I often find myself wondering an interesting question: Would I read more if I didn’t blog?
At a first glance, the answer seems obvious: Of course. I love book blogging and it’s one of my absolute favorite hobbies, yet it can be pretty time-consuming to consistently post on a regular basis. Over the years I’ve changed up my blogging schedule, increasing or decreasing the number of times I would aim to post each week. Back in high school I remember being able to post nearly every weekday, mostly because I had more time on my hands and because I relied on fairly quick posts like reading updates, short tags, or sharing quotes or memes. During the summers in college I played around with posting four times a week, largely because I had so much content I was excited to discuss from my English literature classes. Now that I’m in law school and have little free time on my hands, I try my best to post two or three times each week. At the very least, I try to share a Top Ten Tuesday post and a book review, although this doesn’t always end up happening.
Let’s look at some numbers. Let’s say that each post takes about an hour to create, give or take. Some take more or less time depending on the length, complexity, and number of graphics I have to make. With this in mind, it seems as though I would only be gaining around three hours each week by not book blogging.
But at least for me, creating posts is not where the bulk of my blogging time comes from; rather, I’d say that I spend most of my blogging time engaging with the community. From reading and commenting on other bloggers’ posts, seeking out new blogs to follow, and replying to comments on my own posts, I could easily spend an additional three hours a week (or more) interacting with fellow online bookworms. This is the part of book blogging that I most adore. ❤ And don’t even get me started on all of the time I spend scrolling through bookstagram…
So, wouldn’t I be able to fill this time with reading if I didn’t blog? I could, sure. But would I?
To be honest, I don’t think I would actually read more if I didn’t blog.
Blogging motivates me to read more, not just from a logistical standpoint (the more you read, the more new books you’ll have to chat about) but also from an enthusiasm standpoint. Writing blog posts and discussing books with other bookworms in comments makes me feel so passionate about what I read and allows me to think about books from new perspectives. As someone who adored my English classes in college and participating in a dialogue about what I read, I really miss having that outlet now. But I’ve found that blogging and chatting about books with friends is a pretty great substitute.
While I may logistically have more time to read if I didn’t blog, I’m not quite so sure I would fill it with as much reading as I do now in my life. And either way, I wouldn’t give up book blogging for the world ❤
Also, I just wanted to say a quick THANK YOU to you all–the comments on my posts lately have been so incredibly lovely and I so appreciate each and every one of you!!
What are your thoughts on this topic? Do you think you would read more if you didn’t blog? Let me know in the comments section below!