Lindsey Reeder authors the Ninjamatics' 2011 Canadian Weblog Awards winner Reeder Reads, which placed 1st in Arts & Culture and 2nd in Pop Culture & Entertainment.
Why blogging? Why did you start blogging, and what drives you now?
I started blogging when I first moved to Toronto to capture my experience of moving to a new and exciting city. With time, I realized my first blog wasn't the right fit, so I went back to the drawing board and decided to create a blog that showcased my love of reading. The last name made it easy to come up with a title for the blog, and Reeder Reads was born.
I'm always reading, so it isn't hard to come up with new material for posts! I continue to be driven to do it because I thoroughly enjoy blogging my book reviews, it's a way to interact with a great community, and it's a great documentation of the books I've read over the past two years.
How do you decide what books to read, and how do you decide what you share on your weblog?
I think any book blogger will say the books they decide to read and share on their blog are a matter of opinion. My reading taste ranges from literary fiction to chick lit, and picking up a book to read is entirely based on a mood or a need to want to read a particular book.
The problem with having to choose one book of the many I have on my to-be-read pile is the real issue! My to-be-read pile continues to grow, and I don't have the chance to read and review all the books on my shelf, otherwise known as "first world problems".
Deciding what to share on my blog is never really that much of an issue, because if I've read it, I'll definitely review it, so I'm never stumped for finding material to add to my website.
If you are feeling less than inspired, where do you look for inspiration?
I'm very fortunate in the sense that my job gives me the opportunity to work around books all day, but also I'm lucky because part of my career involves working with book bloggers, so I always feel inspiration every time I walk in to work and when I open Google Reader. Fellow book bloggers' passion for reading is always present, and if I'm ever in a reading slump (and those do happen), I know that their love of reading and excitement over a book or books in general will help to continue to keep me inspired.
Are you open about being a blogger? How do people offline react to your online writing?
It's funny, because at first I was very quiet about being a blogger. I remember when I created the blog: I told one other person at work and made her swear not to tell anyone else. I remember feeling embarrassed about putting my thoughts and opinions out there in such a public way, and I was scared I'd feel inadequate or rejected, but the complete opposite happened. Blogging opened me up to a whole world of possibilities and a community that understands and can relate to my passion for reading.
Today, I'm not really shy about being a blogger. I sometimes even find myself mentioning it when I get to know someone new. It's a part of who I am, and it's one of my favorite things to do, so why not embrace it! Those that are offline always seem to express general curiosity about what it is I'm doing online and always responded with positive feedback.
What advice do you have for new bloggers?
Always be consistent. Blogging can seem like a committed relationship at times. It needs one on one time, you need to be loyal (and stick with it), and you need to be honest (in your posts). Like any commitment, it's not always easy, but posting as often as possible will drive more readers to your website.
Even after two years of blogging, I still get a little excited when my account notifies me I have a new comment, but comments are reciprocal, so be sure to return the love to your fellow bloggers.
Lastly, have fun with it, be yourself, and make it a website that expresses who you are, or in my case, reflects a passion (i.e. reading). The more personality you infuse in your blog, the more people will enjoy hearing what you have to say.