A Guide to Stanning Book Blogs // What Are Book Blogs, How & Why You Should Support Book Bloggers, & More

When I die, I want “Book bloggers deserve more appreciation” on my gravestone.

From some white girl on BookTok calling reading book blogs stupid, to the fact that publishers usually ignore book bloggers when looking for bookish influencers to work with, I think we can all agree that the blogosphere doesn’t get as much visibility as it deserves. If you want to read more about the underappreciation of book bloggers, please read this post and this post, both written by the wonderful Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books.

All of this inspired me to write a post where I basically introduce book blogs to anyone who might not know about them. In this post, you’ll find common types of posts on the blogosphere, things that make the blogosphere different from other bookish platforms, book blogger recommendations, and more.

I really hope that at least one person who doesn’t read book blogs comes across this post and finds it helpful! I tried my best to make it as comprehensive and easy to understand as possible, but if you still have questions, you’re more than welcome to comment down below!!

Also, please stick until the end of the post for some announcements! :))

First off, what are book blogs and where you can you find them?

Well, they’re blogs where people talk about books!

WordPress

Most bloggers I know blog on sites powered by WordPress. Those who use the free plan’s site URLs end in [dot]wordpress[dot]com, and those who pay a monthly fee’s end in either [dot]home[dot]blog or [dot]com. Of course, there are other sites that power blogs, like Blogger, Squarespace, Wix, etc., but the book blogging community is very concentrated in WordPress. If your site isn’t here, I honestly recommend switching.

There are also bloggers who self-host. According to Google, “Self-hosting is a form of running your own website by setting up a server and network yourself.” From what I understand, bloggers who self-host have a lot more freedom when it comes to the layout, inner workings, and design of their site. (Kal @ Reader Voracious has a four-part guide about her experience switching from paid WordPress to self-hosted, if you’re interested in learning more!)

But, of course, since book blogs don’t get a lot of visibility, it’s rare that a book blogger’s only bookish platform is their book blog. Most are also on Twitter, Instagram, and/or Goodreads. When you visit a book blogger’s social media account, it’s usually very easy to find a link to their blog somewhere on their profile. Some people (like me) have it linked as their website; others have it in their link tree, their carrd, their pinned tweet, or at the end of their Goodreads reviews. And most bloggers regularly boost their blog posts on social media!

Why You Should Read Book Blogs

In no particular order:

  1. We scream about books and are just as passionate about them as you are!
  2. We put loads of time and effort into our content and growing our platforms. If you think book blogging is easy and not time-consuming, you’re absolutely wrong. It takes hours or even days to finish a single post, and don’t even get us started on how long it takes to format and design graphics. Most bloggers also comment on other bloggers’ posts regularly and reply to all the comments they get, which eats up even more time.
  3. The blogosphere is a calmer and friendlier place! From our culture of blog hopping to the fact that this is a mostly drama-free zone, book bloggers are the kindest people in the book community, hands down. Our relatively small audience makes things feel more serene and slow-paced, and also allows us to interaction more. Comments here are usually longer than one or two sentences (there are even bloggers who specialize in comments that are multiple paragraphs long). Even if your comment is three paragraphs long, I swear to you, the average book blogger will try their best to reply to every aspect of your comment.

I could list a dozen more reasons why I love book blogs, but instead, I’ll just direct you to this post written by the amazing Chana @ Paper Procrastinators, entitled “Why You Should Be Reading Book Blogs.” I agree with every single thing she said in it. 😌

Also, please watch this video by Belle @ Belle Can Reads, who’s both a blogger and a BookTuber! She listed a lot more reasons than me and Chana did, and also discussed different people on Twitter’s answers to the question, “Why do you like reading book blogs?”!

How can you support book blogs?

May @ Forever and Everly recently shared four reasons why she loves book blogs and seven ways to support them, and Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books wrote a post on why and how you should support book bloggers, so definitely check their posts out if you want to support us!

But, to summarize:

  • Just click on our blogs! Visit the homepage, or an individual post. Either counts as a view, which is recorded on our stats page. This helps SO much, since publishers usually ask us for our blog views. But actually reading and maybe commenting on the post instead of clicking away right after is encouraged! We put a lot of hard work into our blogs. The least you can do is read everything we have to say. πŸ₯Ί
  • Follow our blogs and social media accounts! All you need to be able to subscribe to a blog is an email address! But I do recommend making a WordPress account so that new posts can show up on your Reader (which is like a YouTube subscription box, but for WordPress), and you can like and comment on posts more easily!
  • Comment on our posts! You also don’t have to have an account for this—just your email address! Comments are one of the things we book bloggers value the most. You could say something as simple as “This post is amazing!” and it’d probably still make a book blogger’s day!
  • Share our posts and boost us on social media! Shares, retweets, links to our posts, a simple mention—these all go a long way.
  • Monetarily support us (if you can) through our ko-fis, Patreons, affiliate links, and/or wishlists!
  • If you’re a BookTuber, leave links to book blogs in your video descriptions! Since you guys have a wider audience, this brings a lot of views to our blogs!

What can you expect from book blogs?

