Top 5 Tuesday was started by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm, and it’s so much fun! Thanks Shanah!
I have a feeling we all blog for similar reasons.
I mean, I think our number one reason for blogging is self-expression, no matter what subject we’re all writing about. Our blogs are our opportunity to unload.
I’ve always thought of blogging as an online journal. It’s a journal that the whole world can read. While I didn’t list that as one of my 5 reasons, it is a big reason I was drawn to blog.
Spread the Love!
As much as I enjoy Goodreads, I believe that there’s no better avenue for discovering new authors as the book blog world. There’s something about this community that helps you interact with more readers, other than those with your same interests. On Goodreads you tend to join groups with similar tastes. You join the YA group, or the Romance group, and you get more people who like the same style. When blogging, you get to know people whose reading tastes are completely different from your own, which then leads to a wider range of recommendations. Finding a new genre feels wonderful, and helping others discover something new is also wonderful. A win-win.
Unload all my book thoughts!
My whole life, I’ve always had this problem where I’d read a book and feel so strongly, so passionately, about it and have nobody to talk to! I would drive my family and friends nuts, because I would sit and spend 20 minutes telling them all about this book and why I hated/loved everything about it. Or, I would sometimes keep it all bottled up inside because I knew that others didn’t really want to hear it. Really it wasn’t just about a specific book. Sometimes I’ll get philosophical about being a reader in general, and I knew that nobody cared. They aren’t readers, but they’d still humor me and I knew that’s what they were doing. It was an awful feeling, and I knew blogging would be a great outlet for it. I was right. Now instead of going on for 20 minutes, I only talk for 5 – because I know I’ve got you!
All the Pretty Decorations!
I was of the Myspace era! (Do any of you remember that?) Myspace was when my love for blog design started. I’d spend hours building my Myspace page. I built my own contact boxes, my own banners… I even created my husband a superman gif contact box. I built it from the scene (Superman Returns) when the bullet is shot into Superman’s eye and it flattens. It was awesome. I’m so sad those pages are gone now. Designing has always been so much fun for me. Not houses, but blogs. Someday I’m going to get photoshop, so my graphics are as clear and clean as possible.
Because book activities are my fav hobby!
Basically I work like this: Everything about reading and books is my favorite thing ever. I like to read about reading, watch people reading, talk about reading. I used to keep a notebook where I did nothing but write down every book I’d read, color coded by how much I liked it, and the page count. If it’s about reading, then I’m invested. Starting a blog just felt natural. I could fill even more of my time thinking about books, talking about books, and decorating a bookish space. It’s my only hobby, and yet it’s my favorite hobby. I’ve tried other things, like knitting and beading. Nothing gets my creative juices going like a great novel!
Building a community of like-minded friends!
The reality is, I didn’t start blogging with the idea that people would read it. I really only started it for the first four reasons above, with the intention that it was for me to get out all my book feels, in a space I created for myself. The inviting community was a bonus, and it’s one that I now couldn’t blog without! Everyone I’ve met online has really enriched this whole experience, and it’s now my number one reason for blogging