Posted on February 11, 2016
Blog vs. GR
Sometimes I feel like I have two lives: my life on GR and my life on the Blog. Let me tell you why.
My GR life
I’m active on GR. I have a lot of friends there with whom I really interact. A lot of them are non-bloggers. I have friends with very similar taste in books. I have like-minded friends who are close to my age and have similar life experience. And I just love to chat with them about books and about life. My interactions on GR always feel very genuine and warm. As for my blog sometimes I have a feeling that people comment on my posts as a thank you for visiting their blogs; or that fellow bloggers comment and expect that I would comment in return. I don’t like this feeling, because I prefer people comment because they are genuinely interested in me and my content, not as a part of their blog-promotion.
Track of my books
I have a lot of books on my tbr-list. Lately I see a lot of bloggers beating themselves because of their huge tbr-shelfs. I think that no way a reader should feel guilty because of this. I want to have options, because I’m a mood reader. But with more than 2000 books on my tbr-list I definitely need a way to organize it. And GR let me keep track of my books. I have a lot of shelves. I have it all sorted.
New or old books to read
When dealing with a new to me book I go on GR, so I can decide if this book is for me. I used to add a lot of books to my tbr-list, nowadays I’m picky. I usually read several reviews before making my decision; and I prefer thorough and informative reviews. On GR you can open a book-page, and all reviews would be in one place. I love this.
My Blog life
In my GR life books are primary. Books are that link that connects me with people (at least at first). I find reviewers with similar tastes in books; I read their reviews and chat with them about books. With some of them I feel connection, and our relationship expand beyond bookish talks; with others we continue only discus books, and it’s ok.
With bookish blogs it’s not always about books. I’m usually drawn to blogs with personality. Blog is a reflection of his owner. When I visit a friend’s blog it’s like I visit their home. I love personal blogs where blogger shares his life experience through books or book-related topics. A lot of my blogger-friends have different taste in books.
Blog gives you the opportunity to make any feature you want. There are so many creative bloggers in bookish community, and I love how each blog has something unique.
I love discussions. I’m happy that many bloggers post discussions. It’s a great way to interact, and it’s very interesting to see different opinions.
I just realized that while GR life and Blog life maybe very different in the end both are about making friends and about our wonderful book community.
So tell me about you. Do you have your blog? Are you active on GR? Do you feel like your interactions on these platforms are different?
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