Beautiful Blog Aesthetics

Just like how a good BookTuber has a nice set-up and good lighting, a good book blogger has a site that’s pleasing to the eye. Most bloggers can be associated with certain colors and/or objects.

For example, I think most people associate me with green, blue, and watercolor flowers, since all of these are components of my blog aesthetic. The Orangutan Librarian is best known for having graphics of orangutans and bananas on her blog. And Kat @ Novels and Waffles, the Queen of Blog Design, is famous for her stunning, breakfast food-themed blog.

Memorable Blogging Voices

A blogging voice is what makes a book blogger stand out. A book blogger could have the most horrendous blog aesthetic and talk about books I’m not at all interested in, but if they had a great blogging voice, I’d probably still read their posts.

I find it hard to explain what exactly a blogging voice is, but it’s basically what makes you go “Oh, this is [name]’s post I’m reading!”. Some people have snarky voices and intersperse their posts with gifs. Some come across as calm and introspective, making you eager to interact with them. No two blogging voices are the same, unless, of course, a blogger is plagiarizing. (Don’t do that, friends.)

Common Types of Posts on the Blogosphere

  • Book Reviews

If you want posts that are solely dedicated to reviewing a book, book blogs are the place to visit! Bloggers have so many different reviewing styles. Some like to do mini-reviews, others like to write detailed analyses of books, some list the “pros and cons” of a book, etc., etc.

I know some people find book reviews boring, but they’re so helpful if you can’t decide whether to read a book or not! And some bloggers are so good at writing book reviews that I read every one they post no matter which book they’re reviewing!

Some of my favorite book reviews:

Stephen @ Stephen Writes’ review of Where the Crawdads Sing.

Kat @ Novels and Waffles’ review of House of Salt and Sorrows.

Faith @ Pages Left Unread’s review of Felix Ever After.

  • Book Recommendations

I feel like book recommendations in written form are more accessible than ones in video form. Book bloggers are experts at explaining what a book is about and convincing you to read it! Not only that, but they’re so creative when it comes to the themes of their book recommendations, and most of the ones I follow recommend diverse books.

Some of my favorite book recommendations:

May @ Forever and Everly’s list of 50+ YA Books by queer people of color about queer people of color.

Vera @ Wordy and Whimsical’s list of books with excellent hate to love romances.

Margaret @ Weird Zeal’s if you like this book, try this book: LGBTQ+ edition.

  • Weekly Memes

According to the Internet, “a blog meme is a list of questions or an idea that is propagated via your blog. It could be a writing prompt that you decide to answer and share with others. In blog land, this means that you’ll start by creating a post on your own blog and then link up to a website that can host the meme.”

I honestly don’t participate in memes anymore, but many other bloggers do. πŸ˜…

Some of the most famous memes in the blogosphere include:

Top Ten Tuesday: Every Tuesday, bloggers share ten things that fit the topic of the week.

WWW Wednesday: Every Wednesday, bloggers share what they finished reading, what they’re currently reading, and what they plan to read next.

Let’s Talk Bookish: Every Friday, bloggers write a discussion based on the prompt of the week.

  • Discussions

Based on my observations, people on other platforms usually only create discussions if it pertains to drama. But here in the blogosphere, discussions are a common feature and a lot of the time, they have nothing to do with starting or responding to discourse. Because we value comments so much, we love writing discussions, the posts that push people to comment the most.

Some of my favorite discussions include:

Literally any of Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books’ discussions. (I already linked some above!)

Chana and Malka @ Paper Procrastinators’ discussion on book tags.

I’m gonna self-plug and mention my discussion where I reacted to book twitter’s unpopular opinions. A lot of people liked it okay. 😌

  • Monthly wrap-ups

Book bloggers’ monthly wrap-ups don’t focus solely on the books they read. In fact, I find that most bloggers don’t even say much about the books they read in their wrap-ups. Rather, they focus on sharing what happened in their personal life, talking about how the month went in terms of blogging, and linking their favorite posts from other bloggers.

Some bloggers who write amazing wrap-ups:

Tiffany @ Read by Tiffany

Ash @ Starlight Strands

Kay @ Hammock of Books

Book Blogger Recommendations

So, now that I’ve (hopefully) convinced you to give book blogs a shot, here are some book bloggers who I recommend giving a follow, besides the ones I already mentioned above and the ones I nominated for the 2020 Book Blogger Awards! They’ll give you a great first impression of the community, and I know I’m not the only one who looks forward to new posts from them the same way one would look forward to a new video from their favorite YouTuber!

Also, since this post is long enough, I won’t be giving detailed descriptions of why I love the book blogs below. You should just take my word for it that they’re amazing.

