As the end of my second year of blogging approaches, this question arises. Blogging uses up a small amount of money for me and a huge amount of time. Is it worth it? Should I keep going? What is its value in comparison to my other activities?
What I value most about blogging is the chance to connect with other readers and share thoughts about books and life. Our interaction through the internet may be in some ways superficial, yet in other ways it runs deep. What we read says so much about who we are, and I love hearing from passionate readers about the things they care about.
I also value the creative forum that blogging provides. Trying to find the right shape for words and sentences and paragraphs to express my thoughts is a fascinating puzzle for me. Having a responsive audience gives this endeavor an extra layer of tension — what fun is walking a high wire if nobody is watching?
For me, reading other blogs and participating in their events is the other side of running my own. I’ve found so many new and new-to-me books and authors this way, and had my own thoughts enlivened and expanded. It’s like having access to a giant worldwide book club, and I can’t imagine doing without it any more.
Although I’m intrigued by the potential of blogging to grow into or support a business, I also value having a non-commercial space where we can interact freely. There’s much discussion about whether bloggers should be paid for promoting books, but personally I’m happy to promote the books and authors I love for nothing; publishing is not easy these days. And I don’t want to be under obligation to anybody to produce particular results. This is not to denigrate commercial blogs; it’s just not what interests me.
Above all, I’m grateful to everyone who visits ECBR and takes the time to read and comment. I have a modest number of followers in comparison to some of the other blogs I admire and sometimes envy, but you’re a remarkably intelligent and articulate bunch. Thank you for sharing this reading journey with me.
I’d also like to express thanks to the hosts of the 2015 Discussion Challenge, Feed Your Fiction Addiction and It Starts at Midnight. Starting a regular discussion feature was one of the best things I did for the blog this year. It generated many interesting conversations and brought new voices into the mix. The monthly link-up was a great way to find each other; I hope this might continue in 2016!
What makes blogging worthwhile for you?