Is book blogging still relevant ?

Asking the real questions here. Don’t throw me bananas just yet.

I will admit it: this blog post has been a long time coming. It has been sitting in my draft, looking like a mess of ideas and rants for over two months now… I don’t know, I guess I finally decided to write this down and hope that you will appreciate it and not throw bananas at me. Sorry. I just really hate bananas (but you can throw me books. I’d be okay with that. Slightly hurt, probably, physically, but mentally happy, because books. anyway).

After having held this blog up and afloat the best I could and with all of my heart for the past three years, I had to start noticing something. Changes, if you will. Growth, maybe, or just a divergence in the young adult blogging community. I don’t know how to call this so, please bear with me.

Before, I only knew book bloggers on book blogs, writing blog posts about their favorite books, interacting with each other through comments, follows, likes and so on. Now, it seems like the community has developed and, if you ask me, even switched a little bit to other platforms, less blogging-y, more social-media.

Yes, I am talking about bookish twitter and bookstagram.

I could also talk about booktube, but to be completely honest with you, I don’t watch booktube at all, so I’m not going to mention it too much… but still, it’s a pretty big thing, too. And I don’t know how that works so I’ll just, not.

I subscribed to twitter with an account, linked to my blog, in early 2015, a couple months after I started this blog and it felt like discovering a whole other universe. When I started blogging, I did not know that there were so many book bloggers, I didn’t know there were so many book bloggers reading and loving young adult books as much as I did. But, really, it’s when I first got on twitter and since then, navigating its murdy, messy and dramatic waters everyday, that I got and still get amazed by how MASSIVE the book blogging community is, diverse, fun, amazing, yet very complicated, too.

Just like any social media – strike that, more than any other social media -, things are moving at the speed of light there. Get off twitter for a day and you’ll miss the storm of the year happening in the bookish community, or you will miss the latest hype book that everyone is talking about – heads up, this is probably a book that’s not being released for another five months or so. Yeah, does not help with the confidence there, I’ll admit it. On twitter, it is so easy to feel out of the loop in five seconds.

Yet, twitter also makes it super easy to reach out to your favorite bloggers, have a quick conversation, see what’s happening and what they have been reading and so on. Twitter makes interactions quick and easy, twitter moves fast, shares all of the drama and so on, while blogging is at a more… relaxed pace, I’d say. Your comments will be waiting for you and things are a bit less hectic. Or at least, they feel this way for me.

Yet, things are strange when it comes to book blogging, book bloggers and statistics and so on, especially in this new era.

I didn’t know before how big and influencers book bloggers can beΒ  – now you see over on twitter they have like 5 K followers and are spending their time screaming about young adult books and important issues. while you’re just, not. just because you feel more comfortable typing out your thoughts on a sunday morning on a platform you feel more at ease to.

Book blogging takes work, too. I am not under-mining anything here or saying that being on book twitter, doing threats or and bookstagram does not take work. I honestly admire everyone doing this. yet I feel like book blogs are more often than not disregarded, while influencers chatting all the time on twitter or with the artistic ability to make incredible pictures are more boosted. in terms of… I don’t know, publishers, seeing as influencers and “big” in the community and so on.

Sometimes, I just don’t know how book blogging fits in everything social – media anymore.

People check out blog posts that we tweet, but they share their thoughts via a tweet or retweet them, conversations happen a bit less over on blog posts sometimes, while some blogs are brilliant, appreciation is shown elsewhere and in a different way. People write twitter threads about the book they are reading instead of blog posts, they write threads about why we should read some books, about their most anticipated reads. People write long captions on their instagram pictures, sharing their latest thoughts on the book they are featuring and so on. People don’t write blog posts anymore, or not as much. Maybe. I don’t know. I just know that these things, somehow, tend to take more and more place in this community. And influence, too.

I can’t even mention how many times I wanted to buy a book because I saw it all over social media.

…Instagram and Twitter everyone screaming about it and hyping it up. It seems to work. It seems like these new social media influencers have more impact and weight than book bloggers. It seems like it matters more when you are vocal on a twitter thread than when you are writing a lenghty blog post about your feels.

I like twitter and I’ve been grateful to chat with amazing people there, I’m also really thankful for everything I can do there and trying my best to… well, do like everyone else. But I’m not that kind of person you’ll see screaming about everything. NOT because it does not matter, but because it’s not in my personality and it makes my anxiety sky-rocket more than ever, to even write down one damn tweet sometimes or / and chat with people I am so afraid of. I’m not scared of commenting on blog posts, not anymore, while I am terrified to even like a tweet of some popular influencer over on Twitter. I don’t feel at ease on social media all the time, and I feel like, for that, I am not a relevant figure in the bookish community.