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Kate @ Your Tita Kate: will fight for you but also super kind πŸ₯Ί; amazing book reviews; promotes diverse books all the time

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Holly @ Nut Free Nerd: short but fun to read posts; mostly reads classics and literary fiction

word wonders

Fadwa @ Word Wonders: champion of promoting diverse books; really good book reviews; also runs an awesome BookTube channel

cuppa clo

Clo @ Cuppa Clo: kind and supportive; gives great blogging advice; so easy to talk to

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Rain @ Book Dragonism: one of the most memorable best blogging voices ever; expert at convincing you to read a book; reads lots of diverse books

Paper Fury

Cait @ Paper Fury: you probably know her from Twitter, Instagram, or the fact that she’s an author; entertaining blogging voice; reads and recommends books across all genres

Even though I already mentioned a bunch of people in this post, there are so many more book bloggers who are worth following. I encourage you to find new blogs to follow in people’s favorite posts section in their wrap-ups, the comment section on a blog post, and…*drumroll please*

The 2020 Book Blogger Awards hosted by May and Marie! The nominations round closed a few days ago and the bloggers who garnered the most nominations in each category have moved on to the voting round! Please take a look at the bloggers who moved on to the voting round and this spreadsheet of all 400+ of the bloggers who were nominated for the BBAs!! You’ll find so many great bloggers, I promise.

Now that you’ve reached the end of the post, the two announcements I asked you to stay for are:

  1. I went back to school. *cries* I just want to give ya’ll a heads-up in case I suddenly disappear. Which, I have. Sorry about that! I dedicated the last week of my summer break to writing!
  2. I’m in the voting round of the 2020 Book Blogger Awards!!! If you enjoyed this post or found it helpful, the best way you can thank me is to support book bloggers. And, you can also vote for me in the categories of Best Teen Blogger and Best Discussions HERE. #shamelessselfpromo

Why do you like reading book blogs? Do you agree that book blogs deserve more appreciation? And if you’re reading this because you want to start supporting book bloggers, was this post helpful? (Please say yes.)

122 thoughts on “A Guide to Stanning Book Blogs // What Are Book Blogs, How & Why You Should Support Book Bloggers, & More

  1. I love this! Such a great article that made some good points and gave me some new awesome accounts to follow. There are so many great ways that we can support each other. Blogging is no fun in a bubble! Interacting with other bloggers is one of the best parts of blogging for me. it is so fun to chat with other people who are just as passionate about books and reading. I don’t think you can find this specific kind of interaction anywhere else. book blogs are wonderful and necessary, there are so many out there I just love ❀
    This is a great post, and definitely way to take a moment to appreciate this wonderful community!
    and speaking of following book blogs, your blog is so thoughtful and amazing – i love it!! 😍❀

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    1. i’m so glad you found new accounts to follow ❀ i couldn't agree more! i feel like one of the key components of book blogging is interacting, and if you don't regularly talk to other bloggers, you're honestly missing out!
      ahh, thank you so much for your kind words πŸ˜­πŸ’—

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  2. “(there are even bloggers who specialize in comments that are multiple paragraphs long).” Oh hello I am one of those bloggers xD I do love leaving long comments for people ❀

    Eeeek I have been waiting for this post to come out and you introduced blogs so well! A big part why I love book blogs more than erm literally any other platform is writing is like the priority. The written content is a blogs filling, sure graphics and photos are important but we communicate our ideas, thoughts and opinions with written words. As someone who's always loved words I've always enjoyed consuming written content over video content. I also enjoy reading posts not gonna lie, I prefer reading posts to watching videos because I can read more posts in the same time it would take me to watch one video.

    Book blogs definitely deserve more appreciation and publishers need to wake up and start appreciating book blogs. Not just book blogs from the US/UK either cause I feel like UK publishers are somewhat aware/appreciate blogs but alas it kind of misses the point for me. As I don't focus on reviewing books on my blog 😦

    Thank you so much for recommending my blog Caitlin *sobs* ily and sending you all the good vibes for returning to school and I will of course be voting for you in the awards ❀ congrats btw for getting to the voting rounds, I'm so proud of you!

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    1. I LOVE YOUR LONG COMMENTS SO MUCH!! ❀ ❀

      yes, i completely agree!! putting videos on 2x helps, but even so, some videos are just long, and sometimes i just don’t have the patience. blog posts take like, 5 minutes to read, and you can just skim the headings and read the highlighted bits if you’re really in a rush (even though i like reading every part of a blog post for some reason πŸ˜…). and yes, i totally get why you prefer written content over everything else—we’re readers after all!

      samee, it’s been a while since i did a proper book review :”) but it’s great that in the UK publishers appreciate book blogs enough! that must be nice! i hope the same can be said for publishers in the US 😭 (we international bloggers will just have to eat dust as always *sigh*)

      I LOVE YOU!! of course, you 100% deserve the recognition and appreciation πŸ₯ΊπŸ’– i really hope you win! ❀

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  3. Caitlin!!!! This post!!!! is amazing!!!! Brb gonna go make everyone in the world read this.
    Seriously, this is such an important post and I hope everyone in the book community sees this and understands how awesome bloggers are. We do put so much work into what we do and that should be appreciated! And I agree, I love the slower pace and relatively drama-less atmosphere of book blogging πŸ˜„
    Lol I hadn’t even considered the fact that on other platforms discussions are usually only about drama, but it’s so true?? Yet another reason to appreciate bloggers.
    Thank you SO much for sharing my post here ❀️ And thank you for writing such a wonderful post!!

