December is A Month of Favorites, hosted by Estella’s Revenge, Girlxoxo, and Traveling with T. And since I started the month late, I suppose it’s only fitting that I end it early. Always the rule-breaker… but this was one of the topics that jumped out at me when I was reading through the list, and I’ve already got my own post planned for Wednesday, so… rule-breaking it is.
Five Fave (or Most Popular) Blog Posts From This Year
My favorite posts are always discussion posts. These are also the posts that usually get the most views and comments, because they’re meant to start a conversation (which is why they’re my favorite in the first place). And though I do tend to view my most popular posts as some of my favorites, for today I thought I’d highlight a few of my favorite discussions that didn’t quite get as much love as some of my others.
Specific Criticism and Vague Praise
“For the average book, it’s just easier for me to find the things I didn’t like about it than the things I did. Whether or not I liked it overall. Even if I loved it. Those nitpicky specifics just come to me, whether I want them to or not.”
Is Being Unique a Good Thing?
“Writing a book that’s unique can be a gamble. You don’t want to rely on the uniqueness. It might draw people in, but it’s (probably) not enough to win people over all on its own.”
Why We Write
“It is hard when we’re first starting out. It might take a while before we have even one regular reader. But it’s the hope that we’ll get there that keeps us going. Otherwise, we’re just shouting into the void with no purpose. If I were doing that, why put it out there at all?”
So That We Can Be Exhilarated…
“I might have a rough idea of which books I’ll like and which ones I won’t, but there’ve been a lot of disappointments and a lot of pleasant surprises along the way. And no matter how many books I read and how well I get to know my own tastes, that’s always going to be the case.”
“Yes, re-reading (or re-watching) can be appreciated in a different way, but I still want that first untainted experience, to discover the story organically, the way its creator intended…. So why is it different with music?”
None of these posts made my top five this year by stats, but I still think they – and their comments – are worth another look.