My 4-year blogoversary is this week! And each year I like to do some sort of post to commemorate the event. (The word ‘commemorate’ makes it sound like a big deal when it’s really not lol.) Anyway, this year I decided to talk about some of the ways my reading has changed since I’ve started book blogging. Are all of these changes because of blogging? Are some of them just correlation but not causation? Who knows! That’s science. This blog is about books. And sometimes games. But mostly books.
So here’s how being a blogger has changed my reading habits!
I’m more critical
I’ve definitely gotten more critical of books. I notice more issues with them than I used to. I’m more aware of tropes and cliches and things that just aren’t great writing. I’m not entirely sure it’s blogging that caused this—I think I was starting to get more critical anyway—but, if nothing else, blogging introduced me to a lot of other bloggers, reviewers, and readers, and I’m sure their thoughts have influenced me and has helped me spot more issues and problematic things.
I read more traditionally published books
As a kid/teen, I only read traditionally published books. I didn’t have an Amazon account and didn’t even know about self-pub books. (Side Note: When did ereaders and self-pub actually start becoming a thing?) But when I got back into reading some years later, I was reading mostly self-pub. They’re often cheaper, they were what I was stumbling onto, and I was loving them. Nowadays I think I read kind of a 50/50 split between indie/self-pub and big pub, thanks to ARCs and library books. I still love indie/self-pub because there are some amazing books out there, but it’s nice to also have the chance sometimes to read books I’m interested in from bigger publishers.
I read graphic novels and webcomics
I honestly don’t know if I ever would’ve started reading graphic novels and webcomics if not for other bloggers (and I wouldn’t have known about all these other bloggers if not for my own blog). It started when I kept seeing Saga recommended and finally decided to try it. Webcomic reading also started because of a recommendation, although that was from an author. BUT I wouldn’t have read that author’s books and been subscribed to their newsletter if not for other bloggers. And many of the other graphic novels and webcomics I’ve tried since then have been because of recs or because I found them in some way due to blogging. BLOGGERS FTW.
I read more new releases
I never knew about or kept up with new releases (aside from the super popular ones like Harry Potter) until I started blogging. It’s not even that I care so much about reading new releases (there are lots of older books I still want to read), it’s just that I know about them, and then I want them, and they’re what I’m able to get (ARCs).
My tastes have expanded
Again, maybe this would’ve happened without blogging, but who knows? Other bloggers have introduced me to lots of books I’d never had heard of otherwise, and sometimes their reviews have convinced me to try books I wouldn’t have otherwise tried. Being on sites like NetGalley and Edelweiss and being contacted by authors and publishers to review books has also helped me find more books and given me the opportunity to read them.