Today on the blog I have a guest post from the lovely Joy. I asked if anyone wanted to write a guest post and she got in contact. I'm still looking so shoot me an e-mail if you're interested - firstname.lastname@example.org. Joy is a Book Blogger and today she is sharing why she chose to start blogging.
Blogging isn't really that big in Belgium, although not in the Flemish part that is. I wouldn't have a blog if it wasn't for my studies. I studied journalism and in order to practise our creative writing, we had to maintain a blog. But most people quit their blog the moment the assignment was finished. As did I. My blogging topic was the British royal family, so not something I could exploit any further. I had to choose a new topic. But what?
The people that did maintain their blog, mostly write about fashion and beauty. They review dozen of products, posts tutorials of how they do their make up... If I were to do that, people would end up looking like a run down clown. So that was no option.
Another very popular topic was lifestyle. But again, not really my cup of tea. I don't think my life is that interesting. I have very peculiar interests. And that's how I came up with my blogging topic: I would blog about books. And not just books. No, I would write about my big passion, my one true love: historical fiction.
I know, not a very popular topic. Most people hate reading, a lot more loath history. The combination is lethal. But that's what I wanted to change with my blog. I want people to know that historical fiction can be wonderful, magnificent and even magical.
Now let me enlighten you why historical fiction is so great.
It bring history alive. Most people hate history, because they got some lame teacher in secondary school who didn't bother at all. He or she just told what he had to tell and that was it. But by reading historical fiction, you learn about important events through a story. Not just some dry facts. You become a character, you feel how they felt during their life and it gives you a whole new perspective on things. The villain can become someone you kind of like (for example: Thomas Cromwell in Hilary Mantel's series Wolf Hall). The hero may be less heroic then you were led to believe. You can enter a world, long gone but still feel you were there.
Of course, you always have to keep in mind that there are fictional parts in the story, but that's what makes it easy to learn. I can honestly say that if it weren't for historical fiction, I may not have decided to study history after I graduated journalism last year.
So I've been blogging for almost a year and half now and I'm not sure if I've changed a lot of people's mind about reading a historical fiction. Whenever I see the chance, I push a HF in someone's hands and say they have to read it. And as long as I don't get any restraining orders, I won't stop. I'm a woman on a mission.
I'll rest my case here.
Joy is a Belgian book blogger born in 1993. Blessed with an never ending hunger for reading, but an empty bank account. In 2014 she graduated as a journalist, but is currently studying history to become a teacher. Or one day a journalist at a history magazine.