I have two book blog related things to be dorkily excited about today: a review I wrote of Watchmen got linked by a couple of other blogs based on it’s commentary and I was tagged by gautami tripathy for a book-blogging writing thing. I really can’t tell you how excited those two developments make me — almost like a rite of passage within the book blogging community, although I suspect it’s silly to think about it that way.
Anyway, first quickly to the linking. I was first linked to by Kim of Bold. Blue. Adventure. in her review of Watchmen. Kim’s friend KnightOwl73 then linked to my post in his post about “normal” people reviewing Watchmen.
Now, the tagging about blogging. Here are the instructions:
1. Write about 5 specific ways blogging has affected you, either positively or negatively.
2. Link back to the person who tagged you (and leave a comment on his/her blog after you do the tag).
3. Link back to this parent post.
4. Tag a few friends or five, or none at all (and inform them about it).
5. Post these rules— or just have fun breaking them.
So, five ways I have been affected by book blogging:
- Starting a books blog has helped me re-discover my love of reading. In college, reading became an obligation for class, something that you do in order to try and “dissect” a book to “figure out what it means.” I mean, i still love to do that, but there is more to reading that finding symbols and trying to interpret what the author means; sometimes you can read just to enjoy a good story, to learn something you didn’t know, to laugh, to cry, to experience something you may not get to experience otherwise. Book blogging, in a strange way, has helped me slowly return to a joy of reading that school took away from me for awhile.
- Book blogging has expanded my reading list. I think I have a pretty wide exposure to good books, but reading other books blogs has made me realize just how much is out there. This is both good and bad; good because I have so many things to think about reading, and bad because I suspect I just will never have time to read as much as I want to.
- Starting my blog and joining things like Weekly Geeks has helped me develop some online friendships in the book blogging community. Like others have said, the friendships might not be in person, but they are important connections to other people I really enjoy.
- Blogging about books has helped me keep writing. I usually take the summer off from, well, thinking in general, but keeping the blog helped me work on my writing and work on altering my writing from academic to a tone that average people can read — something I think will be useful as a journalist (someday).
- Book blogging is a good hobby. I’ve learned how to deal with html, the excitement of linking and being linked to, the un-written rules of blogging, and helped me keep in touch with friends from school through reading what I’ve been reading.