Let’s Talk Bookish: The Pros & Cons of Book Blogging

Hello everyone, and happy Friday! It’s time for another Let’s Talk Bookish post! Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme that is hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion, where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts. Today’s topic is the pros and cons of book blogging, suggested by Rukky!

I love so many things about being a book blogger!!! I love gushing and raving and occasionally ranting about books, and spreading my love for reading to all of my readers! Most of the people around me in real life think I’m weird and/or quirky for being so passionate about books, but not on my blog. My blog is my private space to ramble all I want without anyone judging me — at least not where I can see them judging me.

There’s very little about being a book blogger that I “hate,” and the things I do “hate” are mostly due to my personality rather than the community itself. I intensely dislike the feeling of constantly comparing my blog to others and worrying over whether it’s good enough in comparison. Going hand in hand with that, I also don’t like it when I find myself shifting my focus to stats rather than my content. 

But as you’ve all probably heard or felt at one point or another, the blogging experience isn’t complete without the community. Thanks to becoming a book blogger, I’ve discovered that there are plenty of other weird and/or quirky people who are as passionate about books as I am! The book blogging community is so sweet and supportive, and I love discovering other bloggers and reading their posts. I love understanding other people’s book love and being understood in return. Plus, there are always so many book recommendations out there to add to your ever-growing TBR!

There are some things that might be turn-offs for new bloggers. Blogging can get a bit overwhelming. There seems like there’s an endless amount of stuff you “need” to do to be “accepted” into the community, especially if you’re just starting off as a blogger, like memes, readathons, discussion posts, recommendation lists, social media, Bookstagram, reading all the hyped books, and so. many. things. It’s very time-consuming, and most bloggers aren’t monetarily compensated for their hard work.

On that note, time to ask the question that’s been making its way across the blogging community over the past few months: Are we given enough credit for the work we do?

Me personally? I don’t go out of my way to work with publishers to review ARCs. I don’t participate in blog tours. I’m not on book Twitter. I’m not on Bookstagram. I’m not on Booktube. I don’t blog-hop all that diligently. My graphics are nothing spectacular. I honestly feel a bit guilty about being included under the umbrella of “underappreciated book bloggers” when it feels like I don’t contribute all that much to the community.

But that’s my imposter syndrome speaking for me. Book bloggers do deserve more appreciation. The book blogging community puts in just as much work as any other member of any other bookish platform in promoting books and authors, old and new. It’s completely unfair that book blogs are being looked down on compared to other platforms. We put in so much passion and hard work into our content. Blogging is time-consuming, no matter how laid-back your blogging schedule is, and an incredible amount of determination and enthusiasm is required for keeping your blog running for any length of time. It’s just terrible that people don’t appreciate that.

🌟 For more insight into book blogger appreciation, check out Marie’s fantastic discussion posts about whether the work of book bloggers is really valued, how book blogging has changed in the past five years, and all the things that book bloggers do for more insight into book blogger appreciation, as well as Caitlin’s guide to stanning book blogs!

That’s it for today, everyone! How about you? What’s your favorite thing about book blogging? Your least favorite thing? Do you think book bloggers are appreciated? Chat with me in the comments below!

Have a beautiful weekend, everyone!

23 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish: The Pros & Cons of Book Blogging

  1. This is such an amazing post Abby! It’s a shame that book bloggers are not given enough credit, but the amazing thing is that the community in itself is so supportive and loving. Even though it is a hobby, book blogging requires so much effort and time, and we are so passionate about what we do!

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed, Aayushi! Joining this community and interacting with so many people with the same passion as me are some of the best experiences I’ve ever had! So many book bloggers treat blogging as a second full-time job, and it’s incredible to see how passionate and enthusiastic everyone is about what we do. Thanks for reading and commenting, Aayushi! ❤️

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  2. Such a lovely post, Abby! I think you are absolutely right on these points. I started book blogging at the start of 2018 and I was frequently hit by imposter syndrome for some time, comparing my blog unfavourably to others, not understanding things such as ARCs etc. It is completely normal to feel that way. But ultimately your blog is just as special as any other.

    I completely agree that the book blogging community is wonderful, it has made having a blog all the more rewarding. And you are definitely one of the kindest and friendliest book bloggers I know. You have a fantastic voice and I enjoy reading everything you post. 💕 Also yes, book bloggers do deserve more appreciation because everything we do in addition to actually writing and publishing our posts, is very time-consuming.