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    1. thank you so much margaret πŸ˜­πŸ’• i’m so glad you liked the post, and i really hope it helps book bloggers get more recognition!! i think the slow pace and lack of drama are two of the things that distinguish the blogosphere from other bookish platforms the most ❀
      yes, i've noticed it since before, and it's reason #483 why i love book blogs πŸ₯Ί
      of course, it is a wonderful post and you have a wonderful blog! ❀

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  4. Wow, Caitlin! This is honestly such an incredible post and it demonstrates why you write some of the best discussions.
    I completely agree, book bloggers are wonderful for so many reasons and they deserve all the appreciation. I love almost every aspect of them and the variety of posts, aesthetics, and blogging voices is also great.
    Thank you so much for mentioning my post!

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    1. ahh, stephen 😭😭❀ thank you so much!!
      i’m so glad you agree! i really hope we get to that point where book bloggers get as much visibility as booktubers and bookstagrammers, because we deserve it. and of course! it was an amazing one!

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  5. Wow you’re so awesome for writing such a helpful guide post like this! And yes, I love Marie’s discussion posts too! They’re all so good and well-written. Book bloggers really deserve more appreciation. They’re wonderful and honestly, it’s such a big community. You can find lots of book blogs that focus on lots of things. It might take times and a little bit more digging but you will eventually find what you’re looking for if you’re persistent.

    Congrats on getting nominated in the Book Blogger Awards!! And good luck with your school too, Caitlin! You can do this πŸ’–

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    1. it was the least i could do for the community! ❀ (yess, marie is the best πŸ₯ΊπŸ’•) i couldn't agree more! i've been in the book community for years & i only realized last year that the blogosphere is a growing & thriving bookish platform, same as booktube and bookstagram! there are so many different bloggers who read different books & blog in different ways, it's a shame that so many people sleep on them :"(

      thank you so much!! i really need that luck, haha πŸ˜…

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  6. I agree with everything you said! When I first joined the book blogging community I was terrified that people were going to judge me or say that my writing was terrible. However, what I actually found was a wonderful, kind and welcoming community! I am so grateful to be part of this incredible community. Also yes, I love the fact that this is a mostly drama-free zone and that bloggers take the time to read, like and comment other blogger’s posts! Thank you so much for this! It was a fantastic post, as per usual. You’ve explained everything so well and I am definitely going to check the posts and bloggers you’ve mentioned!

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    1. ahh, you really shouldn’t have been! book bloggers are seriously so kind and this community never fails to make me feel welcomed πŸ₯Ί that’s one of my favorite things about the blogosphere too! i love how there’s pretty much no drama here and we value interaction so much ❀
      ahh, i'm so glad you're gonna check out the bloggers i mentioned and that you liked the post! thank you so much ❀

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  7. An ICONIC post, Caitlin. Also, I hadn’t actually seen that video and just watched it and literally wtf. She goes on and on about how booktok is mistreated yet shits on all of us?? I- MAKE IT MAKE SENSE

    This post was so amazing though, really. I think you did an amazing job at describing why bloggers are so important and what they’re best at. LOVED everything you talked about

    (also good luck with school, you’re going to do amazing!! And for the awards! So well deserved)

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    1. thank you, ruby!! i know people like her are the reason i’ve lost most of my faith for white people πŸ˜” & we didn’t even do anything to her LMAO. i’m so glad that you think that!! that was the goal i had in mind while writing this post πŸ₯Ί

      no, i don’t think i am 😭 but thank you so much!! ❀ ❀

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  8. CAITLIN!! oh my god this post, how can i get everyone i know to read it?!!! i hadn’t seen that video before lmao but i just watched it and i… have no words. it’s frustrating to see how the blogosphere is constantly pushed aside, so thank you endlessly for creating this post!! i completely agree with so many of your points – book blogging is such a huge commitment and the time bloggers put into their posts really shows! also i love that there is no drama at all in this community – everyone is so so kind and welcoming 😭😭

    anyways, you put so much effort into this post and i will be sharing it with everyone i know!! thank you so much for writing this πŸ₯°πŸ₯° (and thank you for the shoutout ahh, i’m so happy you like my monthly wrap-ups!! πŸ₯ΊπŸ’–)

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    1. ahh, ash 😭😭 i’m so glad you liked it!! yes, omg, we are so hardworking and kind!! we need more recognition! and i know :(( i think there are the occasional bad eggs, but tbh they all happen on twitter, because it’s hard to have drama in the blogosphere LMAO

      you’re so kind πŸ₯Ί and of course!! all of your posts are just amazing in general πŸ˜­πŸ’•

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  9. I totally agree that book blogs deserve ALL the love. I follow some, and they’re literally the sweetest people 😊 I love how little drama everyone gets into (from what I’ve seen so far). Everyone is too busy reading to get into drama, which is how it should be. And their discussion posts are all amazing, as well! I’ve found so many new books to read from book blogs.

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  10. I totally agree that book bloggers need more recognition! Because of sooo many book blogs, I’ve started reading more and discovered some amazing books. Thanks for sharing an insightful blog post! πŸ™‚

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  11. This is such a lovely post Caitlin… Blogging is definitely the one platform where I feel like interacting with someone even you don’t know is easier, and it’s so much fun discovering new bloggers who have similar tastes. And now that I’ve made several friends here, I can’t imagine my life with blogs and bloggers…
    Thanks for all the appreciation and for being such a gem in the community 😍😍

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  12. This is such an amazing post. I’ve had this blog for 3 years now, I’m not the most consistent person especially because at the beginning I was finishing my university but now that I’ve graduated, I’m getting more into the whole blogging mindset. I have noticed that BookTube is more recognized by editors and book publishers but I find blogging more fun! I hope book blogging starts to get more recognition (also, that video of the girl calling this stupid, I wish I could throw a book to her face -.- sorry not sorry).

