I have been blogging for two years now—technically—but only really in earnest for a little under a year. In that time, I have engaged in the book and blogging community and it has been an amazing experience! It has changed what I read, the way I read, and much more.
However, I have found that there are also some drawbacks to the way blogging has affected my reading life.
Some of the good:
1. I love finding about things I wouldn’t have otherwise known about. There are so many authors that I’ve found a love for through blogging, and genres that I would never have given a chance otherwise! I find BookTube especially great for this because in videos the excitement is so infectious!
2.Through giveaways, blog tours, and other great review opportunities, I have been able to read excellent books and help promote them to other readers!
3. Though there can be negative connotations attached to the word “critical,” it’s not a negative term! Thinking critically means not just accepting what is given to you. It means analyzing and deconstructing, and forming your own thoughts and opinions. I’ve learned to think more critically about what I read through writing reviews, and reading and participating in discussions!
Despite all the great things blogging as done for my reading life, there have been some not-so-great effects. I’ve been blogging for almost a year, but I still have yet to get to get into the optimum rhythm! This has lead to some drains on my reading life.
1. With so many review copies to read, I often have to sacrifice what I want to read for what I have to read. This is something that I am trying to rectify! I can’t say yes to every review opportunity that comes my way—I have to pick and choose! And while i do do this, I need to be even more choosy. I haven’t quite mastered this yet. But I’m working on it. I want to have a good balance!
2. This goes right along with the first one. When there are certain books that I have to read and a deadline for when they need to be read by, it feels like homework! And that’s not exactly fun. When I’m reading I also have to keep in mind that I will be reviewing these books. I usually take notes to keep my thoughts fresh for when I write the review. All this can sometimes take the fun out of reading.
3. We all know about hype. When there are certain books making the rounds, there can be so much hype about them. This can be either good or bad. It makes you excited to read the book, but it can give you expectations that it doesn’t live up to. This can often make a totally fine book seem kind of bad by comparison.
What do you think? Are you a blogger? Have you had a similar experience as me? Do you have any tips for this book-blogging newbie?
Beth is the founder and editor of Fuelled by Fiction. She is a twenty-something east coast Canadian girl who loves writing about books and feminism.