Here is a question for the group: Is there a difference between a “book” blogger and a “literary” blogger. What if one likes to read and enjoys a general discussion of books but has no formal training or education (or even a self taught familiarity) with literary culture. How does a blog from this perspective differ from one written by a English major or MFA grad?
There is likely no surprise why I raise this question (and I probably have raised it before): it seems to apply to me. I am an avid reader and book addict but only had one literature class in all my years in college (I have a Masters in History). I don’t tend to read the most current books, nor have I read the “hot” books of the last few years. I am not plugged into a literary scene where I live nor do I follow one via the Internet.
The reason this has relevance is that in some important way blogging is about community. It is about communication. Recently I have begun to realize that this blog seems to lack a clear community. I am not really a part of the lit blog community – even though many of them have graciously linked to me – for a number of reasons. Politics has become a clear difference in this election year, but the title of this post is another difference. I really don’t share the interests or background of the lit blog community. Because of this I don’t feel like I am having a conversation or part of a larger discussion. It feels like I am dumping half-assed opinions into the Google stream; like I am some sort of late night AM radio DJ talking and talking but with no one really listening.
So, what does this all mean? Well, the original question still interests me. Do you think there is an important difference between people who love books and people who love literature? Are the resulting blogs very different things?
In addition to positing questions, I am also venting my own feelings. Obviously I am feeling some angst about what this blog is all about and whether I think it is worth anything. This is not just insecurity about my “worth” as a blogger nor is a complaint about my site traffic. It is more about risk reward, about whether I am wisely investing my time and energy. I have been milling some things over in my head lately and will have more to share on that front soon. For now I am going to continue as a “book blog” whatever that means.