Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is top ten reasons I love ______. I’m filling in the blank with “book blogging.”
Reasons Why I Love Book Blogging
1. Nobody in my real life reads. If I talked to my family about books, their eyes would glaze over, and they’d make excuses to run away from me before I bored them to death. Nobody in my real life understands my bookish obsession.
2. Blogging allows me to talk about books. I’d probably spontaneously combust if I didn’t. Books give me so many opinions that I can’t keep them all inside. I must force them upon you for my own safety.
3. Blogging encourages me to read more. I don’t really need encouragement to read, but I’m a weirdo who works best with schedules and deadlines. My self-imposed blogging schedule encourages me to pick up a book instead of screwing around on YouTube.
4. Finding out about books before they happen. Aren’t ARCs awesome? Blogging helps me find out about books months before they’re released. Then I have something to look forward to.
5. Blogging is cheaper than a lot of other hobbies. Buying books is expensive, but I haven’t paid one cent for my blog. That probably makes me look unprofessional, but I’m a broke student. I have no money to spend on blogs. I’m so grateful that there are enough free blogging resources that I can do all the work myself.
6. Blogging improves my critical writing skills. I have spent a significant chunk of my life writing critical essays. I’ve attended four different colleges to learn critical writing. Critical writing is just what I do. My blog posts are like short, informal, ridiculous, meme-filled essays. Blogging helps me improve my essay skills, but it’s a lot less tedious than writing a formal essay.
7. Blogging forces me to think about what I read. The reason I started reviewing books is because I was reading a ton of them but not really thinking about what I read. Blogging requires me to use my brain-meat.
8. I can be myself. I’m an extreme introvert. Crowds make me anxious, and I have a hard time talking to strangers. (Probably ‘cause my mommy told me not to.) I’d rather put out a campfire with my face than go to a party. My blog allows me to express myself in ways that I can’t in real life. I feel like myself on this blog.
9. I’ve met so many cool people. This might seem to go against what I said in #8, but book bloggers are the kindest and most creative people I’ve ever met. I seriously love you guys.
10. Blogging challenges me. I had no idea how to design a website or make graphics, but blogging forced me to learn. I’m terrible at using social media, but blogging encourages me to try. I have a lot of ideas, but I’m nervous about sharing them, and blogging gives me a safe outlet to be creative. I feel like blogging has expanded my mind and comfort zone.
What do you love about book blogging?