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.
Mostly, I started blogging because you all understand this part of me that no one else really 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?