Good morning, afternoong, evening friends, happy…Tuesday! It is with a certain kind of emotion that I am writing today’s blog post, and taking part for a special time to Top Ten Tuesday, meme, a special feature created by the lovelies over at Brokeandbookish. If you remember correctly, I told you that I would stop this kind of post on the blog, but not before writing down this special one…
I completely missed today’s prompt and I apologize, but for this last Top Ten Tuesday, I’m going to write down something special, and make this the Top Ten Reasons I am thankful for the Top Ten Tuesday. In my almost two years of blogging, this has been a regular feature on the blog, and it brought me so much. Here’s a huge thanks to the Top Ten Tuesday, and many reasons why memes can be GREAT.
✏️ It brought me out of my blogging shell
Let’s be honest, when we all start blogging, we are alone, and we FEEL it, especially on the stats side. I know, statistics are NOT what matters the most in a blog, but everyone will think it does when we start out. And it does hurt when no one comes to visit. Discovering Top Ten Tuesday really brought me out there: it made me be seen, viewed a lot more by everyone, and just…it encouraged me to do more.
✏️ It brought me new friends
If Top Ten Tuesday allowed me to be seen and heard, it obviously brought many new people on my little corner of the internet. People coming to leave just one comment, but…you know, it starts like that. One comment and another and before you know it, you’ve grown yourself a little circle of book blogging friends. Now this is the most amazing part of it, really.
✏️ It challenged me every week
With every new Tuesday coming around, a new theme, and new books to talk about. Seriously, I can’t even begin to explain how LONG it took me, at times, to find enough books that suited the theme every week. In a way, it’s challenging and rewarding to find books like a little scavenger hunt.
✏️ It made me re-discover old books gathering dust on my Goodreads shelves
To find all the books, obviously, I had to turn to my best friend, Goodreads….and sometimes, I found some old books as well. Books I have read YEARS ago, way before I started blogging. It always brings out some kind of nostalgia, to find books like that.
✏️ It gave me ideas
With different lists every week, and lots and lots of blogs participating in this feature, it’s hard NOT to let my mind swirl everywhere and get new ideas. Ideas of bookish recommendations, ideas of bookish discussion themes, just, IDEAS everywhere.
✏️ Great bookish recommendations everywhere
You know how book blogging made you discover SO many new books, and made your TBR grow so much that you can’t even see the sky anymore? Well… Top Ten Tuesday is like 80% responsible of this. A list of ten books everywhere on the book blogging community every week. That did NO good. Or maybe that did wonders, because I have heard of so many awesome books thanks to this.
✏️ It made me discover the blogging community is HUGE
It is huge, seriously. I didn’t know I wasn’t that alone until I discovered the lists of blogs doing the Top Ten Tuesday prompt every week. Hundreds of blogs everywhere. Not so alone after all now, am I?
✏️ It gave my blog some consistence
Being there every week, Top Ten Tuesday helped me a lot, at first, to blog in some sort of regular way. Because when you’re a beginner, sometimes, you have no idea where to start.
If Top Ten Tuesday brought so many incredible things to my blog (views, followers, friends, ideas, and I could just re-quote everything I said right here), it also takes A LOT of my blogging time. Scheduling every week’s post, finding new books to talk about without quoting the same ones too many times, making the page layout every time with all the book covers…really, it’s time consuming. This is one of the reasons why I am not going to be participating in Top Ten Tuesday’s anymore, for now though. But this post was a way for me to say how fantastic this feature is, and how it is really helpful to other bloggers, not only in terms of stats, but also in terms of inspiration, challenge and most of it all, FUN.