that’s it for part 1! We hope you enjoyed getting to know a little bit more about us and and our blog! And stay tuned for part 2! (Coming soon to a theater near you!)

Do you have any song recommendations for us? What do you get nerdy over? Dark chocolate or milk chocolate? What genre would you want to have on hand on a deserted island?

46 thoughts on “Blogoversary Q&A Part 1 ft Our Best and Worst Blogging Experiences!

  1. reading your answers to the stuff about you meeting and co-blogging made me so sappy lmao!! i love that you two have each other as a support system ❤ and i never looked too closely at that equation in your blog header but oh my god i looked at it for 2 seconds and was terrified 😭 also omg… that story about standing up an author is so terrible, i'm so sorry that happened to you!! and chana……. read the dragon republic!!! feel the pain we all felt ❤ so many congrats for your blogiversary, and i can't wait to see what this year brings for you!

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    1. Thank you!! Aah, it was honestly so traumatizing, but the whole debacle happened during our finals week so we were so distracted by so many things that we didn’t have as much time to fixate on the disaster as we probably would have otherwise 😅 I just want to read The Dragon Republic so much, but THE PAIN. I feel like when I read it I should just read it in one go, like ripping off a band-aid 😂

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  2. I don’t know what I can get nerdy over! I like to read but I won’t get in too much depth unless I’m reading a book on that particular topic. I prefer milk chocolates and fantasy on a deserted island. Great post! I enjoyed reading your answers.

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    1. Honestly, I’d also probably choose Fantasy! There are so many different types of Fantasy books out there, I feel like I’d never get tired with the genre. Thank you! 💕

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  3. I loved this post so much!!! And no, milk chocolate everyday. Ah, I’m actually going to start The Poppy War pretty soon! Hopefully, I love it as much as everyone else has. And I absolutely love getting nerdy about history too!!! It’s just so fascinating and I love learning weird tidbits (did you know that July 4th isn’t actually Independence Day in the US and that John Adams (the second president) refused to celebrate July 4th, because technically July 2nd is the day that the US officially announced their independence?? Lol, I’m sure you didn’t need to know that, but I was totally wowed when I heard that 😂🤦🏾‍♀️)

    Great post and I can’t wait for part 2 ❤✨💕

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    1. Hahaha, I honestly also love milk chocolate, but I prefer it in moderation. Yessss, I hope you enjoy The Poppy War!! It’s honestly *so good*. Aah, I actually did not know that! Thank you so much for sharing!! History facts and tidbits are always so interesting! I read a pages long Wikipedia page the other day about how city planners originally planned to create these streets that would connect parks throughout the boroughs in NYC and then ended up scrapping the plan because of funds, so now there are “parkways” that don’t lead to any parks 😂 (I’m also sure you didn’t need to know that but I found it to be so interesting).

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  4. Happy blogiversary! You two are honestly the dream team and reading about you guys meeting in college, going to book con together… ahh blogger and friend GOALS ❤ ❤

    Also how did I not know you guys were engineers? My respect has gone up I have such mad respect for engineers and having such an amazing beautiful creative blog on top of that and also being friend goals?? I am overwhelmed in your amazing perfection I bow down to my queens Malka and Chana

    Ugh I hate love triangles too, but I love dark chocolate because honestly either you like dark chocolate or you're wrong. Also bonus that it's supposedly good for you so I can stuff my face without feeling tooooo guilty…

    I loved reading this, am excited for part 2 ❤

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    1. Thank you so much! 💕 Honestly meeting Chana on that first day of college was one of the best things to ever happen to me because not only did I gain a friend, but I got this blog and all the wonderful people and things that come with that in the process somehow! But calling us the dream team is just so sweet of you! ❤️

      Well, we’re not quite engineers yet, but we are studying to become engineers in the next few years! And you’re just being too kind! 🥰 For me the blog is just such a nice way to take a break from all the math and science that while I love, can sometimes just get to be overwhelming. It’s just so nice to have a place to focus on my hobbies and my passion for reading! And the fact that I have such an awesome friend and co-blogger in Chana definitely makes both the engineering work and the blogging a lot more fun! (Also, just a fun side note, my name actually does mean “queen”!) But really, thank you so, so much for all your kind words! It really means the world! 💕

      Love triangles are the worst! That’s one of the few tropes that gets almost an immediate no from me when I see it in a synopsis! And yes! Dark chocolate is the best and there is no other option! Plus, I’ve heard about the medical benefits as well! So really every time I eat some, I’m doing my body a favor!

