Saturday, May 27, 2017

Book Blogger Hop May 26th - June 1st: 18 U.S.C. § 205 Seems Like It Might Be Real Important in U.S. Politics Soon

Jen at Crazy for Books restarted her weekly Book Blogger Hop to help book bloggers connect with one another, but then couldn't continue, so she handed the hosting responsibilities off to Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. The only requirements to participate in the Hop are to write and link a post answering the weekly question and then visit other blogs that are also participating to see if you like their blog and would like to follow them.

This week Billy asks: What is the most fun part/aspect of being a book blogger?

My first impulse was to say "the reading", because if you don't love reading, you just aren't going to be a successful book blogger. But the problem with that answer is that while reading is necessary to being a book blogger, it is quite possible to enjoy reading without being a book blogger at all. WHile reading is necessary for being a book blogger, it isn't sufficient.

So I'm going to say that the most fun part of being a book blogger is the writing. I know, this sounds odd, because the writing is pretty much the most difficult part of the process. Reading is easy - you just sit and take in everything that the author has put on the page. Writing, on the other hand, is hard. You have to translate your thoughts from the disorganized morass of your mind into a coherent form that others can derive value from.

Breaking down a piece of media, whether it is a book, or a movie, or a television series, is something that I do, and have always done as far back as I can remember. I can't read a book without doing this. I find that taking a story apart and examining the parts that it is made of serves to enhance my enjoyment of it. The only problem is that this is entirely different from the way the redhead interacts with artistic works - so much so that it tends to detract from her enjoyment of it. As a result, she usually doesn't want me to talk to her about how I experience these things. Instead, I write them down and post them on this blog. For me, the process of writing about a work helps me to understand it, and as a result, it is the best and most enjoyable part of book blogging.

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  1. The writing part of blogging is challenging but rewarding.

    Great post!

    1. @Chrissy: If you don't love the writing part, you probably won't be blogging for long.