This week’s topic is about the pros and cons of book blogging. I will say that the pros far outweigh the cons, and I think that I used to get more caught up in the pressures of blogging when I started then I do now. I think that I have found what works for me and have learnt how to maintain a passion for blogging.
The bookish community is the by far the greatest thing about running a book blog. I am constantly blown away by the support that I have received from the community! I love being able to connect with others who think a lot like me as well as with those who challenge me in some way. I feel as though I have grown as a person so much over the last three years because of my interactions with fellow bloggers. I also join buddy reads and book clubs every month, which adds another level to the reading experience.
The Book Recommendations
My TBR is now four times as long as it was before I started blogging, which some could see as a negative, but I personally love. There are so many books that I adore that I never would have discovered on my own. It is fun to find fellow book bloggers, bookstagrammers, and booktubers who have similar tastes to me, but it is equally interesting to find readers who push me out of my comfort zone.
Starting this book blog has changed a lot for me. It even set me on the path to my new found career. It was through my communications with book publishers that I heard about publishing programs offered at universities. I was inspired to apply and have since completed the program and am now a freelance copy editor, which is something I love doing. I also think that being part of the community has taught me to be a more compassionate and empathic person.
I now have opportunities I never would have imagined if I hadn’t started this blog. It has afforded me job opportunities (who would have thought this blog who look so great on a resume!) and opportunities to connect with authors and publishers.
When I started this blog, I had no idea how much time I would have to put into it. Writing a post can take anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour, but then it needs to be edited and graphics need to be added. I also read other blog posts and comment on them, which is so much fun for me, but takes time! The social media side of it is also time consuming and I learn something new every single day. I am still trying to figure out how to use Pinterest to promote my blog, so that research takes up a good amount of time as well. I would love any tips you may have in regards to Pinterest! I also spend a lot of time on my bookstagram, which I used to promote this blog. Taking picture, writing captions, and interacting with others is time consuming!
Pressure to Read Hyped Books
This is a trap that I fell into when I first starting blogging, but I think I am better at knowing what books I will enjoy and which ones I won’t. That said, FOMO is a real thing and there are times when I feel pressure to read a certain book just to be part of the conversation. A good example of this is any of Sarah J. Maas’s books. They are talked about all of the time and there are so many references that I miss because I haven’t read them, but I just know they won’t be for me. I even read her newest book for a buddy read and everyone in the group really seemed to like it while I struggled.
The Comparison Game
I know everyone says not to compare yourself to others, but we are human. It can be so difficult to focus on yourself and not compare yourself to others. Something that helps me with this is that I do not focus on my stats. I maybe look at them once or twice a month! I know that many people find stats helpful, but I have never figured out how to use them to my advantage, so I think it is better for me not to obsess over them and just focus on putting out posts that I am proud of and reflect who I am!
What do you think are the pros and cons of blogging?