Blogging isn’t easy. It’s a full time job, commitment and hobby, fueled by passion. In this case, and in this community, that passion includes two common things: reading and writing. But you can’t simply read and write and expect success. Book blogging isn’t about slapping together a review of a book, hoarding ARCs, or criticizing authors. It’s about so much more.
Book bloggers are responsible for creating enticing content on a fairly regular basis to attract and keep readers. With the exception of memes and reviews, this can pose a challenge. You want to be original, but not boring. You want to post what people want to read. But there’s no guarantee. You could spend hours thinking of, and writing, a post, only to have it receive very little (or no) feedback.
Book bloggers are also responsible for establishing a known presence in the book blogging community. We create Facebook accounts and pages, Twitter accounts, Tumblr accounts and Pinterest accounts to reach out to other bloggers. Essentially, we manage a main blog and its mini counterparts. But, let’s be real here. Tweeting and Tumblr-ing and Pinterest-ing and Facebook-ing all day is a job in itself.
And before we can Tweet and Tumblr and Facebook and Pinterest, we have to create a name and look for ourselves. We start out small, without our own domains, and adorned with premade, inefficient layouts. Then we come to a point later down the road when we realize we want to be serious and, well, pretty. So we slave over ratings graphics, media graphics, meme graphics, headers, layouts, and blog icons. And if you’re incompetent at making graphics or layouts (like I am), then you pay for beauty. We take every little thing into account, and wrap it all up in a neat little bow. Each blog is like a little, special gift.
So how the heck do we have time to read? Most of us don’t. We sneak in reading time at work, lunch breaks, in between classes, and waiting for appointments. We’ll even set aside chunks of time for reading, especially through, and with the help of, read-a-thons. Then to show our appreciation for a book or author we’ll head to launch parties, conventions and signings. We then pass along those good feelings and books to others with giveaways, reviews, author interviews and blog tours, to name a few.
Ultimately, as book bloggers, we create, share and give to our community. We take a hobby and passion and turn it into something so much more, something so great that promotes a love for reading and writing.
We are awesome, hard workers. So even though our community’s taken a few hits and been dragged through the dirt, just remember how great you are and what your contribution means. In light of some recent disappointing events and shockers within our community in the past few months, I thought it was important to take the time to say thank you to all my fellow bloggers. Don’t stop being amazing! Your hard work is worth it!
Everybody needs a little pick-me-up now and again. And even if you don’t, it’s always nice to feel appreciated. A comment means a lot to a blogger (as I’m sure most of you all know); it means you took the time to read and react to their hard work. So, I ask you: Have you commented on a blog today? If you haven’t, I encourage you to do so. It just may make someone’s day.
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