Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Why We Blog

I think between all of the ARCs, giveaways, BEAs, dramas, lulz and blogginesses, we forget why we become book bloggers to begin with. So I took it upon myself to spam my Twitter feed with the simple question, "Why did you start blogging?" for a few days and thankfully, people responded! Yay Twitter! And then I thought maybe this wouldn't be so bad every once in a while, to poll my fellow book bloggers about random bookish stuff and post the results. But we'll see on that.

I was going to write my long-winded story about how I came into book blogging but ultimately, that isn't important. I came in for a couple of particular reasons but they're not the reasons why I've stayed for coming on two years now. I love being able to put my thoughts about a book out there and getting a response from people, good or bad. Instead of finishing a book, shelving it and moving on, I can revel in it with fellow book lovers. And the people are kind of cool too. :) I love the connections that I've made because of this blog and it's just so awesome to be surrounded by such intelligent and thought-provoking people.

What were other people's responses? Let's take a look -

Started blogging abt books to share love w/ students, other readers; to develop community of readers; to spark conversation abt books. ~ Mary @ Mary Brebner

I am a book blogger because it is a joy to finally be able to share my love of reading books with others who love to read as much or more! ~ Jackie @ Housewife Blues and Chihuahua Stories

Ive been blogging over a year now & I still do it because of my fellow bloggers and my ever growing appetite to find the next amazing book or author. Its also fun and has become part of who I am. I feel like I'm just getting started. ~ Lisa @ A Life Bound By Books

I started 2 chat up my favs-I am stil going simply 4 the love o'books+it's sort of an escape(books+blog)-Despite the work-I enjoy it-mostly ~ Elie @ Ellz Readz

I became a book blogger just so I could talk about books! (& squeal w/excitement for new books. I don't know many people irl who do that.) ~ Sandy @ Pirate Penguin's Reads

For a long time, I kept a list on excel of all the books I read and tried to organize them via author, genre and star rating. This past spring I discovered blogging and more specifically book blogging. Blogging was another way to keep track of what I've read and it's a bit more creative than just a spreadsheet and more fun. I think it's also because I found a community that loves reading as much as I do and is willing to have a continuous dialogue about it. It's almost as addictive as reading! ~ Pam @ Midnyte Reader

I've been blogging since January 2010. I started off writing reviews so I could remember books that I read (since I read so much). But the community kept me around. Everyone is really amazing and giving and it has been a pleasure doing it. I still keep my main focus on my passion but I keep doing it so I can share my love for books and also keep in touch with some amazing people. ~ Kate @ I Just Wanna Sit Here And Read!

I am a book blogger because I love to spread book knowledge, especially for self-pubbed authors and Indies! ~ Jessica @ A Fanatic's Book Blog

I discovered the world of book blogging by accident. Thought it fit who I am and decided to give it a shot. Been 1.5 years now. ~ Ziara @ My Life In Not So Many Words . . .

I have been book blogging for four years, but originally just started to keep track of the books I read. Good reads helped that, but last fall I decided to try and make my blog more and post more often. I really just enjoy writing about books. I have no aspirations to be a writer, I am just a reader! ~ Jana @ Milk and Cookies: Comfort Reading

simply to share my love of reading with others, and discuss books. ~ Ash @ Smash Attack Reads!

I'm a book blogger because all my friends are losers and don't see how freaking awesome reading is. I needed to connect with other readers. I started the College Students group on Goodreads and 2 years later I started blogging bc I am a nut and wanted even more bookish community! I've been blogging since June 2010 ~ Jamie @ The Broke and the Bookish

Old but I keep going because I love the community & talking about books. It feels like a job but the best job in the world. ~ Katie @ Sophistikatied Reviews

soon to be new -- to be part of the book blogging community, to remember what I read, and to be creative ~ Joy @ The Spiral of Seasons

I am just starting because I love to write and network. I hope to bring healthy food awareness to moms and dads :) ~ Bea @ Fresh Bananas - Life of a Happy Banana

Do you see the love there? I do and I think it can be forgotten all too easily with everything else thrown in the mix. To quote The Beatles, all you need is love! If you haven't already, follow me on Twitter so you can catch my next question, whenever that happens to pop up. I have that Twitter widget at the top of the right sidebar but you run the risk of missing is there.


Mrs. DeRaps said...

Thanks for sharing this on your blog. I am rarely on twitter but loved reading this post and the responses your followers offered up. It is important to think about why we're doing this, especially since it takes a lot of time. Lots. But, it can be so very worth it.

Love this community. Love book nerds. And Bites.

Zia said...

Great post! I found it fun to read all the responses.

Adriana said...

I definitely agree with all these answers. The book blogging community is such a supportive group of people who you could tell actually love what they do. Which is nice, especially since none of friends are as avid bookworms like me. Thanks for sharing!

Ladybug said...

Excellent post, Donna!

I started blogging to share my love of books, to "talk" about and discuss books with other readers. I don't know all that many people that read as much as I do and certainly not the same genres so there's no fun talking about my love of YA when others doesn't read it.

I especially love the international book blogging community, it is huge and you always find someone with a similar taste in books as your own. I blog in Norwegian as well but there's not all that many Norwegian book bloggers yet(but the community is growing rapidly).

Ladybug of Escape In A Book.

Cynthia said...

Great post! I love it. I became a book blogger by accident, just started blogging about random things and started reviewing the books I was reading too because I wanted everyone else to know about them and share my love for them with others. I've made lots of friends through the blogging community and it's a great community to be a part of. =)

jackie b central texas said...

Donna thanks for asking the question on Twitter and posting all these wonderful positive answers that just go to show you us bookworms stick together, even if it is through interaction long distance! In some cases lately have even been lucky enough to find bloggers who live close to me enough to meet and that is a phenomenal thing for me as no one else in my friends and family read books of any kind! (gossip mags maybe!)

jackie >_<

Donna said...

I just think we need to remind ourselves every now and then why we're doing what we're doing. It certainly doesn't hurt!

Man of la Books said...

Fascinating and Informative.

I just started blogging a few months ago, I wanted to put down in writing my thoughts of a book for my future self, as well as get connected with other bibliophiles.


Debbie's World of Books said...

I ask myself this every now and then. I've been blogging for about 2 years and started because I wanted a way to track what I've read and what I thought as a reminder for myself not to buy the same book again because I forgot if I read it and if I liked it.

Every once in awhile I get caught up in the how many readers do you have, how many arcs are you sent, etc. Then I debated if I should target one genre on my blog to get a larger audience. In the end I always come back to no matter how much I love my readers my initial purpose of my blog was for myself. So I just keep doing what I'm doing and reader's comments are the extra icing on the cake.

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