    Quick question since I’m still getting the hang of this, I only use Reader to check posts from the people I follow, if I click on the post does it count as a view for the post/blogger even if I don’t go to the blogger’s website?

    Thank you for writing such lovely post, I will make sure to check out the people you mentioned above! πŸ™‚

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    1. thank you! ah, don’t worry about that at all–we all get busy sometimes! i’m glad you’re starting to blog more ❀ and same, i'm way more content with a book blog, & i wouldn't change a thing except for the fact that people always sleep on us 😭 (lmao i hate white people like her)

      ahh, no it doesn't! i highly suggest visiting the blogger's website—it not only gives them a view, but allows you to see their formatting clearly!

      i'm so glad you're gonna check them out! and that you liked the post ❀ ❀

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      1. Thank you for answering my question, I will make sure to visit the bloggers and support them πŸ™‚ also, I hope that in the near future bloggers can be taken seriously, we put the same amount of efforts in our post as any other book lover does with their Instagram/twitter/youtube post/videos.

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  13. Ahh, I love this post so much, Caitlin!! And thank you so much for mentioning me. πŸ₯Ί Recommendation posts are my favorites to write, so it’s nice to hear that you enjoy them. πŸ₯° I love reading book blogs for many of the reasons you mentioned. I know many people prefer booktube, which is fair, but I much prefer reading blogs. Like you said, blogs are really pretty to look at, and also, they tend to have very creative content. Also, yes! The blogosphere is super-friendly and supportive – I love it when bloggers leave long and/or meaningful comments on my posts πŸ₯Ί, and I love commenting on others’ posts, as well.

    It’s such a pity school has started for you. :/ I hope this year won’t be too stressful. πŸ’œ Also!! Congrats on making it to the voting round in TWO categories!! You certainly deserve it, and I’m rooting for you! πŸ’œπŸ’œ

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    1. of course! your recommendations have such creative themes & you read so widely 😍 booktube was my introduction to the book community & i still love it. but i think the blogosphere is an amazing platform in different ways! i love the fact that we prize interaction so much too! it always warms my heart when someone takes the time to leave a meaningful comment on one of my posts, & i love that when i leave a comment on another blogger’s post, they’ll probably reply to me πŸ₯Ί

      ahh, i hope so too! so far, it isn’t that stressful because everything’s online & classes end at 12 πŸ˜‚ THANK YOU!! πŸ˜­πŸ’–πŸ’–

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  14. OMG, Discussions’ queen strikes again!!! πŸ‘πŸ»βœ¨βœ¨ LOVE THIS SO MUCH, honey, this type of content is as informative and necessary within the community and I love how you have taken the time to touch each point in a sensitive and considerate way. πŸ₯Ί I adore your blog, your work and I adore you.❀️ Have the most beautiful day and thanks for this amazing post πŸ₯°

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  15. CAITLIN SERVING US WITH THE AMAZING DISCUSSION POSTS πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

    I agree so so much with everything that you said! Book blogs are such a great way to find new bookish content, and I love reading the posts. I think another reason why it’s important for people in the book community to read blogs is because it’s inherently a more diverse platform. There are so many more international voices in the blogging community because there are fewer barriers to entry, and by reading these blogs, you get more access to #ownvoices reviewers too. (I’m thinking of doing a whole video on this bc I have THOUGHTS)

    BUT ANYWAY….AMAZING discussion Caitlin!! Blogs are truly underrated and deserve so much more appreciation ❀️

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    1. AH, YOU’RE THE BEST! πŸ˜­πŸ’•

      if you ever do a video on it, i’ll definitely watch and boost it! (btw, your booktube channel is amazing πŸ₯Ί) and ahhh, i never realized that, but it’s so true! thank you for bring it up! joining the book blogging community actually helped me come to terms with my internalized shame over being asian because this platform is dominated by people of color πŸ₯Ί

      thank you so much! i’m so glad you liked the post, tiffany <33

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  16. Caitlin, this post was fantastic! (And not just because you mentioned our blog twice! Thank you! πŸ’•) I honestly didn’t read book blogs for the longest time because I had no idea where to start, and I found it difficult to find blogs I was interested in. Of course now that I have a blog, that’s no longer the case, but I still can see so many people who were in Young Malka’s shoes who will love this post!

    Because not only did you break down everything related to book blogging in the clearest, most succinct fashion possible, you also provided so many links to posts that went more in depth on a topic, or included links to posts that are an example of what you were discussing. I think that this should be The Official Guide on Book Blogging for Newbies! I’ve been blogging for two years now, and I still gained so much from this post! There are so many reasons to love book blogs, and I’m so glad that you wrote this post to share all those reasons, and to promote book blogging to anyone who will listen!

