Book blogging has been a big part of my life for the past 2.5 years and it has effected and changed me in positive ways. Today I want to share you how blogging changed my life.
The first thing that would never have happened without my blog is the start of my book club. Once every month I meet up with Debby, Daisy and Daph. We’ve been doing this for a year now and I’m so happy with them in my life. I now have real life people I can fangirl/rant with! This showed me that I AM capable of meeting new people without making an embarrassment out of myself. I don’t think I would have been brave enough a few years ago, but blogging has pushed me to do new things. It has made me step out of my comfort zone. I also made other blogging friends and I never imagined that I would feel so connected with people all over the world. It’s a wonderful feeling. And to come back on my confession about my fear of Twitter, I feel I’m getting better at it. I keep challenging myself with things I’m scared of and it feels good.
I’m also better with rejections now. The first time writing a publisher for a review request was scary and it was hard to be rejected. 'Why is my blog not good enough?' It made me insecure, but now I continue and I can shake it off easily. It shows me that it’s not terrifying to approach other people; you just have to do it and it taught me more about networking. Plus, authors are only human and they are lovely to talk to.
Blogging allowed me to explore reading in another way. I now know what is important for me and what I dislike in books. I'm more critical and now I can see books through the eyes of someone else and that's sometimes helpful when you're not sure how you feel about a story. I feel more confident about giving my opinions about books. I can finally point out all the things I like and dislike instead of saying ‘I just love it!’ It’s easier to write down my thoughts and feelings, even if they are negative.
I’ve learned to let go of the idea I have to give everything a chance. Like I told in my DNF post, I used to finish every book, but with blogging I realize I don’t have the time for it. I’m also better at picking books. Before my blogging life I used to go to the store and I would buy whatever caught my eyes. Now, with Goodreads and all my blogging friends, I’m more aware of books. I know what will be published, I know what is currently a hype and I base the books I buy on reasons; and this prevents me (most of the times) from buying books I end up disliking. This made me broaden my horizons even more and I discovered new favorites books I might have ignored before.
I’ve also fallen in love with stats. I always liked making lists, but together with Goodreads and Excel I can keep up with everything. Books I want to buy, series I need to finish, details about all the books I’ve finished that year etc. The things you can add are endless. Based on these stats I can see I read more than ever. Challenges, read-a-thons; blogging makes me read more books and it even helps me to achieve one of my dream goals: 150 books in a year.
My English has improved and I learn new things every day. I loved English the moment they started to teach it to me and I was always pretty good at it, but my vocabulary has grown and writing in English is much easier now. It can be difficult at times (like I said in this post, I’m afraid to make mistakes and it’s scary to realize people might judge you for it), but I’m proud that I can speak at least 2 languages. I even started my own Youtube channel and while I'm still uncomfortable in front of the camera, I can see my progress and that's fun.
Now tell me, how did blogging change you?