Though I have written about the following on previous anniversaries, the points are so important that they bear repeating. There is no better time than now for a recap on my thoughts about blogging.
I want to begin by mentioning the wonderful book blogging community. I cannot overemphasize the value that I place both in the friendships that I have established as well as the warm and intellectually enlightening interactions that I have engaged in with my fellow bloggers. In our exchange of comments, joint read-along and other events, as well as discussions that have at times spilled over into email, interacting with my blogging friends has been both fun and beneficial. So, once again, a huge THANK YOU to my friends!
Another theme of previous years has been my now fulfilled desire for self-expression. One of my primary motivations for starting the blog was a yearning to share my ideas with others. I wanted to express myself in a coherent, organized and permanent way. I wanted to create a record of my thoughts that anyone who was interested could access. As I envisioned my blog, I foresaw it centering on books, but also touching upon social, political and scientific issues. I have done what I set out to do. Even if what I have to say is not exactly profound, I am so grateful to have the opportunity to say it in this medium.
I have also previously written about the double-edged sword of blogging; ironically, it is time consuming and actually cuts into my reading time. Sometimes this has presented real difficulties. At one point, I seriously considered giving the blog up due to this challenge. However, as I also mentioned before, though I read a little less as a result of blogging, the quality of the reading experience is enhanced.
I have reached a point where I cannot imagine NOT blogging about books. An essential component of reading for me now seems to be sharing and organizing my thoughts, as well as interacting with others about these books. Without these accompanying activities, reading now seems dull and incomplete.
Thus, this anniversary sees me once again championing the benefits of book blogging, and feeling appreciation to all of my online friends.
Thanks to everyone who reads and comments here.