As I’ve had a couple of times this summer where I haven’t had time to blog, the idea for this post has been mulling around in my head for awhile now. I had my first blogiversary in May and more than ever blogging has become such a part of my normal routine that when I’m not blogging I’m very aware of it, and it makes me sad. It’s made me reflect on why I blog, what I love about it (now rather than when I started), and what exactly I miss most when I’m not updating my own blog or participating in the blogosphere. For some reason I was kind of surprised – and frankly, pleased – at what emerged.
As some of you know, when I started blogging, I had been posting reviews on Goodreads for some time. I had a few Goodreads friends who commented on them regularly, and besides the outlet for writing it offered, I relished the feedback I received. I’ve come to the conclusion that that’s why I blog now – to share with like-minded bloggers and readers my love of reading and to participate in an online community where I have instant friends and am always meeting new people with whom to discuss books. Gushing about my favorite authors and book is something I really enjoy but there’s nothing that can make me happier than favorable response to a review or a discussion post that has got people talking, particularly when the bloggers I know best are included. It took me writing posts that don’t get that reception or not blogging at all for a week or two to realize how much I thrive off of that kind of dialogue.
What I don’t blog for are review copies, which isn’t to say that they aren’t nice but that wasn’t the case when I first started blogging. I had no idea until I really got out in the blogosphere – commenting, meeting other bloggers, and establishing my own small corner in it – how much I’d love being part of the community, how I’d feel like I have friends in every part of the world, and how much meeting them in real-life would become a dream of mine. These kinds of interactions are how I measure success here at Book Harbinger, so thank you. My association with you is so rewarding and I never want to live without it.