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    1. thank you so much!! (you and chana deserve all the mentions!) same! i discovered the book community many years ago, but i never even thought about reading book blogs because i thought only a few people had blogs and all they posted were reviews lmao. it wasn’t until i started following chaima on goodreads and fell in love with her blog posts that i realized how fun reading book blogs is and decided to start my own!

      Malka 😭😭 i can’t tell you how happy this comment makes me! i’m so glad that you liked the post & found it helpful. i really hope this post helps more people support us πŸ₯Ί

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  17. YES CAITLIN!

    Book bloggers honestly do so much work and it’s really a shame that we’re so under appreciated. Especially considering the book community seems to like reading… but not reading blogs apparently only watching lol. (just saying… I usually prefer reading books to watching movies, and I also prefer reading blogs to watching booktube…) Thanks so much for shouting me out, along with so many other bloggers I absolutely love love love on this post!

    Blogging honestly feels so nice and supportive and friendly! I definitely prefer book blogging versus spending time on book twitter, where I feel like there’s a 50/50 chance I’ll come away from it feeling irritated or mad, and someone is always shouting about something lol. Some things are for good reason obviously! but sometimes I’m just like… you all need to calm down. especially given when there’s a problematic or controversial discussion on blogs usually bloggers seem to write nuanced respectful posts and discussions, and twitter is sometimes just like… angry shouting into the void lol. idk, that’s just what it feels like to me, blogs are really what I love most!

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    1. i’m so glad you like the post, and of course! you and your blog are amazing πŸ˜­πŸ’• ugh, that’s so true! you’d think that for a community of readers more people would read blogs 😭

      you’re absolutely right!! being on the blogosphere is so calming and welcoming compared to other platforms. book twitter is the place where nuance goes to die honestly, and i absolutely ADORE how there’s so much space for discussion on book blogs, in the posts themselves and the comment section! also pretty much no one is mad, it’s amazing 😌

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  18. I LOVED EVERY ASPECT OF THIS POST!!!!! I really really hope someone who doesn’t read book blogs finds this because you hit the nail on the head on EVERYTHING about being a book blogger! Also thank you for mentioning my blog πŸ₯Ί I love you and congrats on being nominated for the Book Blogger Awards!

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  19. I’m getting teary eyed because book bloggers definitely deserve more and im so thankful that you thought to include me in this post 😭😭😭

    The book blogging community really opened a lot of doors for me. I also met a lot of friends (like you!!!) and I won’t trade that experience for anything else. Thank you so much for this post πŸ’–

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  20. Oh I love this post so much! Starting my own book blog is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made (although I don’t consider myself a full *book* blogger anymore). This community is like the most chill and friendliest one I’ve been in. I never thought I’d be blogging for over 3 years when I first started it in addition to my bookstagram. But while I’ve got so tired of bookstagramming, I always feel welcome in this community. Thank you for writing this amazing post!!!

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  21. Omg, this is the best post ever!! I love how you introduced book blogs and the blogging community full of so many amazing recommendations and posts you liked πŸ₯°β€πŸ’– It’s the perfect post to get a great intro into book blogging! We definitely need more blogger love so this post was full of appreciation 😊 I also wish more Booktubers would include book blogs in their descriptions, as it would be so lovely for us to support each other, especially with Booktubers usually having a bigger platform!

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    1. ahh, caro, i’m so glad you liked it and thought i did a good job of introducing the community πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ’• ahh, it sucks that the only booktubers who support book blogs are book bloggers themselves. lots of book bloggers watch & support booktube yet most booktubers don’t even know what book blogs are lmao

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  22. This is such a great post! It would be nice if book blogs got the attention they deserve. I am constantly amazed by all the content you guys create since you all obviously put a lot of work into making them as entertaining as they can be (and you do such a good job at it).
    Sometimes it takes time to catch up on posts but I love it here.
    I agree with one of the previous comments – it would be nice if booktubers would dedicate a bit more time to book bloggers. We are all pretty much the same bookish loving community.

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    1. thank you so much! i’m so glad you agree 😭😭 we really need more appreciation & the myth that reading book blogs is boring is completely wrong. same, i always fall behind on blog hopping, but it’s so nice to catch up on reading posts & show my support!
      haha, unfortunately the only booktubers who support book bloggers that i know of are book bloggers themselves. it really would be nice, since i know many book bloggers supported booktube when it was still a new thing πŸ₯Ί

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  23. Book bloggers never get enough love. We are an underappreciated bunch but I figure we’ve been around long enough that we can shrug off some white girl on Booktok slating us. She been talking about books for how long? She’ll be jaded and have someone on some new platform slating her soon enough. I love that you’ve highlighted some blogs I already follow and loved but there are some new ones here for me s I’m off to do some reading and show some support.

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    1. i’m so glad that you’re gonna check out the ones you don’t know! they definitely deserve the support πŸ’– haha, so true. i really hate white people like her, and i don’t even know what we did to her 😭😭

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  24. Caitlin this post is INCREDIBLE! I love how you covered basically everything about book blogs and you boosted so many of my favorites (thanks for the plug, by the way!). I’ll admit that due to my social media hiatus, I don’t know what precise discourse caused this post to come into existence, but I am glad that it’s here. Book blogging is such a time consuming endeavor and is honestly so undervalued.

