Let’s Talk Bookish 18th June – Book Blogger Appreciation

JUNE 18: APPRECIATION FOR BOOK BLOGGERS (Rukky @ Eternity Books)

Do you feel appreciated as a book blogger? Who do you think appreciates the work of book bloggers the most? Do you think that bookish social media is aiding in the depreciation of book bloggers or is it supporting them? Is it wrong to want compensation from the book industry for our work?

I think that this theme is quite an apt one given that I’ve been neglecting my blog for a while!

Personally, I don’t really blog for recognition – although it’s always so nice when people do read what I write. I started blogging as a way to connect with others and find some more amazing books. It just so happens that I’ve ended up on a load of blog tours too.

Do I feel appreciated as a book blogger? By a small circle, yes. I feel really appreciated by the wonderful people I do blog tours for. I feel appreciated by the rest of the blogging community who take the time to support each other. I don’t feel like blogging has the same reach/accessibility as something like bookstagram/booktube, but, to be honest, that doesn’t really appeal to me for many reasons. I think we have a tendency online to gravitate towards pretty book pictures and succinct reviews than a blog as sometimes it can be a bit laborious to find blog/reviews.

Do I want renumeration for my blog? Well, no. It’s my hobby. I’m happy to receive free books in exchange for reviews. Also, my blog isn’t a money making venture for me. I don’t use affiliate links and I can blog as much or as little as I want. But I do understand the feeling that people do want something because reading and reviewing takes a considerable amount of time.

So, what do you think? Are we an appreciated community? Let me know in the comments!

3 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish 18th June – Book Blogger Appreciation

  1. Welcome back! Your presence was missed! I enjoyed reading your post.

    I don’t know if we are an appreciated community, but I think we appreciate each other. We understand the work that fellow bloggers put into their content. I look to book bloggers for recommendations and utilize their reviews when I’m on the fence about whether to read a book or not.

    I feel similarly about compensation. I also do it because it’s fun and I like interacting with other people who like to read. I think compensation shouldn’t be as controversial as it is. Creating content takes time and energy and it makes sense that some bloggers may want to be compensated.

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  2. I agree with you about preferring book blogging to other platforms. I enjoy reading long reviews and discussion posts compared to the short reviews and aesthetic pictures on other platforms. Sure, I love an aesthetic feed to look at but, personally, it gets toxic sometimes and sets unrealistic expectations for me.

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