After reading Amy’s and later Stephanie’s blog I realized that every blogger could definitely write a lot on ‘Why do you blog?’. For me the second most important question is ‘why do you blog about books?’ I started replying on Stephanie’s post but the comment kind of got out of hand. So I’ll post it here instead.
I started blogging more than 2 years ago. I used to read a handful of blogs even before I started blogging. One day, sitting in the office and getting bored because of the lack of work, I thought ‘Why not write a blog’? My post was something along the lines of ‘Why a blog?’ or some such crap. I am a very impulsive person and I honestly didn’t know what I was going to write or how long I was going to maintain the blog.
But within minutes I got my first comment. I really cannot tell you how excited I was. I got more than 20 comments on the first day itself from complete strangers. That was my motivation. The 20six community, where I started my first blog, had the best community ever. I mean really, THE best.
I shifted to wordpress after a year when 20six wasn’t really working for me. I blogged about everything under the sun. I blogged about my personal life, social issues, meme’s, latest movies, mostly about my personal life. And it was fun. But sometime last year I realized I had nothing left to blog about anymore. My personal life isn’t that happening either. I mean how many times do you blog about your boyfriend, your parties and your outings?
Then I joined Booking through Thursday and I really enjoyed it because I always enjoyed writing about books. But I kind of didn’t want to write more about books because I thought no one would be interested. Even most of the people I know personally are not interested in books. BTT led me to various blogs where I noticed people wrote about books, everyday. Honestly it was a shock, a good one.
I thought I could do it too. If I write about something I really LOVE, I wouldn’t have to come up with new topics to write about everyday. Then after a while I discovered ARC’s and stuff, but honestly you cannot maintain a blog just for that for long. You’ll get tired. Because even if you do get books it IS a lot of work. I love reading blogs, books or otherwise. I love to participate, to be able to offer comfort and to rejoice with someone, to feel connected. As far as books are concerned, 90% of the books I have bought in the last 7-8 months have been book blogs recommendations.
Even today, when I blog about books most of the time, I wouldn’t call my blog a 100% book blog. I do like to write about what’s happening in my life from time to time. It’s part of the healing and sharing process for me. And I won’t ever let that go.
Again, I don’t think this post makes a lot of sense. I mean every blogger is going to have more or less the same answer. But seriously, whether you have a book or a technical or a personal blog, why do you blog? What keeps you going?