Let’s Talk Bookish: The Evolution of Book Blogging

Hello, and happy Saturday! I go back to school on Monday, which I’m not feeling very ready for. This Spring break has been a nice rest from school, but I’ve also had a lot of my own things going on. I did have a lot of fun with this week’s LTB topic though, and although it is a day late, I’m still excited to share my thoughts on it with you all!

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly discussion post created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and is hosted by Rukky and Dani @ A Literary Lion! This week’s topic the evolution of book blogging (suggested by Rukky).

How long have you been blogging, and how has the book blogging community changed since you started? 

I’ve been blogging since August of 2019, so more than two and a half years now. The blogging community has really changed since then, but I also think that the way that I interact with and am a part of the blogging community has changed during that time.

There are a lot of bloggers who I met when I first started blogging who aren’t blogging anymore, and there are bloggers who I used to be closer to who I just don’t interact with much anymore. There are also a lot of bloggers who I’ve met more recently who have changed what the blogging community means to me.

I’ve noticed shifts in the types of posts people write, but I don’t know if that just has more to do with the different blogs that I now follow, or with the overall book blogging community.

And I’ve also seen the changes that connect to social media, like bookstagram and booktok. Since I got instagram almost a year after I started my blog, that hasn’t always been a part of my awareness of the online book community as a whole, but I have noticed that as time goes on, more and more bloggers create bookstagram (book instagram) accounts, and although I’m not really on the platform, I can only assume that the same goes for the number of book bloggers on tiktok as well.

Do you think it’s been a positive or negative change?

It can be hard to grow or drift apart from online friends, and there are some people in the book community who I simply just don’t interact with as much as I used to. That can be more negative, but it really is just a part of having a blog that I’ve learned to manage.

As for social media, I don’t really know. I think there are both positive and negative changes that I’ve seen, and there isn’t just one answer. Instagram for me has been a wonderful thing that I’ve been able to use to grow my platform, and I’ve made a lot of friends in the book community through it. But then I’ve also had to split my time more, and it has taken away time that would have otherwise been spent on my blog.

What do you think the future of blogging will be? 

I don’t know exactly, but I do think that social media, particularly tiktok but also instagram, will become more and more popular, and that attention will be taken away from blogging. Pictures and shorter videos are definitely better at capturing the attention of people than long blog posts are, but I think that every platform has its pros and cons, including blogging.

I would hope that publishers would start to value book bloggers more, in the ways that they do for book influencers on youtube, instagram and tiktok, but I don’t think that will happen. At the end of the day, the book blog community is definitely very different from other social media. But that makes it special, and that makes it have a lot of potential.

Even if blogging declines in popularity, I think that it will continue to thrive as a community, just maybe a smaller one.

Would you want to keep blogging even if blogging becomes very “old school” and isn’t really done anymore?

Definitely. Like I said, I don’t at all think that blogging is just going to disappear. It may become a much less popular section of the book community, but I still think it will be there, and I still think it will be important. I love blogging, and it gives me a way to express myself in a way that nothing else can, and no matter what happens, I want to keep writing blog posts.

The way I blog will probably change; it has before, multiple times. But changing it doesn’t mean that I’m giving up on it.

Wrapping this up…

The book blogging community is constantly changing, and as a blogger, I’m always changing with it. The way that I experience and interact with the community is also always different, and will continue to change. I think that social media will continue to shape blogging in new ways, but that book blogging will always be a strong community, even if it’s a smaller one.

How long have you been blogging? What have you noticed about how book blogging has changed? Do you think that these are positive or negative changes? Chat with me in the comments below!

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