Follow Friday is a feature created by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. It's a fun blog hop where you meet other book bloggers and find people to follow.
Question: What drove you to start book blogging in the first place?Originally I start my blog back in 2007 when I was going to Switzerland. I was volunteering at Our Chalet, a Girl Scout/Girl Guide World Center. I thought I would tell the world about my adventures and share pictures. I didn't. Switzerland was one of the best experiences of my life. However, because we all shared a computer and I was so busy having fun I never actually blogged.
A couple years later I began reading a lot of writing and book blogs. I kept noticing LOTS of contests that asked to you to blog for additional entries. I already had this little blog gathering dust, so I thought why not. Initially I used it for entering contests. Oddly enough I very rarely enter contests anymore because my reading schedule is so full due to blogging.
Once I started reviewing books I discovered that I really enjoyed it. Before I was reading without effort, just plowing through books and moving onto the next. While I still am forced to plow through books quickly, blogging makes me read more intelligently. I pay attention to the details --characterization, plot, pacing, etc because it helps me write reviews. That was something I was missing. When you're a student you spend a lot of time analyzing and thinking about what you read. Working fulltime, you normally don't. Blogging and reviewing filled a void that I didn't even know existed until I started.