I'd like to say that I'm the same reader that I was before I started blogging, but that would be a lie. A big lie. My habits and thought processes have changed immensely in the time that I've been maintaining this blog. Though my blog has been around only a short time, it really has changed my life. I take this blog really seriously, which means that I have to take reading seriously as well.
|Basically my childhood.|
I went through a brief reading slump shortly after graduating high school. I barely even noticed it was happening, but between my depression (a post for another time) and my dead-end full-time job, I just didn't have the motivation for reading. I still considered myself a reader, but I was doing much, much less of it.
It wasn't until the summer before I started university that I started reading all the time again. I spent that entire summer reading the A Song of Ice and Fire series (it was around the time that the TV series premièred). I read all five of those massive books before the end of August, and my hunger for books was reawakened. It was also around that time that I discovered and subsequently became addicted to Goodreads.
|The end of a book slump! Hurrah!|
I started my blog last summer, after spending a month or so writing a backlog of reviews. I didn't really know what I was doing, but I knew that I liked books and I liked book blogs and I wanted one of my own. I quickly learned that book blogging is a lot more work than it looks like.
Unfortunately, around this time last year my blog went on an eight-month-long hiatus. I just wasn't prepared for the commitment of juggling full-time coursework, a part-time job, and the blog. I stopped posting, but I didn't stop reading. I read a lot of books during that time, but I didn't write reviews and I actually feel kind of depressed when I think about those books because of it. I want to go back and look at the books I read during those eight months and read what I thought about them at the time of reading. Because for the most part, I don't remember. I feel almost disappointed in myself for taking that time off, even though I know that I shouldn't be.
|I don't want to read less!!|
How did your blog come to be? Have you always been a reader? How do you prioritize blogging within the rest of your daily activities & commitments?