It took two years of extreme procrastination (my speciality!), extensive blogging research (basically more procrastination) and a lengthy internal debate about possible blog names before I finally took the plunge and started Boats Against The Current eight months ago, and I haven’t looked back since.
So if you’re on the fence about starting a book blog, or have been blogging for a while and just need a reminder of why it’s so awesome, here’s five reasons to blog!
- It makes you think more about the books you read.
Back before I started my blog I was bad for ‘reading on autopilot’, if that makes sense. I read a lot of books, but unless they were particularly spectacular I would often think back months later and not be able remember them very well, even though I knew I had enjoyed them at the time. Reviewing books not only gives you a physical reminder of your initial thoughts on a book, but also makes you really think about what it is you did or didn’t like in the first place. Was it the characters? The plot? The writing style? Writing a review makes you question all these things, and this helps the book stick in your mind for longer after you’ve read it (plus you can always read back your review!).
- You get lots of book recommendations.
I know some of the books I have enjoyed most have been ones recommended to me by people who know me and my taste and whose judgement I trust. Therefore if you follow blogs that review books that fit your taste you instantly have a wealth of book recommendations at your fingertips! And when you’ve read them you have someone to discuss it with!
- You can meet fellow bookworms.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t know all that many avid readers in real life. I have a few friends who are casual readers, and one who loves reading, but other than that I don’t really know any. I suppose that as reading is by nature a solitary hobby it can be kind of hard to meet other readers (they’re probably off reading, after all!), so book blogging is great in that it is a huge community of book lovers. It basically makes reading social!
- It teaches you useful skills.
This was kind of an unexpected side effect of what is for me, just a fun hobby – you can gain useful skills that you could even put on your CV! For a start there is all the technical skills involved in blogging: setting it up, designing it, photography, using social media, SEO, coding (although the last two are still a complete mystery to me!) etc. And then there’s things like writing and the ability to come up with creative ideas, not to mention the fact that having a hobby that takes such long term dedication looks good! Particularly if you were looking to have a career in writing or the media, these are great skills to have. And even if the skills you gain from blogging are completely irrelevant to your chosen career, learning something new is never a bad thing!
- It’s fun!
And the main reason anyone takes up any hobby? It’s fun! Plain and simple!
So if you have been thinking about starting a blog but haven’t yet taken the plunge for whatever reason, I really do urge you to do it. And if you are already a blogger, then I’d like to know what you love about blogging!