When I first started this blog, one thing I didn’t even take into consideration was the fact that writing the blog posts is only half of the experience if you want to get the most from it. In fact, until a few months ago, I was writing maybe one blog post a month, forgetting about it, and not thinking about blogging until I came to write the next one a while later. While there are obviously no rules about what you can and can’t do on your own blog, I found that this simply wasn’t working for me. I started this blog because I wanted to share my bookish opinions, and hear other people’s, yet I was only hearing my own voice. I sort of just put my opinions out there, and they fell into the unloved blog post void. Not that I’m being dramatic.
What I’m trying to say, in a roundabout way, is that I cannot believe how much more I’ve been getting from blogging now that I’m engaging more with other people and posts. Every day or so I open up my WordPress reader, and have a look through the blog posts that other people have been writing. It’s always full of people passionately talking about the books they’ve read, tagging each other to give their bookish opinions or giving recommendations to add to my TBR list that is so long on Goodreads I dare not scroll to the bottom of it.
In short, I know I’ve always enjoyed blogging, but recently I’ve fallen in love with it. Here are some of my thoughts on reading blog posts as well as writing them, and why I think both complement each other so well!
Reading other people’s blog posts is an endless source of inspiration. If I am stuck for ideas, I just have to look to the tags being done or the discussions that people have been having, and soon enough I feel like I have something to say. I went through a phase where I had absolutely no ideas for blog posts and was writing things for the sake of it rather than because I thought I had something worthwhile to say. Other people’s posts reignite my passion for writing my own!
I also find that reading blog posts really expands my knowledge as a reader. I’m more aware of what’s going on in the bookish community as a whole, and as a consequence have more opportunity to find books that I think I will love. Plus, it just makes my heart sing a bit knowing that there are so many people still passionate about books in a technology-crazed society (that was unintentionally but appropriately deep).
Without fail, I always find that writing blog posts really puts my thoughts into perspective. This post, for example, is forcing me to collect together all my thoughts on blogging and figure out exactly how I feel about it as a topic. Book reviews this works for especially; as soon as I have to divide my thoughts about what was positive and negative in a book into groups, I really start to form a full opinion about what I’ve just read. It makes me more aware as a reader, because I’m picking up on things as I’m going along and considering how they all work together on the page and in my mind. I’m generally quite impulsive with my reviews when I’ve finished a book, but I know for a fact that I almost always regret the ratings I give books if I rate them straight away (hello The Handmaid’s Tale). I want to get into the habit of writing my reviews before I rate the book, because this will definitely increase the accuracy of my rating system!
Overall, I would say that I spend a pretty even amount of time reading and writing blog posts, but I’m really interested to know if this is something that the majority find or not. Let me know how you divide your time in the blogging community- is it 50% reading and 50% writing blog posts, or does one take preference over the other?