Appreciation for Book Bloggers – Let’s Talk Bookish

This week has gone by in an interesting fashion. All of Tuesday, I thought it was Monday, and all of Wednesday, I thought it was Thursday. And now it’s Friday, and I’m just ready for the weekend to come so my mental clock can reset itself and stop stealing entire days from my mental timeline.

But before that, we have to discuss this week’s topic. Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, hosted by me and Dani @ Literary Lion, where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.

Today’s topic is courtesy of myself: appreciation for book bloggers

Every now and then, there seems to be an event that triggers a discussion of whether book bloggers (and sometimes book influencers in general) get the appreciation they deserve. But I don’t think we’ve talked about it in LTB or that I’ve added my two cents in a post of my own, so today, we’ll get to fix both of those mistakes.

Without further ado, let’s get started!

Do you feel appreciated as a book blogger?

Actually, yes I do.

I feel appreciated by all the commenters and readers who take time out of their day to read my opinions on this little corner of the internet. The internet is so v a s t and consuming, yet I’ve still managed to cultivate my own following who engage with my posts and read the books I read and appreciate what I do. Nobody’s forcing you to do so, but you are, and that is the best thing that makes all the time and effort I put into posts worth it.

To be more precise though, do I feel appreciated by the book industry as a whole?

Not so much.

And it kind of makes sense because I’m one voice in a sea of many who blathers about books and things book related. The industry can’t really go around and individually appreciate all of us. However, it would be nice if the industry was more acknowledging and appreciative of what book bloggers do.

I think it’s really…not annoying exactly, but disappointing that book bloggers are usually the ones who have to support and “reward” each other. Say, in the form of the Book Blogger Awards for instance. I don’t know, I feel like that should be something that the industry does to “thank” us, not something that we have to do for each other. And maybe it is better if we do it for each other so it’s more community based rather than publishers pulling the strings, but it would be nice if there was something that the industry did as well.

Book get all sorts of awards all the time. Well, what about the bloggers who work tirelessly to bring those books to other people’s attention? Why can’t they be rewarded too?

Some might argue that “blogging is a hobby; you choose to take on all this stress for yourself; if it’s so much trouble just stop doing it”. They actually have a point; blogging is indeed a hobby and nobody is forcing us to keep doing it. But even then, considering how much we try to support books and authors, the least that we should get is a “thank you”.

This is not to say that authors/publishers don’t ever appreciate us: there are definitely authors who do thank readers and bloggers in the acknowledgements of their books, and it makes me so happy to see those. I’m just saying it would be nice if we felt the love a little more from the rest of the industry.

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Who do you think appreciates the work of book bloggers the most?

I think book bloggers appreciate each other the most, because they know the amount of work that goes into running a blog. They know the struggles of reading, and posting about said reading, while constantly thinking of ways to be unique with the post. Blogging can be so annoying and frustrating sometimes, and there’s no one who could understand that better than bloggers themselves.

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Is it wrong to want compensation from the book industry for our work?

No, I don’t think it’s wrong to want compensation, since publishers are so eager to utilize our resources and time for free. For some people, they may already feel compensated by getting ARCs or cover reveals and other exclusive things like that, but some people might want actual compensation that can help with the upkeep of running a blog.

Blogging can be expensive, time-wise and physically, like if you decide to self-host. I’ve thought about self-hosting, but I want to be able to pay for it myself, which I can’t do right now. It’s not worth it to self-host because there’s no way for me to replace the money I’ll be spending to manage my blog and the time I’ll have to put in. That same time which could be used doing other things, like getting a real job where I get paid and am able to keep the money.

One can argue that that’s the price of having a hobby, and indeed it is. But if a blogger wants to get paid for doing what can only be described as advertising for publishers, then there’s no problem with monetizing that hobby.

However, I think that that would be hard for a blogger to demand since there are so many other bloggers out there who would be willing to do it for free. Publishers have the luxury of finding someone else and those bloggers who do seek compensation might not be able to afford that, so they’ll have to accept whatever they get. And what they get might not be in the least bit fair for the cost that the blogger will have to pay, so it might even result in a toxic dynamic.

But I suppose that that’s a discussion for another day.

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Do you think that bookish social media is aiding in the depreciation of book bloggers or is it supporting them?

I don’t think bookish social media is helping book bloggers at all.