DON’T GET ME WRONG here.

I am not saying that I hate everyone on twitter, on bookstagram, that I’m mad that they are taking more space in the book blogging community, space that book bloggers use to have and use to influence everyone. I am just saying that I’m seeing a switch here, in things. In how books are recommended now, how people are talking about books overall and spreading the love. Changes in what seems to matter, in what seems to make someone an influencer in the book blogging community, to me, as well. Bookstagram, Twitter, social media overall is a huge influence in our book buying choices, in our lives and everything else, too.

I don’t know where I’m going with this – just sometimes, I feel like work on book blog is disregarded a little bit – or I just feel like book bloggers working a whole lot on blog posts should and need to be appreciated more. Twitter, Bookstagram, everything social media takes work, but it’s also super hard to write a blog post like this and hit publish without looking back. Designing a blog, writing blog posts, formatting everything, trying to spread the bookish love, it takes a goddamn lot of work and… book blogging is important, too. I want it to stay the very same. I want social media and book blogs platforms to both thrive and for everyone to find their places wherever they feel most at ease. And most importantly, don’t feel like they’re missing out or not doing anything right because they are not on bookstagram (my feelings right now) or on twitter or anything else.

Whether you’ve been blogging for long or are new to this scene: did you notice the growing importance and influence of social media when it comes to the bookish community?

Are you on social media? Which ones, and do you feel like you have more influence there? Do you feel like it matters more to shout on twitter than to write a blog post? Can you juggle well between social media-ing and blogging?

Are you also influenced to get a book because everyone mentioned it on social media? Does this influence you MORE than seeing the book on book blogs, or not, or the same? I would love to know your thoughts on this topic, so feel free to let me know everything in comments!

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205 thoughts on “Is book blogging still relevant ?

  1. Hello Marie!
    This is such an insightful post which made me think more about blogging and social media. I have instagram and twitter accounts but rarely use them nowadays. I prefer blogging much more, because I like the idea of taking time to drafting each blog post and then perfecting it. I don’t think I am the type to just tweet out my thoughts to the universe- the idea of that stresses me out too!
    However, I believe it when you say that there is a massive community on these other social media platforms, and I feel like I should step outside my comfort zone and explore this a bit more πŸ™‚ Times change and we should adapt, right? πŸ™‚

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    1. Oh I’m glad to hear you feel the same way – I’m trying this twitter thing and some days I enjoy it, but I am much more of a book blog kind of person, I think. I do love taking the time to draft my blog posts, writing long rants and everything else haha πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much, Sophie!! πŸ™‚ x

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      1. I’ll have to get more familiar with twitter. Seems like a slightly different mindset than blogging haha πŸ™‚ However that is encouraging that you are beginning to enjoy it πŸ™‚

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  2. I definitely get what you are trying to say, I have felt the same thing but I have never been able to put myself out there on any of the social media except on my blog. And I was reading the thoughts of the other bloggers here and I do agree with them, especially about the attention span of the people. However, for me, I still depend on reviews and ratings before I actually buy a book. Bookstagram is a whole other world, I often forget I have an account there but most of the times it feels like would my account even matters because 99% of the people fawn over the beautiful and gorgeous accounts only, what can a broke girl like me do in these situations but yes, even if the pictures are tempting enough, I always rely on blogs first so for me, yes it will always be relevant.
    Great post Marie! ❀

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  3. Awesome discussion post, Marie. I totally agree that things have shifted and expanded in ways that I didn’t even know possible. At first I thought having a website/a blog was already a HUGE deal and then you realize how much you can grow a blog, have followers, likes, comments, etc. It made your platform something that could evolve in itself (like how we went from a .wordpress.com to a blog that has its own domain). But then… twitter, instagram and all the pretty new platforms that help expand your reach.. Holy sh*t. I don’t even know how some people get so much attention on Twitter too. They just type one sentence and their tweets blow up, hence making their blog blow up and the influence comes from EVERYWHERE! Pretty crazy world that book blogging has become. I’m just going to continue having my little voice on my blog and keep on writing for those who are interested in what my mind has to say hahah Hey, again, great post, Marie! πŸ˜€

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    1. OH yes that’s exactly it. It’s just CRAZY how things can expand and how social media are just, sidekicks to this blogging adventure, but can sometime really get their own little lives, blow up, become crazy retweeted, famous and everything else… it amazes me, hahaha. It really is a crazy world πŸ˜›
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet comment πŸ˜€ x

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  4. I’ve actually put a lot more focus on my Instagram lately. I did START there. I had a bookstagram before I had a blog so I’ve always loved it. I don’t go on Twitter at all anymore – it caused way too much stress for me. But just in general terms of blog vs social media – I agree. It’s partly the reason why I don’t blog as much any more, the interaction just isn’t there. It’s much easier for me to have a conversation with someone via Instagram stories/comments/dms. Great post!

