On book blogging expectations vs. reality

When I started blogging, I expected so many things to happen. Some did. Some others didn’t. I thought of the way blogging was supposed to be, when I was just a young blogger having created this little corner of the internet a couple days ago and trying to figure out just how I was supposed to do this thing. And now here I am, two years later, wondering just what the f*** happened to these expectations. Blogging is, in our minds, a lot of different things. It takes loads of different shapes, but one thing is for sure: now that I’ve seen and experimented blogging from the inside, I can say with certainty, oh, boy, was I wrong about blogging.

What changed? Maybe we should make a list.

I thought book blogging would be easy.

Ha.Ha.Ha. Book blogging is everything but easy. There are so many different things to think about when you are book blogging, and most especially when you are kind of like me, meaning a perfectionist obsessing about something until it is just right. With blogging, you have to actually have ideas for blog posts, which can take…a second if you have a brain overflowing with ideas or like, a year or something if you’re feeling in a slump, uninspired and everything. There is just so much THOUGHT that comes with blogging – or at least, for me, and all of this brainstorming isn’t easy.

I thought all that mattered was what I wrote.

Don’t get me wrong. For me, when I read a book blog, I pay a lot of attention to what other people write, and it’s their blog posts, in the writing sense, that has a lot of importance to me. I’m hoping it is the same way for people reading this blog post at the moment. THAT BEING SAID, there are so many other aspects of blogging that matters, and I tend to notice it more and more. There are the way the blog posts are formatted, that makes us want to read it more. There is the blog overall appearance, which, because we are visual human-beings, has a lot of importance as well. There is this whole visual aspect of everything, really, that matters a lot, both when I read a blog and when I try and think about my blog.

I thought book reviews would be my most important posts ever.

This is sad, but book reviews aren’t the posts with most success, on my blog or on other blogs, from everything I have heard. Book reviews ARE important in the strict sense of the term, meaning that we ARE doing good by reviewing books and sharing the bookish love. We are promoting books. We are loving it. But in blogging, if I first thought book reviews would be the most important posts here on blogs, they are clearly not the most successful.

I thought I would have to read A LOT MORE to “make it” as a book blogger.

When I first started, I wasn’t reading too many books per week, per month, per year. I still loved reading, but I thought that I would have to step up my game in order to align with the gorgeous book blogger reading 12 books a week and fangirling about them all. Well…not everyone does that, I found out. I also found out that it’s okay to read at my own rhythm, it’s okay if I read one book a week. As long as I’m loving it.

I thought it would be a fun hobby to do on my spare-time.

Biggest joke ever. Book blogging is consuming my entire life and I am making my whole family contribute. Whether they want to or not. Whatever.

I thought I would be doing this alone.

I am. In a way, since I’m handling this little blog on my own. Except for the time when my sister contributes to it, brainstorms with me and hold me when I’m having emotional breakdowns (I think I might be a pretty intense blogger here). Well, I am not. I found that the community is HUGE, and it is here. With me, sharing my blogging struggles, sharing the love, always here to turn to to fangirl about a book or complain about bad tropes and blogging and overall love it. Blogging seems solitary, but it’s not.

I thought I would never fit in.

I’m French and English isn’t my first language. I found out that the blogging community was massively dominated by American bloggers. I thought I would have an emotional breakdown and give up a long time ago, being not able to face the ones able to get all the ARCs because of geography, able to go to BEA and just overall able to chat together while I’m here with my French-ness, no ARCs and not a way to teleport myself.

I was wrong. I found out that there are so. many. international. bloggers. SO MANY. I found out that no matter where I am from, whether or not I can get all the ARCs or go to the big bookish events, I CAN fit in. It’s all a matter of not being too afraid, being yourself and just blog your heart out.

I thought I couldn’t “make it” as a book blogger.

“Making it” has so many different meanings, depending on how you see it. Can you really “make it” in the sense of being rich and famous, having books every day in your mailbox, billions of followers and talk-shows and such? No. Making money as a book blogger is hard, controversial at times, and not the question I want to tackle here.

Truth is, without talking about money here, you can totally make it. You can be the best book blogger you want to be without money or fame involved, just with you. By setting and meeting your own expectations, whether they are statistical (getting more visits, trying to get more followers) or bookish (reading more books, getting out of your comfort zone). You can make it by loving it every single day, despite the struggles. You can make it as a book blogger by being proud because it takes a whole lot of time and work and you are doing it anyway.

