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!
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:
- We scream about books and are just as passionate about them as you are!
- 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.
- 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. 🥺
- 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:
- 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:
- 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. 😅
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.
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!)
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:
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.
Kate @ Your Tita Kate: will fight for you but also super kind 🥺; amazing book reviews; promotes diverse books all the time
Holly @ Nut Free Nerd: short but fun to read posts; mostly reads classics and literary fiction
Clo @ Cuppa Clo: kind and supportive; gives great blogging advice; so easy to talk to
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
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:
- 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!
- 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