Sunday, April 9, 2017

SFF: The 5 Things That Keep You Book Blogging

Sunday Fun Five #73:

A Countdown of

The 5 Things That Keep You Book Blogging

5. Pure Stubbornness
I'm actually a pretty stubborn person, and I can be slow to change my ways once I've decided on a pattern of how to do things, when to do them, etc. Stubbornness is an excellent trait to have as a book blogger, because you have to rely on yourself for inspiration and you will likely encounter many (many) people (and fellow book bloggers) who have a conflicting opinion about a book you love or hate. If you're of a stubborn bent it's also important to keep in mind that there is room in the blogosphere for differing opinions and to keep an open mind when someone points out a "flaw" in your favorite book... even if you think it's just a flaw in their thinking.

If only I had a cup that big...
4. Caffeine
I never wake up with much energy any more, so caffeine is what helps fuel my posting. I'm a fan of coffee, I have an on-again, off-again relationship with Diet Dr. Pepper (I just call her Melinda), and chocolate also has my endorsement, especially if it happens to be covering coffee beans.

Some of my most anticipated titles of 2017
3. All the New Releases
I love being able to enthuse with other readers about the latest and greatest titles to be published in a given year. I don't know many readers in real life, so it's nice to be able to converse with other literary minded folks.

My pile awhile back...
2. the-pile and the-invisible-pile
I have a lot of books I've acquired and want to read: the-pile is all the physical books, the-invisible-pile is all of the Kindle ebooks or their equivalent (thus the invisible). I always have books to read, even if I feel like I have "nothing" to read (funny how that works). My piles keep me blogging by keeping me supplied with old favorites, less known older books, and some more recent books too.

1. Fellow Book Bloggers
I likely wouldn't be around if there was no book blogging community. Although I have had blogs in the past I just wrote for myself as a kind of book journal, etc., it's nice to know I'm not alone in liking and reading certain books, even if they aren't quite mainstream.

What keeps you blogging?


  1. Haha all of these!! I'm a pretty stubborn person too, when I want to be, and I don't know if I'll ever stop blogging because I'll always want to go one more year and I will not quit until I get to another milestone :) Or I'll tell myself that I won't let my work and schooling get in the way of the things I want to do and I won't let them control me (aka I'll revert back to my teenage roots (of which I was never the rebel but for the sake of argument))!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

    1. I think that's the same way I am! "They" will never see me stop book blogging... whoever "they" happen to be! ;) Stubbornness is definitely a good trait if you want to keep blogging.
      Thanks for stopping by and sharing, Laura!
      ~Litha Nelle

  2. Fellow Book Bloggers is definitely my top reason for continuing to blog. I would have quit a long time ago if it weren't for all the wonderful bloggers, including you!, I've gotten to know over the past 3 years.

    1. Yes- the book blogging community is awesome! I'm glad I'm included in your league of wonderful book bloggers. ;)
      Thanks for stopping by and stroking my ego, Rachelle!
      ~Litha Nelle

  3. None of my IRL friends who live close enough to socialize are into books, well seriously into books, they read two or three a year and they usually aren't my cup of tea, anyway, so same as you... it's the community. Since starting blogging I have also taken on a "mission" to champion good YA books that have been eviscerated on Goodreads for not having enough romance, or because the reader has to think while reading (I am still appalled by the number of times I have seen this), or the cornucopia of other stupid reasons GR readers give. Same for the opposite, to point out misappropriations, injurious content, or misinformation. Even if I only make a small dent, I am happy! Plus, friends like you. I like talking to bookish people about nonbookish things. It keeps my mind off bothersome things for a bit every day, too. This is especially nice in these time of tRump. I am happy you blog! I toast to you with coffee. :D

    1. Yeah, I can relate with friends who read different things too- I think people get to stuck on certain genres, which is why I try to read a variety of different genres every month. If you want books with romance, you're better off looking with New Adult books in the first place- those usually, but not always feature a strong romance with younger characters (usually 18+ years old). If I'm reading a book that makes me think and I don't want to read a "thinking" book, I put it aside and go for one with a much fluffier plot. I like sharing my take on books, and quite honestly, it helps my memory a lot if I review something- then later, if someone mentions that book, I know how I felt about it.
      Oh yes, I'm so glad I have book blogging now with Mr. Rage Orange. He makes me feel wrathful, but book blogging brings back in more positive things, as you mentioned.
      Thanks for stopping by and toasting me with coffee, La La!
      ~Litha Nelle

  4. Such a true list. Sometimes I think it is purely stubbornness that keeps me blogging too. :-) I really like being a part of the book blogging community. And know that there have been times I think life would be easier if I wasn't blogging, but then I'd miss all of you. :-) Plus, no one gets me and my obsession/love for books quite as well outside the book blogging community.

    Great list!

    1. I know stubbornness has been part of my regimen, especially with how difficult it's been to type in the past year. I think most "normal" people may read a book or two, but do they stockpile them as if bookstores may someday run out of paper? I doubt it. ;)
      Thanks for stopping by and sharing, Wendy!
      ~Litha Nelle


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