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Rants & Rambles is a weekly feature where I hope to share my own personal thoughts and opinions about both bookish and blogging related topics. As stated, these are MY OWN opinions and while you can choose to disagree with it, I hope that you at least respect it.
This week on Rants & Rambles I want to discuss:
I think it’s pretty safe to say that blogging has changed all of our lives. It’s basically like a part-time job, but one that we enjoy doing (I know I do!). Book blogging has changed my life and there are a number of things that I do now that I never did before I started blogging and I wanted to share them with you. Let’s discuss!
♥ Learning the Lingo ♥
TBR? OTP? SHIP? FEELS? I did not know what any of those terms meant before I started book blogging. I felt like a foreigner in a new country trying to decipher what people were saying. Thankfully, with the help of Urban Dictionary (yes, I use this site!), I was able to master the bookish language and now I use it in everyday conversation, including those with non-bookish people!
♥ Using Goodreads ♥
I’m pretty sure this is a common factor for most of us book bloggers, but I did not even know what Goodreads was before I started book blogging. When I first learned about Goodreads, I was OBSESSED! A place where I could keep track of all my reads and find new reads? SIGN ME UP! Goodreads has been both a blessing and a curse because while I’m able to keep track of the books I read, I am constantly finding new books I want to read and NO ONE has time to read ALL these books!
♥ Making Monthly TBRs ♥
Not everyone makes monthly TBRs. Some of us are mood readers who find it hard to stick to TBRs, but I need one. WHY IS THAT? Because if I don’t make a monthly TBR, I end up reading one type of genre (and not the appropriate kind). Making monthly TBRs allows me to diversify my reading as I try to include books from different genres, that way I am not reading the same story line over and over again.
♥ Pre-ordering Books ♥
NEVER have I EVER pre-ordered a book before my blogging days. Even when I started to blog, I made a promise that I would NEVER pre-order, no matter how HYPED people were about it. That plan shot to hell real quick. I can’t even believe that I pre-order books now (darn you Amazon 1-click!) and because of it, I may need to find a second source of income.
♥ Recommending Books ♥
Recommending books is not something I usually do. Everyone has their own taste and I would hate it if I recommended a book I ADORED to a friend and they don’t love it as much as I do. But now, I DON’T really care because I realized it’s OKAY if others don’t like the same books as me. Now when I read a good book, I go to work the next day and tell my co-workers “DOWNLOAD THIS BOOK AND READ IT NOW!” (& most of the time they end up loving my recs…clearly I have good taste in books!)
♥ Twitter, Instagram, & Bookish Events ♥
I am not a social being. When I finished high school, I deactivated Facebook and only kept in contact with a few of my friends. After I started to blog, I soon realized that “being social” and interacting with others was unavoidable, but I’m kind of happy that blogging has pushed be out of my comfort zone because I have met so many AWESOME people and have gone to some fun bookish events and I can’t wait to have more bookish experiences with these friends.
That is all for this week’s Rants & Rambles. I hope you enjoyed my random thoughts!
How has book blogging affected your life?
Let me know in the comments!