What is a perfect weekend for you? This weekend, I spent a day catching up with two of my close girlfriends and another day catching up on my novel. Yup, that means a whole day of pure, unadulterated writing time. Hard to come by when you are an adult 🙂
Recently, I’ve been thinking about why I do the things I do. A few weeks ago, I wrote about why I read. Today I want to write about something else that I love to do: Blogging.
Blogging has taken my life by storm. I can’t survive a day without checking my WordPress app. It’s kind of… an addiction.
Anyhow… Da da dum!!
1. We can express our thoughts, ideas, and opinions about things we care about.
Through blogging, we can write as much as we want about what we love. We can fangirl over our favourite books and characters, we can express our undying love for a particularly obscure author, we can rip apart a book that we feel is hyped (figuratively speaking. We know that books are sacred things which must never be physically harmed in any way, shape or form.)
And on a personal note: I am a quiet person out there in the real world. I have more confidence and trust in the words I write than the words that come out of my mouth. I would rather write 500 words than speak them any day. And blogging lets me do just that.
2. We find other people who love the same things as we do.
Frankly, growing up I thought I was a bit of a weirdo. The friends around me don’t really read unless they have to. They are of this variety:
So for many years, I read book after book all by myself, and I didn’t really have anyone to share this interest with. Which was, kind of………… sad.
That is, until I discovered the blogging community. It is like a whole new universe has opened up to me. It is amazing to meet so many awesome people who care about the same things as I do, who like the same books as I do, who love the same characters as I do, and who are as annoyed about the ending of Everything Everything as I am. I absolutely love discovering new blogs, learning new things, and meeting bloggers from all over the world. From all over the world! How cool is that?!
And it’s so amazing that there are people out there who actually want to read what I write. I still can’t believe it sometimes :’)
3. Blogging has changed the way I read.
I love reading, always have and always will. But there were two things I struggled with when it came to books, and blogging solved both for me:
The first problem was, believe it or not, I never knew what to read. Now, after discovering so many amazing fellow book blogs, reading other bloggers’ recommendations and reviews, and keeping up to date with what’s coming, my TBR is a bottomless pit. And…. I kind of have the opposite problem.
Secondly, I have the memory of a goldfish. It’s kind of embarrassing when I look at the cover of a book I’ve read and don’t remember what it’s about. OR, even worse, whether or not I’ve read it. One of the initial reasons why I started blogging is that it would force me to remember the books I’ve read. I know, right? Go ahead and laugh :’)
Now, I want to hear about YOU: What’s your idea of a perfect weekend? Do you have a leaky memory about the books you’ve read? Or are you the type to remember every plot point? Why do YOU blog?