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Blogger Question #1 — Part 2

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

I started blogging almost 3 years ago, just to keep track of the books I've read and how I felt about them. Now it's amazing to see how much blogging has grown. It's great! — Kayla at Midnight Twilight's Book Blog
I wanted someplace where I could talk about books. Nothing's changed. I blog to chat about books I adore or don't and what I think of them — because if I don't put it somewhere, well, my friends may kill me from all the chatter. — Nicole at WORD for Teens
I originally started blogging to share my love of YA lit. I'm a middle school librarian so I get to talk books all day but some that I was loving were really more for older teens. I figured a blog would be the perfect place to gush about the books I'm reading with an audience that was more suited to it: ) I still blog for that reason but also to promote YA lit and it's authors. They are amazing! — Heidi at YA Bibliophile
I originally started as a sort of therapy to help me work through my feelings about the things I was going through. I have had several blogs since then, each centering on something different. This time I chose to be non-specific except for being mostly about books since I love to read so much that it really is an obsession at this point. — Kelli at Scarlett's Scraps
To share my love of reading with others. Also to give me a place to post my own reviews, since I love writing them but they feel useless just sitting in a notebook. As I've continued blogging its also become a way to get to know more people who love reading a bit. — Abigailann at The Story Factory Reading Zone
I started blogging at the beginning of 2010 as a new years resolution, it soon became a book blog when I realized that most of what I wanted to talk to were books. So I think it kind of changed that way, it wasn't intentionally going to be a book blog. - Cynthia at A Blog about Nothing I started blogging as I followed so many great blogs and thought I could do that. I love books, I like talking about books so why not. I have only been doing it a short while and am really enjoying it I love the warm welcome I have gotten from the community! — Megan at Reading Away the Days
I originally started my blog, becasue I was going to be home recovering from a back surgery. It made me pick up books again and has taught me so much about many more genres, than what i use to read. I have learned so much through this and my reasoning has changed only a little but it is focused on the authors and the books and helping them promote there works. Reagan at Star Shadow Blog
I have many friends who have asked me for recommendations of great books to read. It is hard to come up with books off of the top of my head sometimes, mainly because of the volume that I read. I thought it would be a great idea to have a place where I can make lists of books and send my friends to that list and see what they may like to read. I mainly blog now because I love to read and I am having fun doing the blog. — Lisa at Bookworm Lisa
There was this one day that I was staring blankly at Google, wondering what to do. I typed in the book I was reading at the time and found a book blog that had a book review of the book. I've never heard of such a thing- a book blog? It was the coolest thing I ever heard! When I originally started, I didn't know what I was doing, only that I think I had just found the most awesome hobby EVER! The reason I started a blog in the first place was to meet other readers who enjoy the same books as I do. I met so many authors and readers and even as time progressed, I still want to meet more. This whole book blogosphere is just so cool! — Gina at The Bucket List
I originally started blogging because I had no one to talk to about what I was reading. Sometimes I just had to get it out, so I decided to start a blog. I thought by chance I'd find one or two others to talk books with. I didn't know there was a whole blogo-sphere full of them. And no, my blogging reasons still stand. To meet other book-lovers, interact with authors and talk books. — Stacey at Flippin' Fabulous — A Reader's Record
I originally started blogging to help myself keep track of what I was reading, and also to practice writing reviews, hoping that doing so would help me remember the books after a few weeks or months have passed. I'd originally wanted to incorporate more of my job (teen services librarian) into the blog, but that hasn't happened as much as I'd liked--possibly because the winter is a slow time for teen programming at my library. -Christi at Christi the Teen Librarian I started blogging to connect with fellow authors and readers. I have met so many wonderful people and I am thankful I made the decision to start blogging. — J.L. at J.L. Jackson
I started blogging about books, simply because it looked like fun. I was already doing reviews for stuff I got on Amazon, so I decided to make my own spot for my thoughts and share them with others. — Ellen at Silver Tabby Books
I started blogging because I was looking for something to occupy my time after I finished grad school, and I had several friends from my book club who said I would love doing it. They were right, and two years later, I continue to love it. My reasons for blogging have completely changed though. I am no longer looking for something to occupy my time. Blogging has become an extension of who I am, as it allows me the freedom to express my thoughts and feelings in a relatively safe environment. I blog to share my thoughts on books and bookish topics and share my family events with others. I tend to also treat my blog as a journal of sorts, sharing some of my inner-most thoughts with everyone as a form of therapy. I love doing it and feel lost whenever I do not have a post lined up for the day! — Michelle at That's What She Read