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    1. Oh I am so glad Instagram is working out well for you. I have to admit, sometimes I really want to do an instagram as well, but…I lack the artistic abilities to do so hahaha.
      Thank you so much, Molly πŸ™‚ x

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  5. Yay another wonderful, thoughtful post of yours 😊 I mentioned this before, but I did end up getting a twitter account — and honestly, I haven’t really used it to dive into the big book-blogging community that I know is present there. I just don’t feel the same pull to jump into that community as much as I do for sitting down on the weekends to write blog posts, respond to comments, and blog hop. Going on a person’s actual blog seems so much more… fulfilling, I guess? because blogs are a product of someone’s hard work a effort in sharing their passion to others. I find a blog post much more impressive than a tweet, to be honest, and the same goes with Pins and Instagram posts and Facebook updates. No amount of social media can ever overcome the quality and passions that shines through in blog posts I read, so yes, I think book blogging is still relevant — for the people who care about expressing themselves through writing.

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    1. Oh thank you so much for your sweet comment, Zoie ❀ I'm happy you enjoyed this post and I think I feel the same way, I always love going to visit blogs and sharing the love there much more than any kind of social media so far πŸ™‚ x

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  6. I think there has been a shift, but while a lot of people are moving towards more social media, some of us are moving away from it. I have personally stopped visiting Twitter altogether (I still have my account and my blog posts are automatically posted there, but I haven’t actually logged in and read or posted in almost a year) because of the drama and negativity that can sprout up there. I have found that I am still able to function in the book blogging community without social media (though it severely limits my ability to enter some giveaways). and I’m actually a happier person without it in my life.

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    1. Oh that’s such an interesting point to hear – thank you for sharing! There is a lot of negativity on twitter and it can get quite overwhelming at times, I have to agree with you – it feels good to step away every once in a while. I’m glad you’re feeling happier without social media, just with your blog, that’s so great πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this πŸ™‚ x

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  7. I agree with you. I haven’t been blogging for too long and I have noticed that social media does have a big influence. I think Instagram is the biggest one tbh but twitter also has a big influence.

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  8. Lovely post Marie! It’s been almost a year since I started blogging and yes I have definitely felt that change. I am both on Twitter and Instagram but Twitter is the least favourite of mine. I am never able to catch up with it. As you said, it moves too fast. Every time I go there it seems like I have missed a ton. However, on Instagram, you can exactly get the much more information.
    While I cross-post on my social accounts, my blog is the first thing I am focussing these days because it is the platform that I am trying to grow πŸ™‚
    I really enjoyed reading this Marie πŸ™‚

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    1. Oh thank you, I’m so glad you enjoyed this post, makes me so happy ❀
      I agree, twitter is moving way too fast at times. instagram sounds like a lovely platform, but… I just don't have the time and artistic ability to do that?? I don't know how people do it haha.
      Thank you! πŸ™‚ x

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  9. I feel so understood! Honestly, I actually haven’t thought about this before but I still actually agree with you here! Personallu, I’m very active on my twitter (just started my bookstagram 2 weeks ago, not very active just yet haha) and it’s kind of replaced blogging for me since I spend so much time on it. I used to spend that time on book blogging. But alas (im so weird for using this word) that is not the point of this post. I think it also matters when requesting ARCS. I’ve seen publishers care a LOT more about your social media presence rather than your major platform following. And that’s because people are more active on social media than blogging.
    I have a Blogging Facebook but I NEVER use it so haha. Twitter is the biggest one and sometimes I feel i really should step away from it. And yeah, I do feel like If I say something on Twitter, people will care more than If I shout about in a blog post. Which is a PART of the reason why i am demotivated to write blogs. Seeing books on Twitter, I GUESS. But for me strangely, it’s always the hype on Goodreads that gets me?

