Top Ten Reasons I Love Blogging

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week, they ask for our top ten reasons to love reading and/or book blogging. My list focuses on book blogging.

1. Being part of a community of readers. This is my favorite part of blogging–the other readers, teachers, librarians I have “met” through my blog and through Twitter. I struggled to find motivation to blog regularly before I found my community.

2. Discovering new books. When I see a book positively reviewed more than once in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? posts, it’s one I add to my TBR list. I find so many wonderful titles to share in my Children’s and Adolescent Lit courses thanks to book blogs. I very rarely read a book I dislike, and I think that’s largely because I get such great recommendations from my reading community.

3. Encouragement and support to read outside my comfort zone. I had never thought much about nonfiction picture books until I saw them featured regularly on Kid Lit Frenzy. Now, nonfiction picture books are one of my favorite genres. I had no idea that I liked middle-grade fiction until I started reading the Nerdy Book Club Blog. I read a couple of recommended books and fell in love.

4. Reading Challenges. I am reading more than I ever have, and my reading is more focused thanks to different reading challenges, like Nerdbery, Nerdcott, this year’s Latin@s in Kidlit, and others.

5. Participating in reading and blogging memes and events. In addition to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? and The Broke and Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesdays, I sometimes participate in Slice of Life, Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge, #Nerdlution Check-in, and Celebrate. There are also occasional events, such as the upcoming #nfpb10for10. These memes and events give me ideas for topics to write about, a structure for my writing week, and a way to build more community, discover new blogs, and find new readers.

6. Finding serendipitous answers to questions. Just this week, I was reading Tim’s questions about how we might use wordless graphic novels like The Arrival in the English Language Arts classroom, and then I read Vicki Vinton’s post on Looking at Complex Texts More Complexly, which explored answers to several of Tim’s questions.

7. Writing–and finishing. I struggle to finish writing projects. Although some of my blog posts take a ridiculous amount of time to write, not all of them do. I try to publish 4-5 times a week, which means finishing small pieces of writing 4-5 times a week. Blogging sets up a habit of finishing.

8. Sharing what I learn. My blog is a space for me to share my thinking on writing, teaching, and book issues that are important to me.

9. Revising what I think and do. The process of writing often helps me figure out what I think–and it’s often not what I thought I thought, if that makes sense. Writing is almost always a process of discovery for me. I will start with one idea, and my post may end up in a very different place, which is one reason why it takes me a long time to finish more content-rich posts. Writing about my teaching often helps me refine and revise my practices.

10. Inviting my students in. I use blogging in some of my courses, and I love seeing students become devoted bloggers after their class with me ends. Check out Kelsey’s and Maggie’s amazing blogs.

9 thoughts on “Top Ten Reasons I Love Blogging

  1. I’ve been meaning to leave a comment for a while to thank you for all the links you’ve put up to my blog the last few months. But your reason #6 finally got me moving from intention to actually typing. These serendipitous, synchronistic things are so uncanny. It’s almost like Tim, Steve Peterson and I all felt some Shaun Tan energy in the air. I’d be curious to know what Tim thought of the post, and am happy to have stumbled on his blog through yours. Feeling a part of online community of educators and readers would be on the top of my list as well1

    • You’re right: it is uncanny how often an issue comes up in my classroom, and I find something in my Feedly from another teacher that addresses it. I love the serendipity of stumbling onto new blogs and growing my community of online educators and readers. Thanks for commenting!

  2. I agree that the memes and the blog post format really help me to add structure to my writing week. I at least have the habit of writing every Monday and then usually get in one or two other posts. Top Ten Tuesday also provides a structure and a topic which helps me expand my horizons a bit as well.

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