We’re starting a new blog series here on the Tyndale Blog called “Why I Blog”. We’ll be learning from bloggers through guests posts, interviews and other unique ways about what got them blogging and what keeps them going. You may even pick up a few tips from some experienced and consistant bloggers.
Today’s post is from Kate Scott, aka The Parchment Girl. Kate blogs over at her site parchmentgirl.com which has an excellent design, plus Kate is an amazingly consistent blogger who seems to always be interviewing authors and putting up new reviews and thoughts. Be sure to check out her site, or follow her on twitter.
Why I Blog
By Kate Scott
I discovered blogging in 2006 and decided to dip my toes in the water and try it out. I set up my first blog where I wrote humorous anecdotes about reconciling my New England upbringing with the southern culture I found myself living in. A handful of posts and one lone comment later, I lost interest and deleted my blog like so many other first-time bloggers do.
Three years later I started reading other people’s blogs and pretty soon it dawned on me that most bloggers were integrated into one or more niche-centered community. There were groups of Christian blogs that all seemed to link to each other. There were interior design bloggers and health food bloggers, homeschool bloggers, mommy bloggers, and technology bloggers. Heck, there were even bloggers who blogged about blogging, and they all seemed to belong to a network of similarly focused web writers.
I was inspired by the sense of community and camaraderie I saw amongst like-minded bloggers and decided to give blogging another go. I spent a year learning the ropes, tinkering around with different blogging platforms, getting to know other bloggers, and teaching myself HTML and CSS.
During this time I stumbled across a few book blogs and started to poke around and ask questions. As an ardent reader and lifetime bookworm, the idea of blogging about books instantly clicked with me. I joined the blogger review programs Thomas Nelson and WaterBrook Multnomah had at the time. I started to dedicate more and more posts to reviewing books and finally decided to scrap the personal blog altogether and focus solely on book blogging. Six months later, The Parchment Girl was born.
Before launching The Parchment Girl, I spent a lot of money to hire Darcy of Graphically Designing to design my blog. I did this for two reasons: First, I wanted to start off with a look that would catch people’s attention and hopefully entice them to stick around. Second, I knew I would need motivation to keep writing in the early growth stages when hardly anyone would be reading my blog. How could I call it quits when I had just invested so much financially in this project?
My self-motivation plan worked and I’ve been blogging consistently for almost a year now. The motivation of getting a return on my investment has been replaced by the intellectual stimulation and support and I receive from the book blogging community and others who read my blog. Not that long ago a friend told me that one of her friends who I don’t know reads my blog regularly and buys most of the books I recommend. Hearing that kind of encouragement justifies the 20+ hours I spend on my blog every week and keeps me going during creative slumps when I feel like chucking my laptop out the window. It’s what makes blogging such a rewarding hobby.