So, I couldn't post yesterday (Day Three of BBAW) so I'm adding a little bit here, and then tackling Day 4's topic.
Day 3 - Community Part II
In BBAW's words: The world of book blogging has grown enormously and sometimes it can be hard to find a place. Share your tips for finding and keeping community in book blogging despite the hectic demands made on your time and the overwhelming number of blogs out there. If you’re struggling with finding a community, share your concerns and explain what you’re looking for–this is the week to connect!
I've made it a policy of mine to only follow the blogs I can see reading on the long run, and I've sort of have this core-group of blogs I read every day and comment on three or four times a week because I'm genuinely interested in what they got to say - because they are funny, because we got similar taste in books, because I love a feature of their blogs etc - and that makes it easier to keep up.
That's my advice: follow the blogs you like. Don't do it nilly willy. You might not develop relationships with everyone you follow, but at least will help you keep on top of your blog roll.
Day 4 - Reading and Blogging
Today, is basically about the books we read and how blogging has changed the way we approach books. I'm going to answer the questions BBAW asked.
Has book blogging changed the way you read?
Yes and No. I am more ruthless these days. I used to be one of those people who ALWAYS finished whatever book I started, now I don't do it so much. If a book doesn't grab me quickly, I'll cut it and be done with it. I need to do so because I have an insane TBR pile and because well, life is too short to make reading a chore.
On the other hand, my rating and grading process still pretty much goes as far as how much I enjoyed the book and how likely I am to re-read. That's still the standard I hold my books up to, rather than more technical stuff.
Have you discovered books you never would have apart from book blogging?
Absolutely! There are certain bloggers I've come to trust, like Small of Small Reviews, because though we might not always go after the same books, there are some basic elements that we both love in a story. Maybe she likes fantasy more than I do, and maybe I avoid dystopian, but I know when it comes to the enjoyment value, we have similar likes and pet peeves so I feel reasonably confident in follwing her recs, even if it's a little out of my comfort zone.
She totally recommend The Ghost and the Goth, a series I was convinced was not for me, but it turned out I loved.
How has book blogging affected your book acquisition habits?
I don't think so. I do buy more books now but that's has more to do with a slight lowering of exchange rates, The Book Depository starting to deliver to my country, and the fact I got a job. Blogging hasn't affected the amount of books I buy exactly, but it has had an effect on the actual books I buy.
Have you made new connections with other readers because of book blogging?
Yes. For me book blogging is a labor of love, we all love books we all want to share our thoughts on the books we read, that's why we got into this in the first place. I used to drive my RL-friends nuts with my incessant book chatter. Through blogging I found people who actually love talking about books, which is just awesome.
It has made reading less lonely.
And that's it for today!!!