Why start a book blog? Well, firstly, why not? Blogging is hip, cool, and apparently a la mode. But more importantly, I have my first summer off since…well, since I began my college undergraduate studies four years ago, and I need something to do. More importantly, though, I need to find something practical and productive to do. Reading is great. More than great, its fantastic. But I’ve flirted with the idea of some day becoming a book critic, or at least working in some capacity analyzing books. What better way to start practicing than to blog about books?
I had a vision, in late March, of starting a blog and becoming an internet-renowned blogger, and with this vision came brainstorming, outlining, constantly thinking about ways to achieve this goal. Realistically, I understand it might not happen. Even if it does, it will take a long time. Yet, I think what was most important about my brainstorming session in March was it allowed me to create a vision for what I wanted to do with the blogging medium. Book reviews are nice, but nothing groundbreaking or stellar. I decided I wanted to hone my literary analysis skills, but also do more – just talk about books. But in, like, a cool way.
So that’s what I’m going to do. With a pre-made list of topics about books and literature to explore, I am creating this blog: a blog dedicated alternatively to book analysis and reviews, and general analysis of the literary medium. The general idea is to submit analysis postings on Tuesdays, and book reviews on Saturdays. I know, I know, “the best laid plans,” and all that jazz, but that was talking about mice and men, of which I am neither, so I think I’m good.
Perhaps only a handful of people will ever read this; c’est la vie. But, I’m optimistic that I’ll learn a lot from this endeavor, and that alone is worth the undertaking.