Remembering Why You Blog

So I wanted to talk about something that I think is extremely important: remembering why you started blogging in the first place. I got this idea from Jeann’s post on Happy Indulgences about how, as readers, why it’s important to remember why you started blogging in the first place.

And so, I wanted to talk a little bit about that.

Why I Started Blogging

Because I love books. I love to read and be taken to places I’ll never go, have never been, have traveled to before, and can only dream about. Books are amazing, wonderful gifts granted to us, and I think that, as readers, we can sometimes take that for granted when it comes to blogging.

As Jeann said in her post, “Reading is a passion, but by pressuring yourself to keep up with the long TBR, it can become a chore.”

I think that we sometimes it can be difficult to remember that when it comes to reading, it truly is about the passion and love for it. When people get ARCs or review copies or even buy a crap ton of books, they can often feel overwhelmed by that pile and lose sight of why they started blogging in the first place.

And Sometimes, I Forget That

I’ve mentioned in several posts about how stressed I am when it comes to reading, or how hard it is to keep up and read as many books as I can in a month.

I’ve been told many times (directly and indirectly) that it doesn’t matter how many books you read in a month as long as you’re reading. Heck, I think I’ve even said that before – and it’s true! As long as you’re still acting on your passion and love for reading, it doesn’t matter if you read one book in a month or fifteen.

And I think when it comes down to the blogging side of it, I forget that it’s okay to not always have a review every week of a different book. Yes, sometimes I disappoint myself, and I’m sure that’s inevitable, but I’m still putting out content about the things I love and care about. I think that’s what’s most important.

Sometimes You Need a Push

I think that it’s good to be reminded once in a while about why you started blogging in the first place. Was it to “get big” and well known? Was it to share your passion and love for something? Was it to just journal for yourself, but on a more public platform? I think that remembering just why we started, we can reflect back and see if we felt more successful before or after any changes may have taken place.

For me, personally, I did it to connect with others and get my own opinions out into the world. Yes, I’ll admit that part of me did want to get “followers” and whatever, but after I started to really get into it – especially this year – I discovered how much I just loved talking about anything and everything that had to do with books, reading, hot topics, and the community.

I found that, even if I didn’t get a lot of people looking at my content, it was okay because I still was happy with what I put out, and I think that’s the key.

Reading Is a Passion

If you’re a book blogger like I am, then you probably love books. I’ve always loved reading, but I never really understood and fully grasped that love until just this past year. I have read more books this year than ever in my life at one time, and I find that amazing.

This community has brought so much joy and happiness to my life, and I think I forgot that for a while.

As Jeann also said, “Whether we blog, bookstagram, booktube, tumblr, or whatever, WE’RE ALL READERS. We are a community of people who are passionate about books, and we should be appreciating how each and every one of us contributes to the love of reading. There aren’t enough people in the world who appreciate reading as a hobby, so it’s important to love, enjoy and appreciate it together.”

I sincerely hope that you remember why you started blogging and why you chose reading as your passion. It’s an amazing and wonderful journey we’re on together as readers, and I hope that we can all enjoy it together.

Let me know your thoughts on this subject. Why do you blog? What first motivated you to begin your blogging? What motivated you to read?

Introducing Writing on Reading Blog

I’ve been thinking about this for a while now, and since I shut down my other blog that I used for writing for over a year a year or two ago, I figured that I’d reintroduce some writing back into my blogging world and just talk about it from time to time.

So, let me just give a little background into why I want to introduce writing to my book blog, why writing is important to me, and just my overall experiences and plans moving forward and stuff.

If you read my last post on readers wanting to be authors, I talked very briefly about how I would like to be an author one day. And it’s true – I’d love to be able to put my own stories out there for the world to read. Of course, that’s going to take time (and obviously a written story, first), but there’s also the journey to writing, through writing, and ending in writing.

So why do I want to introduce writing to my reading blog? Because without writing, how would we have these glorious books that we read? Also, because I don’t want to have two separate blogs for my passions, especially when they’re so similar to one another. And because it was the major I graduated with in college and I really want to put it to good use. I think that just talking about my own experiences with writing from time can time may also inspire others; who knows?

Yes, I may be “Reader Rayna,” but I’m also a writer. I’ve been writing since I was a kid, and long story writing since I was eleven, so incorporating my writing life here just seems, well, natural to me. To have an outlet to express oneself is such an important thing, and one for me is definitely writing. So I want to share not only my experiences and progress with you all, but I want to give advice while also receiving it.

So from here on expect some sporadic writing posts just talking about my progress – if any – with my writing, posts of encouragement, writing prompts, discussions, etc. I don’t know how often it’ll be, but here’s the first of many to come!

Are you a writer? What do you think about incorporating writing with reading in blogs? Any advice? Any thoughts/opinions/concerns? Let me know!

Readers Wanting to Be Authors

I think it’s almost an assumption for many that if you’re part of the reading community that you, in turn, want to become an author yourself. I mean, there’s literally thousands upon thousands of ideas stored up in our brains, and if we want to read a certain story than we have to be the ones to write them, right?

Kind of.

I mean, don’t get me wrong, I do want to be a published author one day. Certainly not for the money or fame (which neither could happen, by the way), but because I have a voice and I want to share my voice and story with the world.

I think many of the readers out there who want to be writers might feel the same, but something stops them.

Either they feel they aren’t good at writing or they don’t have enough time or they don’t have an idea, among many other reasons. But I think that those excuses just don’t cut it. If you want to be a writer, then write! You’ll only improve if you keep doing it.

If you don’t like how a certain story turned out or if you have this really cool concept that you’ve never heard of before, or it’s been done a million times, then just write it! Your voice matters.

I started writing a novel and got more than 50,000 words written for it, and it’s no where near complete, but I have written anything since early this year. I also wrote a full novel of 50,000 words, but I’m stuck in the editing process. Motivation comes and goes, but the passion and desire never die. I hope to eventually finish a novel, find an agent, and get published, but I don’t know when or if it’ll happen. I need to finish a story, first!

And it’s the same for those people who love to read but never plan on being writers. That’s perfectly fine, too. Don’t expect to write your own books just because you read. It’s totally understandable and fine.

So don’t let anyone drag you down or convince you one way or another if you’re already set in what you want. I think readers who want to be authors, too, are awesome! I also think those who don’t want to are still awesome, too.

What are your thoughts? Have you ever been questioned as to whether or not you’ll be an author/writer because of how much you read? Or do people just kind of think you won’t do it? Do you think you will? Let me know!