Only a few months away from my one year blogging anniversary, I thought it would be a good time to do this topic. Seriously though?! I can’t believe i’ve been blogging for almost a year! It feels like just yesterday I made the decision to finally do this. But through these last 10 months I’ve learned so much. One of the things I’ve learned – blogging is stressful! And most of that pressure is put on ourselves by us. Yes, you heard me, we are our own worst enemy. So it’s helpful to take a step back and look at the reasons why we do this crazy thing to ourselves. I will be getting into a much more mushy and lengthy discussion about all of this on my anniversary but until then, here are my top 5 reasons why I blog!

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme where I explore different topics. If you are interested in participating I would love to have you! Here is a list of my Upcoming Topics in November – please remember to ping back a specific post of mine so I get a notification and I will add you to the participants list!

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BOOK REVIEWS!

I know that book reviews aren’t the most popular with some book bloggers. They either hate writing them or they’re their least viewed post, but reviews are the #1 reason why I started the blog. Quite a few years ago, when I was only choosing books based on the synopsis, I found that I was always choosing books that weren’t for me. They would sound good but then I wouldn’t like them. So I started to look into books more before I made a purchase, and reviews became necessary. I paid attention to why someone liked a book and why they didn’t, and those reviews helped me SO much in finding the types of books I really enjoyed. So I decided to start this blog in hopes that my reviews could help just one person find their next great read. If I helped only one person, then I would be happy.

THE CHANCE TO FANGIRL!

Let’s be honest here, most of us just wanted a place to fangirl over all the books we love so much! Some of you may be lucky enough to have friends in real life who are also obsessed with books, but I don’t really have anyone around me who loves them as much as I do. So I turned to my space on the internet to blab about all the books, worlds and characters I love so much! And you all COMPLETELY understand me when I freak about fictional characters (Rhysand) and worlds (Hogwarts) because you want a piece of them too! (literally)

A SPACE AND PLACE JUST FOR ME

As I’ve mentioned a million times before, I’m a wife, mother of 2, and a business owner. I’m an insanely busy person and spend 99.99999% of my time doing things for other people. I used to play roller derby and that was my time for me but, after an injury, I had to quit, so I was left with nothing for myself again. I decided to take my lifelong passion for reading and turn it into my blog. This is the one place (besides books) that I can escape all the daily needs and pressures and focus on the positivity and pages. I get to be this excessive fangirling bookworm with all of you and it makes my heart happy!

THE COMMUNITY AND FRIENDS!

This was an unexpected one, but a welcome surprise! After only blogging for a few weeks, I quickly realized that the community was going to be one of my favourite parts! I love getting lost in conversations about books with all of you and consider quite a few of you friends. I love following your lives and passions through your blogs, love your updates and humour on twitter – all of it! Like the book Eliza And Her Monsters, her online friends were just as real as the friends she could see in person. Every single day I look forward to talking with all of you!

THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH PUBLISHERS

Obviously, this one wasn’t immediate, but it was something that I worked towards and something that I’m most proud of. Ever since I was a kid I would pay attention to who was publishing books. Not sure why. Even as an adult I would cruise the aisles of a book store and search the spines for publishers logos. Now, being able to partner with the publishers that I’ve admired all my life and provide reviews for them is so special to me. I can’t even put this into words. Yes, I get a book out of it which is obviously amazing, but “working with them” is more special to me than the book itself. I’m still kicking myself for not going to school to go into publishing because it’s interested me since I was a child but, shoulda coulda woulda!

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This list could have been SO long! There are so many things that I love about blogging! I never stick to anything all that long – especially when it requires THIS MUCH WORK! You all know what I’m talking about! But it’s so worth it in the end 🙂 How about you? What are the reasons you blog?

Until next time, happy reading!

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