Everyone wants shorter content to consume, and bookish social media offers that in spades. So many people nowadays have Instagram, or Twitter, or TikTok, and they get their news and information from there. Blogs on the other hand are longer collections of words, but I don’t think people have the patience for them anymore.

It’s really not hard to see why. There’s only 24 hours in a day, half of which we technically lose to unproductive things like sleeping not that it’s not important!!. That only leaves 12 hours to do everything that must be done, and reading 1000+ word posts (like this one) takes precious time that people would rather spend scrolling through Instagram or watching a 30 second TikTok. They could probably go through 10-15 TikToks in the time it takes to read one post. You tell me, what’s better? 10-15 short videos that can recommend several books in a few seconds, or 1 long post dedicated to just one book?

Yeah. It sucks. But it’s true.

You know, sometimes I wonder if books themselves will become extinct because they’re just too long for our increasingly shortening attention spans, but I hope that that never happens. And as much as I want blogs to never die out either, I think their popularity will severely dwindle as newer social media are brighter, flashier, and much much shorter.

May I have a word?

And there you have it, my two cents for today. You know, ironically, there’s this annoying voice in my head that keeps thinking that blogging is a hobby, I have no right wanting to be thanked/appreciated, but I also know that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a little gratitude. Obviously, I have to work on my own self too.

Be sure to visit Dani’s post to join the linkup!

Some questions for you:

  • Do you feel appreciated as a book blogger?
  • Do you think bloggers should be compensated? What’s your counter to the “it’s just a hobby” argument?
  • Is book blogging a dying art? How do you think social media is affecting blogs?
  • And for fun, what’s your favorite dinner?

Talk to me in the comments below!

26 thoughts on “Appreciation for Book Bloggers – Let’s Talk Bookish

  1. oh you know i love this topic so much lmao!! i think you wrote a really brilliant post and i agree on everything you’ve said. i understand why so many publishers (and audiences) love bookish social media and it’s just the way the world has changed, but it doesn’t make it any less disheartening for us 😦 i’ve found that even though i’m on social media, most people just follow me for whatever i post there rather than my blog that i promote there — but tbh i’ve gotten so tired of being on bookish social media and my heart’s pretty much only with my blog at this point lol. the only pro for blogs that i can think of with blogs vs social media is that when you google something like “books with x trope/representation” or whatever, you’ll probably look at blog posts instead of a tiktok!

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    1. Yes indeed lol. Thank you so much, May!! It’s kind of frustrating because I want to be upset at bookish social media for taking over, but at the same time, I really really understand that it’s nobody’s fault, it’s just how the world is moving. So there’s no one to really blame. And that’s an excellent point, blog posts do still dominate when it comes to searches! I hope, really hope that that continues for a long time.

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  2. i loved reading your thoughts! especially agreed with how reviewers who DO want to be compensated in a monetary fashion might not easily find people willing to pay them, not when so many of us promote books for free.

    slightly unrelated question: can anyone join in the let’s talk bookish discussions with a post?

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    1. I’m glad you did! Yeah, exactly.

      Of course, it’s open to anyone who wants to join! All you have to do is write your own post that Friday (or whenever you get a chance to write it) and then add it to the linkup which you can find in Dani’s post for that Friday. Her blog is: http://literarylion.ca/ so you can just check there every Friday for her LTB post and the linkup will be at the bottom. Can’t wait for you to join us if you do! ❀✨

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  3. Love this discussion post, Rukky! I agree that bloggers support bloggers the most. We don’t see this in other platforms where the creators support other creators simply to uplift, it’s more of an engagement thing too. Like the IG algo asking us to engage with others more so that we’ll get engagement in return. But in the blogging space, its more than that. But then its also because if we don’t do it, then no one will.

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    1. Thank you, Sumedha! I think with blogging it’s a mix. I need to go out and find other blogs to support, otherwise I’ll remain hidden and obscure for forever, but at the same time, it becomes something that I love to do, and I geniunely do love going to those blogs for the sake of it at the end of the day. I’m guessing that that’s how it is for everyone else. Or well, I hope it is lol

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  4. Social media is so tricky especially to us book bloggers, it helped me connect with other book bloggers (such as your amazing self!) but on the other hand platforms like Twitter and even Tiktok can be toxic. The battle of numbers and followings isn’t so crazy in blogs and that’s why I like it. It’s a slice of me that I can share with as many words as I want and the few people who comment make me day as it is. At the end of the day most of my book recs (if not all) come from book blogs because out of every platform, book bloggers from what I’ve seen read the most diverse and obscure titles (there’s no pressure to promote that one popular book to gain followers and likes).

