Top Ten Reasons I am thankful for Top Ten Tuesdays

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

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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.

so many books

✏️ 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.


Why do YOU / don’t you participate in Top Ten Tuesday? What does this feature bring to your blog? Do you find the prompts challenging every week?  Let’s chat in comments! 💬

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90 thoughts on “Top Ten Reasons I am thankful for Top Ten Tuesdays

  1. I take part in TTT, and it’s really fun to find books that much the theme. But I have to agree on the time, it’s so time consuming, it takes me a lot if time to get the list just right. But I love book lists so the time spent on creating them ‘s worth it.

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  2. Aww, what a cute idea for your last TTT!! I love TTT for all of the reasons you mention here, but I think it’s awesome that you’re branching out as well. It’s nice to switch things up now and again! 🙂

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  3. I love this topic! ❤ and I agree with you on most of this. When I first started blogging (that's actually only five months ago lol) all I posted were reviews and occasional list of random books but then I discovered Top 10 Tuesday and it brought me out there! My blog started getting more visitors and I discovered more and more blogs to follow. I'm pretty sure I met my favorite bloggers from TTT link-up! And yes, it gives me ideas to write my own post and it's great! Though sometimes I feel like it's a chore… like when I don't really like the topic or when I feel like I'm repeating the books. Now I decided to only HAVE FUN with it and to just simply not do it if I'm not fond of the topic, that way it stays fun and challenging. Great list 😀

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    1. Oh thank you so, so much, I am so happy you like this and can relate! ❤ Top Tens are such a great way to find new bloggers, and this is how I found most of the bloggers I follow and talk to daily now, as well! 🙂 You're so right, this is meant to have fun before anything 🙂 Thank you so much!

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  4. TTT was he first meme I found when I started blogging (it was also one of the very first posts that I did!!) I love finding old and new books, recommendations etc. But TTT also put me out there where I think I would have otherwise failed! Plus I found some amazing people along the way 🙂

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  5. I agree with all your points here. When I just started blogging, I’d always see the TTT posts floating around and because of this meme, I found out that the book blogging community is HUUUUGE. I’m pretty sure I found you through a TTT as well. 😃😄 That said, it is quite time consuming so I understand why you’re going to stop taking part for a bit. I’m still looking forward to your other posts on your blog. 😉

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  6. Aww I love this list because it is so completely true. I love doing these Top Ten Tuesday posts the most, because of all the reasons you listed above, but I completely understand you wanting to do some other things as well. You have a great blog and I’m definitely interested to read your posts whether they are a top ten tuesday meme or not 🙂

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  7. What a great post to end your TTT run 🙂
    I agree that TTT definitely helps draw me out from my shelf and introduce me to a lot of new books and bloggers too.
    Personally I do TTT because it’s been a fun time for me. I love looking up books to get into the list, though some themes are really challenging. Plus, it’s a good reminder for me to check my reader feed. I have a tendency to get distracted and forget about it for a few days and TTT pulls me back. Without TTT, I might have trouble there. Haha.

    PS: Where’s that cute tortoise from?

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    1. Oh thank you so, so much Jamie, so happy you like it! I’m glad you enjoy doing TTT, I agree that when you’re inspired they can be a lot of fun, and I did have a great time! Haha it’s the same for me, my feed EXPLODES on Tuesdays, that’s crazy! 🙂
      Ohhh, well to be honest I found it at random and found it VERY cute ahah, I need to search where it’s from 😛

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  8. What a great final TTT! I already read your reasoning on your previous post and I totally get it. I was actually thinking about quitting maybe too, but I don’t have the energy to come up wtih original content hahaha

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    1. Thank you so, so much Kat, I’m happy you like it! 🙂 Haha I get that, it’s kind of exhausting and it’s making me nervous already haha. But I’m going to cut back as well the amount of posts per week because, well, adulting SUCKS. So giving up on these posts, taking a LOT of time to prepare every week, is the right choice I think for me 🙂

