Blogging is HARD. If you’ve ever searched for a road map only to come up empty handed, you’re not alone. (Re)Discovering the Basics chronicles one blogger’s (Gaby’s!) journey to finding her own way in the online world. Together, we’ll open the discussion on how we blog and what both new and established bloggers can learn from each other.
Amanda’s note: below you’ll find Gaby’s first guest discussion post. If you’d like to read the reasoning behind this discussion series, you can check out my interview with Gaby. I’ve opened up my blog to Gaby because many of the topics she’ll cover are topics that Blog Smarter helps you tackle–meaning I think they are worth talking about and exploring in discussion.
People can list a ton of reasons why they keep blogs. Personally? I think my reason boils down to BECAUSE I WANNA. Which might be my petulant, Veruca Salt way of saying: “Because book blogging allows me to take my very favorite hobby – reading – and make it a communal experience.”
Of course, creating a blog isn’t the only way to fill this need. I could have just joined a book club, but I didn’t. Because the need to blog goes back to the BECAUSE I WANNA answer. There’s a certain drive necessary to keep any kind of blog. You have to have the time, patience and desire to make all of this *gestures widely at Amanda’s beautiful blog* happen. You also have to have something you want to say. Since I’m me, I’ll never not have something to say (that’s right, I’m the one who rambles and doesn’t know when to shut up), so that helps.
So yeah, we’re all here because of the books. And getting ARCs is for sure an occasional perk of blogging. But ultimately, if you want to REALLY be happy blogging, wherever you blog or whatever you blog about, you need to be here BECAUSE YOU WANNA, not because of outside influences. Take five minutes, sit down and think about what’s really driving you to either start a blog or continue one you’ve been posting on for however long. Are you looking for community? Do you have the drive, the time and STUFF to say?
But since I know I’m not the authority on motivations for blogging, I outsourced a little. I got in touch with a couple of my FAVORITE bloggers. Each of these bloggers is from a different part of the world and have been blogging for different amounts of time. They are all lovely ladies, each with their own reasons for blogging, both similar and dissimilar to my own. Check out their reasons, contemplate mine and remember: no one can tell you you’re blogging for the wrong reasons. Just make sure you HAVE reasons, otherwise you might find yourself starting to hate something you once loved.
“I blog because it allows me to combine three of the things I love to do most: reading, writing and creating. All of these things I have been doing for as long as I can remember, or ever since I learned how. The fact that I can share my writing and graphics with other people makes me (a little scared, but) happy, and talking about books even more so. However, I wouldn’t still be blogging if it weren’t for the lovely comments I have gotten and amazing friends I have made. The book blog community is filled with wonderful people, and I don’t think I would have enjoyed blogging if it weren’t for that.”
– Judith @ Paper Riot
“It took me a while to come up with this because really there is so much to say about why I blog but I figure what it REALLY boils down to is the community. I know that this is mentioned time and time again but being able to talk to people about books is such a new thing for me and I’ve found it to be a really amazing experience. I’ve made some friends that I’m certain I’ll keep for life and I really love that. While receiving ARCs is exciting, it’s definitely not the reason I continue to blog and would definitely stick with blogging even if that perk was taken away. For me it’s about gushing about books I love with other book lovers, of bonding over similar quirks and habits, and of just fitting in when I never did before.”
– Faye @ A Day Dreamer’s Thoughts
“I joined a Book Club a few months ago and the girls kind of twisted my arm into starting a blog! To avoid feeling left out, I went with it! So far, I’ve been having a blast. I love having somewhere to not only keep track of the books I read, but also throw my thoughts and feelings down on the table for people that actually care! I love the bookish online community so much already. Twitter has been amazing for getting to know other bloggers and readers. I’m also starting to incorporate some other interests of mine onto the blog, which has been fun. I like to show my readers there is more to me than just the books! Blogging is way more time consuming than I ever imagined, but I love it and plan to stick with it!!”
– Betty @ Book Rock Betty