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.

15 comments:

  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

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    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.

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

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

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  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

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  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.

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  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.

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  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

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  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.

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

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  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

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  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

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  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

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  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. :)

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  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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