I have had a ton of schoolwork recently, and I haven’t had much time for reading or blogging the past week. I am excited for today’s topic, and it is sort of similar to a post I’ve been wanting to write for a few months, so I’m going to get right into it!
Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly discussion post created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and is hosted by Rukky and Dani @ A Literary Lion! This week’s topic is: How has blogging affected your reading?(suggested by Mini @ Book and Corner)
Has blogging affected your reading in a positive or negative way? If so, how?
Blogging has definitely affected my reading in many ways, and although some ways are better than others, I don’t think that it’s negative or postitive. I definitely have read less as I’ve been blogging, although that is also a result of more school. The books that I do read I definitely think much more critically about, which is from reviewing books, and just thinking about them more.
I think that blogging has led me to figure out better which books I like most, and which genres I enjoy more. Blogging has definitely helped me really articulate my thoughts on the books I read better, and has given me a place to put all of my thoughts on the books I read.
Do you think the pressures to produce content can result in a bad relationship with books?
At first, it definitely didn’t. I wasn’t really paying attention to the larger book community when I started my blog, and so I wasn’t really as aware of everything outside of the little bubble I’d trapped myself in.
When I started interacting a lot more with other book blogs, I started seeing certain books showing up more and more, and certain posts that were more common and popular. Because of that, I started doing a lot more weekly memes, like WWW Wednesday and Top Ten Tuesday, and Let’s Talk Bookish.
Seeing the popularity of certain books definitely made me want to read them more, but I still read less well known books.
How do you balance blogging and reading?
I don’t have any particular schedule, or anything really. That definitely isn’t the smartest or most effective way to balance blogging and reading, and I really just go with what I want to do, and I what I have time to do.
I try and post a few times a week, although the past few weeks I’ve had so many other things going on that I haven’t been able to post that much. I try to read a little everyday, although some days I definitely read more than others. I also try to read a couple books a week, but again, it really depends on what other things I have going on.
Do you think you would have started blogging if it weren’t for books or vice versa?
I definitely wouldn’t have started blogging if it weren’t for books. I don’t think that there is anything that I would want to talk about enough to have an entire blog surrounding, and I think that if I were to just do some sort of lifestyle blog, it would be boring, especially with covid, because I’m not really doing anything.
Wrapping this up…
It was interesting to think about and write about how blogging affects my reading, because it definitely has. I realized while I was writing this post that I’ve been blogging for a year and a half now (which is crazy) and my reading has definitely changed because of this blog, and everything I’ve done with it.
How does blogging affect your reading? How do you balance blogging and reading? Chat with me in the comments below!