Friday, July 13, 2012

Follow Friday - Why I started blogging

Follow Friday is a feature created by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.  It's a fun blog hop where you meet other book bloggers and find people to follow.
Question: What drove you to start book blogging in the first place?
Originally I start my blog back in 2007 when I was going to Switzerland.  I was volunteering at Our Chalet, a Girl Scout/Girl Guide World Center.  I thought I would tell the world about my adventures and share pictures.  I didn't.  Switzerland was one of the best experiences of my life.  However, because we all shared a computer and I was so busy having fun I never actually blogged.

A couple years later I began reading a lot of writing and book blogs.  I kept noticing LOTS of contests that asked to you to blog for additional entries.  I already had this little blog gathering dust, so I thought why not.  Initially I used it for entering contests.  Oddly enough I very rarely enter contests anymore because my reading schedule is so full due to blogging.

Once I started reviewing books I discovered that I really enjoyed it.  Before I was reading without effort, just plowing through books and moving onto the next.  While I still am forced to plow through books quickly, blogging makes me read more intelligently.  I pay attention to the details --characterization, plot, pacing, etc because it helps me write reviews.  That was something I was missing.  When you're a student you spend a lot of time analyzing and thinking about what you read.  Working fulltime, you normally don't.  Blogging and reviewing filled a void that I didn't even know existed until I started.


Elle said...

I understand about making you notice more details! I thinks that is the best part about it!

Jessica @ a GREAT read said...

OOh nice! Switzerland sounds fun!! Never been there but I did go to Greece and Italy long before I began blogging as well! Enjoying seeing how other bloggers decided to blog about books!

Here's my Friday Hops

I was a featured blogger!!

Have a GREAT weekend!

Old Follower :)

rachel said...

Switzerland sounds awesome! Lucky you!
I also pay more attention to books now!

My F&F. :)

Michael @ The Bookshelf Review said...

Awesome answer. I agree that blogging makes you pay way more attention to minute details then normal. That is one of the reasons why I love it so much. New GFC Follower. =]
Thanks for sharing. =] Here is My FF
Michael @ The Bookshelf Review

Anonymous said...

Great answer! Thanks for stopping by :)

Christina said...

I love how you gradually got into it through contests! I think giveaways are a great way to meet other people!

New follower via Linky.

Come see my blog, Ensconced in YA!

Danielle said...

I've been working on paying more attetntion to books, haha. I've always wanted to go to Switzerland. :)

Old follower! Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog.

alexanddrea said...

I feel the same way! Book blogging helped me feel some kind of void as well. I feel like I am more connected to the books I read because I develop an opinion written down on paper.


Joie said...

Great reasons! It wasn't until I started blogging that I started paying attention to stuff like plot, character development, and all that stuff too!

Here's my FF

Hannah said...

Nice! Thanks for stopping by! New follower!

Chrystal said...

Great answer!

Aurora said...

My Sister-in-law just went to Our Chalet, her pictures are just gorgeous!

Thanks for the follow, following back!

Unknown said...

So true, many contests ask you to have a blog :)

Unknown said...

Attention to detail... that's what I missed. =/ You are so right on that too. I pay way more attention to detail when I read books now. Its almost like you have to.

Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier!

Following you back! :)

Melissa @Spews of My Views

Unknown said...

"blogging makes me read more intelligently."

That is so true, and personally this helps me a lot to get better as a writer. I now notice things I would've never before when I was reading just for pleasure. And it just seeps in my subconscious better so that when I'm writing I have a better notion of what works or what doesn't. :D

New Linky Follower!

aliaa said...

Awesome story! I felt the same with one of my blogs that was also gathering dust, I am glad though I am making use of mine and enjoying it!

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Daniela said...

Great answer! I discovered these contests after I started blogging. :)
Old follower

Leah Marie said...

Knowing that you are going to review the book you are reading certainly does require is to be more analytic about it!

Thanks for stopping by and following my blog this week. I'm an old follower of yours. ;-)

Escapism Fanatic said...

A lot of people started blogging to enter contests.

New follower.

Stormi said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and following me.

Renee - Succotash Reviews and The Cookbook Papers said...

Hi Cassie - Thanks for stopping by - OLD follower of yours :) Loved your answer. Yes, book blogging has made me aware of details I didn't take notice of before.

Have a great day
Renee @ Succotash Reviews

Amy @ Happily Reading Ever After said...

That's how I got a Twitter account. I really didn't plan on it, but contests required that on some of the contests.

Thanks for stopping by!

Gin said...

Great answer! I want to go to Switzerland! *jealous* :)

Thanks so much for stopping by my FF! Followed you back. :)

Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms said...

I agree about the attention to details :)

I'm a new GFC and linky follower, and here's my FF post if you want to find out why I recently started blogging.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Anonymous said...

Oh!! Switzerland! I am jealous. :D

New Follower via GFC

A Bookish Co-op @

Btw, I nominated you for The Liebster Award. :)

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Experiment BL626 said...

Contests like those is an example of the main reason why I don't enter any. If I have to do more than "click here to enter" then I'm not going to bother. My precious free time isn't worth spending to get *a chance* to win free stuff.

Tamara Ford said...

Thanks for stopping by on Friday. I like your story. Take Care,

Tamara @ Shelf Addiction

Tamara Ford said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog on Friday! I like your blogger story also!

Take Care,

Jennifer said...

I used to do more contest entries when I started blogging too. Reviewing books helped me become a more attentive reader too.

Old follower.

Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

Unknown said...

Nice answer! Switzerland sounds amazing ! I'm now following you (:
My FF: