15 Day Book Blogger Challenge, Day 9: Why I Blog

Okay, so I’m late boarding this train, but I want to be part of the fun too. I asked on Twitter for buddies, so that I wouldn’t be alone in taking this epic journey. Thankfully, bloggers are awesome people, so I quickly found three friends to travel with me through the book blogger challenge: Lili of Lili’s Reflections, Mickey of I’m a Book Shark and Jessie of Ageless Pages Reviews, so make sure you check out their responses too! We’ll be doing one challenge a week every Friday for fifteen weeks. For more information on the challenge itself, go visit Good Books and Good Wine‘s explanation post here.

Whoa, today, we’re talking about the heavy stuff, also known as inspiration and motivation and how I came to be here.

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Basically, I did everything kind of thoughtlessly and had no idea what I was getting into in the least, which is ironic because I’d wanted to start book blogging for about three years before I did. Imagine the power I would have if I did…

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At the time when I started in 2010, I really only knew about a couple of book blogs, and the only one I checked regularly was Presenting Lenore. What I really wanted to do was begin recording my thoughts, mostly as a personal record, as I have a truly horrendous memory. Though my initial reviews were seriously not helpful most of the time, they would at least be a record of what I’d read and whether I liked it, so that I wouldn’t end up rereading a bad book, which had happened in the past.

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Now, where the compulsion to open a book blog came from, I’m not entirely certain. Perhaps just from reading Lenore’s blog, which a friend linked me to, as well as my interest in young adult fiction from 2007 on. Actually, I came up with my blog name in 2007 or 2008, revived my “blog” that I’d written one or two posts for in grad school because we had to open a blog for my technology class, and finally launched a book blog in August 2010, after wiping my posts for the course. The motivation then was boredom as I hunted for jobs after I graduation and also the pile of ARCs I had from ALA.

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That’s why I started blogging. Why do I still blog? Because I love it! Most especially, I love the wonderful friends I’ve made who make me smile and laugh on a daily basis. So much has changed along the way, but there’s no way I would have made the move to WordPress and paid for a design, which I see as really committing to this for a long time to come, if I didn’t have such a wonderful support network.

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And, since the actual question was why I blog books, I blog books because they’re the best.

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10 responses to “15 Day Book Blogger Challenge, Day 9: Why I Blog”

  1. Meg says:

    I LOVE YOUR GIFS! The Emperor’s New Groove is a highly underrated masterpiece and I just wanted to throw that out there really quick.

    I’m glad you plan on sticking around for awhile, your reviews are fantastic and incredibly useful. Plus you’re a huge presence in the book blogging community and it wouldn’t be the same without you. 🙂
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    • Christina Franke says:

      Why, thank you! I decided to theme them that way just because I wanted evil Yzma kitty to represent me taking over the blogging world. Bahaha.

      Also, I don’t think I’m that big of a presence, but I’m touched you would miss me. 🙂

  2. Ellis says:

    Oh, look. Yours is one of the first blogs I checked regularly. Not THE first, but probably the most regular. How does it feel to be on the receiving end of things? Pretty fancy, huh?

    But yeah, even though I have a pretty stellar memory, blogging is a bit of a virtual journal for me. I easily get bored and I love working on big projects, so this is kind of perfect for me. And obviously the people. I am a laugh-monster by nature but the book blogging community just gets me.

    Sooo … keep doing what you do, girl. You’re doing it very, very well.

    This PSA was brought to you by a very energetic Ellis.

    P.S. You’d better be the proud owner of the moves your first gif is flaunting. I would be so disappointed otherwise.
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  3. Mine started as a record for the books that I had read as well. I started off on Shelfari, and enjoyed reading other people’s reviews and sharing my thoughts, so I decided to take the plunge.

    I definitely wouldn’t still be doing this without my blogging friends though <3 y'all are amazing. I'm so glad you're gonna be sticking around because I like being stuck with you.
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  4. Kathy L. says:

    When I saw this post yesterday it made me nostalgic for Emperors New Groove. Not even 24 hours and I have watched it twice and am watching a THIRD TIME! I hope your happy with yourself!

  5. Jessie says:

    GIF LOVE of course. Emperor’s New Groove is always a good way to go.

    And the community is such a good reason to get involved with this time consuming and addictive hobby. If I hadn’t found the great group of people I know, it would be a much lonelier way to spend most of my time, ha.

    As for the move to WP, I am really glad you seem to be adapting well. The design is awesome and I really do love the new site.

    Books are the best. End of story.
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  6. Molli says:

    YAY you’re gonna be around for AWHILE. This makes me happy. I so love getting to chat with you on Twitter, and reading your posts here. JSYK. You’re stuck with me, I’m not leavin’ anytime soon either. 🙂

    And books ARE the best. HEE.
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  7. alice-jane says:

    I love your GIFs! I started blogging around the same time as you did and nearly for the same reasons. I remember reading Lenore’s blog as well as Steph Su’s blog and just going onto Blogger one day to create a blog.
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