On July 9th, it will be one year since Gribook.me was launched. Perhaps this is a rite of passage for bloggers, but I find I’m asking myself some serious questions.
I will spare you of all my self interviews – the bottom line question is this:
Am I making a difference by writing this blog?
See, when I started off all I had was my passion for reading and writing. This, in English. For a Romanian-speaking Moldovan girl, this is somewhat unusual.
I always enjoyed reading, and I enthusiastically share about books with anyone who’d listen. Blogging seemed like a win-win: I had a creative outlet and my friends were spared of my shoving books down their throats.
I would’ve never dared start this blog if not for my husbands’ support. He’s been very faithful in his commitment to me and to the gribook ideas – for which I am immensely grateful.
When I started blogging, a few changes occured. Some I liked and some I didn’t like that much.
The changes I liked were that I met some incredibly kind readers who were generous in their support and feedback – not many, but very much appreciated. Then, the blog grew and became a platform for other projects (like Gribook Accessories). It also challenged me to explore the world of endless books-connected possibilities (like making a book-cake).
What I didn’t like was the pressure to read certain books (because they’re popular, or because they make you look smarter), the tendency to judge how good of a person and writer you are by the number of people who see or read your posts, and the fact that sometimes when reading a book, I thought about how I’d review it, rather than simply enjoying it.
My goal is to share my reading journey with you. This, in the hope that it will encourage and inspire you. Not only to pick up a book, but to find your own passion, to take time to delight in the little and the most simple joys of life. To enjoy and celebrate the world and the life God has given you, day in and day out.
Yet, in order to continue writing about books Wednesday after Wednesday, I need to find some answers for myself.
Asking ourselves questions like these is healthy, and not just about blogging, but about everything we do in life. At least healthier than wasting our time on pointless endeavours.
Do you ask yourself this question? Are you making a difference through what you’re doing?