Tuesday, September 11, 2012

A Blogger's Tale - a.k.a. Why do I blog?

Celebrating Bloggers blog hop


As a participant in Terri Giuliano Long's Celebrating Bloggers Blog Hop I was asked to write a little piece about why I blog about my book reviews and why I support authors, especially independent authors. Oh! And don't forget to enter the Rafflecopter drawing at the bottom of this post for the chance to win great prizes!


So here you go. I read for pleasure. I always have, since I was a kid. I started reading my mom's bodice rippers when I was about 12 years old. Maybe they were slightly too old for me, or maybe I was a bit precocious, but they were readily available and plentiful in my household. My mom had no objections, so why not?

I'll tell you something you may not know about me. I have no college degree. I have taken some college courses at a local community college that were relevant to my career or that I found interesting, but never pursued that bit of sheepskin. Much of my knowledge of life, culture, and especially vocabulary, comes from my years of reading. You can learn a lot by reading, even by reading things like bodice rippers!

I no longer read those types of books. I moved on years ago to other types of fiction as my preferred drug of choice (reading IS my addiction after all), and I do sometimes read non-fiction, although fiction is still my preference for the most part.

But we still haven't gotten to why I blog about my reviews yet, have we? Are you bored yet?

In all the years I've been reading, I've never really had anyone with whom to discuss the books I've read. My mom, for all the hundreds and probably thousands of books she read in her lifetime just never really talked about them. And now she has passed on (and I miss her horribly, but that is another tale for another day). My friends have generally not been big readers, and those that did read never seemed to enjoy the same types of books that I do. So who could I talk about these fabulous or horrible books with? No one.

Then I discovered Goodreads.com. If you've read my blog for awhile you will have heard me mention them before. It is an AWESOME website for readers. It was on Goodreads that I discovered the world of online book reviews. Everyday normal people were putting out there for the world to see what THEY thought of the books they have read. What a wonderful thing!!! I so enjoyed reading other's reviews of some of the books I've read to see if they agreed or disagreed with how I felt about them. Then I started leaving reviews of my own on Goodreads. And some people actually "liked" them.

Wow, what a kick that is! When you have never had someone to talk about books with and some stranger somewhere out in the world values YOUR opinion on a book? FANTABULOUS!

So I decided to take it one step farther and create my own blog where I could review all the books I've read and maybe appeal to a wider readership. Get my feelings out there unrelated to Goodreads and see if maybe even more people would discuss books with my on my own blog.

And I found that my blog attracted more independent authors than anything else. These authors are for the most part, people who have poured their blood, sweat and tears into a story that for whatever reason is not being published by a publishing firm. Sometimes the reason is that their story isn't "sellable" or doesn't appeal to the audience that the publisher specializes in. Sometimes the reason is that the author just has chosen to go the independent route for reasons of their own. But so many of these independent authors have such INCREDIBLE stories to tell.

So I began to truly support independent authors by reading and blogging about their books. I still read and blog about published books as well, because to not do so to me would be like saying I only eat pie now, so I can't eat cake anymore. I love cake and pie. I think I can have both. Same with books. I love published AND self-published books. I think I can have (and blog about) both.

So now, if you are a blogger, tell me - why do YOU blog? And if you are a self-published author, tell me - why are you self-published? And if you are neither a blogger or an author, tell me - what do you like to read?

Or tell me any combination of the three. Just talk to me for crying out loud! Talk books with me. Don't leave me out here in the cold world of the internet all by myself. :)

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12 comments:

  1. Great post :)

    I'm really pleased you found so many people to discuss books with in the end.

    Thank you for all the support you have given to indie authors and to bloggers.

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  2. David you are one of the fabulous self-published authors and you know it! Thanks for stopping by to read my humble post and take the time to comment. Much love to you.

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  3. Stopping in from the hop. ^_^

    Like you, I also didn't have a lot of people to talk to about the books I read -- and I agree that there are a lot of indie/self-published authors that are very good.

    I'm glad I started my blog because it has allowed me to discover new authors and I'm learning so much from the experience. ^_^

    Have a great day!

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    1. Hi Tin - Thanks for sharing your experiences!

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  4. What a great post! I self-published my book because I believed in the story. I'd had a publishing contract and unfortunately it fell through (nothing bad, just one of those things.) That made me realize that there was an audience for my book and I could take control of the publishing process myself. I did, but it was the immense support from bloggers that got me where I am today. I can't thank everyone enough.

    Thank you so much for taking part in Celebrating Bloggers!

    My best,
    Terri

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    1. Terri - you are awesome! We can't thank YOU enough.

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  5. Stopping by from the Celebrating Bloggers Blog Hop!

    Connecting with other people is probably what keeps me coming back to blogging, even though I don't really fill a niche.

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    1. It's ok that you don't fill a niche. Sometimes it is great to have that type of variety! So glad you stopped by.

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  6. Love your blog! I read and blog and write. I like to blog about what I read and write. I am a very simple person!
    I also love pie which explains why my protagonist loves pie. Although, she seems to find opportunities to eat pie more often than I do, not fair.
    Once I collected the requisite number of rejections to line all my dresser drawers, I was able to self-publish without guilt.

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    1. Hi Gail - I'm finding that sooooo many authors - especially those that are self-published - are also bloggers! And who doesn't love pie??? I hope your books sell like hot cakes! Or at least like pie. ;)

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  7. Hi there.

    Stopping in from the blog hop. I am not sure where I fit in exactly in this blogging circle. I am a blogger who is authoring a book that is not self-published or published yet in any form. I guess that makes me a reader. I love visiting new blogs and meeting new people. You did a great job of explaining the process of book blogging. I did not even know about that. I guess it makes sense and it certainly gives authors and readers a great opportunity to find each other in the huge blogosphere!

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    1. I'd say that makes you a reader, a blogger AND an author in the making! Just because you haven't finished your book doesn't mean you aren't an author. Best of luck to you!

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