Meredith and I have only recently joined the thriving community of book bloggers and have to admit that we didn’t quite realise that it was quite so diverse, extensive or active.
I’ve probably entered into the book blogging community a little more actively than Meredith, who is keeping the home fires burning at Oh the Thinks you Can Think while I nurse our fledging book blog into existence.
Now that I have had time to have a little look around at the amazingly diverse world of book blogs, I am starting to get a feel for what kinds of sites most appeal to me and, based on this, what direction I would like this blog to take.
Deep, deep down, there is part of me that would love Reading Upside Down to be a serious literature/book review blog. I’d love for readers to regularly visit, drawn to the incredibly intellectual insights and commentary I offer on a wide array of titles, marvelling at my exhaustive knowledge of literature both classic and modern.
Unfortunately, the truth is that these aren’t the blogs that I enjoy visiting myself. In the past couple of months, I have been drawn to blogs that combine personality with well-written reviews by well-read readers of books, not dry analytic commentaries by professional “qualified” literary critics. Not that these serious critiques don’t have a place, it’s just that they aren’t the sites I have bookmarked in my full to overflowing reader.
The blogs I am drawn to are the clever, witty, amusing, knowledgeable and interesting network of (mostly) women that have offered me the opportunity to expand not only my knowledge of what books are out there, but also to enlarge my capacity to enjoy books and reading. I’ve laughed, I’ve sighed, and I’ve come away from posts with insightful thoughts and morsels of philosophical debate wandering through my mind for days after I’ve read the post that inspired them.
So, what kind of blog do I want Reading Upside Down to be? I guess the answer is I want it to be somewhere where people come to find out about great books, discuss books and reading and just hang-out with friends. I want it to be, as my new favourite book blogs are, a blog about books with wit and personality and a splash of fun.
Which book blogs inspire you? What are you looking for in a blog – do you prefer serious and academic, chatty, 100% reviews or a combination of reviews, chat, serious topics and fun?by