Thursday, May 3, 2012

Thursday Thoughts: It's Okay to Not Read and What Blogging About Books Means to Me

I know it has been a while since I posted a Thursday Thoughts.  I've been thinking about a lot of things lately, but couldn't quite put them in words. 

No matter how much you enjoy reading and blogging, sometimes life interferes.  I experienced that earlier this year when I went into a reading slump because of events in my personal life.  While reading usually offers me solace, and a chance to escape the realities of events going on around me, this particular time it didn't help.  I didn't want to read, blog, or really do anything.  It was one of you that told me that it was alright to take a break from reading.  So for a short time I put the books down, and thanks to that comment I learned that the world doesn't end if I don't read every day.  Thank you.

The blogging world means so much to me because it is with you that I get to share the books I read.  In my real life it is hard to find someone to talk books with me, but you all are there whenever I want to chat about books--that means a lot. 

Lately there has been a lot of talk of scandal in the book blogging world, and questions about our integrity as bloggers.  I have always disliked when the actions of a few ruined things for the group.  While these events have saddened me, and left me disappointed, I believe that book bloggers are bigger than this.  We  should not allow a few individuals to tarnish our reputations as bloggers.  These individuals do not represent the majority of book bloggers who are honest and dedicated.

As a whole, we book bloggers are a great resource for librarians, booksellers, and publishers.  Most of us do this because we love to read and share books.  Granted a few bloggers are in it for the ARCs, but you know what, while I enjoy getting ARCs, they aren't the reason I blog.  If I don't have an ARC of a book, I find a book at my library or bookstore to write about.  If I never received an ARC again, I would still be here writing about books and sharing what I read.  I blog because I love books, I love sharing those books, and I blog because I love blogging.  The day I don't enjoy blogging anymore will be the day I stop writing my blog. 

Blogging shouldn't be about profit, it should be about the love we share of literature and the service we do for our readers.  We need to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and remind ourselves why we sit here in front of our computers pouring our hearts, souls, and opinions into these blogs.  We need to remember how much we love literature and the conversations we are starting.  Most of all, we need to show the world that we are here because we love what we do. 

I appreciate all the readers who stop by my blog.  Thank you for being here and for sharing your love of books with me.

5 comments:

  1. Very well said.

    It's nice to get ARCs from time to time, but seriously, if those went away and no one ever got free books, I think that most of us would continue to blog. It's the love of books, not free books, that keeps us here.

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    1. Thanks Ems! I think sometimes some of us lose sight of that fact in our scramble to read and review the latest and the greatest. We are really lucky to be able to share our love of books through our blogs.

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    2. I agree. This is a privilege!

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  2. I agree its about the books and I would still be getting books from my library and spreading the word that way too. Its not about the ARC's.
    I agree with blogging and life do get in the way.

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  3. I do an arc tour, but I don't personally get lots of free books. And I'm okay with that. In fact, I'm already a bit overwhelmed from all the crazy amount of books I buy that I don't know what I'd do with free ones coming in all the time. Because for me, book blogging is just a way to connect with other book lovers. I started shortly after I moved back to VA and didn't know anyone outside of my family. And I've made real friends from blogging, and have made some of my friends become book bloggers. Even though I was disappointed over the recent drama in our community, I'm not worried that it'll define most of us. I know way to many awesome bloggers, like yourself, to ever think that!

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