This week, I’m linking in again with Billy from Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, who posts a weekly question on his Blog. This week, the question is…
As you grow in your blogging experience, have you become more particular in terms of what you will post on your blog or what books you will read for review on your blog?
When I started blogging, a year or so ago, I had a blog that was quite broad. I had this idea that I’d write about all aspects of my life. I realised pretty quickly though that I wasn’t actually that comfortable sharing so much information. The majority of blogs I read were book blogs and the posts I looked forward to writing most were about the books I read. So, I decided to change the focus of my blog to books with a few other bits thrown in as and when it felt right.
Since setting up, I have signed up for a couple of places to get ARCs etc but haven’t gone over the top. I know what I’m like and know that as soon as I do, I’ll feel the pressure to read them, even if they aren’t books I really want to read. So, whilst I do like a free book, I decided at the beginning that more than anything I wanted to write about the books I would normally read. As I mentioned last week, I use my local library a lot and still get most of my books there. It is such a great way to try out new authors or catch up on those you’ve just discovered and (it turns out) have a huge back catalogue you would have to take out a second mortgage to buy.
Where my reading has changed is that I maybe think more about what I’m reading. As I read, I notice I notice things more and, every now and again, I find myself making notes as reminders for when I write the review (I am such a swot!). Also, I’ve always meant to read more classics and one of the first things I did when I set up my blog was join the Classic Club and commit to reading 50 classics in the next five years. Now, because I love a challenge and hate to fail, I am reading books I’ve wanted to for years and really enjoying them.
Whether I will change this way of reading and blogging in the future I’m not sure – I guess it’s watch this space.
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