I began this blog in April of 2008, hoping to somehow organise my reading (that was before I discovered Goodreads). Little did I know that it would do much more than that. Keeping a book blog has allowed me to widen my horizons, as well as helping me to keep organised – and along the way, I’ve met some great people and been introduced to some great writers. Well, not that I actually met any writers; I was just introduced to their books.
Anyhoo, in the last few months, I pledged to read the complete works of Woolf, Dickens, Ondaatje, Tolstoy, Bronte, Gaskell, Eliot, Murakami, Austen and Shakespeare; I signed up for ten challenges, and created a few long-term projects of my own. How would I have been able to keep track of all this without my beloved blog? Oh, and most surprisingly, who would’ve known that people would voluntarily return to this site in order to keep up with my random, ill-informed and completely biased ramblings?
Nowadays, I enjoy blogging and reading other book blogs as much as I love reading books. Surely, none of this is bad. Yet can blogging be counter-productive to reading? I think it can be. From mid-October to early November, I was quite busy studying for exams, and yet in the precious moments of spare time I had, I chose to update my blog instead of using that time for reading. This has turned up in my mind countless times, and I’m sure it’s on other bloggers’ minds as well – Rebecca from Rebecca Reads also recently mentioned how in October, she spent more time compiling lists than doing actual reading (I’m sure we can all relate to that).
I suppose it’s hard to truly immerse yourself in a book when your mind is worn out from other exertions, but the same applies to the majority of people out there who come home exhausted after work everyday. I shouldn’t be using exams or my blog to excuse my lack of reading over the past few months. Because now that I’ve finished exams, I’m so over using my brain, and I like to do stupid things like listen to my neighbour mowing the lawn.
Well, what exactly is my point? I’m not sure, because I don’t really plan on reducing the time I spend on my blog. I think what I’m trying to say here is that I’m very much in love with blogging despite the fact that it cuts into reading time, and that I really do appreciate the people who take time to read (and comment on) what I have to say. Also, I just missed having a random, pointless post. I haven’t done many of them since I started the blog – most of my posts have been reviews of books, and memes, and what not. It’s nice to have a pointless ramble once in a while.
One last little thing. It makes me laugh:
That’s all from me today. Happy reading, everyone :)