What makes a REAL book blogger ?!

Hi friends, happy Wednesday! I hope you’re having a lovely week so far, filled with books and love. Today was supposed to be bookish tag day, but my blogging schedule is going to be all over the place soon enough anyway and…what do you know, I kind of got a peak of inspiration and an urge to RANT about this, so…here goes the blogging streak again with….

This feature should be renamed and simply be called “where Marie freaks out about blogging”. Which I do 24/7 #sorrynotsorry.

Lately, some things have been bothering me. Not quite bothering me, really, but made me wonder about book blogging, book bloggers, what we are, how we appear to be and what we should be. Really, thinking now as I write this, Kat’s blog post on her blogging identity really made me think about book blogging in a more general way so, thank you, Kat, for being a source of inspiration to my ranting.

When we all start blogging, we have tons of expectations, of blogging sunshines, rainbows, tons of books falling from the skies and more. But there’s something else as well. I don’t know about you, but when I think of the term “book blogger”, I’m thinking about what actually MAKES a book blogger. Like any kind of job – sorry for the comparison but you’ll admit blogging is kind of a job we love -, being a book blogger is an actual title, something you can label and DEFINE.

Really? Can you fit us all book bloggers in a box ? Better be a big one and filled with books.

BEING a book blogger certainly is SOMETHING. It defines us all, yet sometimes, thinking about my own blog, about other blogs I stumble upon, about blogging in general, comes one question. What makes a REAL, GENUINE BOOK BLOGGER? What actually makes you go on a blog and think “oh, this is a book blogger”? What makes you feel like you are yourself a book blogger? ARE WE ALL FITTING IN A BOX – because we are A LOT OF PEOPLE??

Before I started blogging, and the first couple of months into blogging, I thought a book blogger would be fitting in a box and that I had to do everything on the list to be accepted into the big book blogger gang. I thought there was a massive book blogger checklist and if I didn’t follow it, everything would be ruined.

Basically, here’s what I thought book bloggers HAD to do.

  • Book bloggers have to scream about books non-stop. Even when their throat is dry and they are sick and reading slumps are taking over their love for books for a second.
  • Book bloggers should be reading A LOT. Like, almost all the time. Also they should be fluent in hyped books.
  • Book bloggers shall participate in readathons when they can because FUN and BOOKS.
  • Book bloggers have to write book reviews. Book reviews are the heart and soul of book blogging and if you’re not writing too many reviews you’re not in.
  • Book bloggers probably should get on Twitter because the community happens here (so does all of the drama but whatever, you have to be part of the drama too to be part of it)
  • Book bloggers have to get ARCs to be genuine book bloggers. (gasps.)
  • Book bloggers shouldn’t think about monetizing their blog because controversial and wrong and impossible.

I could probably write more and more about this topic but I’ll stop here and have a tiny, selfish recap.

Basically, here is what I do

I don’t scream my love for books 24/7, even if I do it a lot. I have other passions and so do other book bloggers, they even mention them on their blogs like the amazing Kat I talked about before ranting about her TV shows. I read a lot but probably not enough. I haven’t read many hyped books. Readathons: never tried. I DO write book reviews but they are not my most popular posts or the most written ones. I probably write about book blogging more #awkward. I AM on twitter but I’m not that alive there because #scared but that’s another question. I don’t get physical ARCs. I always think about monetizing my blog.

Based on this, I am actually not a genuine book blogger. Also, I am too hard on myself about book blogging and basically everything. But that’s a whole other point.

But…are there REALLY book blogging rules?

As time went on, I kind of found out that these silly rules I made out for myself aren’t rules. They are more of a CODE? In that moment, we should all think of Captain Barbosa’s wise words.

What makes me a book blogger is that yes, I talk about books. I sometimes wander into traveling or writing or blogging or other things I enjoy. The fact that I am not doing what other bloggers do does not unvalidate me as a book blogger. I know book bloggers that almost don’t write book reviews on their blogs. Others don’t showcast their book hauls. Some are doing all of the memes in the world, others are not. But they talk about books. If books are the heart of our blogs, they don’t have to be our sole purpose. It’s never too late to branch out either or become lifestyle blogger.

It’s up to you to call yourself a book blogger, and up to you to decide whether or not you feel like a genuine book blogger. Obviously there is a bit of comparison to others, here, but there’s also your way of doing things. If you like and are talking about books for the most part on your blog, you are a valid book blogger. At least I think so.

Not one book blogger is fitting in a box because no box could have enough place for all our books, but most importantly because we are NOT going into a box. We’re all blogging differently and none of us has a label. I might be the crazy ranting about book blogging book blogger ; and I think I might be okay with it. Doesn’t mean I won’t ever branch out from that. Just means there are no labels on book bloggers and what matters is you and your content and your own voice that makes you genuine and real in everything you write.


Alright, I agree with you. That was quite a weird and ranty post. If you read all the way here, THANK YOU. Also, I’d love to know…

When you visit a blog, what makes you think “this is a book blogger” ? Do you look at the amount of book reviews or don’t you really care?

