Hello, and happy Friday!! I haven’t posted all week, but I’ve had a lot going on. Thursday was my last day of 8th grade, and it was graduation which means that I am completely done with middle school! I’m really excited, and also kind of nervous because I’ll be starting high school in the fall. I am really excited for summer though, and I’ll hopefully be able to do more blogging without school getting in the way!!
Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly discussion post created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and is hosted by Rukky and Dani @ A Literary Lion! For this week’s topic, I’m going to talk about appreciation for book bloggers!
Do you feel appreciated as a book blogger? Who do you think appreciates the work of book bloggers the most?
I think that book bloggers are the ones appreciating and supporting each other the most. Ever since I made my blog, almost two years ago, everyone in the book blogging community has been so kind and supportive!! I’ve made so many friends, and I’ve gotten so many thoughtful comments.
I think that the book blogging community is often kind of closed off from book Twitter, booktube, bookstagram and booktok, and I think that a lot of that is because blogs are kind of scattered across the internet, while all the other platforms are really within one app.
Almost all of my followers are writing and book blogs, and those are the people who I interact with most.
Do you think that bookish social media is aiding in the depreciation of book bloggers or is it supporting them?
I think that bookish social media is definitely aiding in the depreciation of book bloggers. Platforms like Instagram and Tik Tok have become very popular in the book community, and there are lots of accounts with thousands and tens of thousands of followers.
It’s a much larger community, and there is also easier communication between authors and publishers. On Instagram, you could easily tag an author in a post, and they could see it. Because everything on a platform like that is all on one single app, it is a much more closed-in community. At the same time, it is so wide, and so vast, and so many more people and authors have accounts on Instagram and Twitter than with blogs.
Publishers also value bookish influencers on more visual platforms like Instagram, Tik Tok and Youtube a lot more, and they sent out more ARCs to those people. All of those people definitely deserve them, I just think that publishers should also see the value in book blogs as well.
Social media is also much more fast-paced. For example, on Instagram, you could scroll through and look at a bunch of posts, liking them, and leaving shorter comments. I don’t think this is a bad thing at all, I just think that it is very different.
Reading blog posts takes longer, and I’ll often spend much more time on an individual blog post, reading it and writing out a really long comment. This was kind of terrifying when I started blogging: I would see people leaving comments on other blogs (and sometimes my own) that seemed longer than my own blog posts. Now, I do the same thing with comments that are probably way too long, but it’s an amazing way to get to know people, finding books you both like, or a similar bookish opinion.
Is it wrong to want compensation from the book industry for our work?
It is definitely not. Blogging is hard, and it takes up a lot of time. Blogging is a hobby, but with the effort, we put into writing posts, of course wanting some compensation is fine. I think that it can feel very discouraging when you spend hours reading a book, putting together and writing a review, and when you post it, you don’t receive any sort of compensation.
I think that book bloggers are very undervalued by publishers and that they could be profiting a lot more off of book blogs. Websites like Netgalley and Booksirens, as amazing as they are, can feel very frustrating. I’ve seen authors saying it’s entirely unreasonable for bookish influencers to want compensation for reading and reviewing a book, but that’s entirely not true. It applies to all platforms that reading and reviewing a book well isn’t a quick easy thing. Of course, it’s nowhere near as much work as writing an entire book, but you’re still spending hours reading the book, and then a lot of time writing a review that articulates your thoughts on a book.
A couple bloggers who do an amazing job supporting other bloggers:
Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books was one of the first bloggers I discovered, and her posts have been a guide to me in every step of my blogging, with figuring out how to write posts, manage blogging and life, and really everything. She is always advocating for book bloggers to be more appreciated and always has the most amazing content. She leaves the most amazing comments and is really everywhere in the blogging community. Last year, she co-hosted the 2020 book blogger awards, which was a huge event! She also has a feature called “Book Bloggers Talk” where other bloggers work to talk about different blogging-related topics!
Sofi @ A Book a Thought is an amazing blogger and person!! She has is so kind and supportive, always leaving really sweet and thoughtful comments on blog posts, and her posts are always so incredible! She also put together a book blogger list, making a place to have a huge list of a ton of book bloggers all in one place. It’s a wonderful way to be able to find new blogs and make new friends, and she has put a huge amount of work into the project!
Wrapping this up…
There are so many amazing book blogs out there, and I think that book bloggers really do deserve more appreciation for their work, especially when publishers reward bookish influencers on other platforms a lot more.
I do think that within the book blogging community, everyone really does appreciate and support each other, and it’s a really amazing environment.
Do you feel appreciated and supported as a book blogger? Who are some of your favorite bloggers? Chat with me in the comments below!