4 things book blogging brought me and I am eternally thankful for

Lately, it has come to my attention that, in the book blogging community, we tend to be negative about things. When it comes to talking about books, we all love a good rant and we all appreciate it when someone points out that a book is problematic in a way. When it comes to talking about book blogging, we underline the struggles we have and how complicated, finally, it is to be a book blogger.

Don’t get me wrong: it IS important to share these things, highlight problematic books, shine a light on blogging struggles and so on. It is important to show that it’s not all sunshine and rainbows in here.

Yet, it’s also important to remember the positive sides of book blogging. It’s important to remember everything it brought us, will bring us, and how, sometimes, despite the struggles, well, sunshine and rainbows are here, every now and then.

So, your local book blogging marshmallow is coming back today to share everything she loves about blogging and most especially, all of the positive things it has brought in my life. I hope this will inspire you, remind you of why you’re blogging and hopefully, words that will come back to mind whenever you’re feeling down and/or struggling with blogging overall.

Here is why I love book blogging

Or a mix of general reasons, more personal reasons and the truth about what makes me love book blogging more than anything else. Well, almost. I know I am a teensy bit obsessed, but not that much. I swear.

1. I am slowly suffocating under book recommendations – and loving it

I had to start with that reason, because it’s the most obvious one, and one you probably all can relate to. Reading book blogs regularly, keeping up with new releases, finding out about old releases I never knew, suddenly spending way more time on goodreads to add all the books, my Goodreads TBR growing from 100 to over 300 books and more. There are so many books I find out about every day and I love it. It makes me love reading more, every single day.

2. I am more aware of so. many. things.

I know that’s a super awkward title, but I did not even know how to put that together. Somehow, being part of the book blogging community has allowed me to learn so much. About publishing as a whole, about writing, as well, about diversity in books, about representation in books, about getting books to the right hands of diverse readers, about so, so much more. I am learning so much everyday from this community and I am so grateful for that.

3. I have found – and I am finding every day – the most amazing people on earth

I am thinking of a couple people as I am writing this, but honestly, book blogging has brought me the most incredible people in my life. People to have bookish conversations with – obviously, that’s what we signed up for, but also, so much more.

People that inspire me, people that warm my heart, people that make me smile, people that know how to both scream at me when I am being stupid and make me feel better when I am down, both about bookish and non bookish things. Book blogging has brought me bookish, but also true friends and the ones telling me that internet friendship is not real can come and fight me.

4. I feel more confident – well, little by little

If you have talked with me a little bit already, or a lot, you might know or figure out that I am not the most confident person there is, no matter what you might say or do, it’s in my veins, I guess. Yet, book blogging has brought me more confidence than I ever thought I could gain, or just, have.

Sitting every weekend on my couch to type down words and have the obstination to keep on going with this hobby. Feeling like I can write this damn blog post (even if I am still stopping every five minutes to question whether I am rambling, or not). Feeling like, some people enjoy actually reading my ramblings enough to leave me a sweet comment by the end of it all. Feeling like I have a voice in this community, a presence, no matter how small.

Feeling like I have found this thing, somehow, after a long, boring day at university, sitting down on my bed and creating a WordPress account, this thing that keeps me busy, screaming about books, slowly bribing my sister into getting me new releases (spoiler alert: it works and I feel like I’m the devil. Somehow I like it. What have you done with me, BOOK BLOGGING) and so much more.

There would be so much more to say about what book blogging brought me, so here’s a small list to add of awkward things I manage to do because, or thanks to, I’m not sure, book blogging:

  • I somehow manage to remember the author’s names by heart now, while I struggled to remember them before. (Yeah, that doesn’t work for the main characters’ names in a book though. I wonder why).
  • I can add books being released in 2020 on my TBR now because I’m hearing about it all and I regret everything.
  • I’m a pro at planning out blog posts – and freaking out about it. I got Excel Spreadsheets A+ skills.
  • I also got A+++++ skills at re-reading my emails 318 492 291 times before sending a request to a publisher, because #confident, am I right.
  • I’m going to go there and say, free books. Before you jump at my throat, I’m going to explain that it’s not all about free books. It’s about having the incredible opportunities to, yes, get a book for free, yes, read it before its publication date, yes, somehow, being part of something as incredible as hyping up a book before it releases. I just love that sometimes, I get lucky enough to do that.
  • My fingers are lightning bolts on the computer now and when I type people are like “slow down”, and I’m like “can’t. too many book blogs.”

If you are looking for some more positivity, I would totally recommend Aimee’s blog post on reasons to love the bookish community.

What has book blogging brought you? Do you also manage to remember author’s names, but not characters’ ones?! Did blogging gave you a little boost of confidence as well?

I would love to know all of the positive things that blogging has brought you, so let me know in comments!

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145 thoughts on “4 things book blogging brought me and I am eternally thankful for

  1. These are such good reasons! Book blogging has enabled me to learn about web design, and make friends. It’s made me more passionate about books and better at writing. I’ve become a lot more critical of the books I read, and I think I’m starting to read more widely because I’m exposed to more books. I’ve learned about social media and how that helps with book promotion. I understand how publishing works a lot better. Like you said, blogging isa really valuable hobby, and I’m so glad you do it πŸ™‚ ❀

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    1. I’m so, so glad that blogging brought you so much, Shar – I feel the exact same way ❀ I love how much I've learned about book publishing and promotion and so on, it's incredible ❀
      Thank you so much! ❀ ❀

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  2. AHHHH THIS IS THE SWEETEST MOST POSITIVE THING MARIEEE <3!! it's like sunshiny sugary syrupy goodness of feels about blogging and I agree with it all! Sometimes we just have to take a step back and remember all the wholesome things abut the blogosphere. Especially screeching together about books we love and our TBRs. And I'm glad blogging is giving you a smidge of confidence because you're seriously amazing!!

