Why and how you should support book bloggers

Hello friends, happy Wednesday! Today is Valentine’s Day, a day where we should celebrate love… well, if we listen to everything that’s being said all around the world. Instead of talking about OTPs and other cheesy kind of things you can find in our beloved books, I decided, instead, to talk about book bloggers.

The book blogging community has been a part of me for over three years now and it has brought me so, so much more than I ever could imagined. Even if, sometimes, I still have a feeling that I don’t belong, that I am an outsider or that I just don’t matter, the community has always been there to support me. Book bloggers are incredible people and, in this day to share the love, I thought I would talk about why you all should support book bloggers, and how you can do that. Because it’s pretty cool and so are we.

Why you should support book bloggers (basically: why we are superheroes)

I could be really selfish here and say, because I am a book blogger and therefore you should support me, but I won’t. That is only implied, haha. Just kidding. Seriously, let me tell you: book bloggers are awesome and deserve all the love and support.

  • We spend hours, hours and hours blogging.

Blogging is a hobby that takes a whole lot of time and energy. You have to think of new blog post ideas, you have to draft your blog posts, write them, re-read them (or if you’re anything like me, bother your sister about it until she tells you you’re bothering the hell out of her), post everything. But it doesn’t stop there. We also comment on other blogs. We also promote our blog posts. We try and go on twitter and scream about books there, too. We get random ideas and projects and freak out about it.

Point is: we work a whole lot and we are not paid at all. I spend probably 16 hours a week or more blogging every WEEK. I work full time. Basically I’m crying a lot but I still love it.

  • We recommend you books! All the best books!

Let’s be honest for a second: where would you be without all of our great recommendations?! Maybe reading books you hate or just crying because you don’t know what to read. Now, you got countless books to choose from, a TBR that will kill you anytime and no money left in your bank account.

Also, occasionally, we read all the bad books and write ranty reviews about it, so you know which books you should avoid.

  • We are basically dedicated screamers to all the bookish things.

I know, that point makes no sense. LET ME TELL YOU MORE. We spend a whole lot of time screaming about the books we love and recommending them ; yet we also are activists to make the bookish and literary world a better place. Talking about diversity and how we need it and boosting diverse and #ownvoices. Shining a light on problematic content in books. I don’t know, we just like to scream a lot about our books, but we are 2000% dedicated to making the book world a better, diverse, including and everything else place with our screams.

How can you support book bloggers

Given the fact that we all are amazing, slightly crazy and with a parched throat from screaming superheroes, it is important to support us. By giving us some water, so we can scream some more and shove some more books on you to read, YES. But violence and first needs aside, here are some ways that you can support book bloggers and shower them with love.

  • Blog-hop and comment on their blogs

You know me, I am a very dedicated blog-hopper and I know that, even if it takes some time and energy, it is so important to do so and, for me, probably the best way to support other book bloggers. NOTHING makes me happier than seeing people taking some time out of their day to comment on something I wrote genuinely and share their thoughts on the topic at hand and I could bet I’m not the only one feeling this way. Comments show appreciation and comments matter. Spend time to show some love for other book bloggers’ work this way.

  • Follow their blogs, like their posts and any other statistical thingy you can do

I have a mixed relationships with blogging statistics, yet we can’t deny the little rush that we get, every time we have a new follower, everytime our visits are spiking up and everything else. If you love a book blogger, follow him. Even if you don’t have time to always read their blog posts, like them. Appreciation comes in small ways as well.

  • Share their posts and boost their voices around the blogosphere

Being a book blogger is hard, especially when you are a shy bean afraid to approach people, comment on their posts and everything else. Yet, don’t be afraid to share something you liked, on your own blog, over on twitter… A LOT of appreciation comes from here. I’m dedicated to keeping tabs on all the blog posts I read and loved every month to wrap them up in my monthly wrap-up. You can also casually tweet a post you enjoyed, once. Every little thing helps and, most importantly, every little thing warms our hearts SO much.

  • Buy from them

All the things above are free, they just take a little bit of time. Obviously, you can also support book bloggers by giving a little bit of your bank account. Not talking big-bucks and all of your book budget! Little dollars, euros, whatever you currency is.

