How it all started:
When I first began to blog about books, I thought I was the only book blog out there, hence the URL "the1bookblog.blogspot.com", I never knew there was an entire network of book bloggers.
I wanted to blog because I wanted to share my thoughts on books, and blogging seemed like a great way to keep track of what I read.
For many months, I had 8 followers, my friends who so kindly followed me, and I felt discouraged that no one was reading, but I kept on blogging, loving the feel of my words on the web. Then Priya from Book Crumbs started following, and I was inspired to help other blogs with comments and following, from Priya's blog, I branched out and discovered the "Book Blog World"
I went crazy after that, obsessed with blogging. What's there not to love about blogging?
Why I love blogging:
Blogging was a great way to connect to the wonderful people around the world who share the same interest: Books! I met great people who I now e-mail and talk to frequently, a close 'new friend' of mine is Milli from Everything Crazy.
People are so supportive, comments left behind are really appreciated and I love reading them. It does:
- Give me a sense that someone is actually reading what I write
- Give me other people's opinion on the topic
- Give me a warm fuzzy feeling (on some comments)
Then, ta-da! Book blogging showed me thousands of great books and told me whether I should read them or not, and the more blogs I followed, the more choices I got to choose from.
What I look for in a blog:
- An original, snazzy layout
- Great posts. Can be humorous (always appreciated) happy or sad, anything!
- Unique and different, something that no other blog has
- A good topic, not something boring and dreadful-to-read
I was sort of shy to tell my friends that I blogged, I was already nerdy (still am) then, so why mention it? So when I let it slip to a few close friends:
"You have a blog?" Friend 1 said, surprised clear in her voice
I blushed, "Uhh...yeah...it's about books..." I said nervously.
"That's cool!" Friend 1 replied.
End of Conversation
As I talked more about blogging, more of my friends got interested, and THIS happened"
Sincerely From, Rose Cunningham
Best Manga's and Their Reviews
A friend named Catherine is currently working on her blog, when I let her borrow my ARC of Linger, she was so interested.
In fact, when word got out that I reviewed ARC's, more people wanted to know about them and how THEY could get a copy, and it was kind of hard to explain that in order to get an ARC, you can't just start a blog and ask for an ARC! You have to have good blog stats, commenters, and publicity!
The start from 8 followers to now 224 has been a great journey, and I hope to keep on blogging! My readers/followers are the amazing people who made this happen, and I love you all so much for it, and you guys, and books, are the reason why I love to blog!