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  9. This is an amazing post for this week Marie, and it seems like the perfect way to say goodbye to the TTT theme on your blog as well! 🙂
    I completely agree with all your reasons as well. I started TTT the same day I started my blog but it has definitely helped me get to know people within the community and make loads of amazing friends as well. Plus I know every week, at least on a Tuesday, I have one post that I know what to write.
    And the amount of books that have been added to my to-read list since I started doing TTT every week is insane! 😀
    Great theme for this week, I loved reading your choices for it as well! ❤

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  10. I loooove TTT but I agree it is time consuming! All the time it takes to make the posts and then visit and comment on blogs…for me though it’s worth it because I love the traffic it brings in and the awesome new book recs and just getting to flail with other bookworms! IT IS MY FAVOURITE. My TBR has almost definitely exploded thanks to TTT and I have no regrets. XD

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    1. I understand, it’s just incredible how many bookworms are doing this feature! It’s such an amazing way to fangirl with others and I found gazillion books to add to my TBR as well ahah. So happy it works well for you, and all of your topics and posts are always ON POINT Cait ❤


  11. I have never done a Top Ten Tuesday, actually. I considered it when I first started out but never got around to doing a post, though they do look very fun and I enjoyed reading everyone’s posts! It’s the book blog “meme” that has the most consistently interesting topics, so I don’t mind seeing my WordPress feed filled with it.

    I like to make my own lists, so I have never felt the need to to a TTT. I’m excited to see what other content you will bring to your blog on Tuesday. 🙂

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  12. So much yes for everything here! I have Top Ten Tuesday to thank as well because doing it has definitely made me come out of my blogging shell a little bit, like you said. It’s such an easy way to get to know people outside your immediate community, and it’s easier to interact when you have a shared topic. And the consistence thing is right too! It’s one of the posts I schedule my other posts around, and it’s given me a structure to follow from week to week.

    I’m gonna miss your Top Ten Tuesday lists! But I’m really excited to see what else you have in store for us. ❤

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    1. Thank you so, so much Reg, for the support! I hope you will enjoy the new content 🙂
      Top Ten really helped me get out of my shell as well, and with so, so many other blogs around, it’s good to feel less alone, and to see what everyone has to say about a particular topic 🙂


      1. I’m sure I will! Your posts always brighten my day, and I am in awe each time. I’ve thought about doing original features as well but every time I come home from work I’m like naaah I’m just going to sit and watch TV. Teach me your ways! 😂

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      2. OMG I can relate. I’m kind of glad I don’t have that much free time now because if I do, “crying trying to be an adult” will totally be on my daily agenda. I hope you have fun, though, and don’t stress out too much. 😛

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  13. TTT is one of those posts that I consistently enjoy reading all the time 🙂 I wish I participated in them more often, though! I always have fun when I do. You’re absolutely right about TTT connecting people and making you new friends – as well as helping us discover new reads!

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  14. I totally relate to your points. Writing Top Ten Tuesday posts has made my blog’s content more diverse and helped me to connect with a much bigger community. While I’ve been a blogger for years, I’m still fairly new to the community aspect of it. For a long time, I didn’t know of any good book blogs, and now I’m flooded with amazing content that used to be invisible to me. I definitely don’t want to go back to being lonely/invisible, so I have Top Ten Tuesday to thank for making me some great new friends 😀

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  15. Aw, I love this list Marie! Top Ten Tuesday definitely helped me soooo much when I first started blogging. It introduced me to so many wonderful people. I love how many books I’ve found because of it too.

    I used to participate every week, but now I only do if the topic’s something that REALLY interests me because like you said it can be really time consuming.


    1. Oh thank you so, so much Lauren, I am so happy you agree with what I said here. Top Tens are so good to find the community, but it’s time consuming, really. We all should keep on going with what we love the most, and not make everything feel like a chore 🙂 Thank you!


  16. I completely agree. TTT has allowed me to meet people that I probably wouldn’t have ever interacted with otherwise. It does take a lot of time, though.

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  17. Wahh, that’s a nice little farewell to TTT. I’ve actually never done one. although I’ve seen A LOT of bloggers participate in it. I think it’s cause we had no clue how it worked and never really thought of committing to it. Sounds like a nice way to reach out to some curious people out there! 😛

    – Lashaan

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