For the most part I very proudly proclaim myself to be a Book Nerd. I love books. I love to read them, think about them, talk about them, recommend them, and review them. There are many characters I care more about than people I’ve known In Real Life and I’m not even sorry about it. However, there are times when I talk to other book nerds that make me feel like I’m not quite up to snuff. I also feel a kinship with the book blogging community, but again, often feel like maybe I don’t quite get it as much as others. The following are some reasons why.
1. I do not like browsing through book stores.
I know this is supposed to be every book nerd’s happy place, but not for me. First off, I just generally hate shopping. Well, really, I just kind of hate leaving my house. I don’t like crowds and generally avoid them as much as possible. I also really hate spending money. But mostly, I always gravitate towards books I’ve already read or own. I don’t know why, but I just seek out the familiar and have no real intention of buying them. Since I hate spending money so much, the thought of just picking up an unread book seems very risky. I’ll browse the Nook store looking for good deals or my online library forever, but browsing through an actual book store is just so not my thing.
2. I don’t understand read-a-thons.
If it was for raising money for a good cause I would understand (and enjoy more than, say, a walk-a-thon), but is it just reading as many books as possible in a certain time frame? That’s basically my life anyways.
3. I don’t really advertise my blog.
I have a twitter that I post my reviews and various other things to, but that’s basically the extent of it. And to be perfectly honest I still don’t entirely understand Twitter. I also really hate when people I personally know read my blog. I try to keep it a secret, mostly. Conversely, I get really bummed out with my blog stats.
4. I can’t keep up a consistent posting schedule.
So many blogs post daily – sometime even multiple times a day. Meanwhile I’m over here scrambling to come up with every post (like this one, for example). I can’t tell you how many discussion posts I’ve drafted to have in the pipeline when I’m in need of a post, but they end up sounding like trash so I never post them and my blog goes days without posts if I’m not reviewing all the books I’m reading.
5. I’m pretty awful at commenting.
Most people consider me pretty quiet. I can go a long time without talking if I feel I have nothing of value to add to the conversation. That’s kind of how I feel when reading blog posts, too. I often don’t have anything insightful or interesting to say and most of my comments are things like “Great review!” or “I love this book”. And if I actually say those things, then I truly mean them, but sometimes I feel like I’m just sounding so generic so I don’t say anything at all.
Are you a Proud Book Nerd/Blogger? Do you ever feel you’re not quite as nerd-tastic as your peers?