Blogging means different things to different people. Blogging can be:
- A full time job
- A hobby
- An obsession
- The means to promote products or services
- Something in between or all of the above
Why is Book Blogging Different
Some blogs become widely popular fairly quickly. Lifestyle and food blogs for instance are more looked after and also a lot easier to monetize. Make no mistake that either way, blogging is hard work. It takes some amount of know how and it takes a LOT of time, it takes money if you want a self-hosted blog and a nice design. Also, you must acquire that “thing” you blog about, may that be photography, arts and crafts, food, or tech gadgets.
I think book blogging is more a labor of love. Yes, we receive review copies, but it is frown upon in the blogging community to make money from it. Reading a book takes a longer time, the posts are longer, they need to be scheduled to be timed to the book release date.
Why are Book Bloggers Just… Stopping
Recently, some of my blogger friends stopped blogging. It got me thinking on the reasons why they – as well as many others – stopped. Some of them just outgrew the novelty of blogging, others moved one to other interests such as business, work, school; others got disillusioned with the reality of blogging. As I said, book blogging is hard work for no pay. You must love it and be passionate about books to get into it and stick with it. Back when I started there were a lot less of us and many of the bloggers that I followed back then no longer blog. It makes me sad 🙁
I have been blogging books for five years. In my personal experience, everything changes. From my taste in design, to my blogging platform and more recently merging my old blog with Bee and Rachel’s. Change is good. I feel like book bloggers have come a long way, I feel like we are more appreciated now, access to review books is easier. I try to adapt to new things, like the social media, and to expand my horizons.
Of course, there not expiration date on blogging, no obligation to continue on forever. I imagine that at some point I will stop as well, but I’m nowhere near that point yet. I still enjoy it. I love the reading (duh!), I love reviewing, making recommendations, writing discussion posts such as this one, interacting with my readers in the blog and in social media, designing graphics, meeting authors, going to book signings and events. Besides I love my co-bloggers 🙂