Whenever there’s drama in the book blogging universe, I get this pit in my stomach. I start doubting why I’m doing this. Why I put so much time and effort into something that sometimes doesn’t seem to give me back anything anything positive in return. Why, why, why. I could spend that time reading more. I could spend it doing homework (that I should be doing anyway), watching new movies, spending time with friends. I could be learning something new or taking walks or basically anything.
Those are the things I start thinking. And then I get a tweet like this:
— Mariam K. (@mariamthekid) July 6, 2016
Or I see someone start reading a book because of my review. Or I meet an author at a signing and feel a real connection. Or I finish a book and have so many things to say I feel like my heart’s going to explode…and so my fingers explode on my keyboard instead.
Things like that happen…and I remember why I’m doing this. Why I spend so much time working and reading and networking and connecting and writing. I do it because I love it.
And amongst all the craziness and drama that will always come with a community our size, that’s all I need to know: I love book blogging.
I wrote another post a few months ago when other drama was happening…I wrote about why I started book blogging and why I think it’s so great. So you should read that one first here. Because I’m going to expand on that list now.
Why Book Blogging Is Still So Great (Again)
There are so many blogs out there…and they’re all so unique and different.
Let’s face it: there are a lot of book bloggers out there. The reading community is a big one, and there are new blogs being created every day. And I love that. But what’s also super cool is that there are so many book bloggers…but there’s not two of the same blogs. Each blog is different and unique and brings something new to the table. Isn’t that pretty cool?
Our bookshelves look freakin’ awesome.
Am I right or am I right? Book bloggers are the masters of the #shelfie and have such big and beautiful book shelves. I don’t think non-readers understand how beautiful a well-organized bookshelf can make a room. Because I’m in a small college apartment with six other girls right now, my shelf isn’t that beautiful. Aka it’s super small and piled with books that I probably don’t have room for. But you know what? I still kind of love it.
We will advocate for what we believe in like no tomorrow.
In the first post I wrote (see above), I talked about how we’re passionate, and this kind of goes along the same lines. But when we believe in something, we believe in something. You know what I mean? We’ll stand up and shout to the world in all caps. And though sometimes our Twitter timelines get full of it, isn’t it kind of cool to see so many people uniting in trying to make something right and better?
We have more interests than just books.
Like I said before, each blog and each blogger is different in their own way. None of us are mindless reading and writing drones. We live lives. We have hopes and dreams. We wish for a better tomorrow today. We are people with likes and aspirations. And when you go visit new blogs, you can see that come out. Personally, I love the blog posts where we can see more of the person behind the blogger. Where we can get to know you and appreciate you. I’ve read posts about ballet and food and design and coding and sports and science and movies…all on websites we call “book blogs.” You know what I mean? We’re all multi-faceted and different, and we have the opportunity to grow and learn from our differences.
We’re able to better understand who we are.
I firmly believe this blog has helped me learn so much about myself in the past year. It’s taught me about my habits, my self-dedication, my procrastination abilities (I’m very good at procrastination)…but it’s also helped me to realize what I want to do in my future: write and help make better with editing. Blogging has helped me create connections. It’s helped me put into words what I like about books and what doesn’t work for me. It’s helped me to learn how to discuss properly…using better arguments than “I don’t know; I just didn’t like it.” It’s helped me become more confident in my writing, more willing to share it with those around me—whether on the internet or in real life. It’s given me an outlet to express my thoughts and feelings in a way I can’t when speaking. It’s just helped me realize more of who I actually am and who I want to be.
And we’ve read enough dystopian novels to know what to do in case of an end-of-the-world situation.
I don’t think this one needs much more explanation. But, seriously, find a bookworm when the world’s ending. We’ve got your back—don’t you even worry.
I know I’m not perfect. I know I’m not above any other blogger or person; heck, I often feel like I’m much, much below. I just hate to see people—including myself—feel discouraged about the entire practice of book blogging because of some drama.
I posted that first post in January…less than six months ago. But I can’t even remember what the drama that day was about. And in a few weeks’ or months’ time, I hope I don’t remember what today’s was either. I hope I can just remember those things that I love about blogging.
So, please, tell me why you love book blogging. Or why you love the book community. Tell me positive things that will lift us all up and help us feel good about what we spend so much time and effort working on. I want to hear your thoughts—I really, really do.