Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new topic is given and this weeks topic is Reasons I love Being a Blogger.
I’ve always had friends, but I’ve never had friends who I’ve shared a love of books with before and that has been one of the greatest things for me about blogging. Fellow bloggers who started as just companians and people to talk to, quickly became people I love and would do anything for. And it has been the best thing that has ever come out of blogging.
Before I started blogging I had been going through a bit of a reading drought, having only read about four books in four years. Since blogging I now read an average of 100 books a year which is just so amazing. I had forgotten how wonderful and brilliant books were and I am so happy that I have been reminded.
I’ve been writing every day since I was about eleven years old and blogging has just been another way to keep that up. It has inspired my fiction writing as well and that has just been wonderful and amazing.
Online and offline, all the events I’ve been to because of the blog have been brilliant. Whether that be read-a-thons, read-a-longs, month-long events or blogger brunches and author launches. Everything has been a truly amazing experience and I cannot wait to do so many more things.
One of the most amazing things about blogging is the community that comes with it, especially the YA book community. Everyone is so welcoming and friendly and lovely and it is so easy to just feel happy within it. While there has been some dramatic moments since I started bloggging, at the end of the day, we all come back together and band together and show that we are friends and we are a great community to belong to.
Structure & Deadlines
I like lists. I like structures. I like plans. And blogging allows me to do all of these things. I have a schedule to work along with, I participate in blog tours that have deadlines, and I read books in specific orders. And it is something that I really enjoy and makes the experience so much better.
Have you realised it yet? I really love blogging and one of the resons for that is because it is fun. It’s a hobby that I enjoy and a hobby that I would have to think long and hard about before I give it up.
Growing up I have always felt like the “odd the one out”. I was smarter than most of the people in my class and outcast as the “nerdy” girl, then I was the only one in my family who read, and wrote, and spent most of her time on the computer. Always there have been obstacles in the way to make me feel like I truly belong and feel comfortable but within the blogging world, I feel like I’ve finally found somewhere I really belong.
Talking about books
With all those obstacles mentioned above, talking about the books I had read was something that didn’t happen very often. Now that I have an outlet to talk about them, it feels so amazing. Furthermore, through all my fellow bloggers and blogger friends, I have had more conversations about books in the last two years than I have in the twenty-one years prior to blogging. Which is just amazing, don’t you think?
Finding new books
Before I blogged, I used to just walk into a bookshop and peruse the bookshelves and hope that something new and exciting would jump out at me. I wouldn’t read amazon reviews and I had no idea what Goodreads was. With no friends to ask about good book recommendations, it was like walking in an endless ocean of confusion. Now I am always armed with recommendations when I walk into bookstores and I love it. It makes me more excited about books and reading in general and it is something I wouldn’t have without blogging.