Reasons I love Being a Blogger/Reader{Top Ten Tuesday}

Posted February 18, 2014 by Stormy in Books / 29 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, which features (you guessed it!) top ten lists on a given topic each week. This week’s topic is Reasons I love being a blogger/reader. So here is today’s list, a top seven instead:

1. I get to TRAVEL for free through books!

Hello, magical lands and foreign countries, I’ll be visiting you today through this book. I get to go to places that don’t exist or to places that do exist but I can’t afford. Love it!

2. Recommending Books

I admit this one is kind of a two-edged sword. It makes me feel super happy when I hear that someone picked up a book because I recommended it or from a review, though that makes me nervous as well because AHHH what if they don’t love it? But I’ll concentrate on the happy side of it today. It feels good to know that someone is reading a book you love because you loved it.

3. Blogging friends

I’ve written more about blogging friends in other posts so I won’t go into detail, but despite how things in the book blogging community can go a bit crazy every once in awhile, it’s allowed me to meet some great blogging friends and have friends who actually share the same interests I do!

4. Sense of accomplishment

This is for the blogging side, not so much the reading–blogging has totally given me a sense of accomplishment for sticking to a hobby! It just feels good to put effort into something and see the outcome, which is probably why I haven’t tired of blogging yet. I blog how I want, but I work hard at it because I enjoy it. I give myself breaks. It might not always be this way, but for now I have that sense of accomplishment and balance that makes blogging just awesome.

5.  A Creative Outlet

Reading inspires me to create, and blogging(as well as writing) gives me that creative outlet. It’s  a wonderful cycle that I would never want to break.

6. Getting to stretch my skills

Blogging lets me stretch my skills. I try to mix things up on the blog a lot, and sometimes I have ideas but don’t always have the skills necessary to pull them off. So I learn(or I put it off and get lazy, but that’s another story). It forces me to write almost daily, and to play with creative works, but it remains fun all the same. It’s the best of both worlds!

7. Emotional Catharsis

On the reading side, I love that books give me an outlet for my emotions. Need a good cry? I can pick a book off my shelf to give me just that. In the mood for a laugh? The same. Feeling adventurous? Let’s journey in Middle-earth. This is really the reason I LOVE reading to begin with, so it seemed a fitting end to this list.

Let’s chat: Why do you love being a reader or blogger? 

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29 responses to “Reasons I love Being a Blogger/Reader{Top Ten Tuesday}

  1. Emotional catharsis is a great one that I hadn’t really considered, a fact for which I feel silly. Of course, I tend to be a very schedule-driven reader, so I’m often not picking things up for the emotional result. Still, when I do happen to get the perfect book for my mood, there’s nothing better. Reading Ask Again Later after I’d been slumping basically made everything, because I was so grumpy and then it made me feel happiness again. :-p And I’m sure the sobbing at the end of HP and THG helped me release some pent up feelings.

  2. Great reasons! Definitely love #2 – recommending books. When you read so much, you want others to read what you love, and most of my friends aren’t as obsessed with books. (I know, I know, but they’re keepers nevertheless!)

    I love the sense of accomplishment one! Reading and marking an item off the tbr, getting the review up, there’s a definite sense of “Done!” isn’t there? There is so much satisfaction in getting things done, especially bookish things!

    Ha I kind of love that I’m not the only one who has “I need to cry” books. Sometimes you just do! Not that I WANT you to need to cry of course, but you probably get what I’m saying!

    • Stormy

      I have ONE real life friend who loves books as much as I do, and sometimes I feel bad because she gets ALLLLLLLL my real life bookish energy since there’s not a whole lot of people to spread it around too.

      YES I love marking things off my list. I’m reading for fun but also to review something so it TOTALLY counts as productivity.

  3. I agree with all of this, because really, what isn’t there to love about being a blogger? And I hadn’t even thought of the last point–emotional catharsis, but that’s completely accurate. And of course, the bloggy friends. I also love how now I know so much more about the publishing world and process than I did before I was a blogger!

    • Stormy

      The knowing more about the process is something really beneficial, I think. And I like that most of that knowledge came slowly and naturally, just from other people’s blog post. Sure, if I looked up those processes, I could find them out, but I’d be overwhelmed. Putting a foot in the blogging community definitely made learning all these things easier.

