{Bookish Babble} Why Book Bloggers Stop Blogging?

Posted August 25, 2016 by Liza in Discussion / 25 Comments


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 🙂


What do you think?  Would you be blogging forever?  What would make you stop? Would you consider blogging about something else?



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25 responses to “{Bookish Babble} Why Book Bloggers Stop Blogging?

  1. I only recently started my own blog, but I’ve been blogging with a community of bloggers for about 3 years now. I’ve also been reviewing on Goodreads since 2010. I can’t imagine ever getting to a place where I no longer want to talk about books. I guess that does make me obsessive.

    Great blog post. 🙂

  2. As long as I am reading, I will be blogging. Even if it goes down to once a week. Once a week is easy. I have reduced my posts from 6-7 a week to 4 a week and it has helped because work and other interests take up a lot of my time. Things change and that’s okay, but I do feel sad when people stop blogging all together.

  3. I also plan to keep going now, but it’ll probably get harder and harder as grad school progresses. And I love reading, I really do, but sometimes I’m just really not in the mood to read, and it’s hard to motivate myself to pick it back up again. But when I do, I love it!

    So yeah! I don’t see myself quitting anytime soon as well, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I do…sadly.

  4. I can definitely see why sometimes people might stop. I just took a mini break and am kind of going through a bit of a mid-life crisis sort of thing. While I love blogging, sometimes I’m just not in the mood to do it which then makes me feel like I’m letting people down. It’s kind of a vicious circle, that type of thinking. I’m sure one day I’ll probably stop. Maybe switch to a different topic, or just give up blogging all together. Right now, I still enjoy it. Just gotta embrace those breaks every now and then lol

  5. Great discussion! I totally agree with you re: constantly changing and blogs reflecting that. The other thing that’s interesting is how blogging seems to come in fits and waves with certain bloggers stopping every few months and new ones popping up. I am the same though, sometimes I am so into my blog but then real life can take over

  6. I’m, like, in the middle of a crisis lol because I still love blogging *now*, but I’m afraid that eventually it’ll get monotonous. That would be my most likely reason for stopping. So I’m trying to figure out something I can do that will keep it varied and interesting for me so that I won’t have to worry about reaching that point. I mean, I’m sure I’ll still quit someday eventually, but I prefer it not to be anytime soon! Though it definitely is a lot more work than I anticipated, so I can understand that many people probably quit because it just gets to be too much with all the other obligations.

  7. I agree, it is sad to see some of my favorites leave! I hope that it is because something fabulous has happened in their lives, and I DO like when they at least give a little goodbye nod- it really makes me sad to think that I will simply never hear from a few again, you know? But it’s understandable too- life happens, and like you said, blogging is HARD- and book blogging is extra hard because in order to blog, we kind of have to read, which doubles the amount of time, basically! I don’t know that I would ever blog about something else, at this point. I think if I ever DID leave the blogging world, I’d pop back in a give a life update from time to time. Just because I want to talk to everyone 😉 I guess I’d probably stop if my life circumstances changed drastically, or I had some kind of career conflict, etc. But for now… I plan to keep on keepin on 😀 Great post, Liza!!

  8. Sometimes I think about my own blogging future, in the long run. I have a lot of freedom with blogging right now, even if I feel like I have no time. I can stay up until 3 AM finishing homework and blog posts, and get up for my 9 AM, and it’s not a *huge* deal. After this school year is over, then I jump into a full-time job! And then… maybe a family on top of that! Those are immensely different from being at the university (though, that’s no small feat). I’m not sure how things will shake down in 2017, after I graduate. D:

    It’s always sad to see “old-time” bloggers go! I feel like there have been an extraordinary amount that have stopped, since 2011. :/

    Well, if either of us ever stop blogging, I hope we can still keep meeting up at the book festival in Baltimore, or other local events! =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Liza

      I are amazing and I told you that before Alyssa. I don’t know how you do it 🙂 The latest I stay up reading is until midnight since I have to get up at 5:00 to get ready for work.
      I’m sure we will still meet Alyssa, book lovers forever!!

  9. I completely relate to this post. There’s been so many times when I’ve gotten overwhelmed with work and I have to ask myself if blogging is a sustainable hobby, and if it’s something I see myself continuing with long-term. I always come back to it because I truly love it, but sometimes it requires as much time and effort as a second job!

    • Liza

      I know! It IS a labor of love. You can post less or do what a lot of bloggers are doing – me included- and get co-bloggers or contributors to help 🙂

  10. Tasya

    I’ve only been blogging for a year now, and it’s hard to keep a commitment with it. I have to admit, I stopped twice before finally blogging regularly for a year. And I also feel sad because most of the blogs I follow from my early days are gone too, and they just don’t leave any explanations 🙁 I don’t think I’ll stop anytime soon though, but we never know about the future don’t we? 🙂

  11. I was just thinking about this as I went to go check up on some favorite blogs I haven’t heard from in awhile only to see they quit, usually with no message which is even more depressing. I miss all of the people I used to talk to. Like you said, blogging has become a major part of our lives. My blog has gotten me through the tail end of high school and now almost through college as this is my last semester. I’m definitely worried about how a full time job will affect my blogging but I can’t see myself giving it up either. I can’t blame anyone who quit or slowly stopped blogging because it really does boil down to what you said: “book blogging is hard work for no pay.” I just wish more blogs would leave behind a little note if they were leaving so we wouldn’t wonder what happened to them :/

    • Liza

      Good for you Alise for sticking with it 🙂 I have a full-time job, three kids, a hubby, paper crafts hobby and I’m active at church too and I still find the time. Good luck with your last year in college I’m sure your future will be a bright one.

  12. I just started, and while looking for french and english book blogs to follow, I have stumbled on more graveyards than active blogs. The worst are those that end without leaving a note, just the last review from 2008 and no explanation. It’s spooky, knowing what lies ahead when it’s all brand new to me.

  13. If it weren’t for Nick, I would honestly not be blogging right now. I had a hard time finding the joy that I used to get with blogging and with two small kids in school, it was getting harder to do it all by myself. I feel the same way about you and how much better it is to share this hobby with someone else I really like 🙂

    Nereyda│ Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite Booklist

  14. Nathan

    I have only been blogging for about a year now, and I don’t see myself stopping any time soon. As long as I have blogging friends who are well, friendly, I don’t think I will stop in the near future.

  15. I won’t be blogging forever but I also don’t see myself stopping anytime soon. I have noticed, though, that in the five years I’ve been blogging that in the last two years I’ve been posting considerably less than the first three. Not sure what that means… 🙂

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