Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Top 10 Reasons I Love Being a Blogger

Top Ten Tuesdays is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is: Top Ten Reasons I Love Being a Blogger.

Here are (in no particular order) my top ten reasons:

Connecting with other bloggers at book festivals or library conferences - always fun!

Having my blog running for several years - it's so great to go back and read old posts. It's like an archive of what I was reading/thinking about at that time.

The feeling of accomplishment - It's definitely a labor of love, but it is very satisfying to finish up a blog post and hit "publish."

Reading other blogger's blogs, and adding to my ever growing Mt. TBR.

I love reading people's comments and keeping the conversation going.

Writing reviews helps me cement my thoughts about a particular book. It is so helpful when I'm doing reader's advisory.

Posting a monthly tally of books that I've read helps keep me on track with my reading goals.

As a bookseller, and then a librarian, I was no stranger to ARCs before I started my blog, but I do think being a blogger has opened some great opportunities for me to snag free books before they're published - it's like peeking into the future, when you get to read an Advance Reader's Copy and just know that this is going to be a hit that everyone is going to be talking about soon.

I love putting a variety of things on the blog: book reviews, book trailers, news from the library world, library program and craft ideas, whatever!

This blog is something that is completely mine. In this economy, I might lose my library job, or have to move across the country in order to stay employed, but as long as I keep paying my web-hosting fees, nobody can stop me from keeping my blog up to date.


  1. I love that you mentioned the feeling of accomplishment. You are so right! I also like that my blog serves as a journal as well, and lets me go back and look at what I've read, how I've changed, and where I want to go from here. Great list! Thanks for visiting my TTT. :)

    - Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl

    1. I can't tell you how many times I go back to my blog to double-check when I read something! I mean, there's GoodReads for that, too, but my blog goes into more detail.

  2. I love the sense of accomplishment too! I really need to find some book festivals that sounds fun!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

    1. Book festivals are the best! Especially getting to meet authors, and mingle with other booklovers.

  3. Good point about being able to look back on your blog in the future and remember what you were reading and how you thought about it at the time. I never really thought about it, but that is a definite benefit!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  4. Awesome list and I completely agree with that feeling of accomplishment :)

    Thanks for visiting my Top Ten Tuesday list!

    New follower on twitter & GFC

    Chanzie @ Mean Who You Are.

  5. I've only been blogging for 5-6 months. However, I have taken notes of my books before blogging and I've also posted a few reviews onto Goodreads before blogging. It's so interesting to see how my tastes have changed or how my thoughts change after rereading a book. Definitely love the archive of book thoughts/reviews.

  6. I love your point about being able to look back on old reviews. It's such a great way to rrefresh your memory and remember why you loved or hated a book. It's hard to remember my thoughts about those books that I never blogged about.
    Cassi @ My Thoughts Literally

  7. That feeling of accomplishment is a HUGE perk of blogging. For me, that goes hand-in-hand with your point about cementing one's thoughts about a book. I love finishing a review post and going, Yes -- this is complete and I've expressed myself well! That's a fantastic feeling.

  8. Great list totally agree with the point about cementing thoughts !

  9. Definitely get that sense of accomplishment and relief when I reach the end of a blog post and hit publish. That and reading other people's blogs for book recommendations. I haven't updated my goodreads TBR for quite sometime now because I'm scared how big my list has become. :D

    Witless Fool @ Obsessive Compulsive Reader

  10. I really like your last point - your blog is your space and it's nice having that! Of course ARCs and talking to other bloggers are fun too :)

    I'm a new GFC follower! Thanks for stopping by my blog - for some reason a bunch of comments aren't showing up but I know they're there :)

    - Kritika @ Snowflakes & Spider Silk

  11. I love your thoughts on your blog being yours and the blog being an archive of your thoughts and books read.

    ARC are a great way for me to discover new authors that have become my favorites

    Zeee @ I Heart Romance

  12. Love your "comments/conversation" reason. That is SO true. Plus I really like what you said about blogging being a labor of love. That is also very true. :)

  13. I wrote a blog when I was living overseas and I do revisit it once in a while to stir old memories. As a newcomer to book-related blogging, I look forward to having that feeling about my current blog. Thanks for this post. Going to take a peek at the rest of your blog now!



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