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?