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Why I Love Book Blogging – Top Ten Tuesday

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 knowledgeĀ 

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?

25 Comments

  • Jordon @ Simply Adrift

    June 10, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Book blogging definitely motivates me to read! And I enjoy it more because I know I’m going to be sharing my opinions with other people and will hopefully get to discuss them.

    I really like being apart of the bookish community, I love that it’s so vast. Although at times I do feel like it’s a bit hard to integrate into the community if you’re new (Like myself).

    I actually really enjoy having to learn coding! It’s so much fun! I just wish I had more time to blog and learn coding so I could learn faster.

    I love that you already have a bookish clothing store open and you’ve only been blogging for 9 months! Now that’s pretty cool šŸ˜€

    Awesome points!

    Jordon @ Simply Adrift
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    • ltlibrarian

      June 10, 2016 at 10:22 am

      Exactly! It’s not just reading a book and then putting it on a shelf. It’s reading, reviewing and then endless time chatting about it. It becomes so much more of an experience.

      I would agree with that about integrating when you’re new, but you seem to be doing a great job šŸ™‚ I find that the more you blog hop and comment and tweet the more you meet people and grow into the community. And it is really vast! Like I had no idea just how many book bloggers there were until I joined it.

      Yay for coding! Totally agree that it’s so fun. Finding time is the kicker though, if only the day had more hours… or sleep wasn’t a thing you needed to live.

      Thank you! Honestly, I haven’t even noticed the time go by, it feels like I’ve been doing it for ages. But nothing helps keep perspective like realizing the timeline. And it’s totally a side effect of the community. I’ll see someone blogging about starting a shop or writing and I get so excited that I have to join in. Another one of the bonus points of the book blog community šŸ˜€

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  • Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight

    June 10, 2016 at 2:04 am

    LOVE this list! It’s so accurate too! I notice that when I have review books to read and/or books to post about, I am SO much more motivated. And I love learning all the “behind the scenes” stuff too. I am still not great at all the things, but I can do some simpler stuff- and I learned how to make GIFs finally šŸ˜‰ And of course, the community aspect is THE best! OH and I adore your shirts! You are doing such a great job!
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    • ltlibrarian

      June 10, 2016 at 10:16 am

      Yes! It’s a great motivator when you know you have a review to write so you finish the book on time. YOU CAN MAKE GIFS? That’s so cool, I’ve never even thought to learn. I rely entirely on Giphy.

      Thank you! *sobs of joy* Designing is somewhat new for me so it’s great that they’re coming out well

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  • Grace

    June 9, 2016 at 5:49 am

    Yes to this list!! It definitely has made me read more. I always read a lot but I finish 2- 3 books a week and I never did that before blogging. I think it is amazing all the things you accomplished since starting blogging too. Congrats on finishing your novel – how exciting!!! Great list!

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    • ltlibrarian

      June 9, 2016 at 8:55 am

      That’s so good! Book blogging really some seem to increase not only how much we read but also how far. Like 2-3 books a week is fast (to me anyway).

      And thank you! I’m pretty happy about it, now is just the torture of attempting to get representative >__<

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  • Cait @ Paper Fury

    June 8, 2016 at 5:19 am

    THIS IS AMAZING!!! I love your successes too! šŸ˜€ And I wholly agree with #1 *nods* Although, I mean, I’ve always been a pretty avid reader. But that was like a book or two a week. And I thought that was reading a lot. So book blogging definitely keeps me motivated to read (and also caught up on newer books, and reading more diversely! Because I’m more aware of it!) and zomg YES. Blogging has started me on starting internet selling too, and making bookish friends, and keeping me motivated for my novelling. ahhhh SO MUCH LOVE FOR BLOGGING. <3 I adore this post, Liselle, and totally agree!
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    • ltlibrarian

      June 8, 2016 at 9:07 am

      OMG I can’t imagine you reading just a book or two a week. In my mind, you’ve been devouring books since infancy hahah Yes! For reading diverse more and generally realizing the lack of diversity in some books. It seems funny that I wouldn’t notice since I am a person of colour, but you get so used to not seeing it that you don’t even realize what you’re missing.

