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1. "Meeting" new friends. Some of my blogging friends have actually become real friends, even though we haven't met in person yet.
2. Influencing the book choices of others because of my reviews. Occasionally friends will tell me that they picked up a book because they read about a book on my blog. I started blogging because I wanted a medium to share with students at my school about good books.
3. Reading others' blogs helps me with book choices for my own reading and for library purchases.
4. Sharing and exchanging ideas for library lessons or library management.
5. Once a week, on Sunday Salon, I update my week. I hope that my family members read it, and many do, but it really isn't for them. It is for me. It is a kind of diary that I can look back on over the years to see what I was doing and reading at a particular time.
6. Reading records and book lists. In the past, before blogging, I kept my reading logs in a paper journal, now I keep these records on my blog.
7. Having a creative outlet. Admittedly mine is not the most creative blog, but it does give me a place to add a little flare that it my own.
Things I love about being a reader....
1. I can go anywhere I want in the world through books.
2. I always have something to do that keeps my brain active and alert.
3. I am interested and interesting. When I read about events or time periods, when I learn new information it is both stimulating and interesting.
5. I always have something to talk about when conversations lag in social setting. "Read any good books lately...?"
6. Through books I can hang onto the past as well as lean forward to the future. "Without leaving your chair, you can travel the world, engage in a silent dialogue with the great minds in history, plumb the sublime depths of Shakespeare's poetry, or the depths of the sea with Jules Verne, acquire a skill, enjoy the world's great art, discover a wealth of facts and information, and perhaps most important, discover yourself."-Bill Bradfield in Books and Reading: a book of quotations Dover Press, 2002.