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    1. I have a feeling that this happens to a lot of people – they are posting a lot on social media and spending tons of time there, which leaves a bit less time to spend on blogging and blog posts? I get it though and when you have socialmedia and blogging, it’s easy to just… get into social media because it’s quicker, in a way? I don’t know. I feel like many bloggers are a lot on social media and blogs are just, something on the side. For me, social media are sidekicks to my blog, not the contrary? I feel like I’m doing everything wrong because of that, haha, but I am so much more at ease with book blogging than with social media overall.
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! ❀ ❀

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  10. Great post once again!

    I did notice this change in the book blogging community. And, just like your title, I was wondering if book blogging was still relevant. When we know that, because of all the content easily-reachable on the net the attention span of internet readers has greatly diminished (hence people are not actually reading stuffs anymore on the web, just “zapping”), book blogging might seem like something of the past… It seems that people don’t want to dive anymore, they just want to “know about and go”. But just like books didn’t stop being a thing when movies arrived, I think book blogging is still relevant even with Social Media.

    I’m personally on every social media but, even though it’s supposed to be my job (digital marketing), I always feel weird on them. I absolutely hate facebook and don’t feel really confortable posting on it. I like “being influenced” on Instagram and follow the personality of influencers I like but I always feel weird acting like one. I would love to be a part of the bookstagram community but for now I can’t… I always preferred Twitter and I love it even more since it has allowed me to meet so many nice people (you being one of them πŸ’›) and, for once, feel that my blog was relevant. So I think using both is good, watching stuffs on SM is easy but, it’s shallow, the soul of a blogger can only be found on its blog!

    I usually am influenced on Social Media but it’s not because of the platform but because of the person(s). So whether it’s on a blog or on Instagram or Twitter, if it’s someone i give credit for and trust the opinion of, I’ll probably end up buying the book!

    (I’m so sorry this long long comment πŸ˜…πŸ™ˆ)

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    1. Oh yes, people definitely are zapping a bit more now – I do it myself, too, yet I appreciate reading blogs and blog posts so, so much still. I guess I also want to be certain that I’m not the only one left feeling this way πŸ˜…

      Are we the same person??? πŸ˜… social media is (part of) my job as well, yet… I can’t stand Facebook and have given up on it personally, I only use it for my work. I also love Instagram, all the pictures, the influencers, everything they do. I am SO in awe of bookstagrammers and would love, someday, to be part of this community, but I am also lacking photography skills and time to do it all and I’m basically a nervous mess about it πŸ˜…

      Oh this is such a great point – I think that the person influences me way more than the media? If it’s a person I trust, whether she/he/they are ranting over on twitter, instagram or their blogs, I’ll buy the book with my eyes closed haha πŸ™‚

      Oh don’t apologize, thank YOU for taking the time to share your thoughts on this, this means SO much ❀

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      1. Yeah, it’s hard to focus on things these days (especially when you have an attention span like mine…). I want to do some stuffs but in the meantime there are so many other things that I would rather (or as much want to) do.

        It seems that we indeed are the same person πŸ˜‚Isn’t that a bit messed up that supposedly community managers and digital marketers are “a bit affraid” of Social Media? (“Affraid” is not the word, it’s more of a disenchantment for the platforms and form of communication but that’s what it will look like to outsiders). But we are really the same for Instagram though! Maybe we could hep each other with that, I don’t know how though πŸ˜‚

        And yeah it all comes down to the personality / the person. I would go the edges of the web (and the world?) for a someone I trust. Facebook, Twitter, Blog, YouTube … those are just vectors of the information.

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      2. OH I have the same issue – though I know i can get REALLY focused on something (blog posts mostly or my writing at times), I also know my attention quickly gets away, swallowed by social media or notifications or something haha.

        It IS messed up, but I also think that, because we know these platforms so much and everything they can (sometimes REALLY creepily) do… makes us feel a bit weird about it overall πŸ˜‚ they’re powerful tools, but I think what’s scary is to know just how much they can be? πŸ˜‚
        yeeees ahah definitely, well if you get to instagram and bookstagram someday… share all the tips? πŸ˜‚

        I guess you are right about that for sure, I’d definitely follow any book recs certain bloggers will give me with my eyes closed haha πŸ™‚ x

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      3. Yup exactly hahaha! When you know how powerful is the beast you know what to fear from it. To be honest I think that Social Media are very far from being anything « socialΒ Β» (associal media?) Anyway! Referring to your blog about the book blogging pressures, this is one thing I quite worry about. I stress to much about Instagram and I never think any of my pictures would be worthy enough. I would just like to share my love for reading anyway it’s possible but then perfectionism kicks in and…. I just can’t do anything 😣 So as you will probably get to bookstagram before i’m waiting for the tips 😜

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      4. Ughhhh I have EXACTLY the same issue. I have a perfectionnist’s crisis like, twice a week because of these kind of things haha it’s awful. I guess we’ll have to wait and see who gets into it first πŸ˜› x

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  11. I AGREE WITH ALL OF THIS. But yet I will still throw bananas at you because it is fun and why not.

