Book Blogger Appreciation Week: Blogging

Day 3: What does book blogging mean to you?

I’m not entirely sure I’ve understood today’s question, but I’m going to talk about three things that make blogging meaningful to me. I’ve been running a book blog for over two and a half years now (Tumblr since January 2010 and WordPress since August 2011) and it plays a big part in my life.

1. You Guys
I know it’s totally cliché and everyone is going to say it, but I love the blogging community. We’ve had our fair share of drama, but on the whole, we’re a friendly lot. I love that I can post something totally geeky or bookish on Twitter and not have to worry that people will find it odd. I can squee because I’ve received a really exciting proof or have just bought a book that I couldn’t wait to read, and people will squee with me. I’ve received a lot of messages over the past couple of years on Tumblr from people exclaiming how happy they are to come across a book blog because no one in their friendship circle appreciates reading. I’m equally happy every day to know that thousands of people in the world support literacy, reading, education, and a love of books – in all its forms!

I read 100 books in a year for the first time in my life last year. I also have 162 books on my ‘to read’ list and 256 books on my ‘wishlist’. While at times this can get to me (mainly because I end up thinking about all the books I’ll never get to read: ‘If you read one book a week, starting at the age of 5, and live to be 80, you will have read a grand total of 3,900 books, a little over one-tenth of 1 percent of the books currently in print.’ – Lewis Buzbee, The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop), it’s mostly a really exciting thing. I love that I basically have my own (small) library and that I’ll always have a book on my shelves that I just can’t wait to read. I’ve found out about so many books since I started blogging — it’s my main source of recommendations — that I wouldn’t necessarily have discovered otherwise, both new and old, such as John Green.

3. I Am a Publisher!
I don’t really talk about this much on here, but I actually work in book publishing. I started my first publishing job this year and although I’ve learned so much by actually ‘doing’ publishing, a lot of what I’ve learned is also from running a blog. I’ve inevitably discovered what new books are coming out and what’s popular, how NetGalley works, what Google Reader is for, how to analyse statistics, familiarity with social networking channels, what’s going on in the publishing industry (eBooks, Amazon, Waterstones, Nook), and much, much more. We all know about these things because they’re just what we do, but they’re actually hugely important for the publishing industry too and so I’ve enjoyed the crossover between the two!

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14 thoughts on “Book Blogger Appreciation Week: Blogging

  1. This is a wonderful post Stacey! From what I remember I think your tumblr was the first book blog I had ever come across and it was so amazing to find other people who love reading. Both your blogs are wonderful and I’m so glad you’re still continuing it :).

  2. Fabulous post! I like that you blog and work in publishing at the same time. 🙂

  3. Good to get to know you better! That’s cool you work in the publishing industry, so you get to see the blogger world as well as the publishing. Found your blog via the BBAW. I write a children’s book blog at: Feel free to check it out if you’d like. I’ll be back to visit your blog!

  4. I think you got the question just fine 🙂 (Then again I could be wrong about the meaning myself…). It may be a cliche but at the same time it’s good that everyone feels the same and that community tends to come first. I love how you’ve been thanked for your blog, that’s so awesome!

    Congrats on 100 books in a year! You must be pretty informed for your job 🙂

  5. Great post! 🙂 Keep at the reading!

  6. Great post. It is exciting to find a community of people that understand your love for reading. And to learn and grow with them.

  7. The community really is wonderful.

    That’s so awesome you work in publishing. Let’s just hope you don’t get burnt out on books. 😉

  8. I think the question has been interpreted several different ways, but I love your answer about the community! I love discovering new blogs and authors and genres I might never have tried before. And how cool that you work in publishing!

  9. great post ,i found your tumblr accidentally, and i was SO HAPPY about what you give us as readers i started following you everywhere ( not stalker haha) goodreads and wordpress, i’m from saudi arabia, and i try my best to review as much books as i can
    because it feels good to see someone reading the book you wrote about or book you love so much 🙂

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