Thursday, March 17, 2016
Beyond the Books: Why I Started Blogging
This week I'm linking up with KissinBlueKaren for Beyond the Books. This is a meme where we all answer a non-bookish question. It's always so fun to see everyone's answers and get a peak at the blogger beyond the books. This week's topic is - Why I Started Blogging
This one isn't as easy as it should be. I'm not sure I had a specific light bulb moment where I thought "I'm going to start a blog" nor is there really a reason that made me thought I should.
I think the first step was reconnecting with an old IRL friend who just happens to be Lisa from Books Lists Life. I hadn't really seen a book blog before hers and I was intrigued. I was also pregnant with the Tornado and in the process of moving and had 3 other kids so there just wasn't time to explore it further.
Fast forward a few years and I've started following a bunch of food blogs and am becoming a bit more aware of the blogging community - at least on the food side. I expanded out into book blogs and crafts and stuff and really just enjoyed reading blogs. But I still didn't feel like it was something that I was going to do. At this point I was reviewing books on Paperbackswap and Goodreads and found that it was really helpful in helping me keep track of which book was which. Plus I felt like the read was more meaningful if I thought about what I liked and what I didn't and it was more helpful in steering me towards other books that I'd enjoy.
I was a big Pinterest user and loved all the cupcake recipes and decided to start a project where I tried a different cupcake recipe every week. As the project progressed I decided I needed a place to keep track of my results so I started a blog centered around cupcakes and other food. As an afterthought I started one to review books as well. My first post was August 1, 2013 though to be honest I wasn't great about keeping up with it and posted really sporadically. My real focus was still on the food related blog.
But as time went on I found that I was enjoying the book blog more. I've always been a big reader and finding there was a whole community out there of people who felt the same way about books that I did was really exciting. After a few months of doing both blogs I decided to let the food blog go and focus on I Wish I Lived in a Library and I have been so glad I did!
So what about you? If you're a blogger what's your blogging story?