After Friday's Great Blogger Fiasco, I was seriously considering packing things up here at book-a-rama. It really is time consuming and I'm finding that I'm not accomplishing as much as I was BB (Before Blog). I wasn't planning giving it up altogether but cutting back quite a bit. Then I read this Will Blogs Save Books and changed my mind. Nothing like getting riled up to get me back in.
Ms Warren couldn't have visited the blogs I have. There are too many to list here. I have about 100 in my Google Reader. All talented writers in their own right. I'd trust their opinions over a review in the newspaper any day. Warren seems to believe that bloggers just link to other reviews:
The book bloggers ferret out the most interesting reviews for us and sometimes provide incredibly cogent commentary on them--but they consistently rely on print book review sections to get the conversation going.
Huh? I've rarely seen that on the blogs I read.
Warren's other beef was the personal aspect of the book blog. Too many 'I's. I find that I like this about book blogs. I feel that you have run into a friend who can't wait to tell me about this great book they've just read. What is wrong with that? I want opinion. Will I like this book? Is it entertaining? Thought provoking? This is what I want to know.
Lisa at Minds Alive On the Shelves has a wonderful comment on this article. Please read it.
So, what do you think? Are you a book blogger? What do you think of blogging? Is it a lot of work for you? Do you take it seriously or is it just a hobby?