The question: is blogging restricting my reading? Answer: Yes, I think so.
Today’s discussion is brought to you because of a tweet I kind of glanced over a few days ago while scrolling through my timeline. I didn’t think about it too much at first, but ever since I saw it, it’s kind of been nagging at me in the back of my mind.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVED my time as a book blogger, but in the week since I’ve stopped, I’m seeing how much it restricted me as a reader.
— Rachel (@tigerlilyrachel) June 18, 2014
I like to talk a lot about how blogging has opened up my reading world. And it has, especially at first. When I first came to the bookish community I had only just started reading again. I was new to the YA world especially. So meeting all these new bloggers and other bookish folk opened my eyes to the wide array of books I needed to read. I took a good amount of time learning who I am as a reader and what I like and don’t like. Now, I’m a champ at figuring out what I should and shouldn’t pick up (but of course, there are always surprises.)
Fast forward a couple years and I feel like a seasoned pro. I know what’s coming out, I know what people want to read, and I know (for the most part) what reviews people are looking for. I’ve carved out a niche and people know (I hope) that I’m a YA reader and I read a lot of review copies of books. It’s gotten to the point now, though, that I’m on a pretty regular schedule. There isn’t very much room for straying from that schedule – especially right now as we’re preparing for the mad rush of Autumn releases, plus the fact that I’m reading slow.
I would love to be able to curl up with some old favorites. I was talking to a friend of mine the other night, and we were going over some of the books on my shelves and how much I love them. I wish I could take some time to reread old favorites. Or maybe pick up a couple books I’ve had on my shelves for a while but haven’t read yet. My harsh blogging schedule doesn’t allow for that.
This restriction in my reading ripples out in different ways, too. There are books I’d really like to read that aren’t exactly in the genres I’m used to reading and reviewing. I’m so lucky to have joined Great Imaginations, though; this blog covers quite an eclectic variety of books and I’ve been able to branch out into some adult here and there. But there are nonfiction books I’d like to read, too. This isn’t to say that I’m not physically able to read and review these books, but after three years of blogging YA, I don’t feel comfortable or like I have the authority to review in these genres and categories. Maybe this is my own insecurity, I don’t know. But how could I even begin to review a memoir? See?
Bloggers: do you think that blogging restricts your reading at all? And to the readers here that aren’t bloggers: do you prefer the blogs you read to stick to certain genres and age categories?