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. I’m so glad that you could relate to my points here! It took me several months of lurking around on various book blogs to understand all the bookish terms that confused me so much before I started blogging. And the book blogging community is indeed wonderful! Everyone is so sweet and understanding and creative, not to mention insanely talented!! 😍

      That’s so kind of you to say! That really means a lot to me, as I struggled a lot with finding my blogging voice when I first started my blog. Interacting with amazing people like you is yet another reason I love book blogging! 💛

      Exactly! I spend at least a few hours for almost every post I write, and it’s frustrating to see that our work isn’t appreciated as much as it should be 😩 Thanks for reading, Stephen, and I hope you have a lovely weekend as well! 💖

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  3. Hey Abby, awesome post! While I agree that the book blogging community is friendly and accepting, I don’t think the same could be said to BookTwitter or BookTube in general. Like you, I don’t have those platforms, so I guess I shouldn’t really judge. But based on my observation, a lot of “drama” happens there, especially on Twitter. 😂

    I also agree that running a book blog can be intimidating to beginners, especially for (fairly) new readers like me. I feel like I need to partake in all these memes, tags, and whatnots. It can be a LOT! But, at the end of the day, each blog and blogger is unique in their own ways. You might be pressured to do those things in order to “belong” but you do you. It’s YOUR blog anyway. 😊❤️

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    1. I agree! The blogging community seems to be by far the most understanding compared to other bookish platforms. The amount of drama on Twitter is honestly sort of scary — I don’t think I’ll be making an account anytime soon 😂

      It is definitely intimidating! There were so many things I felt that I had to do when I first started out my blog, like all the staple weekly memes and the standard tags. But as you said, the thing that matters most is doing what you want to do. If you just follow along with other people’s ideas in an attempt to “belong,” you’ll burn out really quickly, and nobody wants that!

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Yhel! Hope you have a beautiful day! 💕

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  4. I agree with pretty much all of this! The people in my real life think I’m super weird, too, so it’s nice to have people around that “get” me. xD We can all be a little weird and obsessed together.

    Ugh yes, the comparing thing kills me, and yet I keep finding myself doing it! I constantly have to remind myself that I’m not competing with anyone. I’m just doing what I enjoy and that’s it.

    You bring up some fantastic points about bloggers being underappreciated, too. I think a lot of people don’t realize how much time and work and effort goes into being a book blogger, and all because we just love it.

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    1. The community and how we can all scream about books together is definitely one of my favorite things about book blogging! Though it’s usually more than a “little” weirdness at play around here 😂

      I can relate! I sometimes need to remind myself that nobody’s forcing me to do anything when it comes to my blog, so there is absolutely no need to compare myself to others.

      The fact that nobody’s forcing anyone to blog should also always be kept in kind when discussing book blogger appreciation! We’re doing all this work because we love and enjoy it, not because of any monetary benefits, and people should appreciate us more for that! 💖

      Thank you for reading and commenting, Sammie! Hope you have a beautiful day! 🥰

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  5. Your blog definitely deserves more appreciation. I personally adore your layout and graphics and I always find myself enjoying your posts. I wish book bloggers were as valued as booktubers and other media. My opinion on what books to buy is often solely determined by this community!

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    1. Ahhh thank you so much Dani!! I can’t tell you how much that means to me 🥺 And I completely agree! This community should be appreciated more — it’s a safe space for so many people who love books and the recommendations are always up to par! Thank you for reading and leaving such a lovely comment 💕

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  6. A great post, the one thing I decided when I started my blog was to only read books that interested me. Even if they are ones I paid for or arcs from booksirens on netgally, this means most of the time I read for pleasure, this means I have no pressure to read hyped books.

    I do get imposter syndrome when I review a book that is by a classic author, as I feel like I am telling da Vinci the Mona Lisa is a rubbish painting.

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    1. That’s a great way to keep yourself from stressing out over reading! I think that everyone in the bookish community should this kind of mentality. The number of hyped books that I feel obligated to read is practically unmanageable at this point, and I’m constantly working to keep myself from feeling like reading is a job.

      I know right??! I so relate to this! I always feel slightly ridiculous reviewing a classic — like, who am I to challenge centuries of fandom? But it’s important to realize that it’s absolutely fine to dislike a classic, that your opinion is valid as anyone else’s!

      Thank you for reading and commenting — I hope you have a great day 💕

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    1. Aww thank you so much Asic, that’s so sweet of you to say! ❤️ Yess book blogger rights!!! Blogging takes a lot of time and effort, whether you’re writing about books or something else, and it makes me so frustrated to think about how most people just don’t understand that 😔

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting! 😊

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