This week’s Feature and Follow question is: Why did you start blogging?
Like most people who have a book blog, I started blogging because I love reading. But, I also started blogging because I love writing. My blog is relatively young; it hasn’t yet reached its first birthday.
When I began the blog, I had been finished with my M.A. for about a year, a little more because of time writing my master’s thesis. At that point, I really missed the thinking that goes along with writing. It wasn’t enough to just read one book after another. The books begin to blend together and I fell into a weird reading funk. I knew that if I took the time to write about each of the books I read, I would appreciate them more, and I’ve found this to be very true.
Too often academics and others think of romance novels as low brow, but like all creative efforts, what you get is what you put into it. If I really take the time to enjoy a well-written novel, I find that there are all sorts of thought-provoking components to it. And the trends in romance novels are great indicators of major cultural issues.
An unexpected benefit of blogging is getting to interact with great fellow-readers and talented writers. I’ve been really surprised at how warm, welcoming, and encouraging everyone is in the blogging community. It’s been wonderful, and even though my book reviews slow down a bit when life gets tough and busy, I keep at it because I love being connected to smart, caring people.
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