      Yay! It really is such a great way to get motivated and start doing all these extra bookish things that you may not have done otherwise. I’m so happy to hear about all the blogging love people have šŸ˜€

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  • chelsea @ between the pages

    June 7, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    i love this post! and i agree with every point! (although i still watch a lot of tv, and im proud of it just as much as reading). book blogging has opened up so many doors for me. my reading has improved, and i’ve become so analytical that it’s affected how i watch tv! btw, i love your blog!

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    • ltlibrarian

      June 8, 2016 at 8:43 am

      TV watching is still very acceptable, I mean, some of those shows are book adaptations! Haha I didn’t think of that, but it’s true, I guess after writing reviews and having to analyze what you’re reading it would carry over to other things. Don’t you find that the more you blog, the more your ratings fluctuate as you get more analytical and picky?

      And thank you!

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  • Whitney @ Imaginary Book Club

    June 7, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    I have also been using book blogging to learn more about coding! I wish I had the chance to learn more coding when I were younger – I think I would have had so much fun with code in high school. I did a little web design when I was really young, but I have learned so much more through book blogging!!

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    • ltlibrarian

      June 7, 2016 at 4:19 pm

      It would have been great to have something like a coding class in school! I would even go so far as to say it would be much more useful than all those Microsoft Office classes where I forgot all the advanced stuff…

      That’s great šŸ™‚ It’s so much easier to learn in practice and when you’re actually applying it to something. And I loveee your website design! I adore seeing blogs with a more non-traditional homepage design, helps switch things up

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  • Read Diverse Books

    June 7, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Bless this post!

    I also love book blogging because I have been more productive than ever before and I have a small sense of purpose. I love the community that I have joined and never want to leave.

    I also have been reading a lot more now that I’m blogging. This year, my first year blogging, I will have read more books than the last two years combined!
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    • ltlibrarian

      June 7, 2016 at 1:49 pm

      That’s fantastic! I will say that I’ve honestly been awed at how consistently engaged you are in the community. You always seem to be doing some new twitter chat or feature, so I’m not surprised that you never want to leave the community šŸ™‚

      Right? Once you get into the blogging there’s this constant stream of recommendations and productivity and it’s just easier to read. Here’s hoping that you’ll read even more as time goes on!

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  • Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books

    June 7, 2016 at 11:34 am

    I have to agree with everything on that list! šŸ™‚ I love the sense of friendship and community you can feel with other people blogging about the same books as you are. I love how you can talk endlessly about the stories you loved, while people in real life would just get bored of me, honestly, ahah. And you’re so right, it’s such an inspiration for me as well to try and think about new things, new ideas, sparkle some inspiration in writing, and actually making things happen šŸ™‚ Great post!
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    • ltlibrarian

      June 7, 2016 at 1:42 pm

      Yesss, talking with someone about a book when they;re not interested in books is so painful and one-sided, which is why the community is so fantastic.

      I’m glad you get inspired too! It’s hard not to when you see a bunch of other people doing great things. After you get over any blogging jealousy anyway haha I go from jealousy to admiration to inspiration pretty much anytime I visit a blog I like

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  • Rachel

    June 7, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Wonderful post!! You are great at coding, and I especially love your design (and those cute social media buttons shaped like fruit!!). Wow congrats on querying to agents, what a fun time! Being part of the blogging community is so much fun, and they will definitely inspire and motivate you to write posts and read more books. Great post!

    Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books

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    • ltlibrarian

      June 7, 2016 at 1:37 pm

      Thank you! Those fruit buttons make me so happy, and they were actually fairly easy to do in Illustrator šŸ™‚

      Absolutely! Just reading about people getting excited by a book is enough motivation to get reading and make your own posts.

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    • ltlibrarian

      June 7, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      You can never spend too much time on bookstagram! haha, it’s hard not to get caught in looking at all the photos and you take great pictures too so I’m not surprised that you’re addicted.

      I know what you mean, you have the blog as your own domain and space, and then you can still interact with a fantastic community šŸ™‚

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