How Has Blogging Changed You?

This discussion post is submitted to Let’s Chat hosted by Oh, ChrysΒ and The Fiction Conniption.

To this date, I have been blogging for 8 months and looking back to my life before I made this blog, it has definitely changed a lot. Now I’m gonna list the differences between my life now and then.

1. What’s a book blog without book reviews? Blogging and reviewing have encouraged me to read more. In the past, I can only read probably one or two books a month. But ever since I made this blog, I can read and review two books per week! πŸ˜› Of course, I haven’t been able to read THAT much nowadays since school started two months ago and I have been bombarded with exams and assignments… ;_; But on holidays? I would definitely spend everyday reading!

2. I have read more books, and as a result, I’m a bit pickier now when it comes to rating a book 5 stars. Honestly, I’m not THAT hard to please but I realized that I don’t give 5 star rating as easily as I used to do. I’m gonna reserve that rating for super special books, a book so powerful that it left me in awe even after a few days or weeks!

3. Blogging sucks my free time. I don’t mind if this happens though, it’s just that I used to spend my free time either browsing the internet or playing my NDS. xD Now I have to write reviews, type posts, read a lot. And yeah, despite of my already-heavy-bag, I also bring a book to school everyday so I can read it at break times or after I have done my work!

4. I spend most of my money on books – this is so obvious! πŸ˜‰ My parents get annoyed a lot at me when I keep buying books, but I just can’t help it πŸ˜› I think my book buying habit has turned into a… controllable obsession. It just feels weirder if I don’t buy books :/ But I still can control my obsession, since bookstores and libraries are not that good in here.

5. And lastly, the book blogging community! I’ve made some friends, interacted with other bloggers and a few authors and discovered so many great blogs! Since I’m the only child at home, I often feel lonely. But since I started blogging and joined Twitter, I have “friends” at home πŸ˜›

There are lots of other things that has changed in me, but let’s stick to five things that affect me in a great way.

So, let’s discuss now!
How has blogging changed you??

22 thoughts on “How Has Blogging Changed You?”

  1. I always love to read these lists! Thanks for sharing.

    I’ve always been a reader, so there is no change in that for me. I do think I’m a little bit pickier now. I read many reviews and I trust most of them, so I try to skip books with low ratings. My time is precious :p and yes, blogging takes a lot of my time, but I love it! It’s so worth it <3 and book buying obession? Me? Noooooo (A) I don’t know what you are talking about πŸ˜‰ hahah.

    1. Yeah!!! Blogging is definitely one of the best decisions I ever made in my life. I don’t regret a single moment of it and I’m looking forward to staying in blogosphere for many years (hopefully! :P)

  2. Nice post! I can relate to a lot of those things. I buy way too many books, and school sucks with the amount of time it takes up. Recently I’ve been lucky to finish a book in two weeks :/ I still give out a lot of 5 star/high ratings though. I am easy to please.

    I think the biggest change for me is that blogging has helped make me a tiny bit more outgoing. The thought of social interactions, even on the internet, still freaks me out so I am more reserved than most, but I am better than I was. Hopefully one day I get the courage to interact wtih the community even more πŸ˜€

    Bec @ Ransom Reads

    1. Haha I am quite easy to please too! But I just find it harder to give every book I enjoy 5 stars like I used to do cause I am…saving them for my favorite books πŸ˜›

      Social interaction! I think I talk more on the internet than I do in real life xD I guess joining Twitter is also one of the best decisions in my life πŸ™‚

  3. My life has changed exactly like yours – I buy books with my money, I read more, I’m much more picky and I have amazing book blogging buddies! I don’t bring books to school with me though because I would be so antisocial during beaks and lunch times it wouldn’t be funny, haha! πŸ˜›

    Great post! πŸ˜€

    1. Haha, my friends doesn’t mind that! πŸ˜‰ We talk during the lessons and any spare moments so I spent the break time reading for 10-15 minutes. I can’t read if I have assignments to do though :/

  4. Ah I made a post about how I changed as a reader this week as well! πŸ˜€ And agreed, I became more critical towards books and I spend 90% of my free time on blogging nowadays. And of course, nearly all my money goes on books. And I regret nothing! :p

  5. Yay, I love posts like this! Although I actually think I read less because of book blogging. There are just so many things that go into it other than reading and I find myself spending a lot of time on commenting and writing posts. But would I give it up? Of course not πŸ˜€

    1. Haha I totally understand about commenting! πŸ˜› you must be commenting a lot since you get a lot of comments. I actually wanna return the favour by commenting back but I just don’t have that much time πŸ™ but I will stop by their blogs once I notice they have left a few comments on my posts πŸ™‚

  6. I have been blogging for 8 months as well! I have def. spent all my money on books and I’ve become a much more pickier reader. There’s quite a chunk of my time taken out as well 😐 But it’s worth it most of the times!

