Sometimes when we are feeling overwhelmed and tired and burnt out from all this blogging, it can be beneficial to remind ourselves why we do it. In fact, when I was putting together these prompts, I was trying to think of things that would inspire me and make me EXCITED to write all the words, and of course the question WHY came up several times. I feel like a lot of our answers will be the similar today, but that’s okay, I am so ready to see what everyone has written! This post is part of a 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge that I started because I was feeling burnt out and then inspired. Check out the challenge here.
Why Do You Blog About Books?
Even though I am feeling super excited to write about this, I still am having blogger’s block. So, let me talk about some perks and try to tease out my answer.
You might say, hey, maybe April blogs about books because she has access to some bad ass ARCs. You guys, ARCs are super cool and fun to open and get, I will not lie to you. I will not pretend that I don’t feel a thrill inside over every mystery package, because I totally do. There’s something very, very cool about getting a highly anticipated book ahead of time. Yet, if I really wanted, I could get all the books I wanted from the library. I live in an area that actually still has a decent library book buying budget. I’ve never been unable to get my hands on a new release.
You might say, hey, maybe April blogs about books for the fame. LOLOLOLOLOL. I am just going to LOLOLOLOL all over the place. Look, blogging has given me some kickass opportunities. I have been able to interview and meet some of my favorite authors. I have been quoted in one of my top ten favorite author’s books (just an ARC, but still). I even got to be on a panel at Book Blogger Convention — too bad I couldn’t actually fricken talk without my throat spasming in PAIN. All things considered, “knowing” people is a cool perk, but outside of book bloggers, and a small subset of people at that, no one knows me and I am cool with that.
You might say, hey, maybe April blogs about books for the money. Again, I would laugh right in your face. Just a laugh. Those of you who do this hobby and have monetized blogs know that yes montezation helps, but it’s not like you can quit your day job to do this.
Y’all, I blog about books because it’s the only topic in the world where I can pour words and words and words and words on the screen. I love movies, but I am not sure I could start a blog about that — is there even a movie community all my googles yield nothing so vibrant as book blogging? (Side bar, I am considering doing a few movie reviews because it’s my space and I do what I want). I love clothing, but my budget says no no no. I love my family and friends but it would be so boring to write about nothing but them. Instead, I write about books and authors and literature and YA and fantasy and reading because it’s the one activity I excel at. I am fricken awesome at reading. I am not so awesome at other things, but y’all, I can read a book like it’s nobody’s business and come out with an opinion at the end. Sure, that’s no different from anyone else, but it’s still cool to be good at something and be passionate about it. I could just write all my bookish reactions down in a diary, but instead I chose to make a public blog. I love the interaction and the community. I love coming across books because trusted blogger friends recommend them (cough cough Angie cough cough). I love being totally annoyed with EVERYTHING and then my friends send me funny tweets and g-chats and I can’t even remember why I was so pissy to begin with. Straight up, I blog because it’s an outlet for this passion of mine and it’s fun as hell.