Since this week is a REWIND pick, and I’ve felt down about blogging lately, I decided to pick this topic from June 2011 to help me remember why I love blogging. Maybe it’ll help some of you as well! :)
1. Welcoming Community
The Book Blogging community has ALWAYS made me feel welcome. They’ve always embraced my blog and my thoughts on things. You guys make it feel like home and I love y’all for it.
I have made several friendships through Book Blogging and I feel so fortunate. Some of these friendships are completely special to me and I feel down right lucky that I get to hang out with these girls and talk and have fun together. You guys know who you are. ;)
Since I started Book Blogging, I’ve traveled and still plan to travel more in the future. It’s all been for book events and book conferences, so it’s awesome because there will always be people there that have shown up for the same reasons as me: love of reading.
4. Book Recommendations
There’s NO BETTER place to get book recs than from fellow Book Bloggers. They’ll tell me if books have the important things in them…like kissing. And hot guys.
5. Broadened Reading Horizons
Ok, so I haven’t exactly jumped far from what I like, which is anything with kissing in it, but did pick up some Fantasy, Chic Lit, and General Fiction! Soon, maybe even a few Classics. Point is, I’ve opened up to these possibilities because of Book Bloggers.
6. Book Industry Insights
I don’t dwell into this a lot, but there’s NO DOUBT I know a lot more of how some things work in the book industry since I started blogging. The things I do know, I loved having the opportunity of learning them because of Book Blogging.
7. Advance Readers Copies
Not to sound like a douche, but this is probably the privilege of Book Blogging that makes me happy dance. It never gets old getting these babies in the mail or at conferences. LET ME STRESS THOUGH! It’s a privilege, and people should not feel like they are owed any ARCs just because they have a Book Blog. This privilege comes after you’ve worked hard! Also, content matters!
8. Book Chats
OMG…the amount of book chats I’ve had on twitter, on gchat, on this blog, just make my heart happy. I LOVE IT. Probably my most favorite part of Book Blogging. ESPECIALLY when you finish a book and have the same reaction my husband Bradley Cooper is having. Those time are crucial book chat times.
9. Bookish Tweeps
There are no better Twitter people than Bookish Twitter people! You guys never get old and are better than celebrities. :)
10. Me, Forever
This blog will never go away. I may not blog forever, but the content here will always remain. It’s like leaving my own footprint on this planet. I want my children, grandchildren, great-grandchild and any other future generations to know me through my words.