This Beautiful Struggle + [book]

Blogger Question #1 — Part 1

1. Why did you originally start blogging? Has that reason changed any as time has progressed?

I had a few friends mention I should blog so I could post my reviews and Twilight adventures online so they could view it easily. I never expected to be where I am today. I just had my 1st year blogoversay on March 16th. — Yara at Once Upon a Twilight
I started blogging without knowing what I was doing! It was almost two years ago, and I've read a few book blogs (like 3 of them) and thought"what the heck" and started one. I thought it would be fun to 'review' books, but what I'm most happy about is that I read more books because of it. Over time, it hasn't really changed (except I have a better grasp on what I'm doing!) I still want to share the book-love! And it's like a stress-reliever too, sometimes I have too much pent-up *crazed-ness* which turns into random blog posts. — Audrey at holes In My brain
To share my opinion on the books I love, and even the ones I don't. Also, to shine light on authors I view as underrated. That hasn't changed, but I do have to remind myself often that this is supposed to be fun. — Amanda, Another Book Junkie
I originally started book blogging because I wanted to do something with my blog that seemed to be going nowhere(and my friend suggested it), No of course now it has become a hobby and I blog more then I did when I first started this blog. — Kate at Ghost of the still
My sister and I started our blog together. We have gotten so many fantastic book recommendations over the years because of blogger reviews that we wanted to spread the word about fantastic books too! If one person checks out a book they normally wouldn't of because a review of ours then it's all worth it! — Missy at Two Readers Reviews
I originally started blogging because I really wanted to get my thought out there about some great books that I have read. I worked for a book store and always promoted books in store and so I decided to do it on a blog for readers as well. The reason really hasn't changed, I still love promoting great books and I read just as much as I did then. — Kristen at Seeing Night Reviews
I discovered the book blogging community through twitter somehow. At first I would share my thoughts in comments, but eventually I decided that I could share my love for books on my own blog. I blog for my love of books and to share my thoughts with others. I also love networking with a group of people and making friends that I never would met if it weren't for the blogging community. — Darla at DforDarla's Definite Reads
I started blogging almost 2 years ago for a very specific reason. I live in Quebec, Canada, in a French community, and none of my friends read in English or/and my kind of book (Paranormal). And I don't know about you guys, but when I love something, I NEED to talk about it. So my blog was born! And I can now share my passion with the world ^^ My reason hasn't changed since I started, but I've managed to get some of my friends to read my books! — Tynga at Tynga's Review
Oh my, well one of my many hobbies is photography so I decided to start a blog so I could share my photos with the family & friends that I don’t see very often. After that, I created a second blog for recipes because I love to bake and had been collecting recipes for a while. I also like knowing where to find a specific recipe if I can’t find the paper copy. From there I moved to a private journal blog so I could track articles, my bucket list, quotes, books and poetry. Then a month or so ago I converted that journal blog to a public blog and tada, there you have At Random! At Random is a mix of all three blogs; it’s everything I love. — Jane at At Random
I started blogging because I love talking about the books I read. I live in a small community and I don't have anyone here interested in the books I want to read, mostly paranormal books. Then I joined shelfari and goodreads and met so many book enthusiasts that had their own blog and thought that it would be something I'd love. I do love it. — Aimee at Coffee Table Press
I started blogging in 1997 because I was a huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan… my brother and I were very excited to find a fun community that grew around the show, not just for the interaction but for the practical way it taught us web design skills. Eventually I started blogging about myself (more like a diary) but now it's exclusively about books and authors: anything that encourages a love of reading. — Alethea at Read Now Sleep Later
I guess I just wanted to be a part of the community. About a year ago I started reading book blogs and realized that it was something I would probably enjoy, and might even get a few ARCs out of the deal. I was reading a lot as it was, why not tell people my opinions right? — Jessica at Brief Book Reviews
Originally the inspiration to blog came from the movie, Julie and Julia. Seriously! I thought if she can do it so can I. It gives me an opportunity everyday to write too. (plus, I have a good friend who encouraged me to get writing!) Initially I began with a gardening blog and now I have four public blogs and one family blog. Crazy, huh? — Shirley at My Bookshelf
