BBC Post: Writing & Building Content

When I was a few years into college, I remember feeling so apathetic and frustrated with my major (early childhood education). I was at my wits end with what to do about it. I wasn’t even interested in working as a teacher when I graduated any longer, but I considered trudging through it anyway. Then my mom suggested I major in English because of my insatiable reading habit. I agreed on the sole basis of the reading factor. Little did I consider the amount of writing that would be involved!

Being a book blogger is sort of like being an English major in the sense that I blog primarily because I love to read, not because I love to write (I won’t say I hate to write but it’s definitely not one of my favorite things to do). I feel like I am much more apt to do the reading than I am to do the writing but, as we all know, writing is an integral part of blogging. One way I get past the boorish aspect is by watching TV when I blog. This probably isn’t conducive to having a thoughtful, well read post, but I can’t help myself. I also tend to employ some of the applicable pointers that I learned in college. For instance, I (almost) always try to start my reviews in a way that will draw people in as opposed to just starting with plot description. I admit, sometimes I am lazy or too uninspired and I don’t follow this rule, but it served me extremely well in college so I tend to use it whenever I can.

One thing I did NOT do in college that I do pretty frequently now is I usually start my reviews from the end and work my way up. This is the case for books I am really inspired about or that left a big impression on me. I always want to start off with dissecting my feelings and putting them out there but it doesn’t serve the reader if you don’t do a plot description first. This is important for those readers who have yet to read the book and are unfamiliar with it.

Speaking of plot, I never want to give too much away! I remember reading someone’s blog a few months ago and there was a review for an ARC I had recently received. Now, bear in mind that I usually skim reviews of books I haven’t (and want to) read because I don’t want to be surprised. But, as I was skimming the beginning of this review, it jumped out at me—one of the main characters died. I was really upset about it and it kind of ruined the book for me—I still have yet to pick up the book because I already know what is going to happen. Therefore, I make it a point to not include spoilers when at all possible. If I feel forced to include a spoiler, I try to mark it extremely well so a reader can’t accidently come upon it.

So there you go—some of the process for me when it comes to blogging. I am looking forward to reading the posts of fellow Armchair BEAers to see what you all came up with!

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2 Responses

  1. Great post! I agree with you about hating the process of writing. But what shall we do, we must update our blogs regularly! In my reviews also I try not to spoil the whole story for the post reader by mentioning the whole story’s plot. Instead, I try to summaries the introduction, and include an excerpt from the story. Actually this is the first post I read in your blog, but I really liked it. I’ll try to browse more in here. And as I mentioned earlier, I have started my first new blog called Book Charm. It would be pleasure if you visited it. Here’s the link:
    http://bookcharm.wordpress.com/

  2. I post giant spoiler alerts.

    I gave an entaining look at Copyright called the Battle of the Book. Belles-Lettres

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