    Great post! <33

  7. YAY! I’m so glad that blogging has changed on so many good ways! Making friends is always the best thing for some antisocial earthlings like me. ;D And reading more is always a pleasure! Well, when I posted 3 days a week, I felt like I was actually reading LESS. I took to much time to write post, then comment back so it took up my time a lot. But now that I switch to once a week I can do somethings I love to do off the internet and things I do on the internet, like blogging. <3 Hmm, I’ve always grown much more bookish. Like knowing a book but haven’t read it yet. And knowing what book is hot and you know more not well-known. Overall blogging just made me understand more people and their lifestyles. Oh and also changing my schedule lots too! Haha, that took a while to adjust. XD Also writing in a more structural way for my reviews! It has helped lots and made it much easier to write reviews even without feeling like writing a review. >___< Oh and adding more books onto my buying list. That’s always fun. XD

    Blogging is amazing and I would never give it up…at least not now. ^^

    1. OMG YES! I know lots of books now — even though I’ve never read them. And I can know what books are trending now! We’re pretty much the same πŸ˜‰ I realize that I’m less socially awkward online haha! I hope everything’s good, Delaney! I miss you too :3

  8. I think I remember making a post about this once but wow, blogging really has changed a lot for all of us πŸ™‚ I think I’m mainly happy about reading more books and the book blogging community. These two have bought me such joy each and every day! Also I’m so glad I having blogging now because I’m never bored now haha

    1. Exactly! I love interacting with other bloggers — while I’m not THAT social, I realize that I’m a bit more social when I’m online xD Blogging has definitely be a (secret) hobby that I love! It’s secret cause I’m not telling anyone about it haha. I just don’t like people I know in real life reading my thoughts here…

  9. I agree with most of what you said, except for the first. I read a little less now although I’m not sure if that can be contributed to blogging or just that I’ve found other interests as well. I have gotten much pickier when I read too, which I’m not sure is a good thing…

    Great post!

    -P.E. @ The Sirenic Codex

  10. You pretty much said how it changed me πŸ˜€ I highly agree on numbers 1,3 and 4. Blogging definitely sucked my free time but that is A-OKAY because reading and blogging is what I love to do! I used to purchase A BUNCH of make up and clothes, but when I started blogging, it’s all about books, books, books! I never thought I would save money to buy books.


    1. Haha I used to buy lots of manga and but now all my money goes to books! XD I really enjoy blogging and I don’t mind if it sucks my free time but since I’m havening midterm exams next week…I’m thinking of going on a hiatus…

  11. Oh, I can so totally relate with you about this, Kezia! You said everything spot-on. πŸ™‚

    1. Definitely! I was like you: I’d probably only read one book or two books a month before I started blogging, and even then, the only books I’d read were HP (I’m a pretty devoted fan). Then my friend introduced me to the blogging world and BAM. Everything changed. Now I’m reading and finishing books every week!

    2. LOL, this actually reminds me of my earlier reviews. I gave a lot of four- and five-star reviews because I was SO naive then, thinking that just because a pub approved me for this book, I’d have to show them I was grateful by saying I enjoyed their book. YA has exposed me to many things, like the dreaded insta-love and love triangle, but also the well-loved things, like the strong heroine and swoony love interest. Like you, I hardly give five stars to just any book now.

    3. It’s amazing how much time we’re willing to sacrifice for blogging! I’m also kind of ashamed to admit that blogging eats into my schoolwork sometimes, because I just can’t resist updating posts or commenting on other blogs. Heh.

    4. OMG, KEZIA. My parents too! Every time they see me go into the bookstore when we’re out shopping, they sigh heavily through their nose. And I’m, like, hey, this is my hobby. Though a pretty expensive one, at that. Still, no regrets. πŸ˜‰

    5. The blogging community is definitely the highlight of my blogging experience. All my real life friends just don’t understand my love for books like you guys do, which make you guys all the sweeter. <3 And here’s a place where I can rant, ramble, and talk all I want about books, and no one would get annoyed! So seriously. Best place EVER.

    It’s great that blogging changed you for the better, Kezia. Here’s to many more fab blogging days/months/years to come!

    1. OMG you have an awesome friend! :3 haha, I bet none of my friends are book bloggers…

      Haha, I remember giving a 5 star to a pretty average book now that I think of it… My recent case is I REALLY want to give Antigoddess 5 stars since I highly enjoyed it and it was AWESOME but I reconsidered my rating and ended up giving 4 stars cause I had few issues with it…

      LOL the same happened to me! I guess I don’t mine sometimes haha! But since I’m having midterm exams next week…I’m planning to take a break from blogging cause I want to get good marks…

      PARENTS *sniffs* THEY JUST DONT UNDERSTAND SOMETIMES. Still love ’em though πŸ˜‰

      EXACTLY! My real friends aren’t that passionate about books (and that’s including my friend who loves books)…I am sooo glad I can get to know all these amazing bloggers πŸ˜‰

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