Did you also think that you had to do a certain type / amount of blog posts to be a book blogger, or was that just me?

What is your definition of a book blogger? I’d love to know your thoughts about the topic in comments!

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157 thoughts on “What makes a REAL book blogger ?!

  1. Great thoughts! In my mind, a book blogger is literally a person who write blog posts about books. Even though I generally just do book reviews on my blog (pagesforthoughts.blogspot.com) and not discussions like what you are doing, I do consider myself a book blogger. It is a hobby, not my job since I am still a student, but I do LOVE reading! yes, I only have 17 followers on my blog and 303 books on goodreads, but I am still proud of what I have done. I encourage everyone to not be afraid to express what they think or what they are interested in! At school, if I say to almost anybody besides a teacher, people laugh. Not many of my peers really like reading as much as I do, but that is OKAY! I have discovered that there is another world of people out there!

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    1. You ARE a book blogger of course, if you’re talking about books and reviewing them on your blog πŸ™‚ Also, you should be proud of your blog and everything, it takes time and passion to write content and to put yourself out there ❀ Yes, there is a whole community of book lovers here, so you can feel right at home πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment ❀


  2. Fantastic post, Marie β™₯ I literally know NOTHING about the book community when I first started so I had a lot of similar expectations to the ones you did. I thought that all book blogging entailed was reviews and that you wouldn’t really be taken seriously if you weren’t one that got ALL the ARCs. I also thought that ARCs only went to super famous bloggers and that you’d need 1000s of followers to even be considered, haha. I’ve definitely learnt A LOT since then and now I think the only thing that matters is being yourself? There’s no such thing as a “real” book blogger imo!!! I prefer people who have some personality in their posts but even if people just wanna post reviews and cover reveals ect. they’re still a book blogger!! And things like stats definitely don’t matter. Whether you have 1 follower or 100 you’re still important and valid!!!

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    1. Oh thank you so much, Lauren! ❀ ❀ I agree with you, it's so much more important to be yourself, really, it's what matters the most. I love personality and just getting to know the blogger behind the blog, hearing their voice, their thoughts about books and everything. It doesn't matter if they have 1 or 10 000 followers πŸ™‚ ❀
      Thank you so much, Lauren ❀


  3. This was an interesting post! Personally, I see a book blogger as someone who writes about books more often than anything else. It’s totally okay if they write about other topics of course, but if the majority of their posts are book-related, then I see them as a book blogger. I don’t necessarily think labels are needed though, because it can seem really restricting. For example, book bloggers may feel as if they can only write about books, or beauty bloggers may think they can only write about beauty/skincare products.

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    1. Oh thank you so much, Tia! I agree with you – labels aren’t needed, we aren’t supposed to not talk about other things. It’s okay if we want to talk about travel or food or something, once in a while, doesn’t make us any less of a book blogger. We can be whatever we want πŸ™‚
      Thank you! ❀

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  4. I so enjoyed reading this, Marie. Your list of what you thought book bloggers had to do is quite interesting.

    To be honest, I never considered the idea of a definition for book bloggers before this post. I suppose if one reads a lot and blogs about books they would be considered a book blogger.

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  5. This is such an amazing post! When I started my blog it was something to focus on, to keep my mind busy and happy during a very terrible time in my life. In that aspect, I never really played by any rules. Am I happy when I get views and readers… absolutely! I am a blogger, and after all the time and effort that goes into my posts, it’s nice when other people like them too and want to talk to me about them. And having readers makes me want to add even more content to my blog in the hopes that they will love it as much as I do.

    Am I a book blogger? Technically, I guess so… I’d like to think of myself more as a ‘Passion Blogger”. I blog about what I am passionate about. Mostly, that is books, both for myself and for my daughter, so I guess I fall under that book blogger category. But I also post about TV, Movies, Music, Food and Flowers. They are all things I love to talk about, and share with people so they all make an appearance on the blog, even if only every now and then.

    And I would love to monetize my blog! It takes a lot of work to create content, and as a Stay at Home mum, it would be fantastic! And honestly, anything earned would probably be put back into making the blog better! I definitely don’t think that is something bloggers should be looked down on for these days. As long as you are doing it because you love it, and not just for the money, I say go for it. Why not make a little something while doing the thing you love.

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    1. Oh thank you so, so much for your sweet comment, it means the world to me. ❀ I think it's so important to blog what you are passionate about, it's what makes the blog you, and it shows in your writing for sure πŸ™‚ ❀
      I agree with you, I think that monetizing our blog shouldn't be seen as wrong – it seems to be this way in the book blogging world, but not in other lifestyle blogs somehow? Anyway, I agree with you, as long as we're passionate about it and not in for the money πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much ❀


  6. Great post Marie! When I first started out with my blog, I definitely had a pretty similar checklist in my head as the one you had. And maybe sometimes I still do. Some days I still don’t consider myself a real book blogger because I don’t get ARCs or don’t have enough followers or I’m not up to date with the latest Twitter drama or because I don’t have enough posts or reviews or whatever.
    But in the end, all that matters is sharing the love of books. In whatever way, in whatever frequency, to whatever the amount of followers. I think if you love books, and you share that love through a blog, tadaa, you’re a book blogger πŸ˜€
    Also, I don’t think there should be any shame in wanting to monetize your blog. In fact, it would be amazing! And as long as you stay true to your passion of books, what would the harm be in being able to make money by pursuing your passion?

