I recently got the chance to host a giveaway of the first book that I reviewed for my blog. As I posted the information, I realized that without that book, I would never have started my site. Last year, I fell into a kind of reader apathy. It would take me weeks, even months, to finish a single book. As the new year rolled in, I resolved to change my reading habits. Fortunately, the first book that I read this year was an absolute page-turner that devoured in a couple of days. With this new sense of motivation, I decided that I would read no less than one book each week. To hold myself to this challenge, I decided to start a blog where I could post reviews and chart my progress. I never dreamed it would grow the way it has, but I am very happy that I challenged myself and created a place where readers can get info. With that said, I'm curious to see what inspired others to create their blog. Whether it be that you just started on a whim or some interesting event inspired the creation, please post about you blog. Hopefully, this will serve as a reminder to everyone who reads it to remember why they blog, and inspire them to continue this exciting hobby.
It was a bit of a whim for me. I had just finished my first year of grad school and was looking for something to keep me entertained other than just playing World of Warcraft in the evenings (yeah, I'm one of those people). I decided to start a book blog without realizing that book blogs were even a thing, only to discover that there is a wonderful blogging community out there. I've been hooked ever since and have discovered so many awesome new books that I otherwise wouldn't have touched.
I was surprised to find such a large community as well! Thanks for commenting. Your blog looks great.
I found out book blogs existed thanks to a gaming forum. There was a post about a read-a-thon and I decided to participate, so I made a blog just for the read-a-thon. I was curious about what other people who were also participating were reading and one of the blogs had a link to this site.
I was surprised to see so many book blogs and that there are groups about mystery and thrillers here. As far as I know my friends don't usually read these genres so it's nice to find people who do.
I know the feeling; none of my friends read nearly as much as I do, and we almost never read the same books. It's nice having people to talk about books with. :)
It is good to see that I'm not the only one who has non-reading friends. They are always surprised when I try to bring up a book I've been reading.
I was going back and forth trying to decide if I was going to do one or even have the time being a stay at home mom to 3 kids under 4. I read all the time any of my spare time you can find me reading. seeing I go though books like nothing. A few of my friends who are authors and some bloggers them selves asked if I was going to start one. so after a few months deciding if I was going to do one or not, Here I am 5 months later and I'm doing great!
I started mine at the beginning of the year, as well. Five months in, I'm amazed at the response I've received and at the large amount of "book bloggers" who are out there. It is really nice to see that reading is still a viable hobby.
I started because I'm an English Literature student and I wasn't reading enough books. I'm also interested in becoming some kind of writer/editor/journalist one day, so I needed a place where I could practice, evolve and perhaps build up some kind of 'showcase' for future prospective employers as it were. It was also something for me to focus on in my spare time so that I wouldn't just be sat vegetating by the TV whenever I was at home. Though I know I have quite a lot of growing left to do, I adore it now and couldn't live without my blog. It's truly cathartic! :)
I'm sure, as an English major, your "not enough books" is higher that my normal amount! :)
My husband actually got me to do it. I already read a lot. And I was looking for a creative outlet. Hubs suggested I try reviewing books online. Now, a year and a half later, it's gotten bigger than I could have ever known.
I was unaware of blogging until my brother mentioned it. Its always nice to seek help from others. Thanks for commenting and congrats on the blog!
My husband would tune me out when I talked about the books I was reading. So one day I started blogging about them instead... It's amazing how welcoming the community is!