Earlier this week, Steph from Cuddlebuggery wrote one of the best posts I’ve read in a long time, discussing non-bloggers and who the blogging community actually caters for and I’d like to take a small moment to rave about how insightful and thoughtful it was to read. I not only agreed with everything she said but I had a light bulb moment.
By no means am I a big blog with a huge following but having been a blogger for a while now (I can’t believe it’s been 2.5 years. I CAN’T EVEN.), it’s changed my relationship with books. First of all, I used to read about a triple of what I read now, reading slumps did not exist and while I love this community I’m a part of, I was a happier reader looking back (I mean, who wouldn’t love living in a world where book slumps didn’t exist?). I only request books I really want (these usually end up mostly being finished copies) and I wouldn’t say I get that many ARC’s (Australia doesn’t have the big publishing houses compared to the US, copies are limited and there are more popular blogs out there) but to face facts, having a blog has changed the way I think about books (not in a bad way, just differently) and I didn’t even know it had until I read Steph’s post. Hence the light bulb moment and those fireworks you just heard erupting.
What I’m trying to say is: I’ve been reminded of what being a reader feels like for someone who doesn’t blog; a completely different view to those who do. So in retrospect, I’m going to put myself in your shoes – non-bloggers – and start thinking again about what you want as a reader from book blogs and what has little or no relevance to you so I can better equip myself to include you more and maybe along the way, make myself a better blogger. On that note, I’ll leave you with a song which perfectly sums up my feeling:
P.S - Don't miss out on another great post - who are book bloggers catering for? - by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner!