I was tempted to take this week off from the blog completely just to catch up on commenting and visiting my friends in the blogosphere, but I decided I couldn’t bear to disappear completely for the week. Instead, I decided to write a quick post to tide you all over. 🙂
Great Reasons to Get To Know Your Bookish (AKA Book Blogger and Other Booklover) Friends Better:
- Books aren’t everything. I know, it’s practically sacrilegious to say this, but we are more than the books we read. (I mean, we’re at least 1% something else, right?) Getting to know your bookish friends’ other interests lets you know them more as a person.
- You can give them better book recommendations. Recently, AJ @ Read All the Things commented on one of my reviews and mentioned that she might be interested in giving the book a try. I know she’s not a fan of books that heavily feature romance, so I warned her that this one might not be for her. It occurred to me how cool it was that I knew enough about my blogger friends’ specific preferences that I could make this judgment.
- You can learn about the world. My blogging friends come from all over the world, and I love getting little snapshots of their lives to see how our lives are the same and how they differ. Last year, Cee @ Dora Reads wrote a post on The Raven Cycle that enlightened me on the history of relations between Wales and Great Britain, a topic I never would have known anything about otherwise.
- You can get a new perspective on life. In addition to living in many different places, most of my blogger friends have differing life experiences from me. Getting to know these bloggers expands my horizons and broadens my perspective. For instance, Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight suffers from chronic illness, and she’s opened my eyes quite a bit on that subject.
- Why not? What’s to lose, right? Getting to know your bookish friends better means making them into real friends, and that can only be good.
So, go for it. Take the extra time to read that random personal post or the news about so-and-so’s job. You’ll be glad you did!
How well do you feel like you know your fellow bloggers and booklovers? I want to know!