How do you Brainstorm for a Book Blog?

A little while back in class, Mr. Anderson asked us, the students, how we come up with ideas for our monthly book blogs. He asked if we either thought of ideas while reading or if we finished the book then reflected on the book as a whole at the end. I, personally, wait until I am finished with my book because I can lose my focus very easily. If I start thinking too much about the post, I stop reading what’s in front of me and only think of what I'm going to write, and there’s no use in reading a book if no connections are being made. If you're distracted the whole time the words are just empty and then I cannot remember anything I just read. Here’s how I plan my book blog. First and foremost, I finish the book (shocker). Next, I think back and reminisce on the plot, the main characters, and their conflicts. Finally, I let the story flow out of me in an organized and understandable post.

Sounds easy enough, right? Wrong. Sometimes I blank out on details that were used or character’s conflicts, and then I begin to question if all I'm telling you is true. Therefore, that causes me to always look back at the book to make sure the information I'm relaying to the internet is accurate and true. I do this because what kind of person would I be if I relayed false information? Then you decide to read the book and it’s not at all like what I blogged about. I would not be able to handle that. So what kind of blogger are you? Are you the “think as you go” kind of person or the reflective person at the end of the book? Let me know!   

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Comment by Tanner Rubin on May 14, 2012 at 10:21pm

Like you, I like to immerse myself in the wholeness of the book, then afterwards, when I am writing the blog post, the emotion just flows out like a tsunami. Maybe not that intense, but I usually let myself into the world of the book, and try not to worry about other things that I have going on. BTW, your picture of the baby reading the book at the beginning really caught my attention, nice work.

Comment by Aaron Harris on May 16, 2012 at 2:39pm

Michael, I know what you mean when you say you have to focus on the book, I too like to put all of my attention on the book then step back and view the book after I have taken everything in. I am enjoying your post I can relate to it. Nice post!

Comment by Yuri Shibata on May 17, 2012 at 8:12pm

I do the exact same thing except I read other summaries of the book I find online as well to get ideas and know what things would count as spoilers and should be left out. I tend to get really out of focus if I start thinking about what to blog about while reading my book as well. I understand how for some people that it could actually help with comprehending the story but for me, that is definitely not the case.

Comment by Jamey Robar on May 20, 2012 at 5:06pm

I do the same thing. I immerse myself into the book and let the entire world around me go. And when I'm done I go over the summery, try to find a good way to make people interested in the book without spoiling the book, and then give my personal opinion of the book and what I liked and didn't like about the book. But I tend to not care if someone doesn' agree with what I post. Not everyone is going to enjoy the book the same exact way I did. Because no one else has had my experiences and my feelings so no one will ever understand why I liked the book the way I did or understand it the same way.

Comment by Michael Chemello on May 23, 2012 at 7:58pm

I just can't do it. I can multitask but cannot do it while reading. When I start to stray from focus, the book just doesn't make anymore sense. Thanks for the comments guys!

Comment by Michelle Baum on May 24, 2012 at 10:47pm
I also don't really thnk about the blog while I'm reading. I'm not reading the book so that I can write a blog about it, I'm reading it for enjoyment and then happen to blog about it. Like you, I frequently have to look back at the book for specific details just to make sure I'm right. I love the picture by the way! :)
Comment by Andrew Lundholm on May 27, 2012 at 8:54pm

I will find one element of a book that I'm reading and put it under a microscope.  Not literally of course, but I kind of lose all focus in the book and start thinking how this can be brought to the world.  For me, a book's main idea of moral is just enough to get my blogging going.

Comment by Ryan Comstock on May 28, 2012 at 8:18am

I like to find some part of that book that I can write on and then write that down and take toke notes about that topic while reading the rest of the book. This helps me focus and remeber what I wanted to write about.

Comment by Connor H on May 28, 2012 at 6:39pm

Like most of you, the blog is not even a small thought when I am reading the book.  I can lose my focus quite easily therefore I keep my focus solely on the book at hand.  After, once the book if finally finished I am able to reflect on the summary and my thoughts toward the syntax, diction, and other literary devices used.

Comment by Ali Murauskis on May 28, 2012 at 6:43pm

I don't even think about the blog while I am reading the book. It would confuse me too much, and similar to you I wouldn't even remember what I was reading about. After I finish the book I usually just think about the main points of the book and what my opinion was of it, and that's what I write for my blog post.

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