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!