    It’s easy to see that book blogging is not as popular as social media, mainly because it takes a lot of time to write a post, and then perhaps get so little in return for your effort. Especially if you are measuring your readership via comments or page views. As the audience, it’s much easier to scroll through some tweets or heart a photo, something that’s so much easier than commenting (furthermore it’s harder to comment on a phone, and so it’s preferable to use a laptop while commenting, which is something people may not have on hand all the time).

    So yeah, I agree that it’s getting harder to gain blog readership. Booktube is also hard because of all the editing, but it since lots of people use youtube and it’s easy to put in the background and what not, there’s probably more viewership there. Commenting on blogs take focus, and you can’t really multi-task while doing it. SO THERE’S THAT.

    This sounds so bleak BUT YOUR POST WAS ALSO BLEAK SO I have no regrets. I do think there will always be an audience for blogging though πŸ˜›

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    1. Oh yes, I have to agree with you here, I guess commenting and getting an audience is a bit easier on social media, it’s quicker to consume than a full-length blog post, that’s for sure πŸ˜…
      Definitely agree about booktube – even if I don’t watch it, I have to agree that it sounds easier to just, put it in the background, while… when you’re reading a blog post, you can just… well, read the blog post and focus on that πŸ˜…

      Thank you so, so much for your sweet comment, Valerie!! ❀ ❀

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  12. Perhaps social media is more relevant to publishers because those platforms reach more people and those platforms are the ones that news sites will often cite when writing about the conversations happening in the YA book community. But I don’t know that this is new. I have been blogging for seven years and I believe that, for those seven years, it has been common for book blogs to be read mainly by other book bloggers and not by the general public–hence why it’s so difficult to monetize book blogs. We’re not like food or fashion bloggers. We don’t get millions of views per month from search engines. I know that a lot of bloggers have moved to social media since I started blogging, but I am not convinced that their success on other platforms means less traffic to blogs because, again, I don’t think non-bloggers were ever reading the blogs to begin with (not in large numbers).

    Personally, however, I prefer to read blogs and don’t follow anyone’s social media accounts. You just can’t have the same type of conversation on Twitter or on Instagram that you can have on a blog where you have more room to write and the focus is on the text and not the images. I also think the speed of Twitter that you mention is a problem. Conversations on Twitter last a day. Conversations on blogs can keep on going.

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    1. You are making such a great point, Krysta, and you’re right – I agree that, outside of book bloggers and other kind of bloggers or readers, I don’t feel like our blogs are read by such a big audience and… in that, social media really are important and maybe bring more audience, too, a different kind of audience.

      I agree with you too on that – yes, we have different kind of conversations on blogs and social media, I feel like I can really take the time to talk with someone on a particular topic, while on twitter everything moves so fast, it’s crazy. I think that’s why I will always love blogs more and the conversations we can have πŸ™‚

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment and for sharing your thoughts on the topic, I appreciate it so much! πŸ™‚

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  13. I agree that it seems possible to get HUGE audiences on Instagram and Twitter in way that seem much more difficult for a blog. But, I don’t know. Did book blogs EVER get like 10,000 followers or whatever? I’m not sure that blogs are losing followers or interaction necessarily, just that it’s easier to get those things in different platforms.

    I also think it depends what you’re into. I like Twitter and Instagram, too, bu those platforms cater to short content, and often it feels very promotion-y. If I want in-depth, thoughtful commentary, I’m more likely to look at a blog. So I think publishers will often prioritize social media and Booktube because of the large audiences and the ease of getting a quick promo out to tons of people, but as a reader, I guess I just prefer blogs.