  4. I completely agree with #2! I just read The Fault In Our Stars and it was so good that I just HAD to recommend it to someone. I told my grandma about it, and she doesn’t read YA books, but she decided to read TFIOS and I was nervous that she wouldn’t like it. Luckily it is such an amazing book that she HAD to love it!
    Check out my TTT list: http://booksavvyblog.blogspot.com/

    • Stormy

      Ooh, I love when I encounter a book like that! Those are the books I take to twitter and Goodreads and tell everyone to read immediately!

  5. You summed it up pretty perfectly. I love the free travel thing too. I’m an adventurous girl, but being in college, I don’t get to travel many places right now. Books allow me to go to whatever state or country I want and get the chance to somewhat experience it! I love your point about getting to stretch your skills. I study journalism so I write A LOT anyways, but blogging has definitely allowed me to continue to refine my writing and learning what works for different audiences. Plus, it challenges me creatively, which I think is always something that should be challenged.

    • Stormy

      Yes! I hope to travel a LOT someday relatively soon(now that I’m post-college and can slowly save money), but right now, I still have to rely on books to let me travel and experience new places.

  6. Ahhhh, I totally agree with your “emotional catharsis” point. That’s really what ~FEELS~ are, right, except you made it sound totally legit and not fangirly, haha. ;D

  7. Love your #7 item–reading is definitely a catharsis for me. Sometimes you just need to have a really good cry. Reading Eleanor & Park was the last book that had me making the “ugly crying face”, and it felt so good!

    • Stormy

      I loved Eleanor & Park! I have a handful of “crying books”. I find they’re just NECESSARY sometimes. I also like a good laughing book, but I have fewer of those. I’ll have to build up some of my humorous books!

  8. JB

    A big yes to all of these. It’s so awesome getting to share a love for books with people you’ve never actually met, but consider your friends. (I mean, it’s cool to share with real life friends too, but there’s just something special about blogger buddies.) I also agree with it being a wonderful creative outlet. Coming up with fun ideas is half the fun!

    • Stormy

      I love being a part of a community where people love the same thing(not always the same books, of course, but just a general love for books). Especially now that I don’t have a creative job like I’ve had in the past, I feel like most of my creative energy has nowhere to go and the blog is the most natural place for it!

  9. Accomplishment, yes! I feel so happy when I look at my review archive, seeing that I actually read and reviewed all these books when just a few months ago I could easily count them. Same goes for my discussion posts. So yeah, blogging is one of those hobbies where that things one does are easily tracked and very evident.

    • Stormy

      It’s such a good feeling! I especially love the collaboration that comes from blogging too that you might not get in normal conversation. Like if I write a discussion post about a topic, and then that inspires another blogger to write a different, but related discussion directly because of what I had to say. . . it feels like things are ~working~ for me!

  10. Being able to travel to new places through books was definitely on my list! How else are we supposed to travel the world and other worlds I never knew existed? Awesome list by the way! 🙂

    • Stormy

      Exactly! Plus as much as I would love to travel(and hope to someday soon), a book is cheaper than a plane ticket!

    • Stormy

      Yes, it’s the best feeling! I love telling them “I know you like so and so, so you might like THIS as well. . .”

  11. 1. YES. How else would we get to Hogwarts?
    2. I loooove recommending books, which is partly why I started blogging in the first place! A lot of the time, my bestest friends don’t LOVE my recommendations as much as I do, but that’s okay. I still rec them.
    3. Of course! This is the most important thing for me. I’ve met so many awesome people and meet more and more every day!

    • Stormy

      Hah, I’m lucky enough that most people who I recommend books too in real life love them. It’s a little harder with internet friends, but I think I’m getting better!

  12. Recommending books is one of my favorite things about being a blogger (and an avid reader). I love suggesting books to friends & even more so when they come back and tell me that they enjoyed it!

    My TTT

    • Stormy

      It’s the best feeling! I have a reading friend in real life I push books on constantly. I’m always afraid I’m going to strike out, but we have really similar reading taste and so far she’s loved my recommendations(and that goes the opposite way too!). It’s such a good feeling.

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