Why do you blog about books?
I sort of fell into this gig, really. The homeschooling message board I hang out on has a reading group, and Robin runs an ongoing challenge called 52 Books in 52 Weeks. It sounded fun and I wanted to join up for the 2012 year, but I had never particularly wanted to blog about anything. I was not into reading blogs much, didn't know much about them, was not terribly interested. But as I looked at this challenge, it became clear that I was going to need a blog for it. So I got my brilliant friend Jenny, who already had a book blog, to show me how to do this weird blogging thing (she has since quit blogging in favor of law school--told you she was brilliant). I came up with my super-cool blog name, and she showed me how to get a fancy background from our other brilliant friend Alicia (who has since quit blogging in favor of actually making money at web design).
|It's Robin's fault. That's why. Thanks, Robin!|
Then I discovered that there are OTHER reading challenges out there! I think I joined two. The next year I joined a few more. In 2012 I did a bunch of them, plus my own Greek Classics challenge, and the Classics Club was established too. I tried to cut back on challenges for this year but that didn't turn out so well--I think I wound up with 10 or so, though several are freebies that I don't have to work for.
|It wasn't super-popular or anything but I had fun.|
Reading challenges--the fun of participating in them and meeting all the neat people who host and participate too--is the main reason that I blog about books. The other great benefit is just talking about books and learning about more books from other folks. I like to learn about books and authors I don't know about, and the 'requirement,' voluntary as it is, stimulates me to read more difficult books in greater variety than I would otherwise. The occasional events are also great and sometimes I feel like I can contribute something, as with January's children's literature event. I am happier for it, so I keep going.