I realized one day a while ago that I had learned so much while book blogging. I proceeded to wonder just how much, and started writing them down. I ended up with five reasons to book blog, if you like reading books, since you learn such fun and useful things. Like:
- Designs – Despite the fact that books tend to be lacking in pictures (most of the time), book blogging uses a lot of thinking about designs. Both in order to make my blog pretty and (hopefully ;-) ) well laid out and to talk about cover design with other bloggers, you have to think about and research design! Since this tends to involve pretty colors and pictures, it wasn’t too much of a chore ;-).
- Books! – Before I started blogging and following other bloggers, I didn’t really think much about how books are written. Through reading indie books, talking to indie authors, researching the publishing and promoting process, and reading fellow bloggers’ info posts, I have learned so much about the actual process of getting books written and published!
- Writing – This time, I don’t mean books being written. This time, I mean me writing. With the culture today, apparently a lot of kids are having trouble with basic writing skills. This is bad, and reading books is certainly useful to improve this, however actually having practice writing is way more useful. Book blogging fits both opportunities :D. While we don’t always have to be grammatical, we do want to communicate effectively to our audience, and practice makes
- Your Tastes – I definitely had a very limited knowledge of what was actually out there for my reading pleasure before I started book blogging. I like to say that I had an island model of reading. I talked to my parents about books, but that’s about it, and so finding new authors was a rare occurrence. When I started book blogging, I learned that I liked some YA, especially dystopia and fantasy YA. I also learned what kinds of things I should look for in books to appeal to my reading preferences, for example a really cool magic system or other fresh idea for the world of a story is a big plus for me. It’s just hard to really develop an idea of your own tastes until you start talking to other people in depth about what they like and dislike and compare!
- New Books! – I learned about so many new authors and books that I had never heard of that I should have when I started blogging and reading other blogs. It’s awesome! I definitely struggled at times to find new books that I was likely to like before I started reaching out to the community, figuring out who had similar tastes to mine, and keeping a GR list of books to read. I didn’t even know that GR existed before I started blogging! Shocking I know….
So that’s my list of reasons, and if you’ve ever thought about trying out book blogging, I think you should! You don’t have to try to be a big blogger (I certainly am not), you just have to like books and want to tell people about them and hear from others about them. I really think that the things I learned from book blogging and hopefully will continue to learn more than repay the time and money I’ve invested in my blog ;-). Also it’s so much fun :D!
What have you learned?? If you haven’t started yet, why not?
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