  1. Many book bloggers have Affiliate Links on their blogs (to Book Depository, Amazon, Wordery, etc). They get a small commission if you buy by using their links. It costs NOTHING and it’s just a different link you are using.
  2. Other bloggers also set up some Ko-Fis to support their blog. It’s $3.
  3. Other talented bloggers have Society6, Etsy, RedBubble stores and so on, where they sell fabulous merch that can get a little bit pricey, depending on what you want, BUT THE DESIGNS are amazing and some bloggers are so talented.

  • Get them books

If you’re feeling very generous, you can also take a look at their wishlist, or suggest to share books with them (like, send them a book you will get back afterwards). I mean, we are book bloggers after all. Give us books and we will be happier than ever.

Showing appreciation to other book bloggers is something that is very close to my heart. I have been working for a little while now on my little corner of the internet and, if I am passionate, it also takes a whole lot of my free time. If I wouldn’t give it up for the world right now, it also takes energy and sometimes makes me feel a little down. Anything, really, from the friendly people randomly sending me a DM to tell me they are reading all of my posts (Marta you’re honestly the sweetest), to the incredible people always supporting my rants (hello you will recognize yourself if you read this), to the ones stopping by every once in a while, or just once, to give a visit, write down a comment, sharing something I did and just… making me feel like I am doing something good, makes all of this worth it.

The time I spent drafting this post – about two hours – is all worth it because of these simple things. So, if you have some time to give, think of book bloggers and their awesomeness. If you have some support to give, think of us too. And not only because it’s Valentine’s Day, but on any other day, too. We don’t need any special kind of day to celebrate the love, if you ask me ; neither do we to celebrate book bloggers.

I apologize for the gigantic post, but that is something REALLY close to my heart. I hope you enjoyed it and that it encouraged you to share some love today.

What’s your favorite thing to do to support book bloggers?

Do you think we are some sort of crazy superhero? What’s one thing people do that makes you SO happy? A comment, more visits, a buy on your store?? Let me know, so I and others can support you, too.

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194 thoughts on “Why and how you should support book bloggers

  1. Another amazing post, Marie! And all of your points are so true. We are, after all, the ones to look after our fellow bloggers, for all the obvious reasons you stated.

    In past week I am so behind on catching up and commenting on all the amazing posts. Yes, commenting is the biggest source of encouragement.

    And thank you for pointing out the Affiliate links thing. I do use them but I don’t think that I have made a single purchase through them. It is disheartening considering many people actually buy them after I reviewed/suggested those books.

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    1. Oh thank you so much, so happy you enjoyed this ❀
      I get how frustrating this has to be for each and every blogger bothering to have affiliate links. I'm definitely trying my best to think about these whenever I buy books ❀
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! x

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  2. This community is amazing and I love this post! I love the point with being “basically dedicated screamers to all the bookish things”.

    My favourite thing to do is to share the great posts I read either on twitter or on my weekly update. I am really happy when I get comments, but to be honest commenting back makes me just as happy – and catching up with all the blogs I follow!

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    1. Aww thank you SO much, I’m so happy you enjoyed this ❀ ❀
      Oh I have to agree with you, comments, whether it's the ones you get or give, are equally as awesome. It's just so great to have a conversation with amazing bloggers and talk about the books we love together ❀
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! x

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      1. I agree. Plus commenting on other blogs makes me happy because I admit it that I have a hard time finding the time to do it. So anytime I actually do it I feel very happy. I wish I could read and comment more, but I am trying to visit at least 4-5 blogs every day.

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      2. It’s already GREAT! I wish I could have all the time in the world to comment on every blog and to spread the love to everyone, but… unfortunately, we don’t have enough hours each day. Every little thing we can do is already GREAT πŸ˜€

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  3. I always try to buy my books via affiliate links, it’s a small thing but it’s the easiest thing to do! I think the best thing is when someone takes the time to write a comment because it means he/she thought it was worth giving you a little of his/her time. πŸ’œ

    Since we throw out love like confetti this month, I’d like to say I adore your blog, I’m always happy to read your post and chat with you in the comments! Keep blogging! 😁

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    1. Oh I agree, whenever someone takes some time to comment on a blog post, it makes my day so much better and brighter, I love that so much ❀ That's why I try my best to give that love back as much as I can ❀
      Oh wow, you are so, SO sweet, thank you so much for your sweet words, that means SO much ❀ ❀ ❀ I'm always happy to chat with you in comments as well, thank YOU for always being so supportive and amazing ❀

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    1. Commenting takes a lot of time, but no matter if you can comment on one, two or ten blogs, I know I always feel great whenever I can spread a little bit of love that way πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, happy you enjoyed this post! πŸ™‚

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  4. YESSSSS!! SO. MUCH. LOVE. FOR. THIS. POST.

