Friday, July 13, 2012

Follow Friday - Why Start Blogging?



FEATURE AND FOLLOW FRIDAY IS A BLOG HOP PUT TOGETHER BY TWO HOSTS:PARAJUNKEE AND ALISON CAN READ AS A WAY TO HELP BLOGGERS BECOME AWARE OF OTHER BLOGS AND BLOGGERS. 

IT'S A GREAT WAY TO MAKE NEW BLOGGER FRIENDS.


Q: What drove you to start book blogging in the first place?

I started blogging in October 2011 - Which may not seem very long ago but it seems like ages to me!
 
I am a librarian in a little town in Missouri. October is usually the annual meeting for the Missouri Library Association (big shout out to all the cool Missourians out there!). So October of 2011, I found myself in Kansas City at the annual MLA meeting. 

My Director and I attended a program on blogging, presented by Joy Weese Moll. I didn't know much about the blogging world beyond reading a few of my favorites. When Joy described blogging, it was just magical! She talked about the friends she had made, the books she had read, and mostly how much it had helped her job as a librarian. I was entranced and when I got home from conference, I decided I had better start a blog.

So from there I came home and made a game plan. Why did I want to blog? To share the books I read! Who was my audience? Anyone and everyone who likes romance, mysteries, YA, and adult fiction. From then on, the rest is history. I'm still a small blog, but its been incredibly fun and I've met some wonderful cyber friends!

I realized when I was doing this post I should include some pictures from MLA - but somehow I have lost all of my pictures from last year. So enjoy some photos from the Missouri Library Association's 2010 meeting that was held in the Missouri Ozarks!


Hotel where the conference was held - Gorgeous right?

Shane Evans was the featured Children's Author
Amazing author, speaker, and just an all around fun guy.
Check out "Olu's Dream" and other titles by Shane Evans!

27 comments:

  1. What a great answer! I love librarians, and love meeting them too!

    New follower via GFC.

    Please hop on over to my new blog, Ensconced in YA!
    http://cahreviews.blogspot.com

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  2. I also love making new friends, especially ones who love books as much as I do!

    New follower :)


    http://bookdoll.blogspot.com/2012/07/feature-and-follow-friday-is-weekly.html#comment-form

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  3. Joy sounds like such a good motivator.(: And, yes, that hotel is gorgeous.<3

    I had no idea what I was doing when I first started blogging! I wish I had been more enlightened on the subject, I think it would have helped me.

    I love your answer!<3

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  4. Thanks for the shout-out. I'm so happy that program led to your blog, which I just love reading!

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  5. Met a lot of Librarians who blog! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am a old follower. :)

    Stormi

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  6. I think you are the first librarian I have had the pleasure of meeting in this little trek. :)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! New Follower.


    Melissa @Spews of My Views

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  7. That's cool that they had a program on blogging, I bet they had tons of good information.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.:-) I'm newly following you via Linky!, I hope you follow back.

    Have a wonderful weekend! ~ Tamara @ Shelf Addiction

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  8. awesome answer!! it's cool that you're a librarian too! I'd always wanted to be one lol. I'm sure it's a lot of work, not just reading! I worked for a library at school and the librarians are always busy with stuff. but you're around books all day!

    My FF

    Ning @ Reading by Kindle Fire

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  9. Thanks for stopping by, I wish I could attend a program about blogging. It sounds really cool! Have a great weekend

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  10. Some days I wished I tried to be a librarian rather than a journalist (Now I do programs for a nonprofit so what do degrees mean anyways). I love books & sharing them so much. I'm glad the conference brought you into blogging! Old follower.

    My follow friday. Please visit!

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  11. That is an amazing hotel! So pretty!

    Thanks for the follow, following back!

    YASFF.blogspot.com

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  12. That's a really interesting answer! Well I am glad you started blogging. Beautiful photo! Have a great weekend :)

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  13. Thanks for stopping by. I run across a lot of librarians who have started blogging and I love hearing what they have to say

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  14. Thank you for stopping by. I think librarians have the best jobs every, really. It's kind sad we don't have more libraries where I live. I'd totally work in one :)

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  15. Oh wow, that's so cool. I wish I was a librarian. I started blogging the same time!

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  16. I'm no librarian, but I think a librarian conference sounds SO FUN.

    Thanks for stopping by blog this week!

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  17. You started blogging several months before me, but I'm glad you're so enthusiatstic about it. And yes the hotel is goregous!

    I'm an old follower. www.rachelrmrblog.blogspot.com

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  18. I like librarians. That is also a very goregous hotel.

    New follower via GFC

    A Bookish Co-op @ http://abookishco-op.blogspot.com

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  19. Oh! An absolutely perfect answer! :)

    Old follower - have a great weekend!

    My My FF

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  20. Having my book blog has helped me just as a reader, so I can only imagine the great bonus it must be for you as a librarian! Lovely answer. :)

    Shelagh (Following you back)
    The Word Fiend

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  21. Being a librarian has to be so awesome. I just cannot imagine walking into my job everyday and being surrounded by books - wow!

    Thanks for stopping by my FF! New follower. :)

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  22. That's an excellent reason for starting a blog:) I'm a new GFC and linky follower. Here's my FF post so you can find out why I recently started my own blog.

    Have a great weekend!

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  23. Ohh what a nice answer. And you're right, that picture from your hotel is absolutely stunning ! New follower !
    My FF :
    http://cheerfulreviews.blogspot.com/2012/07/feature-follow.html

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  24. I just graduated with my MSLS degree and I can definitely see how blogging could help in this profession. Love the hotel picture! Old follower.

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  25. Hope you enjoy your books! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  26. Hey, thanks for stopping by :)

    I loved reading your response to this question, because it was personal and unusual, something a bit different to everyone else!

    It's a shame you lost the photos - that hotel does look gorgeous. Is there any chance they'll show up in a drawer or on a memory stick somewhere?

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