I never read a book blog until I started my own in June 2013.
I had read other types of blogs, mainly nail polish blogs, a couple of coupon blogs, and one financial blog that I kept up with even though I found the blogger too self-satisfied and smug to ever want to follow any of his advice. Plus, he never seemed to have any fun because he was so cheap. (I have since dropped that blog.)
Anyway, no book blogs for me until June 2013. I was aware of them, but I wasn’t interested. I had been using Goodreads to keep track of my books since 2007, but I didn’t use it regularly. I didn’t write reviews and I didn’t read them. Sometimes I gave star ratings.
In January 2013, I started reading a little more than I had. I joined a couple of Goodreads groups and started working on their challenges. I was doing the 50 States Challenge, reading a book set in each state, and the A-Z Challenge, reading a book with a the first word in the title or the author’s name starting with a different letter in the alphabet. I read 11 books that month, and because I was finding books to fit into my challenges, I was reading new-to-me authors.
I didn’t want to read bad books (and waste time in my quest for challenge books), so I started more paying attention to reviews. I noticed that a lot of them were linking to blogs. One day I clicked on one of the links. Then another, and then another.
And then, that same day, I went to Blogger and started my own blog. I make impulse decisions like that. When I start thinking about something, I don’t want to wait. I worked on the design and setting everything up for a couple of days, and then I was ready to “open.” Rather Be Reading YA was born!