    When people ask me what I actually do with the blog I always say to them it’s basically like a full-time job I don’t get paid to do. I swear people forget how time-consuming it is to maintain a blog and any sort of acknowledgment means the world to me.

    I must admit I’ve been slacking on the supportive front. My blog hopping game has reached an all-time low. I try to allocate a couple hours a week to blog-hop, but sometimes I’m so tired I forget all about it. I’ve thought about adding affiliate links to the blog but whether or not people actually use them is another question.

    Basically, you are epic and so very thoughtful. I think we’re lucky that this community is so supportive of one another and that’s what I love most about it.

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    1. I agree! It’s crazy how much time it takes to maintain a blog, and I don’t think anyone really realizes it, unless they’re blogging or spending a couple hours watching someone doing blogging work, haha πŸ™‚
      Oh I get your feeling, I have been having the same thoughts about affiliate links. I feel like they aren’t used too much and it makes me a bit sad, even if it doesn’t bring much to the blogger, it’s still something.
      Thank you so, so much, Lois! I so agree, it’s amazing how supportive everyone is ❀

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  5. Mostly I try to follow and comment on blogs as often as I can, besides my regular readership by also clicking on comments others have left on posts I’m visiting too. I think most bloggers are pretty poor when it comes to financial appreciation but there’s so many wonderful options here that are great for bloggers who are also time poor as well. I might start tweeting more posts I’ve enjoyed as another option to boost blogs as well, Starting with yours. Such a wonderful post Marie and thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. Oh thank you so much for your comment ❀ I agree that there are so many options there, even a like, a tweet, a comment, short or long, always makes me really happy ❀ ❀
      Thank you! ❀

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  6. This is such an important post and a big YES to every single one of these points! I always make an effort to comment on other peoples blogs, but I do need to get better at sharing posts and talking about other bloggers posts… I will get there I promise! And one day when I’m a millionaire (because I will be… LOL) I will buy you AAAALLLLLLLL the books!

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  7. We are super heroes and our communal love of books and all things bookish is shown in many ways. I love to blog hop, and comment and like. It makes my day too if I get a nice comment on something that I wrote.
    Its not about the numbers for me, it only takes 1 or 2, or an Author to comment and / or share my post to make me smile.
    A lovely post which hopefully will help others to show us bookbloggers more love too.
    Amanda.

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    1. I agree with you, its all about the interaction and comments, I love them so much and they mean the world to me, way more than having ten, a hundred or more followers πŸ™‚ ❀
      Thank you so much, Amanda!! ❀

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  8. Ahh Marie I am so behind on blogging and it’s been a while since I came by your blog, but I have to say I LOVE this post and I LOVE your blog! Commenting makes me happiest so I try to spread the happiness as well but it’s always a struggle with time (don’t we all?) And yes, us bloggers are definitely some kind of crazy superhero for doing all that work for free, but then again we love what we do and do what we love so in the end we’re pretty awesome πŸ™‚

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    1. Aww thank you so much, you are so, so sweet ❀ I agree, it is a bit of a struggle to find time to do everything, but… just one little comment or like or share can make someone's day πŸ™‚
      YES we are awesome, that's for sure haha πŸ˜€ Thank you so, so much for your sweet comment! ❀

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  9. Thank you for this post ! Now I know that I’m not the only one to bother my sister until she wants to get rid of me hahahaha πŸ˜‚
    #ShowingTheLove and supporting Book Bloggers (or any blogger) is actually so interesting! I mean obviously it’s interesting to receive love but I think it’s so good and fulfilling to genuinely show love ❀️
    I loved reading this post and he inspired me to not only give more love to the bloggers as a reader but to give even more love and energy to the community by working even more on my blog and sharing meaningful content.
    Oh, and I absolutely love the “Get them book” idea! I think I’ll definitely end up doing it for some bloggers I like πŸ˜‚

