BBAW – More Love

What does book blogging mean to me? Well … a lot. I started blogging almost five years ago for me, with no idea that anyone would actually read what I was writing. I mean, I knew I was writing stuff on the internet for anyone to read but I truly didn’t expect anyone to give a crap what I had to say about books. In fact, I had no CLUE that other people were doing this too – I just had the simple goal of jotting down my thoughts about what I was reading in a way that wouldn’t be lost (as in, not a paper journal).

But when I got a comment from Lisa I was shocked to discover that there was a whole community (a small one at that time, but still a solid community) of people doing the same thing. It wasn’t too long after that when Natasha started commenting on my posts and I kept making more connections from that point on. The book blogging community has changed a LOT in that time (for example, neither of the above-mentioned bloggers actively blog anymore) but I’ve still kept in touch with many of the bloggers who I “met” in the beginning.

My real-life life has changed, too, as I have now become close with Heather and Sandy through blogging and I have met and spent time withΒ Michelle, Anita, Jenny, and Jill because of blogging. I’ve loved the experience of connecting with someone online and then realizing you get along with them famously in person too!

And I’ve loved sharing my thoughts with all of you. I can’t tell you how fun it is to write something about a book and have someone whose opinion you trust comment to say that they felt the same, or that they disagreed because of this that and the other, or when something I post begins a discussion. It’s so fulfilling and just FUN.

So – what does blogging mean to me? It has meant connection, sharing, love of all things books and people. I’ve loved getting to know other people, discovering new reads and new authors, and being able to share that with all of you. The book blogosphere has changed a lot over the years, but I firmly believe that it is the connections we make with one another that truly matter. So as long as we keep our friendships alive, this place can get as big as ever, it won’t bother me.

What do YOU love most about blogging? Or, if you are not a blogger but a reader of blogs, what do book blogs mean to you?

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23 thoughts on “BBAW – More Love

  1. Like you, I started my blog because I wanted a place to keep track of what I thought about the books I was reading. What I love about blogging is that it’s opened my eyes to how many other people are out there doing the same thing, and through other blogs, I’ve discovered so many great books that I likely would’nt have otherwise heard of!

  2. I’m so impressed that you are DOING BBAW!!! I’m out of it. Still, I would agree with everything you said here. There are days when I am tired of writing reviews, tired of commenting, and I feel like it might be time for me to throw in the towel. But it is the human connection that makes it worthwhile. I particularly feel this way when I’ve met another blogger or attend an event like SIBA.

  3. Blogging has connected me to others in such meaningful ways that would have never have occurred had I just been sitting off in a quiet corner reading. I have made good friends, and have shared the love of books with people all over the world, as well as in my own backyard. I love what you say about the solid foundations of this community, and the way that blogging connects book lovers from all walks of life. It’s been an experience like no other, and I relish it.

    1. Definitely!! I had no idea getting into this what it would be like, how truly rewarded I would feel by the experience, and because of that I don’t think I’ll ever quit.

  4. I miss Natasha, too. Hers was one of the first blogs I read, even if I was too shy to comment. “So as long as we keep our friendships alive, this place can get as big as ever, it won’t bother me.” Yes to that.

  5. Blogging means like a connection to me too! I think when you blog, you not only connect to other bloggers, but to people looking for a good next book as well. Even connectings with publicists, publishing companies and authors. It is so amazing πŸ™‚ Great blog post.

  6. I love reading your blogs. It allows me into your life and helps me feel connected when we are miles away. I have read some of your reads and even have suggested them to my book club. Your love of books and people come through.

  7. As a long time reader, when I discovered book blogs I was ecstatic! Finally a place to see that my book craziness did not make me insane. (As no one in my ‘real life’ loves them as much as I.) I finally took the plunge and am now a brand new blogger! I think it will be wonderful to actually respond and talk with other bloggers, rather than just reading. The community is definitely what brought me here. πŸ™‚

  8. As a blog reader, I wonder why it seems that there is only a connection with other blog readers and none with those of us who just read and comment on your blogs.

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