Book Blogger New Year’s Challenge : The Pros & Cons of blogging

January 2, 2014 Bookish Fun 15

I love the idea of this challenge which is run by Parajunkee, click on the picture for more details.  And blogging is an amazing hobby, it’s one I’m passionate about but it’s not all happy and shinny so let’s talk pros and cons.

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The Pros

1.  Blogger friends.  I genuinely started blogging to record my reviews, I had no idea of the community that were waiting to welcome me with open arms.  From the Girls With Books gang on twitter, to Dee at Dee’s Reads who is my co-hoster on  the Dust off your Classics challenge, to seasoned bloggers like Kimba the Caffeinated reviewer who offer help and support to new bloggers, I have been blown away with what a friendly community this is.

2.  I get to talk about books without friends and family eye-rolling at me.

3.  My inner book nerd finally gets a voice and I have decades of books to talk about so bear with me!

4.  I love writing reviews.  Most of the time!  Sometimes it becomes a chore but always when I write one, I feel like I have accomplished something that is worthwhile and rewarding for me personally.

5.  Comments!  People chat back to me, yay!

The Cons

1.  Blogging is unbelievably time consuming.  Reading the book, writing the review, formatting the post, pimping out the post after it’s published all takes time.  So does answering emails, talking to authors/publishers, checking netgalley and edelweiss (a guilty obsession of mine).  And keeping up with other blogs that I want to read.  SO MUCH TIME!  *flops over exhausted*

2.  The guilts when you take on too much.

3.  My to read list is ridiculous thanks to all the recommendations and I continue to add to it daily!  I love this as much as I hat it though.

4.  Nope, only 3!  Told you I loved blogging!  And as my new years resolution is to find balance hopefully one and two will become easier.

 

Bookish Chat : Do any of my pros and cons strike a chord with you?  What is your biggest pro and con?  How do you deal with the cons?

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15 Responses to “Book Blogger New Year’s Challenge : The Pros & Cons of blogging”

  1. Kate- Midnight Book Girl

    I love our blogging community! I had a few friends who read, but none who read like I did. Now I know that I’m not alone, that there are, dare I say, people out there who love books even more that I do?! It’s the best feeling in all the world, because reading is such a solitary activity if you don’t have anyone to talk to about all the wonderful things you’re experiencing.

    I also hear you on the cons- it does take time! Usually when I slack off on blogging it’s because my free time is consumed by something else- like when I got obsessed with Scandal or in my darkest Candy Crush period. But it’s worth it, making time for blogging and for all our blogger friends!

    • trish

      I only started Candy Crush this week and ooophs hello new addicton!
      All my life I’ve been a bookworm and never really had friends who were into books the way I am. Most of them never read at all so finding the blogging community has been like coming home for me 🙂

  2. Farhana

    Your cons definitely resonate with me too. I spend way too much time on my blog, especially now that I’m doing this challenge! I spend time I don’t really need to nitpicking on blog posts to make sure that they’re perfect instead of getting on with my day!

    I agree with your #1 pro too. I don’t know how I’d cope without having the book blogging community around. They make things a little easier and more fun to do 🙂
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    • trish

      I think the pros outweigh the cons every time but I’m still trying to be more balanced this year. Blogging can be a black hole that sucks up too much time if you let it. I love it but it’s just one of many things I love so it’s getting less priority in my life this year.

    • trish

      I’m all for DNF’ing a book that you don’t enjoy. I’d prefer to spend the time with a book that I do like. It’s harder with review books though as I feel an obligation to give them a good chance to improve.

    • trish

      I know! I’m in Germany for a few days next week so I won’t be blogging but I know I’ll be visiting and commenting. Addicts 🙂

  3. Kelley (Another Novel Read)

    Yep, you hit the nail on the head with every single one of these. Blogging is so much fun, and the community is fantastic, but that doesn’t stop it from being a LOT of work, and sometimes causing a lot of stress! Hopefully this year we can learn to balance it all out and enjoy ourselves without the stress. 🙂
    Kelley (Another Novel Read) recently posted…Confession: I’m Addicted to Novellas

    • trish

      At least we are aware and trying! Last year I know I tried to do too much at times, I really hope this year I balance things out a bit better. I don’t want a hobby I love to become a stress inducer.

    • trish

      I laugh at the size of my TBR but I secretly love it! I just love to give out about it 🙂 And I found so many great books from recommendations that I know I would never have stumbled on randomly so it’s all good.

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