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    1. thank you so much, kal!! i’m so glad you liked the post, and of course i had to—you and your blog are wonderful πŸ₯Ί honestly, it doesn’t really matter, just book twitter being book twitter (or booktok being booktok i guess). i mainly wrote this because we’ve been underappreciated for so long πŸ˜‚

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  25. I absolutely love this post, and I cannot believe that certain people would put down different platforms that people use to talk about books. I’ve had a bookstagram for two years this December, and I can see the appeal because I grew wayyyyyy faster, but I like blogging because it’s a very nice community with productive discourse. Social media doesn’t help my mental health very much (I just deleted Discord and Twitter because my mental health dropped yesterday.), and I am starting to like blogging more.

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    1. i’m so glad!! ugh, it’s so much easier to grow on social media, but i love how slow-paced and relatively drama-free the blogosphere is. there’s so much more space for meaningful discussion! & i totally get that. do what’s best for your mental health πŸ’–

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  26. This is an amazing post about book blogs! I didn’t know about some of these things, so thank you for providing in depth explanations!! I think book blogs are really incredible, because bloggers can share their favorites among a supportive and friendly community. And congrats on getting into the voting round!

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  27. I just wanted to say that I loved this post a lot, especially as a new blogger! You’re definitely right about people in the blogosphere being friendly and calm πŸ’– And everybody does have such nice, aesthetically pleasing blogs β€” they’re gorgeous, and so many people write such entertaining posts! This post was definitely helpful and I’m definitely going to keep this in mind as I move forward. So insightful! πŸ’“

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    1. welcome to the blogosphere! i hope you enjoy your time and stay for a long while. i’m so glad you found this post helpful πŸ₯Ί i couldn’t agree more! even though i’m biased, you made the right choice starting a book blog 😌

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  28. I don’t know how to explain how much I love this post, but it is SO GOOD!! πŸ₯ΊπŸ’•πŸ’• I love how you were able to explain so many parts of the book blogging community! There are so many different types of book blogs, but there’s content out there for everyone to enjoy!

    I wish more people would read book blogs, because we put so much hard work an effort into our posts! And there are so many different styles of blog writing, I’m sure there’s a blogger out there for everyone’s unique taste! And sometimes it’s nice to take a break from (or not be on) book twt, and just relax while reading some quality blog posts. 😌

    I agree with everything here!! This post is just so detailed about everything, I think it’s perfect for anyone who is thinking about reading more blogs! Amazing post, Caitlin!! πŸ₯°β€οΈ

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    1. xandra!! 😭😭 thank you so much, i’m so glad you liked the post and think i did a good job of introducing the book blogging community! ❀

      the blogosphere is so relaxing compared to book twt, and there's so much space for nuanced discussion. exactly! there are so many different blogging voices out there and many bloggers have different reading tastes—there's a blog for everyone πŸ₯Ί

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  29. β€œBased on my observations, people on other platforms usually only create discussions if it pertains to drama. But here in the blogosphere, discussions are a common feature and a lot of the time, they have nothing to do with starting or responding to discourse.” YES.

    I love this post so much, Caitlin!! I feel like a broken record every time I leave a comment on your posts πŸ˜…, but I really hope the words don’t lose their meaning haha. I could see how much work you put into making this so comprehensive and real! (The line suggesting people to switch their blogs to WordPress made me cackle a bit πŸ˜‚.) I really love how you incorporated other bloggers’ posts throughout the whole guide AND THANK YOU SO MUCH to linking my video πŸ₯ΊπŸ’›. And there’s really no replacement for book blogs and its community. I feel like blogs are the perfect companion to books and reading because of how slow-paced these forms of media are, if that makes sense lol?

    Good luck on your new school year, and take as much time off whenever you need! AND congrats on being nominated for the Blogger Awards – you and your blog are iconic and I’m glad everyone agrees πŸ˜„πŸ’—.

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    1. ahh, there’s such productive discourse on book blogs!!

      belle 😭😭 you definitely don’t sound like one, thank you so, so much ❀ i'm so glad you think i did a good job of introducing book blogs! (haha, it's true though…)

      of course! your video is amazing, and i love how you incorporated different people's answers! and that definitely makes sense! it's so saddening that book blogs are so slept on in a community of readers lmao

      ahh, you're the best πŸ₯ΊπŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ’•

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  30. This is such a great post!
    I’ve always found blogs so much more personal and accessible especially in terms of recommendations, as you said! I started mine two years ago, but only properly picked it up like two months ago and I hope I can do half as well as so many wonderful bloggers you’ve mentioned (and more).
    I’m in such awe of people who have pretty aesthetics ugh it always looks so pretty.
    Don’t get me wrong I do enjoy being on booktube too, but I hate how publishers choose one over the other?
    So yes, book bloggers are the sweetest people I’ve met on here

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    1. thank you!! it’s hard not to compare yourself to other bloggers when you’re starting out, but you’ll eventually find your blogging voice as long as you be yourself. in regards to aesthetic, if you don’t think your blog looks great, follow your gut and rebrand! you can always come to me if you need advice πŸ₯Ί
      publishing is a business, so of course they’re gonna choose the people with a larger audience 😭 i wish more people would appreciate book blogs, so publishers would notice us more.
      i completely agree, bloggers are the kindest people in the community, hands down!