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    1. You’re raising an interesting question. I already saw book blogs with over 20 000 followers, but this is all-included, meaning, blog followers, no matter the platform + all kinds of social media, blog lovin and so on.
      I agree with you that they are different platforms and we definitely have different conversations, too, and ways to tackle them. I appreciate book blogs so much because it’s easier to get into depth with all the topics, to talk about all the books and so on. Social media are such a quick way to get promo out, but I’ll always trust reviews on book blogs more πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this, Briana! πŸ™‚ x

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      1. I know right?! That’s crazy – even with the social media accounts adding up, numbers can get reaaally high. It’s impressive, I want to know all of their secrets as well πŸ˜›

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  14. * Definately gonna add this post to my « giving love » part of my end of month Bujo. *

    I dont know if it’s because I came while it was switching.. but to me both needs eachother. Yes, im a part of booklr on tumblr and aswell as the book community on twitter (not insta yet..) but as blog posting all 7days of the week is not really.. possible, for now anyway, it’s good to speak with, interact, and scream at some things over there in the mean time. It just gives us bloggin people more place to share a part if our world with πŸ™‚ but blog posts & comments are very important still! I make it my rule to bloghop & comment back as much as I can πŸ’•

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    1. Oh thank you, so glad you enjoyed this post πŸ™‚
      I agree that they both complete each other quite well – and it is impossible to blog all the time and be on social media, just everywhere all the time – unless we’re just doing that all day long haha. What I meant is that, I feel like interactions happen a lot on social media and a bit less on blogs, and I do love interactions on both, it’s just… I feel this switch. Social media is quicker for sure, but still I love a good talk via comments as well πŸ™‚ x
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet comment, Kristina πŸ™‚

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      1. Yes! For sure, I decided to habit track my answering & returning comments, so the days I dont have any is quite eh πŸ˜” even if there some days it dont has any, I get quite a lot opposed to some who says they never had any! Which wierded me out honestly ahaha I went like « what! Are you serious..?Β Β»

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  15. Marie, this post is incredible. Literally. I may be a brand new face around the book community, but I’ve been silently lurking unseen in the background for a while now; reading book blogs, reviews, tweets, etc. And I must say, I completely and one hundred percent agree with you. To be quite honest, I’ve never felt comfortable in the land of social media (Twitter, Instagram, even Facebook). But writing, I’ve always loved to do. Blogging seems like the place I’m most at ease, if I had to choose, and like you said, we shouldn’t feel inadequate about that. I love the thought of being able to say what I want to say, without having to rush saying it. I can speak my mind in a relaxed environment (aka my blog). Book bloggers put in just as much work as anyone else and deserve to be heard and shown appreciation. I’ve been trying to be more active on Twitter, but mainly spreading the love of book blogs. I prefer not to delve into the murky waters of book politics, etc. Not because I don’t care, but because it isn’t in my personality, as you mentioned. I wish there were some way for book bloggers to band together to make all of us be heard more. This post actually gives me a few ideas, so I may send you an email about some things. πŸ™‚

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    1. Oh wow, thank you so, so much for your sweet words and your sweet comment, this means so much to me ❀ I'm also glad you can relate to some of this post. If some important debates are certainly happening over on social media, I just am not the kind of person to shout about it. I maybe will use my thoughts to write a lenghty blog post like this one haha.
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet comment and your support! Feel free to send me an email if you want ahah, I am curious now about your ideas πŸ™‚ x

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  16. Very interesting topic! I completely agree, there has definitely been a shift away from book blogging. You really have hit the nail on the head with the reasons why too. The cold hard fact is that book blogging takes a lot of TIME. Many people simply do not have the time it takes to dedicate to blogging. I would also say that book blogging takes more effort too… not that other forms of social media don’t, but that book blogging takes more I’d say. People like quick & instant these days. It’s unfortunate, BUT I’m like you and don’t really feel comfortable on bookish social media. I like to take my time and participate when it fits my schedule… social media does move quickly, so it is hard to keep up.

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    1. Oh thank you so much, Amanda, I’m glad you enjoyed and could relate to this post ❀
      I agree, if social media does take time, it's not necessarily the same kind of time we can spend on blog posts, either. I guess there is nothing we can do anyway, it's just the way society gets, slowly but surely… as long as there are book bloggers' readers, I'll be happy haha πŸ™‚ x
      Thank you!! πŸ™‚

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  17. Oh my goodness Marie I feel this post SO MUCH. Like you I’m not really that comfortable on social media – I wish I could be, but I just can’t easily tweet my opinion like others do. Sometimes I somehow find the courage but most of the time I just tweet silly things here and there, if I’m even on! While Twitter can definitely be fun, it’s not always relaxing and after a (most of the times mentally along with physically) exhausting day, I just can’t look at my Twitter feed. And as for Bookstagram or regular Instagram I just don’t have the energy to keep it up lol. I definitely feel like not being that active on social media impacts my stats/my presence in the community and that sucks, but I can’t just change who I am/force myself to be more active when I don’t want to.
    Thank you so much for this post Marie! ❀️

