Reasons Book Blogging Is Worth It is a feature we here at Good Books And Good Wine will be examining why, for us, blogging about books is worth the time, the money, the drama and the frustration. This will be an ongoing series, unique to our blog, at least in the format/way we decide to lay out our reasons. We ask that you please do not copy this feature without express permission as this is a series that has taken a lot of hard work and planning.
Reason 1. Readathons
I think it’s not exactly a secret how much I love Readathons. From Bout of Books to this weekend’s Dewey 24 Hour Readathon, I love barricading myself in a room with a stockpile of books and food. I think we all know how solitary reading can be as an activity, without the benefit of book blogging or being in a book club. That’s sort of the nature of the beast. Yet, activities like Readathons almost make reading feel like an Olympic sport, one that I am actually good at.
What do I LOVE about readathons?:
- Picking out my piles. Seriously, there is something to be said for the carefully curated pile of books. I am one of those people who consults goodreads, I consult twitter, then I walk back and forth between my various shelves and pull books and put books back. It’s actually sort of tactile. Then there’s the taking of the special photo and posting the pile. I love that. I love the encouragement I get over my pile and even the advice about which books are maybe not the best choice.
- Picking out my food. Not every readathon requires that you buy special food to fuel up. Yet, the Dewey Readathon takes place over 24 hours and so, many people purchase food ahead of time, prepare their food early and take pictures. Naturally, this is one of the few events of the year where I say, fuck you to my newly acquired healthy eating habits and gorge on junk food without guilt. I am one of those weirdos who actually goes shopping specifically to buy food for this event. No regrets, y’all.
- Goodreads Goal Boost. Straight up, as someone who is like 3 books behind as of today for her goodreads challenge, I LOVE that readathons give me the opportunity to get 4 books ahead and build me that nice little cushion. I’ll admit, I purposely choose short books that I can whip right through, but hey, every little bit helps when getting that elusive you are 3% ahead of your goal sentence.
- My individual readathon quirks. So, I have a special Dewey Readathon quirk. I always try to open the readathon for myself by reading a book by Roald Dahl. Every single year I try to have one of his books in my pile. For me, they set the mood and the tone of my readathon. I also always tend to put the same sort of books in my pile — for the last 4 readathons I’ve had the first Sailor Moon manga and Bone in my pile but never get to them, LOL.
- Cheerleaders. For awhile, I used to sign up to cheer at the Dewey readathon in an official capacity, which basically means leaving friendly comments and sending encouraging tweets to participants. I no longer do this, but still set aside an hour or two to take a break and cheer. I mainly cheer for my friends, but I also will scroll through the hashtag to find new people to leave encouraging comments or tweets. It’s a fabulous way to meet other people in our awesome community that I haven’t really interacted with yet.
- The warm fuzzies. Not to get all gross and weird on you all, but readathons totally give me the warm fuzzies. There’s something incredible about a massive group of people spending their day doing nothing but reveling in reading and encouraging each other to hit their goals. I love that no one in our community says HOW DARE YOU SPEND YOUR DAY READING AND NOT CLEANING OR WORKING ETC ETC ETC. Instead, we high five each other for things like that. I love that we trend on twitter. I love that for one event, Bout Of Books we get to really meet other people and form full on friendships. I love that for the Dewey Readathon we honor Dewey, a blogger that many participants, including myself, never got to know, but who left her stamp on the community.
Just writing this post has me smiling and feeling great about my hobby of choice. What about you all? Does participation in community events make you feel included as a part of something larger? Do you get the warm fuzzies from things like Bout of Books and the Dewey Readathon, not to mention Bloggiesta (a blogathon)? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear what you have to say!