Friday, May 18, 2012

TGIF --- and a book blogger is born

Now that I'm feeling much more like myself, I am ready ready ready to celebrate the fact that it's Friday!   Ginger over at GReads always hosts TGIF, and today's question is: A Book Blogger is Born:  What made you decide to start your very own book blog?

I have always been an avid reader (actually, I'd say I'm a reading addict), and when I discovered LibraryThing, and GoodReads, I was all kinds of happy.  I started reading book blogs around the same time, and I really liked how I could read about how other people felt about books I was reading, and also that I could enter into a bit of conversation about books.   I also discovered that book bloggers were a great way to learn about all kinds of books --- things I'd never heard of were making their way into my book bag, and the stack of books by the bed started to get bigger.

I wasn't sure about blogging, myself, because I wasn't sure if anyone out there would care about what I was saying.  However, I started to like the idea of just getting my thoughts down, and writing, even if no one read any of my posts.  So, I did a bit of looking around to get some inspiration, and then created my own blog.  I've been blogging now for almost three years, and I think I've come a long way since those early posts (some of them make me cringe a bit, but I keep them anyway).   I've also come a long way since my early blog design --- once I hired Lori to do up my design, I felt like I was really myself, and comfortable on my blog.

I may not have a large number of followers, and I usually don't have many comments on my posts, but I still really enjoy blogging, and making connections with other bloggers.  I had to get up some courage to start, but now, I'm comfortable, and I'm looking forward to reaching out and connecting a little more with other bloggers (the nice thing is, if you're shy like I am, talking about books, and blogging, makes it a lot easier).

Happy Friday, everyone --- and have a wonderful weekend!!!


Anonymous said...

Blogging has also been a really great way for me to learn about new books and to engage deeper with what I read-- both through writing about the books and through discussing with others.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Lauren said...

i like your header for your blog! also, i like your answer! thanks for stopping by my blog!

Anonymous said...

Three years! That's impressive! Congratulations! My blog will be one sometime this month (not sure about the exact date. Oops.)

I also love the conversational part of blogging, and how much more connected I feel to what's popular in publishing right now.

Anonymous said...

Wow three years, that is awesome! I completely agree on the connection you make with other book bloggers. hah and don't cringe at your older posts, they helped you get here today.:)
thank you for stopping by my blog.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

One of the joys of writing mini-book reviews on my blog and Goodreads is that it makes me think about what I just read, figure out what worked, what made me enjoy the story. As a reader and writer that intrigues me.
So glad we met through our blogs!

Annette Mills said...

Thanks for visiting. I don't have a huge number of followers (about the same as you) or comments either, but I enjoy writing, reading other blogs, and I do enjoy the comments I get. I know that some people are reading what I have to say, and really, I started this for me, and I enjoy doing it, so that's enough for me.

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