Conversations: Why do I Blog?

This week’s Conversation post comes from the Conversations meme hosted by Corralling Books and Fiddler Blue. The topic is of their choosing this week. Feel free to follow the links and join in.


This week’s discussion:

Why I started blogging, and why I still do it.

First off, I started blogging long before I had a book blog.

My first ever blog was actually one I had to keep up with while I was overseas doing mission work. That blog taught me that I loved writing, so I created my own blog about life, love, and God. When I was back in the States, I began working on a new blog about life and God, but centered more towards my generation of women. And then, eventually, I started book blogging!

With that tidbit of back story out of the way. I started to move from blogging about life and into books for a bunch of reasons.

  • I know a lot more about books than I do about life.
  • I wanted to write fiction, or about fiction, not about my own short comings and trials.
  • I wanted a community of people to interact with that understood this bookish part of me that people in my life just didn’t.

That last one was huge for me. I had discovered at 21/22 years old that I loved books and I loved reading. And for a lot of adults, that’s just not practical. Most adults gave up on reading for pleasure when high school reading lists ruined books for them. So people in my life don’t understand my complete passion for reading..or writing, for that matter.

There was only an increased amount of not understanding when you account for the fact that I read Young Adult.

And then there is the whole introvert thing, but we will get into that next week.

Processed with VSCO with q3 presetMostly, I started blogging because you all understand this part of me that no one elseΒ reallyΒ gets. I’m not saying they reject it, my boyfriend will let me talk about books without so much as a groan, he’s sweet like that. It’s just not something I can have meaningful, deep, back-and-forth conversations with. And I need that type of interaction.

So why do I keep blogging?

Blogging is stressful. I have work and I’m a full time student, and sometimes I just can’t post the blogs I want to (I’ve already missed one this week). But posting blogs and taking time to interact with other bloggers is important, and it’s anxiety-inducing knowing that I don’t always have the time.

But having a community of people is detrimental to what I want in life. If I want to be an author, even if I can’t do it full time, all of my followers will be the first to hear about my books. And the closer we are, the more they will be willing to spread the news.

And then there is the fact that I have already gotten so much out of blogging so far. I have met people, learned about Twitter chats which lead to meeting more people, and I have gotten the chance to talk with some amazing authors. I’ve grown as a writer, a blogger, and a reader. I’m thankful for all that I have learned from this, and I wouldn’t give that up for the world.


Why did you start blogging and what keeps you motivated to continue?

 

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11 thoughts on “Conversations: Why do I Blog?

  1. I started blogging back in 2010 in my native languange (italian) and it basically was just a personal diary. Then I decided to blog about life but in a less personal way, featuring also my geeky passions and I labelled myself a lifestyle blogger. At the beginning of 2016 I switched to book blogging because I think that’s what I actually love to talk about and I never run out of topics! πŸ™‚ I’m still very new in the community, but I love it so far.

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    1. It seems you’ve had some of the same experiences as me with blogging! It feels nice to finally find a niche. Blogging is such a vast thing, you can write about anything, which is what I did! But book blogging has been the greatest!

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      1. I was so afraid to start book blogging, because I thought I didn’t read enough to be a good blogger… Then I realized that I should just share my passion for books without thinking too much about “rules” and stats. πŸ™‚

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  2. I can totally understand that aspect of “I don’t have anyone to talk about books with”, but for me, it’s because I’m not reading in my native language (which is French). I also talk about my boyfriend about books, and I actually pushed him to read a few of them, I’m quite proud about that. I like to hear about people who started blogging for something else than books, because that’s what I was doing when I was in middle school and sometimes I’m still receiving emails for my old blogs, it’s quite funny because I forget about them… ^^ The book community is amazing and I love that you can always find someone to talk about books with! πŸ™‚

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    1. I definitely blog because I love blogging. I probably wouldn’t mind what I wrote about, as long as I was writing and I was writing as myself. I like having the space to say what I need to say, and say it in my own voice.

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  3. Great post, thanks so much for sharing! I agree that blogging is stressful and that life gets in the way sometimes, and it’s good to hear that you’re getting something out of it at least. πŸ™‚

    I started blogging because I love being busy and I like having projects, so this is kind of a project I do outside of my work/other real-life responsibilities. I also think it’s great having people who you can talk to about the things you love, and knowing that they love it just as much. Very few people in my life read as much as I do, and while I’m lucky in that my boyfriend actually reads a bit of YA himself (limited to sci-fi/fantasy), the more the better. πŸ˜›

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  4. Ashley, it’s so awesome that you still keep blogging! I know it’s kinda hard to keep up as a full-time student – but hey, you only do things if they’re worth it right? And it’s great that blogging matters that much to you πŸ™‚
    Also – so cool that you found out that reading matters a lot to you when you were 21/22! Because I completely agree – there’s even a statistic that says that the average adult reads less than 7 (?) books a year!

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    1. Is it horrible that I feel a sense of self worth being able to say that I have probably read more books in the past year than most people have read in their lives? Granted, I wish that weren’t true, people should read, but it makes me feel accomplished, I think!

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