I’m a little tea pot, short and stout. ~ ♪♫
Bookish Verbosity is a non-regular feature at AEROPAPERS where I talk about topics that are related to books, blogging and the community.
When people ask me how long I’ve been book blogging, they are always surprised that I’ve been doing it for quite some time. My blog is remotely unknown, and even after all these years, I’m still a small book blogger. There are many book bloggers out there who are relatively new and yet already left an imprint in the community. Do I get jealous? Believe it or not, I’m not jealous of them. Because when I first started blogging I didn’t aspire to be popular. I didn’t aim to be an established blogger. I just wanted to share my thoughts of the books I read. It what keeps me motivated and that will never change.
I’m not driven by outside factors. ARCs? Comments? Cliques? No, no and no. I don’t mind if my readership decline. I’m not really that sad if I didn’t get comment. Statistically speaking, I’ve written almost 400 reviews since 2010. And most of my posts don’t even have comment. Did I quit? Nope. The reason why I didn’t is that I started this book blog with one thing in mind: to review books I read. Yes, it does kinda sound selfish but I’m doing it for myself. To channel my thoughts of the books I read is the reason why I blog. But don’t get me wrong, it does make me happy that people appreciate what I wrote, not gonna deny that. But even without the outside factors I will continue book blogging because I’m happy with what I do. And that is what important to me.
There’s nothing wrong for aspiring to be big. As they say, dream big dreams. But as for myself and what works for me is being a small blogger. I love it because it doesn’t give me the pressure. I read what I want; review how I like. So yes, I don’t mind my status quo. Besides, it doesn’t make my reading less enjoyable in any way, which is the most important part of who I am as a book blogger. I need to read books to blog. I need it so I can write something. It’s hitting two birds with one stone; I enjoyed reading and I can blog about it. And if you think about it, all book blogs are just the same. We all love books and that is the reason why we blog. Am I right?
“Good things come in small packages.” — Anonymous