Why bother blogging? Hmm, I ask myself this on occasion (and get asked by people who know me and know the time I put into it), and I always come back to the same thing: there are so many reasons! The interaction, the need to push, the chance to fangirl/boy, the Ooh, shiny!
For me, it started on Goodreads. I was in college, and everyone was so bogged down with required reading that none of my friends were reading for fun. I started googling online bookclubs, looking to fill the void, and came across Goodreads. I figured I'd give it a try, and loved it, so I took it one step further and started reviewing what I read on there. I knew that I tend to fly through things and either forget them or have them blend into other things I've read, so I figured reviewing would help me cement them in my head a little more.
And that satisfied me for awhile. But then my friend Kristen started mentioning her new blog in various Goodreads threads, and I started haunting it for awhile and realized YES, this was what I wanted. It clicked, and I went for it. You see, I realized that it wasn't just that I wanted to discuss the plots of books with people, and push the good ones and bitch about the bad ones. I wanted to talk about books. I wanted to blather on about everything about them, and share passion and have conversations and a sense of community. And though Goodreads can be that on occasion, a blog is built for it.
Of course, I didn't think anyone would actually read the thing. In fact, I said something along the lines of "speaking into a bottomless void" in my first post. And I didn't want to push it on people, so no one who actually knows me (as in could find me and physically touch me if so inclined) even knew about it until I let something slip about half a year in. I didn't publicize it for a good long while, and yet it just grew and grew, and people talked and friendships developed and it was exactly what I was looking for. It was amazing.
So I guess, that's why bother blogging... Sure, it's nice winning things or being sent books, but I don't think that's the reason most people are in it. I think readers become bloggers because that have to let you know. It's an imperative in the avid reader's brain to go forth and book-push.
And it's a beautiful thing.