Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted at The Broke and The Bookish where they post a list idea and everyone is welcome to post the list with their own answers. This week the theme is Top Ten Reasons I Love Being A Blogger/Reader.
It’s all my own
Blogging is something that’s completely my own. A few of my friends know I blog, but only Matt knows the link. Being able to say whatever I want, to fangirl until my heart’s content or to talk about geekiness without worrying is freeing. I love my friends and family, but I also love having something that’s just for me.
It keeps me busy
As you all know by now, Matt’s away doing his MSc, and I’m still job-hunting, which means I have a huge amount of free time right now. I love reading, but I can’t read all day every day for months without getting burnt out. Blogging provides a different way to keep busy. No matter what time of day it is, I can always find something blog-related to keep me busy if I want to, whether it’s writing a review, brainstorming post ideas or leaving comments.
I can share my love of books
The bookish community share my love of books, and I love being able to share in that! I love being able to rave about a book I love with other people who also loved it, and who understand the need to jump up and down and talk about it forever. I also love having a different opinion to someone else on a book because it can generate great discussion, and make me consider a book from a point of view I might not have thought of.
It’s opened me up to new books I might never have got around to
Although my ever-growing TBR list is not good for my budget, it is good for my reading. Blogging has opened me up to books I might never have heard of or got around to. From adding a book to my TBR from browsing, to getting your opinions on what to read from my own shelves, to events like the Ninja Book Swap, I never feel like I have nothing to read, because there are recommendations everywhere!
Although I love how much I can get done right now (even if that is just reading and watching TV), my current jobless, long-distance relationship state can be, well, a bit lonely. The bookish community are absolutely lovely, and those times when I connect with someone, whether through comments or Twitter, can honestly make my day right now. I’m making a real effort to get back into commenting at the moment, because I’m pretty rubbish at it, but if comments make my day, they may well make someone else’s too!
I love that no matter what a day throws at you (boredom, heartbreak, anger), I can pick up a book and get lost in it. It doesn’t matter if it’s fantasy or contemporary, sci fi or crime, the rest of the world just falls away while I’m absorbed in a fantastic world with characters that seem to come to life.
Books connect you with people
The David Eddings books are the books I read with my dad as a kid, the books that got me into reading. He shared them with my mum when they were younger, and I then went on to share them with my best friend and my partner. Now all five of us have that shared connection. Similarly, my boyfriend shared with me the Cassandra Clare series and the Terry Goodkind series. I love having those memories, those debates over favourite characters and best scenes, and they’ll forever be something we share. I really love connecting with someone by reading one of their favourite books. By reading someone else’s recommendations you’ve made an effort with something important to them, and the two of you have a stronger connection for it (even if you debate the book rather than fangirl together).
A reader gets to live a thousand lives….
There are things I can enjoy by reading that just wouldn’t be possible in my real life. Reading gives me a chance to explore things like getting stranded on Mars (The Martian), living in a dystopian or steampunk world, riding a dragon or going to Hogwarts.
Explore other places, cultures, perspectives
This is similar to the point above, but from a non-fantasy point of view. There are things I read about that I COULD (theoretically at least) do, but won’t, like joining a polygamous cult or taking lessons on being submissive at a BDSM club or starting street racing. For a thousand and one different reasons, these things are never going to happen in real life, but I can read about them consequence free.
As well as providing an escape and being damn good fun, I love books for being inspirational. That could be by reading about the life of someone who inspires me, and thinking, ‘I’d love to do that‘. It could be by reading about a heroine that makes you want to be like her, or it could be by reading one of those fantastically written, absorbing books that re-ignites your love for writing.