Today is the anniversary of my blog, which is seven years old today. That's a long time to be posting every day (more or less - there have been stretches when I didn't post much.) Its purpose at first was to alert my friends to books I thought they might like. But over the years it has become a place for me to express myself, to talk about what I think of various books. The process of writing comments helps me to think more clearly about what I've been reading.
A couple of years ago there was an ongoing public conversation about the worth of blogs.The "professionals" who review books for newspapers and magazines were a bit put out at all these "amateurs" horning in on their territory. But blogs serve a different purpose than the New York Times Book Review or Bookmarks magazine. A more personal purpose.
If you are like me you have a few favorite blogs that you go to for amusement and news about the life of the blogger as well as book recommendations. There are some blogs that serve a sort of negative purpose. I don't like the sort of books the blogger likes so her reviews give me a clue not to bother with those books. There is one blogger, Thomas at MyPorch, whose taste is almost exactly parallel to mine and I find a lot of new (really old, but new to me) titles there. Book blogs have deeply enhanced my reading.