1. Keeping up to date with bookish news – before I was a blogger, I only knew that my favourite authors had new books out when I saw them in a bookshop or at the library, which is far too late! As a blogger, I get to know about books, events, conferences, and all sorts of other wonderful things that I might otherwise have missed out on.
2. Finding out what other people thought of books and issues surrounding books – I love the community. I am passionate about books, reading, writing, libraries and diversity, and love talking and reading about a wide variety of book-related issues. Being this obsessed can sometimes get a bit awkward, but most of the time it’s worked out well!
3. Instant gratification – Not only do I love it when I update my blog and people comment straight away, but I also love being able to go online whenever I want and explore other people’s blogs.
4. Connecting with people on other forms of social media – Blogging has lead me to find and follow so many interesting people. I am a complete Twitter addict, but I also love Instagram and Facebook.
5. Memes – a great excuse to indulge my love of lists. Oh look, I’m writing one now.
6. Communications with publishers, invites to events, and review copies – I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t love all this stuff and that it didn’t make me feel good!
7. It looks good on my CV – I have had a couple of conversations at job interviews about blogging and social media, even when the job wasn’t directly related to those things.
8. Pretty pictures – books make great eye candy, don’t they? I love finding and making pictures of books.
9. Discovering books I might otherwise not have heard of – my wishlist is always increasing and although I enjoy knowing what is popular, I love finding out about a book I might otherwise never have read.
10. Sharing my opinions – I started to blog in the first place for the same reason as almost everybody else – I thought some other people might be interested in my opinions about books. I haven’t always been someone with confidence in my own opinions, and blogging has really helped me practice expressing my thoughts in written form.