Hello and welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday post! This week’s theme has to do with bookish delights, but I thought I’d narrow it down a bit and talk about all the delightful things book blogging has introduced to me in the past couple of months. 🙂
This has got to be one of the easiest lists I’ve ever had to write in my life, save for all those emergency supermarket trip lists I normally do around midnight, when the hunger strikes. Here are ten wonderful things about being a book blogger! ❤
1) Agreeing 100% with a review someone else has written—especially when it’s an unpopular opinion.
Everyone has got one, two, or a hundred unpopular opinions in their arsenal of all opinions, and I simply LOVE it when you read a review that echoes your thoughts of the book just about perfectly, good or bad or otherwise. Lord knows I struggle with writing negative reviews, and it often makes me feel like I’m not alone in thinking the way that I do. 😛
2) Getting approved for an ARC you’re very, very, VERY excited about.
I’m actually not a huge ARC person — by that I mean I usually only request ones I’m SUPER excited about, so any ARC I get approved for is just amazing in my pants.
3) Finding out that the ARC is super duper nicely formatted.
I understand 100% that ARCs are a privilege, not a right, and that it’s an uncorrected proof, but formatting and layout do affect my reading experience. Whenever I open an ARC and find out that it’s still a bit poorly formatted (i.e.typesetted in a font I dislike or find near-illegible, ridiculously small line spacing, etc.), it does make the story a bit harder to literally read and thus enjoy. I hope I’m not the only one here…?
4) All the words coming to you, just like that, when you write a review. *snaps fingers*
Some reviews are hard to write, but others just flow. I don’t even know what the difference is: I could not enjoy the book and find the review ridiculously easy to write; and I could love the book and find nothing I want to specifically talk about in my review. Regardless, though, it’s super good to be in that ~book reviewing zone~.
5) Tucking into bed late at night and starting a new book that’s definitely, definitely going to keep me up and make me a zombie the day after.
More of a bookworm thing than a book blogger thing, but I’ve started reading so much more after I started blogging and I actually have a reading schedule now! It keeps me awake, but when the book is good, it’s so worth it.
6) That final week before a highly anticipated book is released.
I’ll be honest — I never used to keep track of book release dates, and I still don’t, not really. But when everyone in the book blogging community is talking about the publication of a certain book, you just can’t help but to join in the hype. ❤
7) All the planning, organising, scheduling and crossing-off-to-do-lists that I get to do.
So here’s a not-so-secret secret: I’m a HUGE organisation nerd. HUGE. I love to-do lists, planners, scheduling calendars, project boards, Excel spreadsheets — you name it, I probably will love it.
I totally spent more than an hour customising my updated Post Planner earlier this year, selecting a colour theme and making sure all the conditional formatting work. Book blogging has given me an outlet to do this outside of work, and it is simply delightful. ❤
→ Updated post planner for 2016 (starts in April!).
8) How productive it makes me feel.
This is similar to the above, but just to expand a little bit on the personal side of things: I had a bit of a quarter life crisis before starting this blog — I had no real direction in life, nothing to be proud of, and was spending all of my free time basically watching TV, playing games, and hanging out with my friends.
Nothing is wrong with these things, of course, but I’m the type of person who desperately needs a project to work on, a clear goal to achieve, to feel like I’m a good person (seriously). Logically I believe achievements don’t define a person, but I definitely judge myself for not having achieved more in my life. I’m working on it, but for the moment, working on this blog helps me feel happier about my life. 😛
9) Finding your ‘people’.
Another one of those personal things: no one I know in real life (barring one person) reads as many YA books as I do. It’s just great to know that there are people interested in the things I’m interested about, because any time I need to rant, ramble, and go crazy over a book, you guys are here. ❤
10) All the personal and professional skills you gain.
My age is definitely showing here, but you pick up so, so many marketable skills by blogging, about books or otherwise.
Want to be a graphic designer or an art director? Voila, you’re already starting to work with blog design and have already started building your portfolio. 😀
Want to be a writer, journalist, or a corporate/professional blogger? You’ve had TONS of writing practice and can hopefully select a couple of samples you’re particularly proud of. Writing isn’t as easy as it seems, and I think it’s one of those things that can never be replaced by computers.
Want to be an advertiser, a social media manager, or a general communications professional? You’ve done some social media and can pick up others easily. You’ve commented on other blogs, shared their posts, and built relationships with other bloggers. Whether or not you realise it, you’re actually learning to package your message (i.e. review, a discussion post, etc.) in such a way that so other people will want to read it. Communications 101 right there. 😛
Want to be a content writer, creator, or manager? Guess what: that’s already what you’re doing right now, so right off the bat you’ve got some experience. Also, if you use WordPress, WordPress is a quite a well-known CMS (content management system) and is used extensively in the professional world.
Not sure what you want to do in life? You’re also picking up skills that will be useful in pretty much any job or industry. General computer skills. Decision-making. Organisation. Communications. Planning and execution. Research. Teamwork. Self-initiative. Time management. All these things will benefit all of us in the future.
What’s on your TTT this week? Leave me a link or let me know in the comments! ❤