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  31. I love this guide! Not only was it helpful, I liked finding other blogs to check out! I’ve been wanting to get more involved with the blogosphere community and will definitely be using this guide as a branching-out point.

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  32. AH CAITLIN this is the best post on book blogs, thank you so, so much for writing it, I am all teary right now from the book blogging love I’m feeling in this post πŸ₯Ί
    I love how you mention how we’re a much calmer place overall and how lovely the community is, too. I’m not as specialized in endless comments as other bloggers, it really depends on the day I’m in ahah, but I honestly love love love seeing the conversations we can build up on blogs this way, too. It’s amazing!
    AND YES! You can find SO many recommendations on book blogs, so many beautiful aesthetics and just, book blogs are places I feel so peaceful scrolling on, for some reason? I just love it. And yes to the blogging voice. I love how you’re into a different universe, with different, but passionnate people all the same, when you’re reading blogs.
    You know I always think we book bloggers deserve more appreciation and to be lifted up a little more than we are right now compared to other bookish influencers. I mean. We’re influencers, too (!!!!!!!!!!! scream. this is me screaming. anyway). THANK you, for sharing my posts in this incredible post, I’m emotional πŸ₯Ί πŸ₯Ί πŸ₯Ί πŸ₯Ί I love this post so, so much, thank you for writing it!!

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    1. MARIE!! πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’• I’m so, so honored that you liked the post, especially since you’re like, the queen of book blogs! i’m so happy that you felt the book blogging love, because spreading the book blogging love is one of my biggest goals in life ❀ we 100% are and can be influencers too, and GOSH. there's just so much to love about book blogs, and i hate how slept on we are ://

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      1. I’m far from being the queen ahh ily 😭😭😭 and yes yes that’s just the best goal honestly, it is mine too, we book blogs deserve so, so much love. ❀

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  33. Aww, this is such a sweet and amazing post that made me so happy! I really do hope that this helps someone who is unsure. And hahaha, some of us do indeed specialize in essay comments πŸ˜‚ This time, I shall try not to.
    This is so comprehensive, you did an amazing job at covering all the bases!! And it’s so eloquent and perfectly worded as always. I love you and your discussions so much. Thank you for mentioning LTB!! I was not expecting that, and I’m so touched that you consider it one of the more famous memes πŸ₯Ί And yes, you have every right to mention yourself under the Discussions section lol. That section wouldn’t be right without you in there ❀ I can’t wait to check out some of these posts and blogs that I’ve missed!!

    Haha, I’ve also gone back to school. Hopefully, it hasn’t been too bad ❀ And I’m so glad that you were able to do some writing your last week of summer break!! I hope it’s coming along well!! Also, you absolutely deserve to be in the running for two categories because you are amazing and perfect like that πŸ₯Ίβ€βœ¨ I really hope you win!!

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    1. RUKKY! ahh, you’re the best πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯ΊπŸ’– i’m so, so glad that you enjoyed the post and think i did a good job!! and your long comments are the BEST, what do you mean? haha, LTB is one of my favorite memes ever, and i love how it allows for a lot of creativity (something that i think a lot of memes don’t do, hehe) ❀

      ahh, you're gonna make me cry 😭 love you so much and i hope you win too! i'm not making much writing progress, but it's fine. we're fine. i'll try to work something out :")) school has just sucked out a lot of my energy and time! i hope school hasn't been too bad for you <33

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  34. this post is amazing!! i’m very new to the book blog community so i keep coming back to this from twitter to find more blogs and it’s been super helpful. thank you so much for writing it!!

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  35. absolutely yes to this πŸ₯ΊπŸ™ŒπŸ» I don’t feel like a good blogger anymore (back in like 2016-18 I put in like at least 3+ hours PER DAY in blogging and it was wild and intense and wonderful!! I wish I had that energy again 😭) but just bloggers are so dedicated and thoughtful, and posts and reviews aren’t easy to write. There’s so much energy and creativity that goes into blogs?! And we run purely on passion and love for books, so that’s always so impressive. All the love to book bloggers!! πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›

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    1. ah, cait!! you’re such a great blogger though πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯ΊπŸ’– don’t feel guilty about being less present, i can’t imagine how busy you must be! i totally agree! another reason why i love book bloggers is that most of us never get paid for what we do, but we do it out of love anyway 😭

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  36. Wow! I just started blogging, and I can tell that book bloggers are SO Underrated! It’s really sad too. This post is AMAZING! Thank you so much for this! It has a lot of helpful links that I am very excited about. Like I said, I just started blogging, so I don’t exactly know how everything works, but this was super helpful! I also was trying to find a good blogging platform, and this was a great help. I use Blogger right now, just because I’m new, and because it’s free. I don’t have the money to be paying monthly for anything.
    Anyhoo, thank you for this post!
    I look forward to reading more from you!

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    1. thank you so much! i’m so glad that i could help, and welcome to the book blogging community ❀ you can always come to me if you have questions ❀ also, wordpress also has a free plan! i really recommending transferring your blog here πŸ₯Ί

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