Wednesday, September 12, 2012

BBAW Day 3: What Does Book Blogging Mean To You?

Today's Book Blogger Appreciation Week theme is to talk about what book blogging means to you.  As a newer blog, this is a tough subject to tackle, because I've barely had enough time to take in the whole blogging experience!  So instead, I'll touch on how reading and blogging fit into my already-crazy life..

I'll do a little Before and After to illustrate this for you.

So, Before.  As in, before I had my son in mid-2011.  I had many, many hobbies (I'm kind of a hobby whore), but reading was always the one that was given the most time.  I would read in the morning before showering for work. I would close my office door and read on every lunch break.  I would listen to audiobooks in the car.  I would read in waiting rooms and Starbucks lines.  I would curl up in bed on rainy Saturdays and just READ.
Actual photo I took as I was reading on vacation in 2010. Current me is all like, "MUST BE NICE"
'Twas a simpler time.

After.  I am not shy to admit that my son is now my favorite hobby.  Stacking blocks and singing Old McDonald are my new MO, and I do it like a boss.  However, over the last 14 months, I've had to figure out new ways to fit in my reading, because while I love flying my son over the dog like an airplane and making him laugh hysterically, I do so desperately want to read, as well.  And Lil Dude is only interested in reading Goodnight Moon so many times in a row.
That look means he has many burning questions about Moby Dick.
How do I do it?  Well, I still wake up a little early some days so I can read a few pages before my son wakes up.  On the days that I work, I still soak in reading time during my lunch.  At night, I'm much more likely than Before to read vs watch TV.  I used to just listen to audiobooks once every few months, but now I always have one--because my commutes are precious reading times as well.  And when most moms ask for "me time" at the salon or the mall, I usually take those times to go to the library, or go lay in bed with a book.

Is it harder to find time to read now?  Sure.  But I feel like I appreciate that time a lot more than I did before.  So in some ways, I'd say reading has become a more valued activity for me since my son arrived.

Now, you're probably thinking...why in the world did you start a blog if you already have NO time?  I don't have a good explanation, other than to say that the pull to start this blog was so strong, I couldn't help but just do it.  I've read book blogs for a long time, and always thought to myself, "I could do that...if I had the time...I would LOVE to do that."  Even before my son was born, I felt like book blogging was a natural fit for me.  I read a lot, I always write (albeit small) reviews on Goodreads, and I think the blogging community is a great thing.  But I never pulled the trigger because it was never the right time.

However, after recently closing out a personal blog of mine, I realized that it would NEVER be the "right" time.  Life is always going to be busy, so if I wanted to start this blog, I had to just do it and figure out how to fit it in as I went.  And that's what I did.

Now, three weeks in, I'm so glad that I did.  Yes, it has been very time consuming as I get started and work on layout, post ideas, etc.  I've had a few nights (especially while my son was teething, good Lord) where I should have gone to bed much, much earlier.  But it has been worth it.  I love having the opportunity to share more in-depth reviews than I did on Goodreads.  I think all the new bloggers I've made connections with are wonderful.  I am thankful for the opportunity to review ARCs in my blogging capacity.  And I'm getting excited for all of the new books I've heard about through the blog community.

Mostly though, I've realized that this blog is a natural fit for me.  I don't feel like it's an imposition on my time, or that it's a pain in the arse to sit down and write a post.  I look forward to it.  I get all giddy about it sometimes; I have to go lay on my fainting couch whenever I get a Twitter mention or a new post comment.
Me, reading on my fainting couch.  Oh my stars.
Bottom line: it's a good freakin' time.  And I am looking forward to sharing it with all of you as I keep calm and blog on.  :)


  1. This was a lovely post to read! Right now I'm only working very few hours per week, and I'm sort of not looking forward to working full time because it means less reading. But, like you said, it'll be more special =) The fainting couch is brilliant xD

    Also, I've been approached by Meg & Liz at Nouveau Novels ( with the suggestion of founding an August 2012 group, for those of us that started book blogging then. Perhaps a group on Goodreads, plus memes/features/general support for each other. Let me know what you think, and if you know anyone else who could join! =)

    1. Yes, I got a DM from them as well, I think it's a great idea! Maybe we could expand it to any new bloggers (not just August)...only because I don't know how many we will find from that particular month? But if there's enough, we can definitely go for it. I like the GR group idea.

    2. That's true, maybe 2012 bloggers or something?

  2. Wonderful post! Don't know how you manage to fit in blogging and reading on top of everything else, but kudos! My lunchtime reading is practically sacred to me and I sorta, kinda resent anyone who interrupts. ;)

    Happy BBAW!

  3. You're life does sound busy. But I agree with you in that there is never the 'right time'. I too just started a blog, only a week or so into it! And definitely have spent too many nights staying up way late to finish something up, or change something about this or whatever it is. But so far, it's so much fun! My real life friends don't get as excited over books as I do, so I love having a place to visit with like-minded people! :)

  4. Hi Kelly,
    I popped over from Joy's Reader Workout post and this post of yours totally caught my eye. Your Lil Dude is super cute. What is it with kids and the need to pull all the books off a shelf? Well, what am I talking about? ** I ** love to do that, too! Only I like flipping through them, reading the back covers or inside flaps then rearranging them on the shelf in some new way. ; )

    Glad to hear you enjoy blogging and are able to fit it in your busy life. I think blogging is a wonderful, affordable, creative and rewarding outlet .. and actually keeps us more sane!

    Cheers! :)

    1. Oh I agree! Sometimes my most stressful days can feel just a liiiiittle more manageable if I make time for some blogging. :)

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