    It is so sad to see that book bloggers are basically dragged into the mud by some when people are getting more for less on other platforms. It’s unjust and undermines the hard work and patience we bloggers have for creating content. Just like you said, a “thank you” would have been enough.

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    1. Aww, thank you!! I’m glad blogging is a less hectic space for you compared to social media. And you’re so right, it’s much easier to just read your own thing with blogs without worrying about not being “recent” enough with all the popular books. I don’t consider Goodreads as a social media exactly, but back when I was more active on there, I really really felt that pressure to read all these new popular releases that everyone seemed to be talking about. Now that I don’t spend so much time on there anymore, it’s easier to just read whatever I feel like when I feel like. So yeah, I really understand that.

      I guess, at least we have one another to support each other even if the industry doesn’t always notice or appreciate what we do. Having kind readers (like yourself!) makes it all worth it in the end πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for that ❀✨

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  5. I think in a way while book bloggers support each other the most we also sort of shoot ourselves in the foot. Everyone is doing book tours etc. for free and posting features with no compensation when those things SHOULD be paid for and ARE paid for on other platforms like TikTok. Stop doing free labour.

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    1. Agreed, we are honestly hurting ourselves, especially bloggers who want to monetize their work. It’s complicated though because some people don’t care about getting paid while others do want it. I guess bloggers who want to be compensated will always be at a disadvantage unless everyone refuses to do such posts without compensation. And that’s not likely to happen. So yeah, complicated is one way to describe the situation.

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  6. It’s true, book bloggers tend to write more lengthy reviews/analyses as compared to social media platforms that post shorter things, but that means I can get lots of information from a book blog! Book blogs also basically do free marketing for the books they talk about, which is underappreciated but also pretty cool in a way 😁

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    1. Yup, we can definitely get more out of a blog post than a caption on a photo, and it’s just more satisfying to read in my opinion. And I know right, we’re technically doing free advertising and marketing even if we don’t think about it like that. Hopefully it’ll get more appreciated in the future πŸ™‚

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  7. Comments and likes are generally enough for me too, Social media is just too toxic for me to want to spend very long there, I’d rather spend my time reading than trying to build a following on instagram or twitter, lol

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  8. Great post, I liked your answers! I agree that book bloggers are the onlynone who really apreciate other book bloggers. For me it’s enough to have a community of people who share my love for the books. But I totally understand if a blogger wants to monetize their work. Though I think that the best way to do it is youtube. As for blogs, I love blogging because I can write long posts or reviews, think about different topics. It’s a hobby. Tiktok and Instagram are more for short news and posts. But most of the bloggers have all of these platforms at once. It’s time-consuming, I agree, but still, even if I can spare ten minutes on a topic I want to discuss, it makes my day brighter.

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    1. Thank you Nastassja! Yeah, it’s probably a whole lot easier to make money from youtube compared to blogs, but it shouldn’t be so hard for those bloggers who don’t want to venture out into booktube.
      I’m glad blogging is working out so well for you! So long as we’re happy, that’s really all that matters since it is a hobby (at least at the moment lol). Thank you for reading ❀✨

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  9. Good point about bookish social media. I dislike how Twitter and Instagram limit you when you’re trying to convey why you did or didn’t like a certain book. Plus all the hashtags and taggings make it very awkward. They really aren’t doing us many favors.

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  10. I loved this post!! I do feel appreciated enough because of views and comments, but i can understand how frustrating it might be for a blogger who wants compensation. Book blogging is time consuming and expensive and i do wish we are more appreciated in the book industry as a whole.

    I confused Friday for Monday and got into some trouble because of it lol πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

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    1. Same, the interaction is fine for me right now, but it’s definitely hard for bloggers who want to make something more out of their blogs.
      Yikes, hopefully it wasn’t too much trouble!! I hope this next week is much better for all of us ✨

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  11. This is such a great post, I totally agree with all your points. I can also painfully relate to the introduction. Today I thought it was Wednesday. Send help πŸ˜‚. Lovely post Rukky!! πŸ’–

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