Hey y’all! I didn’t want to do a typical post so I decided I would do something a little more fun and different. I decided I would talk about how blogging has changed my reading style and how it’s helped me grow. I hope y’all enjoy this post and of course I would love to hear y’all’s stories so make sure to leave a comment!
Why I started blogging:
I started blogging after I discovered Bookstagram. I decided I wanted a place where I could write reviews on books that I’ve read. I saw some other accounts I loved had blogs and figured that would be a great place for me to write reviews and just share my love of reading.
What I love about blogging:
I love how great the book blogging community is. It’s an amazing group of people who love to read and blog and everyone is pretty supportive as well. It’s fun to be able to talk and connect even with some of the bigger blogs, because that’s not as common on Bookstagram or BookTube. Usually big accounts only communicate with big accounts so it’s nice that it’s a little different here.
I love the freedom of blogging. I can post whatever I want and I can change my blog to please myself. That’s the same with a lot of platforms tough. However, I don’t feel as pressured to have my blog look a certain way as I feel toward my Bookstagram. I feel like my pictures on Bookstagram need to look a certain way but I don’t get that when it comes to my blog. I feel more confident in my blog in that sense.
Some of the negatives about blogging:
I do feel left out sometimes. I am not a very bg blog and I haven’t been around too long so a lot of other bloggers already know each other and have known each other for years. therefore, leaving me a newbie in an awkward left out kinda category.
Sometimes I feel like I have to post certain things or that if I don’t post I’ll lose followers. In reality though people in this community are very understanding and supportive if you ever feel the need to take a break or go on a hiatus for a while. Also, people seem to appreciate each blog individually. People don’t want to see blogs that are all so similar.
I focus too much on followers, views, likes, etc. I know I shouldn’t but I do. That happens with pretty much all social media though. It’s something I’m working on though, because if you focus too much on followers then you’ll lose the joy.
How has blogging changed my reading habits:
Honestly I don’t think blogging has changed my reading habits too much. It has caused me to star reading more books that I personally am interested in. Before my blog when I was just on Bookstagram and watching BookTube I was really only interested in the books that were being hyped up. I would buy them as soon as I could, but now I’ve been going into Half Price Books more and just trying to find books that interest me rather than books that are hyped up.
Not saying that blogs don’t have overly hyped books posted on them, but I’ve found that blogs tend to stick with what they love rather than trying to please others with the next best book. In a way bloggers tend to be a little more real. I don’t mean that in any negative way so please don’t take it as such. If you choose to that is of your doing not mine!
Let’s see…..I’ve also noticed that since I’ve had this blog I read more e-books. Probably helps that blogging helped me discover NetGalley! Which is amazing and has lots of great books 🙂
I’ve learned a lot about blogging and the book community since I’ve started this blog. I’ve connected with more people/bloggers and it’s been amazing. When I first started out I had the mindset that blogs/others should find me and that’s it. I’ve realized that it’s a two-way street and it takes two to have a conversation. Others will seek you if you seek them too. I’ve made so many friends on here and I am very thankful for that. I love finding new blogs and talking with y’all. It’s been so fun. I’ll probably do another one of these in the future just to see how things have changed. 🙂