When I moved to Toronto five years ago, I didn’t know a soul; besides the two friends of my parents (who graciously let me stay with them.) After I found a place and my bed, clothes and books got shipped up to me, I found myself in an empty apartment with internet access and a whole lot of books. So I did what any twenty-four year old would do, I started a blog. Now this blog had nothing to do with books, instead it was more an attempt to document my newfound discoveries of all things Toronto. But with time and a growing social life, my first blog fell by the wayside.
Like all of you, I spend/spent a lot of time reading and playing on the internet, so I’m surprised it took me two years to realize that I should combine the two. At first I was hesitant, because I feared that in reading and reviewing books, I’d give away too much of the plot. I also feared that exposing myself in such an open and revealing way would be too scary. Twitter had really just started taking off, Facebook was the biggest social media platform and Instagram wasn’t even a thing. But I had already seen the reachability and access one can have on the internet with a blog (from my early days as a blogger), so I decided to bite the bullet and become a book blogger. Oddly enough, I never mentioned it to anyone at work, which was mostly out of fear. Alas, I was outed through the growth of Twitter, meaning that as Twitter grew and more corporate accounts got online, RHC saw the link under my name and the cat was out of the bag. What happened next though, was life changing.
As I tweeted and blogged about books, the world of social media continued to revolutionize. New platforms were being created and new opportunities to talk about books online became available. New job opportunities to work in the world of social media were becoming available and I was fortunate to get to be one of the people that got to be part of that growth. For two years, I’ve gone into work each day, jumped on the world wide web and chatted about books all day long through the power of social media.
I believe in the power of social media.
- Twitter is a fantastic tool that gives you access (in 140 characters or less) to connect directly with people and brands.
- Facebook allows you to keep up to date with everyone you’ve ever met in your life AND gives you an inside look into companies.
- Pinterest allows for creativity and imagination.
Last but not least (I know there are more, but work with me here)… Blogging gives you a voice. Owning and operating a blog gives you persona online using your creativity. You’re able to showcase who you are, it allows you to have an opinion and most importantly, it allows you to share your passion. Sharing my passion for literature online has changed my whole life. It’s given me an opportunity to work in a career that I love, it’s given me access to work with people who are beyond talented and it allows me to be creative every single day. What more could a girl want?
So I want to say thank you to each and every one of you. I want to thank the people that visit this blog, that tweet with me, that like my Instagram photos, that repinned a book I’ve liked on Pinterest or that is my friend on Goodreads. You’ve had a hand in helping create a world that I never could have imagined and I’m forever grateful.