I wanted to use it as a way to interest my students in more books. That purpose hasn't changed in the list. It's still the main reason I blog! — Jill at The O.W.L
I started blogging partly to connect with other LIS students and YA librarians, because that's the area I hope to work in soon. I also wanted to connect more with other bloggers besides just by commenting on their posts. I had been writing reviews for more than 6 months on Goodreads, and I figured a blog would be a good next step. My motivations remain the same. — Ashley at Book Labyrinth
Originally, I just figured,"Hey, I read a lot and have opinions about what I read. Maybe I should start putting them online." Then I registered the blog. That was my grand beginning. It hasn't really changed much, except that now I read more and post about more things than just book reviews, even though the main focus is still on books! — Ria at Bibliotropic
I started blogging because I just really love books and I thought blogging would be a great way to get connected with other book lovers like me and authors. None of my surrounding friends are as book-obsessed as I am, so I feel a little lonely sometimes. The reason hasn't changed much at all, but even though I worship authors, I now feel more like they're just regular people since I get to interview or Tweet them. It's such a great community. — Lucia at iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books
I started the blog in an attempt to share my love of reading and to keep a record of what I've read and if I liked it or not. Since starting the blog I've found people that have exceeded my expectations in kindness and professionalism. — Rie at Mission to Read
I started blogging just to have a place to keep track of what I read. I have a terrible memory and realised that I was going through each book in a daze instead of focusing. It's turned out to be a great way to share my excitement about my favorite books and authors, nobody looks at me strangely when I freak out over a book! It's great! — Lisa at BaffledBooks
My Husband was always using book blogs to find me new books that I hadn't heard of (a challenging task when you read as much as I do), then one day he said why don't you put all this reading to some use and start your own blog? He kept egging me on until I finally bit the bullet and started my blog almost a year and a half ago.Now I'm addicted to the community and all the fun contact with authors. Who knew it would lead to friendships?! — Rhiannon at The Diary of a Bookworm
When I first started blogging it was a completely random choice. I felt 'bloggish' as I put it, and decided I'd start a blog, at that point my blog had no real focus, so I didn't use it much. Then once I went on blogger more during my summer vacation I saw all of the amazing book blogs out there and I was inspired. I decided that I would share my love of books too, and I haven't looked back since. — Ambur at Burning.x.Impossibly.x. Bright
I started blogging because I didn't know anyone who read the same books as I did/as many as I did. I really wanted to talk to someone about the books! The reason has not changed, though I am trying to change my friends reading habits! — Katie at Books are Dreams
I originally started blogging to remind myself about the books I have read and how I felt about them. It started off being more for me but when I discovered the community around book blogging I made it more about spreading my love for books then anything. — Kate at I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read!
I started blogging last summer because I was reading a lot and didn't really have anyone to talk to about the books I was reading. I had been following a number of book blogs already and decided that I would give it a shot. Originally I was doing it for myself, not necessarily expecting anyone to read what I had to say. Now I still blog for the same reasons but think about what I write more since I know that there are actually people out there who read what I write. — Emilie at Emilie Book World
I originally started my book review blog to pass on recommendations to a group of friends. I soon added a personal blog about my experiences writing and teaching. I found that blogging is a good way to get into a good mood to write. — Kim at Fresh Fish and Foolishness
I just barely got into reading and was astounded to find a whole online world of books. I enjoyed the recommendations and reading people's thoughts about the books, and thought that I might as well join in on the fun. I didn't know anyone at my school or in my area who read the same books as I did, and I wanted to talk about them to people who had read them! That is one of the funnest parts about the blog world. I like to get my opinion about books out there and read others, and I think that's what it has all been about since the beginning of my blogging life. — Jackie at Teen Book Guide

*Part 2 of 3 will be posted soon.
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