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TGIF: Why I’m a Book Blogger

May 18, 2012

It is Friday. The day that begnis with Fri-. The day that denotes that the blessed weekend is OH-SO close.

It’s also the day I answer a question posed by the lovely and loveable Ginger at GReads!

A Book Blogger is Born: What made you decide to start your very own book blog?

WELL.

This is sort of a screwed up story, actually.

So, my background is in journalism. But I also love reading and particularly enjoy YA. When I first moved to NYC, things were a little rough. Not, like, I was out on the street hooking or anything, but there was a lot of hand-wringing and several calls home tearfully begging for money and one particularly horrible temp job, but hey it paid the bills. And though I was freelancing some articles here and there, freelancing articles does not pay well. And I’d been blogging for awhile (not about books. More about TV/pop culture) and had a blog going, but it wasn’t getting a ton of traffic and I had no idea what to do to turn it around.

So. I sort of abandoned my personal blog and started a blog in which I chronicled my time playing World of Warcraft, which I started playing for the purpose of writing about it. (Turns out World of Warcraft is freaking hard and a bitch to get through and very very OMG SO VERY time-consuming. But it’s fun. And the storylines are cool. If you’re into that sort of thing.) So that happened for awhile. Then I got an internship at a publishing house and that turned into my first job, and there was a very lovely coworker there named Michelle. (Who has a snazzy new blog. You should check it out.) Michelle and I bonded over YA books and TV shows and our mutual appreciation for Andrew Garfield’s face. And one day as we were chatting about some book we had both read and loved, she asked why I didn’t have a YA book blog.

LIGHTBULB.

So I went home and started one. And started following other book bloggers on Twitter and inserting myself into their conversations and reading and blogging and blah blah blah, here we are today.

TA-DAH!

And I’m so glad to be a part of the book blogging community. Everyone is supportive and fun and nice and everyone love books, and it’s just the best.

Happy Friday, y’all!

TGIF is a weekly meme hosted by Ginger at GReads!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Michelle Andreani permalink
    July 5, 2012 12:51 PM

    I don’t know HOW I’m JUST seeing this, but no surprise that I’m late to the party. Anyway, this is a great post! And thank you for all the too-nice things you said. I’m glad the book-blogging lightbulb went off because the community is a better place for you being part of it! 🙂

  2. May 18, 2012 9:38 AM

    What an interesting backstory! I didn’t start out blogging about books either, but now tha I am, it’s such a great fit. And the book blogging community is awesome.

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