Do we share some of the same book blogging expectations? How did this measure up to reality for you? What’s one GOOD (or bad) thing about book blogging that you didn’t expect at all? Let’s chat in comments!

 

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361 thoughts on “On book blogging expectations vs. reality

  1. I’ve always been someone to review books after I’ve read them. I frequently use a journal to write all my reviews. I never considered blogging to share my thoughts and ideas about the books I’ve read until I came across blogs from people like you. I think everyone has an idea about what blogging should be like and how it’ll affect or change them, but the problem is, we don’t know how the blog or how we will change and grow as time goes on. There are many expectations I have about my blog, but only time will tell.

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    1. Ohhh well, if you like to write book reviews, you’d love book blogging for sure πŸ™‚ Definitely, everyone has their own ideas on blogging at first and time changes a lot of things! πŸ™‚

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  2. I’ve been book blogging for 3 years – and was doing okay, until I tried out self-hosting, didn’t like it, returned, but had already migrated my followers so lost all of them effectively – so I am, in a way, starting again. Part of me is angry for being so silly, but another is calm, seeing it as a way to immerse myself more in the book blogging community. It’s helped me consider trying to do more posts other than book reviews, discussions and such, but even that seems difficult at the moment. There’s so many things to consider about blogging, and thinking of more post ideas is just one of them. Hopefully I’ll soon get back on track.

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    1. Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear this happened to you. I hope that you’ll get back on track soon and with motivation and love for blogging and the blogging community πŸ™‚ ❀

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  3. This is great – I am approaching my fourth year of book blogging and I have gone through many of the same thoughts and experiences as you. I think it’s really important to see that blogging is a hobby, but I, of course, am totally consumed by it! But it helps to keep it in perspective. My favorite part of blogging is interacting with all the other bloggers. I am so thrilled to be in a community in which everybody is positive and supportive. Negative comments simply do not exist. Happy reading and reviewing to you – so glad to have found your blog!

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  4. Oh my gosh, Marie!! I leave for like a month and then you become this famous blogger?? πŸ˜‰ The response to this post is well deserved though! Because it’s so comical (with the graphics) but relatable at the same time. I 100% agree with the “I thought blogging was easy” and “I thought I was alone” points. And though I wish my review posts were appreciated more (because they take forever to compose!), I admit I’ve noticed that I gravitate towards reading posts that aren’t book reviews, too. XD

    Anyway, I’ve missed talking to you! Hope that you’re well. ❀

    Summer

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    1. Haha oh no, I’m SO far from being a famous blogger! I just got lucky with this post for some unknown reason, I’m glad to have all this positive feedback but I’m not fooling myself into thinking I am that famous ahah πŸ™‚ Thank you so, so much, I’m so glad you enjoyed this post! ❀
      I have missed talking to you too SO much! I'm doing pretty well, how about you? Are your exams and finals done? ❀ Sending you love! ❀

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      1. Hehe, well in my book you’re a popular/famous blogger, Marie! πŸ˜‰ ❀ And everything has been well, thank you! I took my last exams earlier in the month and I'm officially out for the summer. I'm hoping that all is well with you as well? ❀

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      2. Aww you’re so sweet, Summer, thank you! ❀ ❀ ❀
        Oh I'm glad, you must feel better now that the pressure is off a little bit! I hope you'll enjoy your summer! πŸ™‚
        Everything's okay, work is a bit exhausting but well…I'm trying to adult the best I can ahah πŸ™‚

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  5. I am honestly always so happy whenever I see a Nick Miller gif! I loooooove him!
    As always your thoughts were very much on point and something I can totally relate to. I was sure no one would read my posts and that I would give up a couple months into the journey. I imagined it to be much easier too, but I don’t regret diving into this world at all. Great post!

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  6. I am a pretty new blogger and honestly had no idea how consuming it would be! I am finding that in my excitement for authors asking me to read and review or post for them, I have most definitely over committed myself and need to start being more selective so that I can enjoy it more, rather than worry about meeting deadlines all the time.

    I also thought that reviews were the ultimate post, but now realize that I need to change up my content and start sharing my thoughts, opinions and creativity outside of just reviewing.

    Thanks for sharing this!

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    1. It is hard to know just how much time it will take when we first start! It’s good to try and take a step back once in a while and remember why we enjoy it doing this and that it shouldn’t be a chore and a rush to meet deadlines all the time πŸ˜€
      You’re welcome, thank you for commenting! πŸ™‚

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