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this post, and I really hope you enjoy Part 2 as well!

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  5. Dark Chocolate ALL THE WAY… oh and happy blogiversary!! 🎉 I also actually didn’t notice the math equation (maybe I noticed but didn’t pay too much attention) so that’s pretty cool to know same as your blog’s name and how co-blogging works. This was a very nice post to read and I’m waiting for part 2. 😊

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    1. Yaaas! So glad to have a fellow dark chocolate lover here!

      Thank you! 💕

      We tried to make the equation subtle since this isn’t an engineering/math/science blog, but we still wanted a little something to represent our choice in majors! And I think that co-blogging is really fun, but I’ll admit I’m always curious if other co-bloggers have similar systems or if they go about co-blogging completely differently!

      I’m so glad you enjoyed and I hope you enjoy Part 2 as well once we post it!

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  6. loved reading this post!! though reading it made me realize that my reading tastes are the exact opposite of Malka’s lmao. i absolutely love angst and pain when it comes to romance 😅😅 but i’m not really a fan of love triangles either. imo they can be done well, but i usually don’t care for them. and sometimes the character who’s being fought over is so bland and unlikable that you have to wonder why multiple people are in love with them, let alone one 😂 YES, to more love triangles ending in polyamorous relationships! Iron Window by Xiran Jay Zhao is going to do this and *inhales* I need it

    It was so interesting to read about your experience being co-bloggers! I’ve always wondered what it’d be like! I don’t think I’ll ever be able to co-blog because, as bad as it sounds, I like being in the spotlight 😅😅 But it sure would be nice to have someone to help you edit posts, reply to comments, and interact!

    I can’t wait for the second part of this post 🥺 i love q&a’s so much, haha

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    1. Hahahaha, yeah, Malka enjoys all the fluff, while I’m like, idk, angst isn’t too bad 😂 Sksfdshk love triangles always revolve around some brunet girl with the personality of a doorknob 😭 Like why are they thirsting for her, I’ll never know. Aah, I saw the synopsis for the Iron Widow on Twitter and it sounds like the book I’ve been waiting my whole life for.

      Having a co-blogger is really nice! But honestly, you deserve the spotlight, a co-blogger would just pale in comparison next to you! 💕 (but if you do ever get a co-blogger, forget I said this 😅)

      Thank you!! I’m so happy you liked the first part!

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  7. I’m so dumb, I didn’t even know you’ve met each other in real life. 😅 I love how you met. 🥺 I agree about co-blogging full-heartedly. It’s great to share blogging with someone else and to get some support when a post you were excited for doesn’t perform well. And yes!! We really have to coordinate when we’re working in a wordpress post (though it’s not extremely hard, because Sabrina and I live in totally different time zones) unless we want to lose data. Annoying. :/

    I love that you tried writing in different colors, and I’m laughing at your description of those early posts. 😅 I love The Great British Bake Off and I need to start The Politician, it looks wonderful. I think the things I get very nerdy about right now are podcasts, especially The Magnus Archives and The Penumbra Podcast.. I’m even reading fanfiction of them. 😅

    I loved reading this post, and I’m excited for part 2. 😀

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    1. I honestly thought that all the other co-bloggers that we followed had met in person too, until I read some of their origin stories! So don’t feel bad!

      I honestly don’t know how people manage a blog all by themselves! Blogging, especially when you have anxiety, becomes so much easier when you share it with someone! Although WordPress seems to have something against these sort of partnerships! Since Chana and I are in the same time zone we’ve had a few mishaps before, but thankfully nothing major! And now we’re well trained to text the other person before going on a post, no matter how busy we think the other person might be at the moment!

      Honestly those early posts were horrific! Some of the content was good, but our formatting was….. not great, to put it nicely. We definitely got much better at that as time has passed!

      I just finished another season of Bake Off today! It’s just such a relaxing show and always leaves me wanting to bake all the things! And while I haven’t listened to very many podcasts, the few that I have listened to have been great, so I really should listen to them more often! Then I can join in on being nerdy over them!

