Welcome back for Day 4! Today we are discussing how book blogging changed the way we read. Book blogging has certainly changed how I read in quantity, quality and genre.
I find that I actually read fewer books because of blogging. Sure, I can blame some of the changes in reading because I’m now back to work part time, my kids have gotten older and life is simply busier. However, blogging is a big part. First, taking the time to sit down, write a review, post the review and mess around with blogging takes time. Add to that the time spent scheduling posts, mailing books, following up with publishers, getting the word out… it takes up A LOT of time! Also, if you read yesterday’s post on Community you’ll see that I spend time blog hopping and on Twitter to maintain my community and promote my blog. This also consumes a great deal of my time. Finally, I take more time reading a book because now I am writing a review of the book and not just moving on to the next story. I take notes, look up words, check references, etc. This takes more time.
As I just mentioned above, I am taking more time reading books these days. Prior to book blogging, I would buzz through a story, not necessarily paying attention to the fine details and innuendo. I was in a rush to find out what happens. Now that I’m blogging and writing reviews, I spend more quality time reading my books. Sure, once and a while, I may speed through a scene, but I typically will go back and re-read now.
Prior to blogging, I pretty much only read Sci-fi/Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. While that remains my focus, I have broadened my horizons to read historicals, military suspense, GBLT (m/m mostly), and a few other genres I swore I would never read, much less like. I’ve even read a contemporary romance – SHOCK I know. (Ask Mandi if I like to read contemporary stories). I also discovered my new love – Steampunk! The reasons for the change: authors and/or publishers have reached out to me, or it was recommended by a fellow tweep.
These are just a few ways how blogging has changed me. How about you – have your habits changed because of blogging?