Tagged: The Real Neat Blog Award

I’ve been tagged by Kayla at kdrewkthebookworm blog for something called the Real Neat Blog Award. Thanks, Kayla!

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Here’s how it works:

  1. Thank and link back to the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Answer the seven questions set to you.
  3. Create seven questions for your nominees.
  4. Nominate seven other bloggers.

Here are my answers to the questions Kayla asked:

  1. How many physical books do you own? Too many to count. Plus, it’s hard to tell where “my books” end and my husband’s books begin… some are pretty obvious, but there’s a lot of overlap. We did get rid of a lot of our books (donated to Friends of the Library) when we moved into this apartment, but we still have five completely full bookshelves and stacks of books everywhere.
  2. Under what circumstances would you DNF a book? If I find myself rolling my eyes on almost every page, or if I put it down and have pretty much no interest in picking it back up again, I’ll abandon it. If the book came highly recommended from a friend, I’ll return to it later to see if I just wasn’t in the mood for it at the time I tried to read it. That’s what I’m planning to do with the last book I DNFed.
  3. What are your favourite and least favourite things about blogging? I love the community of people I’ve met through my blog (or their blog) over the years. Finding people out in the world who are interested in the same things I’m into is so exciting. My least favorite thing about blogging is the process of blogging. It takes me forever to write, edit, format, and add links (and *gasp* photos!) to my blog posts.
  4. Tell me a teaser sentence from the book you’re currently reading! I’m between books at the moment, but I just finished A Gathering of Shadows, and it ends on a massive cliff-hanger. I can’t wait for the next book. In the meantime, I’ll be dwelling on what happens after that last line… (which I won’t post here because, spoilers!)
  5. What device do you use to write your blog posts (computer, phone, etc.)? I almost always use my computer. I’ve tried to use the wordpress app on my phone to create new posts, but most of my posts are heavy on the words and hyperlinks and light on the photos. I find that typing, formatting, and hyperlinking on my phone is incredibly frustrating. I prefer to do those posts on my computer. But, if it’s a photo-heavy post, it’s way easier to do it on my phone.
  6. Tell me a little known fact about you that no other bloggers know. Hmm…. this one is pretty hard… I had to think about this one for a while and the best I can come up with is this: I became a major geek on bread baking about 14 years ago. I read a bunch of books. I made a sourdough starter. I taught myself to make a fairly decent loaf of pain au levain (the hard way… not any of that NYT bread in a cast iron soup pot stuff…). I also got pretty good at focaccia and cinnamon rolls. I love making bread, and I’ve always wanted to try working as a baker at some point.
  7. What song is stuck in your head right now? Ugh. This one is so embarrassing… Hey, Jealousy by the Gin Blossoms… I heard this playing in our cafeteria earlier this week, and it’s been stuck in my head since then. Oh, the ’90s nostalgia…

In turn, I nominate the following seven bloggers:

  1. Sharon
  2. Brynn
  3. Angela
  4. Bacon
  5. Alexandria
  6. Lana
  7. Shanna

To answer the following seven questions:

  1. How many books are currently on your (pick one) Goodreads TBR / Amazon wish list / library hold list / whatever other app you use to track books you want to read?
  2. Out of those books, if you had to pick just one to buy/borrow next, which one would it be and why?
  3. When you walk into a bookstore, what’s the first section that you go to?
  4. What future-release book are you most looking forward to reading and why? When does it come out?
  5. What book have you re-read the most? How many times?
  6. What was the last book you DNFed, and why?
  7. What was the last book you stayed up past your bedtime reading?

Thanks again to Kayla for tagging me! This has been really fun!

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Creating content

Today, someone in my Twitter stream posted something with the hashtag #ConsumerNotCreator (https://twitter.com/ibrahimbashir/status/286544811232731136). That tag bounced around in the back of my brain since I read it this morning. Now, when I sit down to write this evening, initially with the purpose of expanding on the #iHateResolutions hashtag that I used in a tweet earlier today, I find myself instead reflecting on Consuming vs. Creating content.

That hashtag just rubbed me the wrong way. I immediately bristled when I read it. I disagreed. I wanted to shout, “No! That’s not right! Create!” But who am I to judge what’s right for other people. I just know what’s right for me.

If you read the “about” page on this blog, or if you’ve known me for a while, you’ll know that I have started, maintained, and ultimately killed an embarrassing number of blogs. I could play armchair psychiatrist and analyze why, but let’s just leave it as-is and move along. Somehow, I always seem to return to blogging. Here I am, again. Blogging. Despite the fact that there is an unusually high likelihood that I will kill this blog as well and wipe away all traces of its existence. (I’m going to try very hard to resist that urge…).

I’d rather not focus on why I kill the blogs as much as why I keep writing them. I recently realized that, among other reasons, I keep writing because, as much as I love consuming content, I believe creating content is essential to critical thinking. I don’t want to go through life spewing other people’s thoughts and ideas. I want to use the grey matter between my ears to process everything I take in and to create my own thoughts and ideas.

I could just leave it at that. Consume. Process. Ideate. Repeat. That would work. The only problem is that I think best through writing. So I write. Sometimes I keep it to myself. Sometimes I blog so I can share it with others. In the process of writing, I’m reordering my thoughts and ideas, framing them into something more than that visceral initial reaction.

Perhaps this hashtag stuck with me for the simple reason that my intention (note: not resolution) this year is to be as much a content creator as a content consumer. Creating and maintaining this blog is one step in the direction of balancing that equation.