I’m pretty sure I’ve answered this question a couple of times before, for tags and maybe a Twitter chat or two. I don’t think I’ve ever really gotten very deep about it. But I want to. 3 years and some is not that long, but it is a feat for me, the kind of person who has been known to leave things unfinished (I’m sorry mom, some day I’ll finish that tulips cross-stitching thing I’ve been working on for the past six years). Anyway, we take breaks, we get burned out again, but we’re always told to dig deep and remember why we’re doing this in the first place. This is sort of my love letter to book blogging.
My first contact with book blogs started back in 2009 when I discovered Juvenil Romantica, a spanish book blog that published book reviews, news and just… tons of interesting stuff. I loved it and checked it quite regularly because at that time I just didn’t know what to read next. Their review index was my TBR list, basically.
I was inspired by them so I started my own blog with Blogger and… it crashed and burned.
It was to be expected, really. I mean, I posted reviews but did I visit other blogs and commented on them? No. None. I was disappointed, but… meh, I moved on.
At that time, I was working on my very first story idea. How exciting and cliche it was! But anyway, I was so in the path of success. I finished it, I hated it, and I started another one, but this time in english. Boy did I need help. This is when I discovered Teens Can Write Too, my next blogging inspiration. I followed Michael’s and his team’s posts weekly, learning so much about the community through them. And so, they inspired me to create my second blog hosted with a free WordPress plan, A Writer’s Tales.
I was two posts in, when I came across a blog post on the web, talking about how writers, even without a published book, needed a blog. And I was like, ‘yeah, well I’m two steps ahead of you, lady’. But then she went on to explain about hosting and domains and… ‘wait, what?’. I wanted that. So I convinced my dad to help me out with the blog fees and self-hosted A Writer’s Tales was born.
My book blogging motivation came from wanting to be part of the community
I thought Michael and the other teen writers were so cool. Through them, and Twitter, I discovered more people to follow, more blogs to read, more books, and it never stopped. But you could say those bloggers from Spain, and Michael Waters were my initial blogging role models.
I learned that you can’t blog without a community
Well, you can, but where’s the fun in that? The people I’ve met, the books I’ve read, the authors who I’ve tagged in twitter and then replied with a ‘cool, I hope you enjoy my book!’… That’s the real blogging experience. Most people don’t know how amazing it is to be able to talk to someone who is all the way in France, or Sweden, or Indonesia, or in the Phillipines, like so many of our bookish friends.
Okay guys, so, just… I love you all.
What, or who inspired you to blog?