I started blogging because I love reading and wanted to share my opinions on the book I read. Still do. Also, I'd discovered different YA book blogs online and wanted to be part of this community. - Cole at Through the Book Vine
I have always loved scrapbooking and thought this was a great way for others to share in things that I’ve found interesting. Lately I’ve been mostly posting book reviews. I’ve noticed that most book blogs review only new releases and wanted to make comments on books that have either been on the shelf for a while or that were chosen by my book club. — Ann at Cozy in Texas
HAHA I originally started blogging because all my friends were doing it, I kid you not! I felt left out because they were all talking about their new blogs and whatnot, so I signed up for a Blogger account waaaay back in the day. For the longest time I only did"general life" posts, and not very frequently at that. Then my best friend started telling me about all her reviews and turned me on to some great book blogs, and I realized that maybe people would actually read a blog about books! — Cat at Cat's Thoughts
I originally started my blog as a place where I could talk about all my favorite books and authors. Sure I could talk books with my sisters who are also big readers, but our taste in books tend to be really different.
No, I still blog for the same reasons. — Orchid at The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia
I started my blog in May 2010 as a way to share excerpts from my novel-in-progress ("Fobbit," a comedy about the Iraq War) with potential readers--and to lay the groundwork for some very early, possibly premature, marketing for that novel. In the back of my mind, I also figured a blog would be a way to talk about books, reading, writing, and publishing in ways that I couldn't under the limitations of book reviews I wrote for The San Francisco Chronicle, The Barnes and Noble Review, January Magazine, and others. So, The Quivering Pen started out as 70% Fobbit news and excerpts and 30% whatever book-related thoughts came to mind. Rather quickly, that ratio flip-flopped and now I write almost exclusively about books."Fobbit" has faded to the background (though I still occasionally use the blog as a sounding board for what I'm working on). — David at Quivering Pen Blog
I originally started because I wanted to give something back to the blogging community. Bloggers have given me so many great book recommendations. I wanted to pay it forward. My reason is still the same, but now I also love being a part of this wonderfully kind and up-beat community of book lovers. — Small at Small Reviews
I originally started blogging as a outlet for writing. I like to write, but as a stay-at-home mom I rarely have the time for anything formal. One day I stumbled on a book blog while web-surfing, and thought that would be perfect for me. I had not originally intended to be a book blog, but it didn't take me long to figure out that's all I really wanted to write about. — Rachel at Jacob's Beloved's Books
I originally started blogging to have a place for my book reviews and enter contests. I was not even seriously blogging at that time. Gradually I saw how fun it was to belong in the book blogging community and I now blog not only for my reviews and contests but also to help promote books, encourage reading, and share insights w/ fellow bloggers. — Len at Musings of a Reader Happy
I started blogging for two reasons. 1.) I wanted to keep a record of what books I was reading and how I felt about them. 2.) I enjoyed reading other blogs reviews of books. Nope my reasons are still the same, just shy of my 1 year blogiversary! — Kristin at Kritters Ramblings
I originally started blogging sometime in 2009, but it really didn't work out too well. When my friend, Gina, asked me to help her fill up some of the days on her blog with guest reviews and it went from there! Originally, I began writing book reviews to help Gina, but I soon became addicted, placing reviews on the blog, but also in the local library newsletter, school library bulletin boards, and various other book-appreciative locations. Then I discovered that there are a lot of authors who are just as excited to read your review as you are to read their book! I also discovered the magic that is book swag! Now, I blog for the fun of sharing a new book with people who will actually care and for the thrill of learning about a new book that I need to get my hands on. I also really enjoy reading other peoples' takes on book I liked/disliked. — Nora at The Bookery
At first, I just wanted to share my opinions on books I've read. Now I'm also looking to keep posting content and to continue posting content for awhile to come. Hopefully, through it all, I'll be making new book loving friends. — Kim at Book Munchies
I started blogging because I stumbled upon a few and thought it was a fantastic thing. This was a way for me to keep track of what I read and what I thought about it. It has changed. Now I blog because of that, because I love talking about books and because it takes my reading experience to another level. — Lindsay at Just Another Book Addict
I started just on a whim really. I had been reading a blog for about a year. One day I start blog roll hopping and started to see the other blogs out there and really wanted to be a part of that! I continue to blog because I DO feel like a part of the community. I love getting to talk about what I love with other people who love it too! — Shannon at Books Devoured

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