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.