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    1. Thank you so much, I’m so glad you enjoyed this post and agree with what I wrote here. ❀ I agree, as long as we share our book love, we are book bloggers!
      Thank you ❀ There is just such a taboo around book blogging and money, I am not sure why. As long as everything you write isn't biaised, I think it's perfectly okay to try and make money with our passion πŸ™‚


  7. MARIE I LOVE THIS POST. A while ago I was seriously having a crisis and wondering if I even still was a book blogger, because I wasn’t blogging much about books anymore and I didn’t know if inspiration for book related posts would ever strike again, not to mention I was in a huge reading slump so reviews were a no-no as well. Thankfully inspiration struck again, but I still sometimes wonder ‘if I don’t post anything related to books this week, or not enough, will I still be a book blogger?’ So I definitely needed this post, thank you πŸ™‚

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    1. OH THANK YOU Michelle! ❀ ❀ I am so happy you found this post useful. You're definitely a book blogger, but you're allowed to post something else if you feel like it – we are all trying to figure out what we want to talk about, be and do, both in life and in blogging after all πŸ™‚ Thank YOU for your sweet comment ❀ ❀

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  8. I don’t think anyone enjoys writing or reading reviews that much πŸ˜€ it’s more of a… requirement for a blog to have those, because we must write them, but it’s not like we really want to πŸ˜€ it’s weird that way. But you are right, my understanding of reviews changed after a year of blogging. And of what a blogger is.
    O actually do enjoy Twitter though! A lot. But that’s cause I stay out of the crazy drama circles. Not my thing. There’s loads of book Twitter beyond that!
    And I’ve tried monetizing, but lol. Options for internationals are kind of shit. I’m pretty sure something would come of it if I could be an Amazon affiliate. But I’m not allowed to. Other affiliates kind of don’t work, and when I ask truly seasoned and popular book bloggers if they get any revenue from ad space, the ridiculous sums they quote don’t make me want to make my blog look uglier πŸ˜€ but I think of monetization in terms of “all these books I didn’t have to buy! Cause ARCs!” So there’s that πŸ™‚

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    1. It definitely feels like a requirement, but I have to say, I do LOVE reading some people’s reviews, too πŸ™‚
      OH TELL ME ALL OF YOUR SECRETS. I seem to have all the dramas on my timeline ahha, it is so tiring sometimes.

      I… did not know it wasn’t possible to be an amazon affilate when you were international? I learned something here ahah THANK YOU. I understand you thoughts – I think that monetizing is so hard, especially for a book blogger, and definitely not worth making your blog look uglier ahah πŸ™‚

      Thank you so, so much for your sweet comment xxx


      1. Yeah, at least for American Amazon, you can only be an affiliate if you have an American address. Totally sucks! I wonder how it would be for Amazon UK, but I don’t buy from that one myself, so I don’t even have an account. Didn’t bother finding out. My country doesn’t have its own Amazon, and even if it did, it’s too little people to even bother blogging for πŸ˜€

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  9. Honestly I’m scared to become a book blogger because I have that checklist as well in my head. I mean it’s true that you can do what you want but it always intimidated me but I do like it when bloggers have personality and are passionate about what they like to do. But being a book blogger is simply talking about books in blogs which I feel like I might be able to do that.


    1. I feel you – it really seems intimidating, at first, when you see all the book bloggers around. I was terrified, too. Yet, there’s something you should know, it’s that you are unique and have your own voice and way to share your thoughts on books and that’s what matters the most πŸ™‚


  10. Granted, I’ve only just started a book blog, but I didn’t necessarily think of it as book blogging rules, exactly, more like advice. I love books, and I just wanted to talk about book things… but I’m not a great writer, my spelling /grammar / vocab are…not that great… and I never had a blog that I had more then one post for… so I’ve been really unsure of myself and my book blog idea, and sometimes feel a little lost. Like I said… not really looking for rules, but just some sort of advice or guidelines or even examples to find inspiration from. I’m so new to it, that I don’t even have an idea of what kind of “rules” would even be there anyways! I think a book blogger is anyone who is has a blog that is mostly about books. You can be a “bad” blogger or a “good” blogger, or doing it the “right” way or the “wrong” way, but as long as the majority of it is about books, I would assume you are a book blogger. If you have a few other posts here and there about other things you do, that’s fine, but I would think if you have a lot of non-book stuff going, it would be a life style blogger?

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    1. You’re so right about this – anyone talking about book is a book blogger and there is no right, or wrong about that. As long as you are chatting about book and really passionate about it, that’s all that matters πŸ˜€
      I hope that you will have tons of fun book blogging, welcome to the community!! πŸ˜€

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