I started book blogging in February 2015. It was a snap decision – but one of the best I’ve ever made. I was sat at my desk and found a blog that posted about books. I thought hey, I can do that. A day later I’d set up a Blogger account, pressed that little orange publish button for the first time and never looked back.
I’ve always been a book nerd, but before blogging I’d never really found anyone with such a massive interest. Whenever I told people I read for fun I was just met with blank faces that were followed by a sentence that looked a little like: “Read? Oh yeah, I do that sometimes. I TOTALLY finished a book last year.” After starting blogging, suddenly I found a huge community of book nerds who are interested in books just as much as I am. It is a community, too. Everybody is willing to talk to everyone – well, at least most people. Even as a newbie it’s amazing how I never felt out of place. It really is just a huge amount of people discussing books.
Book blogging has introduced me to all kinds of people I would never have spoken to before. I’ve had the opportunity to connect with my favourite authors. Like, CASUALLY. Before blogging I would never have thought that was possible. It seems amazing that I spent so long not knowing that there’s a community of book bloggers out there who love books just as much as I do.
I love the fact that people might actually pick up a book because I’ve recommended it. I love the fact that people comment on my posts. I love the idea that people are actually interested in what I’ve got to say (no matter how few). I’m astounded that I actually receive review copies – a few years ago I’d never have thought that was possible.
Book blogging has introduced me to more than just people. It’s introduced me to a whole load of things that I didn’t even know existed. It’s boosted my confidence both online and off. Sure, there are ups and downs and times when I haven’t published a post in weeks and I REALLY couldn’t be bothered. There are definitely times when you stare at your tiny stats compared to those massive follower counts all around you and feel demoralized – but isn’t that the same with all hobbies? I’ve considered giving blogging up, but I could never work out what I’d replace it with. Knitting? Cats? If I gave up, I’d miss the entire community of book lovers and bloggers and authors who make it not so much about writing reviews, but instead turn blogging into something so much more.
Harvey blogs at bookmarkedbookreviews.blogspot.co.uk