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    1. I feel the same way. Somedays I feel okay with it, some others I just want and need for everything to JUST STOP and I can’t follow everything and it’s just too much haha. I feel like, yes, it’s not too relaxing at times and it’s more exhausting than anything else haha.
      Thank you for saying that and for the reminder, too – I feel like I could do more if I had a bookstagram, for instance, but… it’s a lot of work as well haha.
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! πŸ™‚ x

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    1. It is another outlet, it’s different for sure πŸ™‚ I guess as long as we play our strengths, like you’re saying and that we are just happy with whatever we are doing, that’s what matters πŸ™‚

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  18. hehe I may be a monkey, but I’d never throw bananas at you πŸ˜‰
    This is such an interesting post! I confess, I’m still a bit oblivious to book twitter (and completely oblivious to bookstagram) And honestly I’m not the kind of person to scream about everything either, so I’m with you on this. Tbh I honestly just prefer blogging and so it’ll always be relevant to me πŸ˜‰ Awesome post!

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  19. I’ve noticed in some polls that bookstagrammers put up that most viewers prefer reading reviews on Instagram/twitter over blog, and I’m not a fan. I don’t think all thoughts can be properly articulated on social media like in a blog post and I still prefer reading proper reviews than social media. I trusted social media once, bought two books of the series and ended up really disliking it. It’s true, even I think about whether what I write on the blog matters but in the end of the day that’s what I like doing.

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    1. Oh I’m glad you feel the same way – I really prefer reading reviews on blogs, I feel like there is so much more you can talk about there and, I don’t know, I just love it more πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! πŸ˜€

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  20. Hi Marie. I really appreciated your post. I just dipped my toe into the blogging world and launched my blog this month. I am having trouble getting traction with it and had started to notice that bookish social media is where all the attention seems to reside. I am coming to terms with what I’m willing to commit to in terms of time and avenue on social media, and reading similar thoughts in your post was enlightening and supportive. So thanks! You’ve made a difference in my day and blogging sphere.

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    1. oh you’re so welcome, I am so happy this post was useful to you πŸ™‚ there is a lot of traction over on social media, that’s for sure, but it can also happen on blogs. It’s all a matter of deciding where we want to stand and how we want to live this blogging experience πŸ™‚
      thank you so much for your sweet comment πŸ™‚

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  21. I still love blogging, but I have noticed the switch also to more social media posts about books and honestly I love looking at all the pictures and learning about books that people love, but I do still like to read blog posts. I’m with you that it seems they aren’t getting as many reviews these days.

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  22. This is such a fantastic post and I’m a little sad I’m late to the party.

    I think most definitely it’s easier and so much quicker to get a response and interaction about an issue or book on social media, book twitter in particular. I feel like it takes so much effort to build an audience on a blog in comparison, which, yeah, kinda sucks because of how much more work it takes.

    I think it comes down to the instant nature of social media. People like the ability to read short chunks and interact with a limited response, because it’s easier, rather than reading an entire post and responding to a more in-depth discussion.

    But I guess the great thing is that people who read books like reading! So yeah, I think it’s still relevant to our audience in particular.

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet comment, I am so happy to hear you enjoyed my post ❀ I have to agree with you here, I guess it all comes down to the fact that social media is a bit more quick and instant than blogs are :/ Thankfully, there are still people like you and I loving to read blogs πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

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  23. I started book blogging in 2008 under a diff name on blogger because I had no friends who talked books. Then I discovered book blogging and booktube though to be fair back then blogging was bigger than booktube. Instagram didn’t exist yet and people hardly ever used Twitter to promote their blogs however it was a great place to interact with your fav authors and publishers.

    I took a break in 2011 and again in 2013 to work for Disney and I’ve been gone since then until now and through the years I’ve noticed that booktube went up and blogging went down. Then I saw that bookstagram was a thing and that took over everything.

    Tbh I still love blogging and with the algorithm fuck shit I’m certain that blogging will make a comeback at some point. I feel like creating a community on blogs is much MORE than one you can create on instagram mostly because we read and see what you’re saying here versus feeling ‘rushed’ on IG to like the next photo and the next, you know?

