Dear bloggers,

May
22

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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.

*Special thank yous to Nafiza, Amanda, Liz, Cialina, Sarah, Kelly, Jess, and Jamie. You guys rock and continually remind me why I love being a book blogger.

Happy Tuesday!



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47 Responses to “Dear bloggers,”

  1. Mirely says:

    Very nice. Thank you for being pretty awesome!

    M

  2. Nafiza says:

    Dude, *claps* that was well said and well timed. Though, to be quite truthful, I prioritize reading before all the blogging details. But I totally understand what you mean by how blogging itself can become a demanding job. And also? You rock too. Thank *you*

    • Alissa says:

      I know quite a few bloggers that prioritize reading before blogging, but I didn’t want to go off on a long tangent, haha.

      And thanks, Nafiza. :]

  3. YOU rock.

    And thanks for this. I’ve already told you that I’m in a down swing with blogging, and this kind of gives me motivation to just keep going. To push through and find balance.

    *hugs*

  4. Rachel says:

    I’m not a book blogger, but I do blog and it definitely takes a huge time commitment, so I definitely respect all you book bloggers out there who find the time to read constantly in order to post reviews often enough. I couldn’t do it!

    • Alissa says:

      I blogged regularly before focusing on book blogging, so I definitely understand. I think all forms of blogging require ample amounts of time and energy.

      Thanks for stopping by, Rachel! :)

  5. Cialina says:

    Thank YOU, Alissa. <3

    I definitely have felt the demands on blogging lately, especially in the second half of the semester. I'm just slowly trying to get back on my blogging feet. It amazes me how much I had been able to accomplish before. :O

    • Alissa says:

      That’s how it was for me, too. The second semester really killed all my attempts to blog. I’m only just now getting back into the swing of things.

      Hope to see you blogging more soon! :) <3

  6. Jamie says:

    Aww thank you! <3 I'm having a shittastic day and this made me smile <33

  7. Awww. Thank you, Alissa! This was a very awesome post! As a Tumblr addict, I can attest to how that can suck up HOURS of my time!

    I appreciate both you and your grammar! And don’t you forget it!

    • Alissa says:

      I know that feeling, although I’m a Pinterest addict, haha. Hours and hours sucked away!

      Thanks, Kelly. :)

  8. Oh, Alissa. This post is wonderful. It makes me feel like I’m not alone. It reminds me of the good side of this wonderful community. Thank you. :)

  9. Well said! :) thanks for the great post.

  10. Liz. R says:

    Aw, I love this post :). It’s true that blogging takes a lot of effort and that can take a lot out of you sometimes! I want to thank you for being so awesome and for posting something that made me smile :). You rock too! :P

  11. Anne says:

    I really needed to hear this today. I don’t know why but soon as Bout of Books was over I stopped having as much will to blog. I had all these crazy fun ideas of things to do on the blog during, and I kept telling myself “wait until next week, THEN you can do that” and now? Not so much. So thank YOU for reminding me that I’m not alone in this, and that there’s lots of reasons to keep doing this.

  12. We Heart YA says:

    This is so great! Thank you for spreading such positivity. Please know that we’re sending it right back at ya. ;)

  13. Cindy says:

    This is an amazing post. Thank you for writing this. It made my good day even better by knowing that you feel the same way I do about blogging and bloggers.

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  14. Oh my gosh! This is an incredible post! With all the drama in the past few weeks, I’ve been somewhat down on the blogging community. I hate it when people act like high schoolers – although let’s face it – life is eternal high school drama.

    Blogging is such a time consuming but fun activity. Not many people understand the work that goes into it. Bloggers who don’t get it, don’t stay in for long. But us long-timers have figured out that the sacrifices are well worth it.

    And despite the drama, I love the community. It’s so nice having “friends” who share my interests.

    Thanks for expressing my own opinion so well!

    • Alissa says:

      Yes, unfortunately the high school drama just never goes away. But some of us can rise above it. And the friends are well worth it. :)

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  17. I LOVE this because it’s super true. Book blogging feels like a full time job, but to me, mostly every minute is worth it. I love the returns I get on my time and effort!

    Thank you for writing this rockin’ post!

  18. Awww…this is such a great post and SO true about the book blogging community! Hugs all around! I’m drowning in the warm fuzzies right now…lol.

  19. Isalys says:

    You could not have posted this at a better time because it’s exactly what I’ve been struggling with lately! Blogging is like a job, one that I am happy to do but it’s so easy to get discouraged. Lately, I’ve felt like I don’t have much to contribute to the community but there is something so gratifying in knowing that I’m not alone. Not because I want you guys to feel down in the dumps too but because it helps to know that what I’m feeling is normal!

    Thank you for your words! I’ll keep them as a reminder that I don’t need to strive for perfection and that it’s okay to only give as much as I can.

    ?Isalys / Book Soulmate

    • Alissa says:

      I’ve felt the same way. I think discouraged is a good word for it. Hopefully we all bounce back soon. :)

  20. Oh wow… thanks so SO much for this post… it’s so easy to feel alone, and wonder how everyone else does it, but it’s so nice to know I’m not alone… even though I kind of *knew* I wasn’t, it’s nice to hear it? Thank YOU for this post ♥

  21. Sarah says:

    You are absolutely awesome.

    It took me a while to get to this post, clearly, but I’m here and thank you for the shout out and the thank you and your blog is seriously one of the few I read every entry of, even if I don’t comment on them all.

    Keep being amazing :D

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  23. Felicia says:

    Nice post! I kept nodding along to everything you were pointing out! :)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

    ~Livin’ Life Through Books

  24. i try to have commenting marathons, where that’s all I’ll do for an hour or so, or until I’ve read and commented on about 10 blogs. You’re right, sometimes I wonder when I can fit in time for actual READING!

    Great post!

  25. Jess Haight says:

    What a fantastic post! You are right that it takes a lot of work to be a book blogger. Thanks for giving everyone a little lift. :) I try to leave comments on the blogs I visit because I know how much comments mean to me.

    Loving your new blog. :) Very cheerful!

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