TGIF at GReads is a feature for recapping the week’s posts (which I’m skipping this time because you can see them if you scroll down and I trust that you’re smart enough to handle that on your own) and answering a book-blogging question posed by Ginger.
This week the question is: A Book Blogger is Born: What made you decide to start your very own book blog?
This story is pretty simple. I’d discovered a nostalgia-snark book blog, Are You There Youth? It’s Me, Nikki (which is sadly now pretty quiet), years ago, I believe through one of those Children of the 90s sites. At some point in December or January, I actually clicked through from Google Reader to Nikki’s site and began checking out some of the blogs on her blogroll. That is where I discovered book blogs and I was hooked. I read the backlog of posts (in one case, THREE YEARS WORTH of posts) on a couple of blogs and at some point I decided I wanted to try it out.
You see, I’ve always been a reader. I’d tried blogging in a couple other genres (humor/personal and crafts) with very little success or even perseverance (I don’t think I passed a couple of weeks or a handful of posts on either of those blogs) , but book blogging made sense. I was already reading, why not talk about it? The added bonuses would be actually keeping track of what I read, which I hoped would improve how and what I read. Also, I hoped to connect with other readers (as I have never really had reader friends in real life) and perhaps make some new friends. I also wanted to read more critically and while writing has never been my calling, I like doing it and I missed doing purposeful writing like I did in grad school. So I decided to give book blogging an honest, concerted effort and to see where it would take me.
So far, I am pretty happy with my blog. I have some loyal readers and I get many meaningful comments. It still shocks me sometimes that people actually read what I post and it makes me so happy that I get to share books with others. I am also reading a lot more widely and reading a lot more. I spend a lot more time thinking about what I read and am hopefully a more critical thinker/reader/writer as a result. The last few months have been a lot of fun and I look forward to continuing this blog as long as it continues to be fun!
What about you? What got you started in blogging?
11 thoughts on “TGIF: A Book Blogger is Born”
It IS pretty weird for people to care about what you think, huh? It still baffles me.
Yep, especially because in real life when I start rambling on about books people don’t really care!
Ditto! Mine didn’t start out as a book blog either, but since I started discussing books, it’s like the perfect fit.
Exactly! And, for me anyways, I always have endless material because the books give me things to talk about!
I have several other blogs that are currently gathering dust. I have a truly hard time sticking things out, especially when there’s not much material going on. But book blogging just feels RIGHT! And I think having fantastic blog friends helps to keep me going. So glad that you decided to blog and we found each others’ blogs! I love yours and hearing your thoughts oh so much! 🙂
This comment rocks my socks off. Thank you! I have really enjoyed getting to know you and hearing your thoughts on books, too. I can always count on you to have something good to say about what I write (even if I go off on a tangent and read some chick lit) and that makes me smile!
I started out blogging about books, and I still focus on that (although I’ve expanded a little bit), and I really like how blogging has let me expand my reading, and my writing. Glad I found your blog through tgif, and looking forward to seeing what’s next here!
I honestly don’t know why I didn’t think of books to begin with… but it never crossed my mind that it would make more sense to write about something I have always loved! Thanks for stopping by!
I debated separating my blog into multiple blogs for differrent categories but I enjoy having them all in one place. I love how our blogs evolve over time.
Here’s my post:
You gotta do what works best for you and if that’s the kitchen sink approach (haha) then go for it! Thanks for stopping by!
My book blog morphed into many things that are writing-related and book-related: writers, social media, books, editing, libraries and more. Blogging started out as a creative exercise for me and it turned into a great hobby. It’s so much fun to trade viewpoints and tidbits of trivia from people all over the world and to see each one’s unique view of the world from their own blogs.