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and insight, it’s even more interesting to see how you saw things evolve, given that you have been blogging for so much longer than I have! I’m glad to see that I am not going crazy though and that you are seeing this switch as well.
      I completely agree with you here – social media as a whole really is instant, while blogging is just more… it just seems more constant, somehow. I really hope that it will make a big comeback as well and… that it will never be forgotten or irrelevant ahah πŸ™‚
      Thank you SO much for your sweet comment!! ❀

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  24. I absolutely understand where you’re coming from. I’ve always been blogging at wordpress, but last 2015 I tried bookstagram for my photos, it was doing great. I have to platforms to work on, but then new generation of bookstagrammer came, then they weren’t just taking book photos for the sake of sharing the book, tey were doing all these with book merch and candles and I just dont see the point. They dont even review it anymore, well not all of them but mostly. I decided to drop my bookstagram but I held on to my wordpress. It’s sad and beautiful to see this big of a change on the community.

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    1. I guess bookstagram has just a different way of working, I am not an expert and couldn’t really talk about it in depth, but yeah I rarely see full-length reviews or sometimes even thoughts on the books featured. I guess it just works differently? In our world right now, as long as the book is seen, without reviews, even just with a picture, that seems to be enough to work for the publishers? I don’t know haha I don’t understand all of the mechanisms there haha πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! πŸ™‚ x

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  25. I don’t *do* bookstagram – I’m apparently in the minority here, but I really don’t get why you’d want to take soooo many pictures of books…? Like, I know what books look like…? They all kinda look like books…? #JustSaying. #Youdoyou. Lol.

    Look, social media is an extension of blogging – not its replacement. It comes down to: do you wanna just talk about books? – Influencers, just social media; perfectly fine, but not for everyone – or do you wanna also create content? – reviews, discussions, etc. – the sort of thing that you promo on social media, but usually don’t write there, because it doesn’t lend itself to in-depth explorations of topics!

    And as far as missing-out is concerned? There are so many social media networks now that no-one expects you to be on *all* of them. Pick one or two that suit you best and build them up. If and when you feel comfortable, you can add another to your toolkit, but there’s honestly no rush! πŸ™‚

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    1. I agree that social media is an extension of blogging, and I guess everyone can’t be at ease with social media or blogging, like you’re saying, yes, it all depends on what you want to do with your blogging adventure, write in depth blog posts, be on social media, juggle it all or not πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! πŸ™‚

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  26. Old-fashioned (small time!) book blogger here πŸ™‚ I personally CANNOT stand Twitter β€” bookish or otherwise. It’s too fast and there’s too much drama and after giving it a go for a while, I just couldn’t keep up β€” and didn’t even want to, honestly. I follow a few Bookstagrammers, but my own account is just for personal use. I think it’s so easy to get overwhelmed on there too, so I’m really picky about who i follow. For all social media, I find the norm of following tons of people β€” and/or following back everyone who follows you β€” to help grow your account just to be way too much. It feels artificial to me β€” how can anyone genuinely keep up with following so many people? I have been blogging for almost 7 years and I still only have a small following and I love that β€” the connections feel more genuine to me. And that’s the best part of blogging for me. I have nothing against big accounts or bloggers/influencers who have different goals, but I know I could NEVER keep up with it all myself! I keep blogging even though I generally reach only a small group β€” and when a post has wider appeal or manages to attract readers from a Google search, that’s just a bonus for me πŸ™‚

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    1. I completely understand your feeling, it is so very easy to get overwhelmed on social media, it feels a bit more relaxed on the blogosphere and I like that atmosphere a lot πŸ™‚
      I really like the way you see blogging and have to agree, genuine connections are important and it is the best part of blogging, being able to chat with people like that and make amazing friends, too ❀ ❀
      Thank you so, so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts on this topic! ❀ ❀

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  27. I feel exactly the same way! I even decided to quit Facebook and Instagram because they felt like “fast connection” (like fast food). It seems like you are writing and producing something but it’s so short lived and it lacks the effort I am trying to put in a normal blog post. Plus, I love writing and posts on social media can’t really satisfy this need I have to express myself in a written way. I would like to think that things will shift again and people will start appreciating blogs again.
    Thank you so much for this post and I’m sending you hugs from Scotland. πŸ™‚

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    1. I’m glad I’m not the only one feeling this way! Thank you so, so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! ❀ Also wow, Scotland, I DREAM of going there someday πŸ˜€ ❀

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