Do you feel appreciated as a book blogger? Who do you think appreciates the work of book bloggers the most?
This is an interesting topic because it’s one I haven’t really considered before. While I blog as a hobby, it’s always nice to be recognized and appreciated for your work and I think, on the whole, I do feel appreciated. Every view, like and comment on my posts is motivation for me to continue and I really value my loyal followers who take the time to visit and read my work. The blogging community is wonderful at taking supporting each other and it’s great to be a part of that.
I think that book lovers appreciate the work of book bloggers, but the people who fully appreciate the time and effort that goes into each post are other book bloggers themselves. There are so many wonderful bloggers out there who take the time to promote other blogs in a variety of ways from creating book blogger directories to a simple shoutout on Twitter about a post they enjoyed reading.
Do you think that bookish social media is aiding in the depreciation of book bloggers or is it supporting them?
I’d say it’s both. For those who are good with social media, it can be a very effective tool to broaden your reach and these platforms are more accessible – after all, watching a short video is much easier than reading a page long review. It can also be a great way to drive traffic to your blog. But I don’t think it necessarily hurts book bloggers who aren’t as enthusiastic about social media. Bloggers cater to a different audience, though it may not be as immediate and vast as social media like bookstagram or booktube. There will always be those who prefer to sit down and read a detailed analysis of a book.
Is it wrong to want compensation from the book industry for our work?
Not at all. Book blogging is hard work and being consistent is the only way to grow one’s audience – and that’s not even counting the time it takes to read all those books first. If someone’s blog has a huge reach and they put a lot of effort into creating new content, I don’t think it’s wrong to want some kind of compensation for it. Personally though, I do this as a hobby, and I love writing reviews and interacting with other bloggers, and that’s enough for me. Compensation for book bloggers could come with a variety of problems of its own, and it’s just not worth the trouble in my opinion.
Do you think book bloggers are appreciated? Share your thoughts in the comments below!