Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. They are great at bringing new top ten themes, and they have a huge list of them well in advance for those bloggers that like to plan super far ahead. You can learn about joining in here. I make a list of five instead of ten, just for your knowledgeΒ 

The prompt for this week’s TTT is: “Why I Love ‘x'” and so I decided what better avenue than to discuss why I love book blogging so much. And while I have never used such a strong word to describe my relationship with blogging, I clearly do love it. I mean, I pour money and hard work into a website that I don’t get paid to run. And I spend a lot of my free time working on it and enjoy it.

Five Reasons Why I Love Book Blogging…

Motivation to read

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Last week I finally managed to get out to a real life book club. I know, right? Real life socialization? Me? Anyway, I was talking to some of the girls and mentioned reading one book a week and they were gobsmacked. In my mind, I read terribly slow. I know lots of bloggers that seem to be reading 3-4 books a week so one didn’t feel very impressive. But just ten or so months ago when I first started my blog I hadn’t read a book in at least a year. Not only did I not have the time for it, but I was lazy to bother. But now I see all the new cool looking books coming out and I have reviews to write, so I’m crazy motivated to read. I can confidently say that right now while book blogging I read more books at a faster rate than I ever did. Not including fanfiction, I read when I was a teen. Because if I’m honest I’ve probably read more fanfiction than books…

Being part of a community

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People in my life do not read leisurely. They just don’t. And when they have the time to sit down with a book more often than not they either don’t finish or it’s a book I have no interest in reading. And so being part of the book blogging community has been a great way to discuss books with people who actually read the stuff I do. When I mention a book, people not only know it, they’ve read it too. Like, that’s kind of amazing? Anyone who has non-reading friends and family probably thinks it’s amazing too. And moreover, I love getting to know other bloggers through their writing. You get a real sense of someone’s personality and interests in a way that really makes it feel like a community vs. a bunch of people blogging about the same thing.

Making pretty website details and learning coding

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Before I even had the idea of a blog, I had an interest in learning to code and so I took some online classes at CodeAcademy which I am constantly thankful for. Only after I finished the classes did I become more interested in building my own website. Now that I have the book blog, I am constantly looking for new things to add to the website and making little fixes along the way. And I love how great this has been for my problem-solving skills. I can see something is the wrong colour on my homepage, check the coding, then go and edit the CSS to fix things. And I’m not like a crazy computer wiz or anything now, but I feel like I have a lot of control over my site. And I’ve also gotten better with using Adobe Illustrator and Canva to create appealing graphics for the site and social media.

Time well spent

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Before book blogging, I spent most of my free time sitting around on the couch watching TV. I would come home after work, crash, watch a couple episodes of a show, go to sleep, and repeat. And I suppose this works fine for some people but I felt very melancholy about it all. I don’t have a lot of people near me to be social with, and I felt sort of stuck in a rut. Once I started book blogging I had something to do that felt productive. I’m contributing to a community, I’m reading, I’m writing, I’m trying to take maybe not the best Instagram photos ever. But I’m doing something. I had something to talk about with people other than whatever show I happened to be watching. And I generally got more productive from there. I started working out and doing more crafts. Nowadays, I still watch TV when I get home, but I do it after exercising, cooking dinner, visiting family, and reading blog posts.

Inspiration to follow-through with ideas

I haven’t been blogging for terribly long, about nine months now, but a lot of things have changed. And it was small changes that grew over time. As I became more productive with my blog and created new content each week I realized that I could set a goal and follow-through. And so I made the decision to participate in NaNoWriMo, partially because people in the community were participating, and now I have a fully completed novel that I’m submitting to agents. I had always liked the idea of starting my online store, but would often give up before I reached any significant stage. But now I have a brand new bookish and book-themed apparel shop. Before I started book blogging I really couldn’t have imagined doing any of that. And sure I don’t have an agent or any impressive sales margins, but I actually stuck my neck out and tried. And I honestly don’t think I would have ever done either of those things if I wasn’t book blogging.

 

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Why do you love book blogging? Or just blogging in general?