It’s June already! It’s funny because June marks the start of summer in the States but it’s the start of the rainy season here. It’s been a couple of months since I started this book blog so I thought I’d write about my book blogging experience so far. I’ve been blogging since 2003 but I only started to blog about books at the beginning of this year. My blog used to be in LiveJournal but I decided to move to WordPress a couple of months ago. WordPress has better blogging features for me and I like my current layout. I still cross-post some of my entries in case my LJ contacts want to read my post.
My biggest frustration has to be availability. We don’t have libraries here in the Philippines and I’ve never received an ARC for review although that’s probably because I’m still pretty new at this. And I keep saying that I don’t do this to get free ARCs, I just want to write about the books that I read. The books that I feature here were either bought or received as gifts. We do have several bookstores (I made a post about them before: bookstores in Manila) but it’s still hard to find certain books. Off the top of my head, some of the books that I want but are not available here are: the Kate Daniels books, Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken, Ellen Emerson White’s books, Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles, Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay, etc. I could go on but it might take me the whole day.
Sorry for the rant there, I realized that availability is not really a blogging problem but a reader problem. So on to more positive things! I already did a YA Thanksgiving post last April and I think it sums up all the positive things about book blogging but I still want to mention that I love being able to connect to other book lovers out there. 🙂 I only have a handful of friends who love the same books that I do so it’s a lot of fun to find other people who feel the same way about the books that I like. My blogroll and Google Reader list has grown so much the past few months. I keep adding book bloggers that I want to follow. It’s a good thing I signed up for Twitter already because it makes things much easier. I don’t know why I put it off for so long.
I know I’ve said this before but I really love the YA community and how friendly everyone is – from the authors to the bloggers – and it’s such a great feeling to talk to them. It really is amazing how the internet can bring people from all over the world together. I also want to say that I’m thankful for my readers. I’m not very confident when it comes to my writing but I try to do my best whenever I post something. I know that I don’t have a lot of followers in my blog but I really appreciate those who read my reviews and those who comment. Comments make me happy. ♥ I also love it when someone reads a book that I recommended. I like persuading other people to read the books that I love (I call this “book pushing”) and this is one of the main reasons why I started a book blog. Whenever I recommend a book, I’ll just give the link of my review to that person so he/she can check it out.
So that’s it, that’s what I have for now. I’ll do another post if I think of more things to say. 🙂 So far, I’m having fun and it looks like that will be the case for some time to come. What about you, care to share your blogging experience? Do you have comments or suggestions about my blog in general? Any particular thing that you’d like to see more of? I’d love to get feedback of any sort.