Four THINGS I’VE LEARNED BY WRITING A BLOG on Friday
Monday’s post was my 50th blog post! Yeah, me!! I started this blog in June. It was something I had wanted to do for a long time and finally did! I have thoroughly enjoyed Give Me One More Chapter and have realized a few things about myself while writing this blog. Here are some revelations . . . surprising and not so surprising . . . that I have learned about myself.
Reading is REALLY important to me
I read . . . a lot! I mean, I always have a book with me (you know, in case there is a zombie apocalypse) but I have realized that I don’t just like to read, but I need to read. Books provide for me a place to relax, an escape from whatever is bothering me, and a time for me to be selfish. I have also found that I don’t blog about everything I read. I always have a number of books going simultaneously; it is the ones that I can’t put down for another one that I write about.
Blog writing is a lot harder than I thought
I read. I write. But, writing about what you read is more challenging that I thought. I find that I have to go back and check details about the stories, but I also have found that it makes me read more closely. As I have mentioned, I read a lot and I am a very fast reader. However, I know that my reading speed often makes me miss details. I get so excited and involved in the story that I just have to find out what happens next!! Because I know that I will be writing about what I read, I am forced to slow down so I don’t miss things and I think my enjoyment of the story is greater as a result.
I have made connections with a lot of people
I have met a few fellow book bloggers through this writing process. It is so great to converse with them; there are other book nerds out there!! I have also had the opportunity to chat with some of my favorite authors. This is a huge thrill for me; I kind of go a little fan-girl here! Most of the writers I have had the opportunity to exchange notes with have been more than delightful. As a reader, it is great to let authors know how much you appreciate their work, and also, it lets readers know that the authors appreciate them! On the same note, I can’t begin to tell you what a thrill it is when I get a “like” or comment on my own posts. When someone “follows” me, it completely makes my day!!
I feel a lot less guilty when I buy new books
It’s research. It’s for my job . . . okay, so I don’t get paid, but still. These are the excuses I give myself and my husband! Thanks, honey! He knew I was a book junkie when we married. But seriously, when I see a book that I think I might want to read, I ask myself if I might also want to write about it. I also find that I am sharing books I write about with friends. It definitely makes it worth the purchase if I can share it! Now . . . if anyone has an suggestions as to how I could make some money doing this . . . I would definitely put the funds to a good cause – more books!!
Thanks for the support and encouragement and Happy Reading!