I’ll be the first to admit, that I signed up for this blog hop about a month ago and then promptly forgot about it, until I got the reminder email last week. So while I normally would have had time to formulate some awesome words of wisdom (snort…giggle), this is going to be more like some random musings on why I blog/review.
When I first started my blog, I had no idea what I was doing. All I knew what that someone had mentioned NetGalley.com to me as a way to get free books to read and review (and seriously, what reader is going to turn down free books) and that they recommended if you wanted to have the best luck at getting approved for these books, then a blog was the way to go. So I found blogger and started playing, but soon figured that wordpress was more to my liking and I switched by blog over to that site. And then I prompted forgot about it. For about a 6 month period, I didn’t post anything to my blog and wondering if maybe I should just call it quits, but now I am glad that I didn’t.
Over the last year, there has been a myriad of author-reviewer issues that have arisen but for the most part I have managed to avoid being part of those. But one of the consequences of those issues was that there were several bloggers who stopped blogging. This to me is a major issue and is part of the reason why I decided that I was going to maintain my blog. I don’t focus on a specific genre or writing style, but rather review anything that I read, from romance to young-adult, to mystery to audiobooks. This gives my blog, in my opinion, a diversity that doesn’t seem to be the norm. While a lot of the reviews that I do are for traditionally published books (since many times audiobooks are only available for those), I try to temper my other reviews with books for more non-traditionally published authors, or authors whose books might not have many reviews on Amazon or Goodreads. One of the books I am currently reading has a sum total of 1 review on Goodreads and 0 reviews on Amazon. But it is a book in a niche genre (Southern African fiction with it being set in Swaziland), so I can only hope that maybe my review will encourage someone to pick it up.
It is that encouragement to pick up a book that they normally might not, that is what encourages me to keep blogging. And it is the reason why I continue to support authors who give us these wonderful books that keep me distracted from writing my dissertation (just kidding).
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