For the past three years I have been addicted to blogs – be it reading the latest posts or posting new content on this blog. It has become a part of my daily routine, I check my feed aggregator as frequently as I check my inbox. Reading, writing, and commenting have become a normal routine in my life now. This habit has been good; I have expanded my reading genres, have developed interests in new areas, connected with people, and have improved my writing skills. But there has been one major drawback of reading blogs – my interest in books/novels has waned.
Earlier I used to devour books one after another. I remember in my 3rd semester, I had been reading novels with the frequency of at least 3 novels per week. In the four months of that semester, I had polished off more then 50 novels, there was hardly anything left in the college library that I had not read. These days my reading time has reduced drastically. I generally read 1-2 hours daily, before sleeping and frequently nod off while reading. Earlier if I laid my hands on any intriguing novel, I would read right through the night.
The blog-reading has reduced my craving for book reading; I feel I have already read so much today, instead of using more energy, it is better to sleep. It is not as if I have stopped reading books, I am still reading about a novel every week, but the voracious appetite I used to have has deserted me. It is now on weekends when I am without net-access that most of my reading is done.
Times have changed. Books have morphed into blogs, everyone is an author, and everyone is a critic.
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