      Thank you so much! 💗

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          1. Uh, idk how to describe it!! There’s a place that researches the supernatural called the Magnus Institutes and the podcast is about the cases in the archive + the archival stuff and the things that later start happening to them. It’s sort of an anthology with all the individual stories, but it starts to connect later on and we learn more and more about the characters too. It’s horror, which can be scary if you don’t like the genre, but the friend that recommended it to my dislikes horror a lot, and yet, she loves this. 😀 If you try it, let me know!! I’ve convinced quite a few people and none of them have been disappointed so far. 😀

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            1. I’m hesitant only because I’m a huge scaredy cat that normally can’t handle horror. But if I end up trying it out, I’ll definitely yet you know! I’ll probably give one episode a listening to at some point in order to test things out, and I’ll see if I want to continue from there!

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    1. Aaah, it was the absolute worst 😭 The author was in town for an event, which I think might be part of the reason the publicist mixed up the dates between us. Thank you!! 💕

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  8. I missed the questions time, I’m just so late on blog hopping😭 All the congratulations on your blogoversary! I think it’s so wonderful that you started this blog together and I love how you mention you have a support system in one another for this. It’s so wonderful. My sister isn’t blogging as frequently as you two are on this blog, but she’s always re-reading my posts before they publish and it’s nice to know someone has your back in this whole thing, that’s for sure 🙂
    AND THIS “Malka likes cute and fluffy stuff, while Chana likes reading books where characters die!”, I LOVE this ahah.
    I wish you all the best and for you to blog for many, many years to come. You’re amazing. ❤

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    1. Don’t worry about it! We’re been months late to blog hopping, so missing the questions by a week is nothing!

      Thank you! 💕 I’m so happy that we started this blog as well! Having a support system through co-blogging has been such a life-saver! I genuinely could not blog without it! Having someone that’s there for any blogging related concern you can have is just amazing! I’m so glad you have Nyx to act as that support system for you!

      Yes! I thought that line was hilarious as well! When we first got questions and were just discussing our answers off-hand, Chana came up with that line, and I saved it to use for our final answers because I thought it was really funny, and so accurate!

      Thank you so much! 🥰

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  9. Happy blogerversary! It’s been SO LONG since I’ve seen such a new young blog start up (seriously, most people are doing booktube this year. I can’t remember the last time I stumbled across a young blog… but I have been busy too so that could contribute).

    Anyway I love your blog name! Also yes coblogging is fun but THE WORDPRESS STRUGGLES!

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    1. Thank you! It’s so weird how to me 2 years feels like a long while, but for bloggers who have been around for several years, 2 years is nothing!

      I’m so glad you like the name we eventually picked! It’s two years later and we’re still happy with it, so that’s good! And honestly, despite the WordPress struggles, I’m so glad that I chose co-blogging!

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  10. can i just say that this has been an absolute DELIGHT to read. i went through it while drinking hot chocolate and i give 5 stars to that experience.

    my figure of speech loving brain absolutely appreciates the hell out of the alliteration of the blogname, you hit jackpot ✨ (also how can i not look at the word procrastinators and not say “same”, y’all are my people)

    imagine my surprise at malka picking romance for the island question. absolutely shocked.

    ksksks i have been LOVING modern loneliness lately after listening to it on a vlog, high five, chana 😭 (i put it on after reading your answer and oh god it’s so good)

    dark chocolate > any other kind

    congratulations on the 2 year anniversary, y’all, and omg i CANNOT wait for the next part ❤

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    1. Yaaaaaas! I’m so glad you enjoyed the experience! (Although maybe the hot chocolate affected your experience. Would you still rate it 5 stars without such a delicious beverage?)

      Honestly, alliteration was a must for me. I find names just rolls off the tongue better, and are easier to remember when alliteration is involved! Plus it’s just fun! But yeah, the procrastination part of our name is definitely relatable. (And also a very accurate way to describe Chana and I.)

      I hope you weren’t shocked enough to spill your hot chocolate! That would have been a shame.

      (I actually haven’t listened to any of the songs Chana mentioned. But if you and Chana both say that Modern Loneliness is worth listening to, I’ll have to check it out!)

      I 100% agree with your chocolate assessments! Dark chocolate is the supreme form of chocolate!

      Thank you so much! 💕 I’m so happy to hear that you’re excited for Part 2!

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  11. This was so fun to read! And yay! You answered some of my questions 😄 I feel so happy right now hahaha 😆 As for the chocolate thing, as long as it’s chocolate I don’t mind if it’s dark or milk. And now I’m craving for one.

    Looking forward to part 2!

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    1. Yayyy, I’m so happy you enjoyed!! And thank you so much for your questions, we had so much fun answering them! 💕💕

      Yess, you should definitely go eat some chocolate now! This post was a sign 😂

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