I've now been blogging for two years… which is only kinda INSANE. And I thought about what I wanted to do to celebrate this, and I eventually decided to just write a post about why I love blogging so much. So, here are ten reasons I love blogging:
1) I've met so many amazing bookish people
Bookish people are awesome, it's official. I'm not going to list everyone (that would take forever!) but if you're a bookish person who I talk to loads, chances are you fall under this point!
2) Blogging has improved my writing
Compare my old posts from back in 2012 to my current ones and you'll notice the change in writing is dramatic (although, please don't read my old posts because, in retrospect, weren't great!). Blogging has helped me develop a writing style and I've found writing posts has became natural to me. Even now, as I'm writing this, I don't have to think about what comes next! For me, this is perhaps the most valuable asset I've gained from blogging.
3) I've read books I previously wouldn't have heard about
Blogging has introduced me to so many new books that, if I was not a blogger, I 100% wouldn't have known about. Perhaps that's just because blogging has encouraged me to read more reviews, but, I also hear from publishers about new releases and my Twitter feed is FULL of upcoming YA and adult novels.
4) There are ACTUAL people who read my ramblings
It feels very odd to type this, but I have hundreds of followers, thousands of comments and hundreds of thousands of page views. Woah. Of course I'd still love blogging without all these stats, BUT, it is cool to know that there are ACTUAL people reading my reviews and random ramblings. I mean, given the amount of time I spend on this blog, it definitely makes everything seem worthwhile.
5) Blogging Inspires Creativity
I'm a creative person (as I hope I've demonstrated through some of my posts) and blogging is the perfect outlet for this creativity. I'm constantly striving towards creating original content and towards making each post more interesting that the last!I wouldn't be blogging if I didn't love reading, but I can't blogging has made me love reading even more than I thought humanly possible. And I think this is because, whilst I'm reading a book, I know that once I'm finished I'll be able to ramble non-stop about the said book.
6) I've Created Content I'm Proud OF
A couple of posts I'm incredibly proud of writing are: My Daughter of Smoke and Bone reviews (#1, #2, #3), If Books Were Cupcakes, Which Classic [Graphic], YA Dystopias [infographic], Harry Potter Name Etymology & Why I Read Fantasy.
7) Blogging Introduced Me to Graphic Design
I'm by no means a pro graphic designer (far from!) but I really enjoy messing around with my blog design and graphics. One of the best parts of settling down to write a blog post is designing the graphics for it. And, given the fact that before blogging I was pretty much incapable of designing any image, this is one of the aspects of blogging I love the most!
8) I Get To RAMBLE About BOOKS
Books, just books. Books, books, books. I start this blog so I could talk non-stop about books and that's pretty much what I've achieved. BOOKS.
9) Blogging is fun.Just everything about it makes me smile. There's just something within the combination of chatting to bookish people and chatting about books that makes everything so FUN. I really enjoy blogging and – obviously – that's one of the reasons I love it.
10) Blogging Has Made Me Love Reading EVEN MORE
So that's it! There are ten reasons I love blogging! Do you blog? Why do you love it? If you don't blog, why on earth not?! And also, if you're reading this post, thank you for popping by my blogging across these past two years (even if this is the first time you've been on it!).