My blog is two years old today. To the readers of my blog I can say only
My blog is a very big part of my life now. I have been so fortunate to have great readers from all around the world united by our love of books. (OK and a whole lot of students wanting home work help!)
|Welcome to the start of year three-Charles-|
co-editor of The Reading Life
I hope my blog will continue to gain more readers. Some bloggers say that they just blog for themselves and maybe a few friends but I think most of us want to feel someone is reading what we post. When I first began my blog a very experienced blogger told me in time my blog might take on a life of its own. I think somehow that has happened and I am grateful for it.
Odd blog fact-the city worldwide from which I have the most visitors is New Delhi, the top three countries are The USA, the Philippines and India. The most read post is one I did on a short story by Katherine Mansfield, "Miss Brill".
The readers I am most grateful to are those who take the time to leave a comment. I follow a lot of book blogs (500+). Some book blogs are beautiful works of art, some are as well written as the best of novels, some are like a free class in a top university in comparative literature, some are half book blog half something else. Some book bloggers tell you a lot about their lives, others never tell you their name or even if they are a man or a woman.
There has been some posts in the blogs I follow about professional book reviewers and academics trashing book bloggers as unqualified to give an opinion and not worth listening to. Of course I laughed to myself that they are just running scared when I read that. I know for a fact many book bloggers have a collection of advanced degrees in various fields and I know enough to realize that this does not much matter. One of the great things about book blogging if you think about it a bit is that it is a world without credentials. It is the truth of what you say that matters.
Some book bloggers love to read about Fairy Queens in paranormal romances, some are into The Faerie Queen. Some of us read mostly classics some only brand new free books from publishers. Some of us have 1000 + followers and are into every hop and meme in the book blog world and some people just post in a solitary way. We are all united in our love of reading. Some of us grew up in very bookish families but many of us felt isolated as children. Not long ago on one of the book blog hops the weekly question was "how many people in real life do you have to talk about the books you read with". About one third of the people said "no one".
If you have never left a comment, try it now!