Beyond the books: Why I started blogging

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Beyond the Books is a weekly meme hosted at Kissin’BlueKaren. Beyond the Books is a weekly meme of mostly non-bookish topics. Share the link to your blog post at her site and we all have fun learning about each other. For more information and future topics.

I’m participating in the Beyond the Books meme when I can think of answers to the questions! I like finding out more about other bloggers. It’s fun to share a few non-bookish things about ourselves. This week the topic is why we started blogging.

I’m talking about why I started blogging and how that has changed through the three years I’ve blogged.

Why I started blogging three years ago

When I began blogging my main reason was to keep track of the books I read and to review them so I would remember them six months later! I had kept track of the books I read for a number of years on a spreadsheet, but often a few months later I couldn’t remember what a book was about. I figured reviewing the books would help me remember the books and I could always look up my review…lol.

After a few months

I found that reviewing a book makes me more discerning and aware of the things I like and dislike about a book. I still tend only to read the books I like so I give most of the books I read at least a B rating, but now I have reasons for my rating and share my thoughts–good and bad–about a book.

I started out on Google’s Blogger and discovered another reason to have a blog: I love technology and learning new things about it. I took an online class to learn about WordPress.com and then moved my blog to WordPress. I loved WordPress.com, but soon decided to take another online class to learn to use WordPress.org and create my own self-hosted blog. I’ve learned a lot though there’s a lot I don’t know and I’m sometimes frustrated trying to do something new with my blog!

And now

When I started out I told myself I didn’t care if no one ever read my blog, but I quickly learned that was a lie…lol. I really enjoy connecting with other bloggers. I enjoy reading their comments and visiting their blogs to see what they have written.

I’ve found so many blogs I enjoy reading and so many good books from reading other people’s blogs and seeing what they read. It’s really nice to connect with a blogger who reads some of the same books I like to read and who can recommend a new author or book to me. Not many of my friends or family in real-life like to read (which is pretty sad) or if they do read they don’t read the same type of books I read. It is such a pleasure to read other people’s reviews and posts for the kinds of books I like. And sometimes I find a book I wouldn’t have thought of reading before I started my blog if it weren’t for another blogging friend’s suggestion. I love that!

What about you? Why did you start to blog?

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

7 thoughts on “Beyond the books: Why I started blogging”

  1. I think our reasons are very similar in wanting to keep track of books read and thoughts on them. I was the same way in thinking I didn’t care if anyone read my blog but finding this community has been amazing. There are a lot of people in my life that read but very few who read the way I do and even less who read similar kinds of books. The community has ended up being the very best part!

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  2. Nice thoughts! Glad you shared them and good for you for learning new technology!

    I started blogging probably five years ago because I craved other book lovers to discuss my reading with, & blogged for a year or so, then stopped for lack of motivation.

    I started a new book review blog– with many more followers than I have now– and had that one for two years, but had to stop because of health-related issues.

    Now I’ve had this current book blog since 11/14… and am sticking with it… because it works for me. I originally did it to get free books in return for a review (being totally honest here!) but then I started hitting the library again, allocating more of my budget for reading, and kept blogging actually for the companionship.

    I’ve taken several hiatuses in the past few years, and when I return people greet me like a missed friend, and that is very touching for me! We move so much that I don’t get a chance to put down roots permanently. Luckily after this short move (for one year) to get our kids situated, we are choosing a small “forever” home.

    Good discussion, good post!

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  3. That’s cool that you were so organized about your reading eve before blogging. I never was. I can remeber checking books out from the library from authors I loved and then getting home and realizing I had already read them.

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  4. Nice post, and I agree. Same reasons here- I think more about the books I read when I review them. And it is nice to reach like minded book lovers because in RL there aren’t as many folks to talk books with. 🙂 I also love it when i find a book I never would have known about thanks to a blogger- that’s one of the best things!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I started because I wanted to have an outlet to talk about things I love. I had a bookstagram before my blog, but that just wasn’t enough. I was limited. I also wanted to talk about movies, tv and video games – so I figured a blog was the perfect place to do that. And I really just dove right in. I went straight to self-hosted and fully immersed myself in this community. I love it 🙂

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  6. I also started blogging because I love reading. At first it was to share my thoughts about books but I do like using it now to track what I’ve read. I know my family and friends don’t visit my blog but I’ve met a lot of great people who enjoy reading as much as I do. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. I think the technological aspect of blogging was one of the big motivators for me, too! Changing up the look of my site and tweaking the HTML/CSS of it has been really fun. And two years ago I wouldn’t have known the first thing about how to do that!

    Blogging would become kind of boring if no one ever commented or interacted with you, so I hear you re: relief that people read your blog! Chatting with other people who love books (especially books similar to the ones I read) is far and away my favourite thing about blogging. 🙂

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