So I was supposed to have this post go live around the time of the awards but then LIFE HAPPENED and I just never got around to posting it. Now, though, I feel like this post still has a lot of relevance, especially after Lucy from Queen of Contemporary announced she was no longer writing reviews on her blog. (You can read that post here).
The reason for this is that today I want to discuss Book Blogging and all the views surrounding it.
It’s All About Reviews
Recently, I’ve seen a lot of bloggers feel that they are not proper book bloggers unless they post reviews. That when they don’t post reviews for a while, they feel like they’re failing and letting people down and it’s been upsetting me. Because I don’t think this is right or fair. If you talk about books on your blog, either through reviews, discussions, memes or anything else then you are writing a book blog and you are a book blogger. You are doing this as a hobby and thus are not required to do what everyone else is doing.
It’s got to be books
Another thing I’ve seen is that book bloggers feel that they can only blog about books on their blogs and writing posts about anything else would seem wrong in some way. Stop. Really, just stop. I’m not trying to push my opinions on people but your blog is your blog. If that means you only want to blog about books, that’s fine. Or if you want to add in posts about music, films, art, TV or personal posts – or literally anything else, that is totally okay! But please do not believe that all your followers will abandon you for suddenly changing your content. Blogging is supposed to be a fun hobby, don’t stress about it – or try not to anyway!
I Need the stats…
A lot of blogging lately seems to be about follower counts, comment numbers, and page views, and I think it is dragging people down and making them wonder why they bother. This is definitely something that has happened to me lately. So if this is true for you, what I will say is that you need to look at why you are blogging. Is it to gain followers? To be popular? Or is it to share your love of books with whoever is willing to listen? Once you know that, then you can decide if stats are something to fret over. Personally I’m here because I love doing this and couldn’t imagine not, and will probably continue even if I had no followers. Upon realizing that, I felt much better about blogging again.
But I’ll lose people if…
Lastly, if after all this you still don’t have the motivation or still just feel unsure, take a break. Step away from the blogosphere for a while and just have a breather. Don’t worry about your followers, if they’re truly dedicated to your posts, they’ll be there when you come back. The main priority is always you and your well-being.
Hopefully you’ve read to here and don’t think I’m some evil, mean, crazy lady. All I’m trying to say is that your blog is your own to do with as you like and to categorize however you wish.
Do you agree? Disagree? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
I'm just a twenty-something year old girl who has a passion for everything related to books, films and writing. I'm a part-time librarian, sharing my love of books and films with the world. I'm from the UK and love everything about the country. If you want to know more about me, feel free to follow me on twitter, add me on Facebook or e-mail me! :-)