For you bloggers out there, has blogging ever changed your reading experience? I know it has for me. It more ways than one, both positively and negatively.
Blogging has introduced me to sooooo many books that I would never have known of and read if I didn’t know about the blogosphere. I would never have heard of some of my recent favorite books if I haven’t started blogging. It has allowed me to explore other genres that I would never have touched before. It also introduced me to people who shared my love of reading and who I could depend on to give me good book recommendations. Besides getting great recommendations, blogging has also given me more of an insight of what goes on behind the scenes of book publishing. It has taught me to appreciate authors and publishers a lot more. And honestly, blogging has saved me from a long lasting reading slump. It got me back doing what I love doing – reading.
As much as blogging has a positive impact on my reading experience, it also has many negative ones. Like I said before, blogging has given me more of an insight of what happens behind the scenes. Before, I only cared about the finished product and not how it came to be. But now, now I know some dirty secrets that I sometimes wish I never knew. I guess you could say I was a bit ignorant and oblivious and blogging has enlightened me. For example, I used to be obsessed with The Moral Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. But now I have more knowledge of the controversial way it came to be. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, look it up). Sure, I still like series, but nowhere as much as I did before. I also used to idolize James Patterson. He wrote the Maximum Ride series that I love… sort of, but when I heard about some rumors about how he treats his co-authors… yeah, let’s just say I don’t make it my duty to read every book he publishes anymore. People say ignorance is bliss and they are somewhat right. No matter how dangerous it can, ignorance is blissful while it lasts.
Overall, I think the positives outweigh the negatives. As nice as it was to be more oblivious to how a book came to be, it is for the best – it let’s you to properly credit someone with what they deserve. Sure, if I haven’t started blogging, I could still be enjoying the same books, but I would have missed out on so much more.
What do you think?
How has blogging changed your reading experience?