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    1. I AM NOT ALONEEEEEEEEEEEEE that makes me so happy, I swear sometimes she must hate me, I’m SO bothering πŸ˜‚ but I can’t help myself πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      It makes me so, SO happy that this could inspire you to share some love ❀ Even with little things, one comment sometime, one share, one mention over on twitter, I know that these little things always make my day and can make a blogger's day ❀
      And…. you can get me new books anytime πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      Thank you SO much for your sweet words and support!! ❀ ❀

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      1. hahaha, we can’t help ourselves! But that’s the price for being our sisters, right? πŸ˜‚
        Yeah, little attentions can really change a day for the better (and I’m talking from experience haha)!
        Also, beware … I might actually do it maybe even sooner than you think hahaha! πŸ€˜πŸ˜‚

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  10. Loved this post! You made so many great points. I’m fairly new to the book/writing blogosphere but have already enjoyed it so much. When you’re doing something you love the rest will follow. I’ll have to start trying harder to blog-hop and find other book bloggers to support. Can’t wait to read more!

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    1. Oh thank you so, so much, Mallory, so happy you enjoyed this πŸ™‚ I hope you’ll have a lot of fun blogging and that you’ll meet amazing bloggers you’ll love πŸ™‚ x

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  11. This post gave me all the feels Marie! What a perfect post to spread the love.

    It is so true that book blogging (and blogging in general) is often underappreciated. Many don’t know the blood, sweat, and tears that go into our blogs. Every single view, like, and comment make me so happy and validates all the time I spend blogging.

    Thank you for the reminder that it really doesn’t cost much, if at all, to support our fellow book bloggers. I do my best to blog hop, but I need to do better at discovering different book bloggers AND showing support to the new book bloggers that arrive on the scene.

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    1. Aww thank you, Amanda, I’m so glad you enjoyed this post ❀
      I agree, at first it doesn't seem like it could be THAT much work, but it really is and every little thing we get in return is amazing, too ❀
      I completely understand, though, it's sometimes hard to spend time blog-hopping and finding new bloggers and everything else. I'm trying my best to do everything, but it's sometimes overwhelming. What matters is that we do our best to spread some love, little by little πŸ™‚ ❀
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet comment ❀

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  12. I really love this post, Marie! I’m definitely “guilty” of not supporting my fellow bloggers enough, but I’m really trying! I’ve seen some other bloggers make lists of blogs to comment on weekly or something and I’m going to create something like that for myself because everyone deserves so much love and support for the hard work they put into their blogs! πŸ’•

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    1. Aw thank you so much, Ayla! I’m so happy you enjoyed this post ❀
      And you're not guilty of anything, don't you worry! We all are doing our best, whether we can do a lot or just a little bit, we're doing whatever we can whenever we are in the mood for it and have time to do it, that's what matters the most πŸ™‚
      This weekly list is such a brilliant idea! I hope it will work out well for you πŸ™‚ ❀

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  13. YES TO THIS POST, YES TO THIS POST!!!

    This post is so important especially because we are sooo underrated. And these days, some people have the audacity to tell us that book bloggers are not “real readers”, like ????. Anyways, i feel like for any blog it does take a lot of time, and effort, to keeping up with comments, social media, etc… And it’s all worth it when you reach X number of followers, and get pingbacks on your posts from other people who enjoyed it. Great post, as always! ❀

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    1. Okay, who actually said that we are not REAL READERS? Because I swear I’ll fight them πŸ˜‚ It’s such a crazy thing to say??
      I agree with you, blogging, whether it’s book blogging or any kind of blogging, takes a lot of time and effort and it’s always amazing when we see that our work is appreciated ❀
      Thank you so, so much ❀

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    1. Oh yes this definitely fits other bloggers as well. No matter what our focus is on, blogging takes us a whole lot of time and, more often than not… it’s really overlooked, I hate that :/
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! πŸ™‚ x

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  14. I love this post so much! I get so excited every single time someone comments on my blog, because it means that someone out there on the internet is actually reading my rambles. Blogging is a labor of love, for sure, but I am so, so happy that I started doing it.

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    1. Oh yes, I get the same feelin every single time as well – I love this so much. It is a labor of love, that’s for sure πŸ˜€ x
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment πŸ˜€

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