Monday, September 15, 2008
beastmomma (who I should have included in this post...I told you, my brain is fried) recently posted this meme, and invited folks to join her.
Here are the rules:
1. Write about 5 specific ways blogging has affected you, either positively or negatively.
2. Link back to the person who tagged you (and leave a comment on his/her blog after you do the tag). (there was no tagging, but thanks to beastmomma for the inspiration)
3. Link back to this parent post.
4. Tag a few friends or five, or none at all (and inform them about it).
5. Post these rules— or just have fun breaking them.
I think this question is particularly relevant this week, seeing’s how we’re celebrating Book Blogger Appreciation Week (and by the way, does anyone else think next week should be My Friend Amy Appreciation Week?).
I started blogging on LiveJournal at the beginning of 2004. At the time, I was involved in BookCrossing (which is a nifty idea, as long as someone actually finds the book and reads it…I happen to like to know that my books are going places where they will be appreciated, not straight to the used book store), and a group of BookCrossers joined LiveJournal together. That was my intro to blogging. In 2006 I moved over to Blogger, mainly because I have a few friends in real life who also blog here. Somewhere along the way, I ran into Booking Through Thursday, and started connecting with a fantastic community of book bloggers. I blog more about books now than I did back in 2004, or even 2006. Although, as anyone who reads my blog knows, there’s plenty of other crap thrown in the mix. Now, onto the question…how has blogging affected me?
1. I spend way more time on the computer than I ever did before. I think this is a common complaint amongst us readers. We want to spend our spare time with our nose in a book, but we also want to check out what others are reading, and what they might recommend. Or not recommend. So this is both a positive and a bit of a negative.
2. I feel more connected to my fellow readers. I don’t live with a reader (gasp!) and I know very few people in real life who read. I know even fewer who read to the extent that I do. I love being able to post my thoughts on a book and reading what others thought…and responding to others about what they are reading. And other things...'cause it's not always about the books.
3. I am amazed by the generosity of my fellow bloggers. And by the authors. And the publishing companies. I’ll just say it…getting free stuff is fun. And it makes me want to share the love. So this is a good thing for all of us.
4. I’ve been pushed to read outside my box. Okay, not pushed. Inspired. Sure, there are still some things I won’t touch, such as self-help books. Or westerns. Or Stephen King. But there are also books I never would have found if not for my fellow bloggers (Geek Love, anyone?). The only down side to this is that my TBR pile is the largest it’s ever been. Hamburger and I went through a period of buying fixer-uppers and moving every two years. Although we’ve been in the same house for almost four years now, I still live in fear of having to pack and move the TBR pile.
5. The big negative? Now, more than ever, I want to be in a real-life book club!
So there you have it…5 ways that blogging has affected me. How about you? Feel free to join in!