Let’s Talk Bookish: The evolution of book blogging

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion. Today’s topic is The evolution of book blogging.

How long have you been blogging, and how has the book blogging community changed since you started? Do you think it’s been a positive or negative change?

I have been blogging for just over three years now, since the fall of 2018, and it has definitely been a journey I have learned a lot on. I’ve always loved to read, but starting a blog gave it a kind of structure and focus, and being involved in the book blogging community, I feel, has also improved the quality of books I read and the way I perceive and reflect on them, so it has definitely been a positive addition to my life.

I don’t know if three years would be considered a long enough time to notice any trends as such, but one thing that does stand out is the ever increasing number of platforms available for people to talk about books outside of a traditional blog, from Bookstagram to BookTube and most recently, TikTok. These are mediums for bloggers to branch out into either side by side or to use as a main platform, but I feel like being active on social media in some aspect is now almost essential to draw audiences to a traditional blog. I also feel like bloggers are beginning to become more conscious of the books they are reading and blogging about in terms of making sure they are not promoting any content that is in any way problematic.

What do you think the future of blogging will be? Would you want to keep blogging even if blogging becomes very “old school” and isn’t really done anymore?

Even though the traditional blogs are becoming more reliant on the blogger promoting their content through other platforms, I think it will always be around. Book review videos are nice, but I feel like they never go in as much depth as a well written review. I, for one, would continue blogging even if it does become old school because I enjoy writing as a medium to talk about the books I read and would never be comfortable enough in front of the camera to try something like Booktube. While the landscape of book blogging continues to evolve, I think there will always be a place online for book lovers who prefer a written format.

How do you think book blogging has evolved in recent years? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


10 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish: The evolution of book blogging

  1. readandreviewit1 March 25, 2022 / 12:54 pm

    This was a really interesting read! I never knew you’d been blogging for three years – that’s insane – and I definitely agree that I could never be comfortable enough with Booktube. Writing it is for me! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Marta the Monogamist Reader March 25, 2022 / 1:02 pm

    Oh my gosh, I share the same feeling. Even if it becomes old school, I would prefer continuing to write about books than being in front of a camera!!

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  3. Jaya Avendel March 25, 2022 / 4:01 pm

    I prefer written book reviews, as video reviews are either too long and therefor more of a thought dump and less of a review. Short videos are just too short! Hence I find the written review the perfect length for me. 🙂

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    • Raji (@journeyintofantasy) March 27, 2022 / 4:21 pm

      You described it perfectly! I do watch video reviews occasionally, but they never really work for me because it’s quite rare that they are as structured and well thought out as a written review. Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts!

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  4. Susan1375 March 25, 2022 / 9:13 pm

    I thinks it’s vering towards group discussions/ book clubs hosted on patreon or ig lives. I belong to net galley etc , review and follow some book bloggers but they/ I don’t seem to get much support from publishers in comparison to other areas where blogging is popular

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    • Raji (@journeyintofantasy) March 27, 2022 / 5:29 pm

      That’s a great point! I’m not too involved in book clubs or group discussions myself, but they certainly have become more popular of late!


  5. Briana | Pages Unbound March 27, 2022 / 12:26 am

    I’ve been blogging almost 11 years and while things have certainly changed in that time, I don’t think the readership for blogs has actually gone away. So publishers are more interested in sending ARCs to BookTokers and don’t engage with bloggers nearly as much, but the actual blogging community and the blog followers are still here, as far as I can tell.

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    • Raji (@journeyintofantasy) March 27, 2022 / 5:33 pm

      Wow, 11 years is amazing! It’s great to know that the readership for blogs has been remaining consistent for so long. Thanks for reading and commenting!


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