Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Let's Talk About It: Why I Blog? Why Do YOU Blog?

Did you all see this post at Katie’s Book Blog about Blogging Then and Now? I have had my blog private for several years before I took the leap of faith of making it public. I even stopped writing posts for myself for about a year. I read all the time still but did not write any reviews for me to look back onto. I regretted that so I made the decision that I wanted to do this for myself again. For me, why I decided to finally make Love.Life.Read public is because I missed the connections and feedback sharing that I got with my previous job’s staff intranet blog. We would write reviews and comment on each other’s postings. My blog is my way of being able to do that again, but with a whole lot more colleagues out there in Blogland. :-) I lived vicariously through reading all the blogs I have followed but I missed the connectedness by not commenting, responding to the questions, posting reviews or participating in reading challenges. In my current job, which I love, I am the only person in my library geeked about young adult and romance titles. I am the only youth and teen librarian so I made it a professional goal this year to connect with other readers out there so I can have someone to talk books with who are equally as excited about them as I am. 

I cannot say that I have not had fear in doing this because it is like bearing my soul in a way. With every post, we put ourselves out there to be accepted hopefully but in some cases, judge against all other book bloggers. I know one thing I do not want to do is feel like I am getting into blogging because of a competition or in hopes of getting free stuff. I am sure none of us would turn our noses up about free stuff but that cannot be my driving force because I would set myself up for failure. Of course that does not mean that I do not scan the eGalley lists every week or so but every title I request is because I WANT to read it not because I feel like I have to read it. To me, there is a big distinction between the two.

Thank you to Katie for the reminder that it does not matter how many ARCs, electronic or printed, I receive, how many comments I get or how many followers or subscribes I have any given day. I am doing this simply because I LOVE BOOKS and I wanted to shout it from the rooftop!!

So Why Do YOU Blog? 

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  1. Katie has a great way of putting my feelings into words *lol*

    I blog for myself. (It took me a LONG time to realize that, and recently I regressed into my old "I don't get enough ARCS/Comments/Followers" funk. But ultimately? I blog because I enjoy it. Because I like the record of books I've read. The outlet to let my booknerd flag fly. The community of other book lovers.

    Great post :)

    -Jac @ For Love and Books

  2. Excellent, enthusiastic post! :) I've been blogging about books for a few years, and just wrote a Squidoo lens about this: 7 Good Reasons to Blog about Books: http://www.squidoo.com/19-reasons-to-blog-about-books


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