I’m a little late with this post. Some would say a few weeks, I would have to say it’s a couple of years past due. I’m writing this partly because of a recent post on The Story Siren, and partly because I should have explained my intentions long ago.
A long, long time ago I used to be a casual reader. Not by choice, really, but by lack of recommendations. I would go to the bookstore and drool over all the pretty pretty books, but I hardly ever bought anything, because I didn’t know what I liked! My favorite books involved vampires and werewolves, but I had no idea that there was a whole genre filled to the brim with these books. Until I discovered Shelfari, that is. I started joining groups and talking to like minded people, and I got recommendations! Tons of them! More than I could possibly read. It might sound dramatic, but it kinda changed my life.
Back then I was reading mostly adult urban fantasy and paranormal romance, with a few ventures into young adult. I once found this little heard of book about vampires that ate animals and lived in WA. It started my love for YA, but that love didn’t consume Me until 2009.
I started this blog in December 2008 and some other Shelfari friends started blogs around the same time. Two of whom just happen to be Angela and Candace. At first posting was sporadic at best, but then I started to get the hang of things and I discovered that there was a whole community of other readers out there.
I eventually switched to reading 98% YA. This wasn’t a conscious choice at all. It just happened. Probably because there is so many awesome YA books out there.
That’s how I got into blogging, now let me explain why I got into blogging.
I get free books. Some I ask for and some I don’t. But when I started Pure Imagination I had no clue you could get free books. I had never heard of an ARC. I didn’t even read any other blogs beforehand. I honestly just stumbled upon the whole thing.
The number one reason I do this everyday is because I love books. It’s that simple. I love books and I have no one in real life to discuss them with. Sure, I can get my husband to read the occasional book, but it is few and far between, and it most certainly does not satisfy my insatiable need to talk about what I love.
That’s really what it comes down to. I just want to talk about books. I’m a pretty introverted person. I don’t have a lot of close friends. This blog is my outlet. My mouthpiece. Getting free books is a perk, but it’s not the point at all. Getting to talk about books and share them is the goal, and always has been.
There’s also been a lot of talk about whether bloggers sell books. Speaking from my own personal experience I have bought countless books that I never would have given a second thought to before, because of bloggers. Then I post my thoughts on that book and maybe one other person buys it based on my opinion. Then they post their thoughts, and maybe another person buys it, and so on and so on. That sounds realistic right? That sounds like selling books to me.
Do I like promoting books? Yes. Do I feel like I help sales? Probably not much in the grand scheme of things, but more than a casual reader. Is that my main objective? No. I want to talk and and listen to others talk about books. That’s all that matters.