Blog Hop: Finding Book Blogging

I’m participating in the Book Blogger Hop again this week, which invites book bloggers to answer a bookish question and visit each other’s blogs.  Hosted at Knitting and Sundries this week, here’s today’s question:

How did you find out about book blogging and what made you decide to start one yourself?

This is a funny one, because I don’t feel like there was a point when I found out about book blogging as a thing.  I’d been involved in my company’s blog in the past, so I’d done some writing and knew how to use WordPress.  I toyed with the idea of starting my own blog for a while, but didn’t know what I wanted to write about.  I needed a topic that I knew I could generate ideas around for a long time, and eventually it occurred to me that, considering how much I read, book reviews were probably a good direction to go…

I didn’t actually read book blogs before I started my own, which maybe is odd…but it never really occurred to me that it was a thing.  I suppose I assumed that other people had the same kind of idea and that there was probably a blog community of sorts, but it wasn’t until I started writing myself that I explored that community.  And then I was lucky, because I started right around the Cybils, and lots of blogs were linking to the blogs that were judging the awards…which gave me ready-made lists of bloggers focusing on the same genres I was interested in.

Since then, I shake-up the list of blogs in my reader every so often.  I love finding new blogs that old favorites are linking to, or by participating in blogging events.

I know lots of my readers are also book bloggers–how did you get started?

5 thoughts on “Blog Hop: Finding Book Blogging

  1. I started blogging when I left university and found myself un-employed. A very close friend recommended it as a way to keep writing and keep myself sane but I didn’t really want to just write about me like she did. So I went with my favourite hobby – reading! Like you until I started book blogging myself I didn’t realise how big the community was!

  2. It has been interesting today reading how we each got into the book blogging world. I really didn’t know there was a book blogging world out there, I just started my reading corner to more or less keep track of what I had read. Next thing I know people are visiting and leaving comments.

    Happy Reading Week-end.

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