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    1. AWWWWW thank you you’re way too sweet ahh what did I ever to do deserve you 😭 😭 😭
      It’s so good to remember to be positive about everything and to remember why we love it, too ❀ ❀

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  3. Honestly, yes! Blogging has made me so much more confident! it has also, like you said, made me so much more aware. It never even used to occur to me that I should get representation and now I’m like, yeah duh, no, of course I should. I’m a person too!

    It’s crazy how used to a certain kind of mc you can get, so then you never even think about yourself until someone else brings rep up.

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    1. I think it’s SO important that everyone gets representation in young adult books and I’m happy to see progress happening, little by little. I just hope it continues on and that we keep on boosting these, too πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, I’m so happy blogging has made you confident, you should be, you’re doing AMAZING πŸ˜€

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  4. That’s true, we do tend to be negative about things. And mostly about ourselves! But book blogging is just so good for you in other ways. Like, when I got ganged up on on Facebook by real life people, literally at least 8 book bloggers wrote me personal messages, asking me if I was alright. It made me tear up. These are my people ;_;

    The book recs though xD I don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing πŸ˜€ hahaha… I have expected that I’d know all the new releases though, just by being immersed in it – but… As it turns out, I have no clue what’s being released two years into blogging xD I just… I guess it’s not my thing? I don’t know how everyone always knows that xD how do you manage that????!!!!! I want to learn xD I bet it has something to do with my attention span, lol.

    Oh and totally agree about rereading that publisher request email πŸ˜€ it’s like… I don’t even reread my work emails that much, even the important ones xD the request emails are somehow… personal? πŸ˜€

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    1. Oh wow I’m so sorry that happened to you, what the hell, ugh 😦 I hope you’re feeling better now ❀ It's so amazing that people are reaching out that way and being so sweet, these are our people for sure ❀ ❀

      Hahaha, I think it's a bit of a mix of following agents and publishers on twitter, stalking goodreads and everything hahaha. πŸ˜›

      I'm glad I'm not the only one, I re-read these kind of emails a billion times hahahaha I'm the worst πŸ˜›

      Thank you SO much for your sweet comment!! ❀ ❀

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  5. Great post that I fully relate too! πŸ’•
    I truly love getting so many great book recommendations and discovering a lot of great reading material! (Looking at you Marie 😘) I definitely learned a lot about representation in the last few years, like honestly 2014 me was so clueless about a lot of stuff! I also love all the people I get to chat to because of blogging, it’s amazing how great it feels to connect with other bookworms! 😍

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    1. I just love seeing how much I’ve learned and grew, both with my confidence and with everything I’ve learned thanks to book blogging. I love it sooo very much and it makes me so happy to know it did the same for you!! ❀ ❀
      Thank you so, SO much for your sweet comment, Caro!! ❀

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  6. I love the positivity in a sea of negativity Marie! Book blogging has brought be so much joy these past 2.5 years. Unfortunately, this post year my blogging has been sporadic for various reasons, I am ready to make blogging a priority again.

    I agree to all the reasons how blogging has brought you happiness, and I’ll add that blogging has given me a creative outlet & a sense of purpose that I lack in my real life because I am a stay at home parent. Being a stay at home parent isn’t the most rewarding job in terms of productivity & recognition, so I get that from blogging.

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  7. Hello Marie!
    Wow I love this post so much and I can relate to every word of it! I love that blogging has made my TBR a bottomless pit and that I never ever run out of books to read. I love that I became a more well-informed person through reading book blogs and the books that I discover through book blogging. I can now proudly say I know what makes a book problematic and identify problematic books πŸ™‚ I love that I’ve made friends in the blogging community, and that it gives me something to look forward to after some very long days in the adulting world.
    I am the same when it comes to names! I can easily spew out authors’ names but I am embarrassed to admit that I have to google some character names for my blog posts hahahha πŸ™‚
    Great post Marie ❀

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    1. Awww thank you so, so much Sophie! ❀ I have to say that I am also pretty proud that I am now able to point out so many problematic things in books, things that totally flew over my head a couple years ago. I feel so grateful to be more aware of important things like that now.
      SOPHIE YOU ARE ME πŸ˜‚ I google characters' names almost all the time, because my memory when it comes to these is the woooorst πŸ˜‚

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      1. Haha yes! I always feel embarrassed when I don’t remember character names, especially if they are characters that I liked from books that I really enjoyed lol. Glad that I’m not the only one πŸ™‚

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  8. Yes! I can definitely relate with the confidence aspect! πŸ˜†

    I think it’s actually writing in general that made me more confident — I remember walking to school a few years back the day after I finished the first draft of my WIP. Somehow, knowing that I had written a complete novel (even though it might not have been a good draft πŸ˜‡) did wonders to how confident I felt about myself and my abilities to just do things. Starting to blog only made me feel more sure about sharing my opinions and pursuing what I love.

    This post is amazing, Marie! I loved reading this so much! πŸ’•

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    1. I’m so, so happy to hear that – you should feel more confident after writing so much, it’s such an awesome accomplishment! ❀ I think it's so good whenever we manage to feel that way, like we can do, anything πŸ˜€

      Thank you so, so much!! ❀

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