The Pros and Cons of Book Blogging

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books & Dani @ Literary Lion, where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.

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.

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The Community

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.

Personal Growth

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.

New Opportunities

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.

Time Consuming

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?

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67 thoughts on “The Pros and Cons of Book Blogging

  1. I adore the community we have here! It’s so supportive and so amazing and I love the connections I’ve made through my blog 😊
    I am so bad at comparing myself with people and I really wanna get better at not doing that to myself
    This was a great discussion post! Thank you for sharing 😊

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  2. Yassss, I have such a hard time not comparing myself to other bloggers! Everyone has such wonderful blogs and I think mine sucks in comparison. I have found so many amazing books from recommendations though! That is definitely a plus in my book. I would say it’s a con too because my TBR is freaking huge XD

    -Amber

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  3. Thankfully the pros outweigh the cons. I agree with everything you mentioned, I’m getting better at reading from a a backlist and not comparing myself so much (several years of blogging certainly helps to build confidence on that front) but the time-consuming part is still a bit of a struggle sometimes. Maybe I should take breaks like others but I’m afraid I’d get used to it and then not get into the rhythm anymore..

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  4. I def get the pressure to read the hyped books. Nothing about any of Maas’ books appeals to me, but I did try to read ACOTAR just because I kept seeing it referenced so much. I had to give up like 3 chapters in. I’m not a Maas fan.

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  5. I loved this . . . a lot!
    The pressure to read hyped books is a huge con. There’s also the pressure to enjoy the hyped book or else you’re criticized. I wish everyone respected the opinions of other readers. I’ve never been offended if someone didn’t enjoy my favorite book.

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  6. The pressure to read hyped up books is definitely real for me and is even more difficult for international book bloggers but like you said I might boost my reading and blog by reading those popular books but I try not pressure myself. Another thing though, it kind of pushes a different form of consumerism on you as a reader and blogger. Hyped up books definitely attribute to that. I know Kristin you’ve been one of the first bloggers to read my posts, like, and comment on them so it’s so true that this community is one of the best things to come out of it. Many thanks for giving me and my blog a chance when I first launched! ❤️

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  7. I have to say that the “pressure to read popular books” is definitely one that I struggle with. Usually what happens is that I read the book, and then ending up not being able to finish it because, either it is boring, or there is horrendous sexual content THAT NOBODY WARNS YOU ABOUT!!!!!! That last one is probably my biggest book-reading pet peeve. Anyway, thanks for this post! Your pros were especially true! xoxo
    -Millay

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  8. I love talking “shop”! I identify with everything you said! Especially being surprised by how time consuming social media can be! I use Pinterest but I’m sure I’m not doing it right because I pin manually to several boards and don’t use a scheduler. Pinterest generates more views for me than either insta or FB. Insta is time consuming for very few click throughs. Twitter and Pinterest are better for me in generating views than insta. I do look at my stats because I enjoy competing with myself! The world wide blogging community is definitely one of the biggest pros! I love to read the newest release so I don’t think of it as pressure. But there are genres I don’t enjoy so I do feel the pressure when I don’t read them. Blogging brings me an incredible amount of joy! I’m thrilled to have connected with you Kristin and appreciate your support and virtual friendship! 🙌

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    1. That’s interesting about Pinterest. I get very little traffic from there but I’m so inconsistent with it. There are just so many social media platforms to keep up with! I have to say as much as I love Instagram and I get next to no blog views from it. It’s like they are two seperate things for me!

      You’re awesome Carol. One of the most supportive bloggers I know. I appreciate you and everything you do!!

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      1. Thanks for your kind words!
        Re Pinterest….have you joined any boards? Also, did you switch your account to business? Evidently that’s supposed to help. Honestly I spend less time on Pinterest than the others because I don’t pin every day. I pin every post I write to my own board and then to about 5 or 6 other boards. That only takes 5 min per post. Not bad! I’m ok with my results for minimal effort! And you’re right…very few views from Instagram.

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      2. Oh…and then I take that Pinterest graphic back into PhotoGrid app and add another background so I have it square again for Instagram! So for just a few minutes time I have an image for insta, blog, and Pinterest. I save a ton of time by not doing photo shoots!

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  9. Those are grear points ! I also discovered that blogging is a great asset when you plan on a bookish career ! Most recruiters talk about it when I go to interviews ! But it also can be quite stressful sometimes ! Still, I regret nothing and love this community so much ❤

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  10. I’ve only recently started blogging regularly, knowing that would take a lot of time to produce content that I was satisfied with. In the last couple weeks, I’ve begun to explore other blogs through WP social media and I agree, it’s connecting me to so many interesting people. Funny to report that one of your pros may become one of my cons. I’m discovering too many good books on sites like yours and have no idea when I’ll ever find time to read them. Glad to be here though.

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  11. Love all your pros and can definitely understand the cons! I think I started to slide into a different category of blogger at some point (I do talk a LOT about TV shows) and saw my book blogger friends grow exponentially, while I just trickled along. I am totally cool with it and happy for them, but not making that comparison is hard. Also, I am perpetually late to books, so I am always late to the hype haha it’s almost on brand for me to mostly talk about backlisted books.

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  12. I totally agree with your pros and cons! I love the community and the recommendations, but it does take quite a lot of mytime!

    (www.evelynreads.com)

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  13. I haven’t been blogging for long (2 months) and whereas it is time consuming, I think it’s well worth it as it gives me another way to “vent.” The only con I’ve encountered so far is the fact that I’m now drowning in my TBR pile…

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  14. Hi!
    I’m completely new on the scene, I’ve just started my blog, my Instagram account, my Facebook page…I love reading, writing about books and I also write my own stories, so I thought…why not?
    I agree with what you said in your article: blogging and being part of the Bookstagram community IS more time-consuming than I thought it would be. On the other hand, this community is just amazing! People are so lovely and supportive, it’s incredible. I can’t wait to interact more with everyone!

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  15. Great angle! I totally agree with the feeling of FOMO when I’ve been suggested super popular books multiple times. I also used to think I loved book blogging because I would always feel a need to get out my thoughts after reading a book, but over time I’ve realized that immersing myself in the fandom community is just as effective in sharing my thoughts about a book!

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  16. Ahh, can’t agree more
    So true
    As much as I love this community and love writing blogs and reading those of others, I can’t help but spend too much time on it, stress about views and followers and compare myself with others 😫

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  17. This was very helpful for me to read. As some others mentioned, I’m in a very new phase of blogging seriously. I’ve realized there’s so much more to it, and I’m a bit overwhelmed by the sheer amount of stuff needing my attention, especially the social media side of it. But I’ve loved getting to explore community blogs because that helps me by seeing solid designs, though as a newbie it does make me realize just how far behind I am, but I hope to improve as I learn more and get more comfortable with the platform.

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  18. hi! i am a new blogger and im currently exploring the reader. i came across this post and i absolutely love it! regarding pinterest, you could search for tips on youtube! there are loads of people sharing good tips there for instance youtuber Anastasia Blogger. not sure if the link is clickable but ill try to share it anyway. have a nice day xx

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