When we think about book blogging, for most of us, that immediately equals book reviews, blog tours, ARCs and interviews with authors, it also means discussions, and tags, and having a currently reading section on our sidebar, and tapping into bookstagramming…
But we’re all wrong.
That right there is my blog, how it looked in 2015. I get all sad and melancholic just thinking about it. I posted way more reviews back then.
I felt like I had to. And moreover, I reviewed almost each book I read. I thought that was what we were supposed to do.
Turns out, book blogging means whatever you want it to mean
Shoking? Not for everyone.
There a lot of bloggers that have broken away from the traditional mold because it wasn’t working for them anymore. Some, have stopped calling themselves book bloggers as such because it simply doesn’t apply to them anymore.
You don’t need to review each book you read, or even post book reviews at all if you aren’t feeling it. Maybe you can’t bring yourself to post a long review, and that’s all. And it’s alright.
Most people don’t even like them that much to begin with anyway XD At least if you particpate in a lot of them, no. But other readers do! Because most of the time they come with giveaways and that’s a YAY. So what’s the right answer?
Do all of the blog tours, or do none, or do the ones that you like…
The subject of ARCs has been discussed so much but I just want to say, you don’t need to get them in order to consider yourself a book bloggger.
And I mean the legit ones you get when you send an email requesting them, or get some surprise ones in the mail. We have all dabbled with Netgalley and it’s a ‘feel good’ alternative, but don’t ever feel less because of it. Either because your requests have been denied, or because you just can’t get ARCs because you don’t live in ARC-approved countries. You’re a book blogger if you blog about books.
And on that note…
Should you worry about them? Or does that make you look like a greedy follower-hunter? If you genuinely care about your numbers, then do. If you don’t, then don’t. But don’t say you don’t if you really do. Because nobody expects that from you, or shouldn’t at least. There’s nothing wrong with it.
I used to feel bad about caring about how my blog was doing because I saw other people saying that the most important thing for them was having fun and they were blogging for themselves. Which I did too, but then, why did I also care about who was reading my blog?
Later I realized it wasn’t just me.
So again, it depended on each person.
There is no one right way of doing this. And the sooner you realize this, the happier you’ll be. Doing what is ‘expected’ is the fastest way to get bored and frustrated.