This article was inspired by the Let’s Talk Bookish topic hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion and this week February 26-March 4, 2021, suggested by Mini @ Book and Corner:
How has blogging affected your reading?
Examples of questions you can answer: “Has blogging affected your reading in a positive or negative way? If so, how? Do you think the pressures to produce content can result in a bad relationship with books? How do you balance blogging and reading? Do you think you would have started blogging if it weren’t for books or vice versa?”
These are my personal opinions. I do not expect anyone to agree with anything here, and in fact, I’m certain that many will disagree and/or even hate many of the things I’ve written below. Sorry about that, but you are always welcome to express your own opinions – be they contrary or comparable – in the comments section below. With that out of the way…
Has blogging affected your reading in a positive or negative way? If so, how?
Neither and both, to be honest. On the one hand, if I wasn’t blogging, I wouldn’t be getting all these ARCs to read and review. Now, I’m the type of person who takes on responsibilities very seriously. So, if I’ve asked for an ARC and I’ve been given permission to read it, I am going to move heaven and earth to finish that book and get a review out on time (meaning: as close to the publication date as I possibly can). That puts some pressure on me to read more, especially if I’ve got a whole lot of ARCs to read in one month or if I’ve gotten a particularly long ARC to get through before the publication date.
On the other hand, I’m not changing what I read because of my blog, and I’m not going to be forced to read certain books because of some new or popular literary trend. I’m retired, remember. That means I’m old, and settled in my ways, and I don’t want to change (no new tricks for this old dog). So, I will read what I want, and how I want to read them, and if that makes me a bad person, or just a cranky old woman, then so be it! I’m not sure if that is positive or negative or neutral! You tell me.
Do you think the pressures to produce content can result in a bad relationship with books?
No, I do not! My relationship with books remains the same. Mind you, pressures to produce content can result in a bad relationship with the damned calendar! Now that I’m retired, I’m trying to make sure that I post three times a week. But I don’t like posting on consecutive days (I always feel that people will get sick of seeing my posts and not bother to read them)! So, I might not have a review ready for at least one of the posts. That means I have to go looking for something to write about – including discussion topics like this one, or any of the memes or lists or other discussion ideas! My regular readers also know that I’ve even gone so far as to post some of my original poetry. All of that has nothing to do with my relationship with books and creating content, but just creating content in general. (By the way, I like to schedule as many posts as I can, and well in advance, if possible. That’s pressure I put on myself, I guess. It is also a way of making sure that if I go on vacation, or get busy with things, or lose my internet connection for any reason, my blog will go on without me!)
Do you think you would have started blogging if it weren’t for books or vice versa?
I’m not sure how to answer that question. I started blogging because I realized that all those PPC (pay-per-click) “content sites” that were unsustainable, and I had to give them up. That left me with a whole bunch of articles I’d written, and nowhere to put them. Also, I didn’t want to stop writing, so I started a blog, but I wasn’t sure what direction I wanted it to take. When looking over all my articles, I realized that I liked writing book reviews more than writing about anything else (and those articles were the most underappreciated on those PPC sites), I decided to use my blog to house and highlight them in particular. (That also means I have bunches of old film reviews, as well as product reviews, and articles about practically everything under the sun (even politics), all of which will probably never see the light of day again.) So I didn’t start blogging because of books, and I didn’t start reading because of my blog. I’ve always read books, and I wanted somewhere to post my writing, and the two just came together. Does that make sense?
So… what do you say?
Do you think blogging has affected the way you read or vise versa?
This post is also my 4th entry for the 2021 Discussion Challenge, hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight!
Their sign-up post for 2021 can be found here (please consider this my sign-up post).
Their March 2021 Link Up page and Giveaway can be found here.