8 things you need to know about book blogging

When I told myself I would start a book blog almost 5 years ago (okay. I think I need a moment. I’m so old???), I never, ever thought blogging would be like this. After so much time spent on it all, creating Drizzle & Hurricane Books and, over the years, changing it and exploring it and making it grow as it is now, I feel like I know some things about book blogging now that I didn’t back then, that day I sat on my bed and created my blog.

Today I’m here to share them all with you. These tiny, big things that might seem obvious now as you’re book blogging and have been for years. These things that might be new to you as you just start out and don’t know, really, what to expect with your blogging adventure at all.

8 things you need to know about book blogging

1. The time it takes πŸ•š

Let’s state the obvious. When I first started, I had no idea that book blogging could take so much time. I thought I’d write a quick review or something and post it and that’d be it.

I think it’s one of these moments I look back on and laugh at myself and how ignorant I was.

I spend on average almost as much time blogging as I spend on my full-time job, meaning… well, maybe 28 hours a week most likely. Lately, I’ve been reducing that time a little bit, because self-care and mental health and writing and everything, but…. no matter what you do, there will always, always be so many things to do when it comes to book blogging.

I mean, you’re not only writing blog posts. You’re spending even more time doing the layout for said-blog posts. You’re answering to comments on your blog posts. You’re blog-hopping and discovering new blogs, reading their posts, commenting and so on. You’re spending way too much time on book twitter to procrastinate, aerm, sorry, keep yourself in the loop of it all. You’re on goodreads updating your reviews, you’re taking pictures for your blog, your bookstagram, your social media. You’re sending emails and answering to emails and changing your blog’s layout and brainstorming and scheduling and YOU ARE DOING SO MUCH AND HOW DID THIS HAPPEN???

Casual reminder that blogging takes a whole damn lot of my time and yet I love it so much, if you’re feeling burned out or tired of spending so much time, take a break and a small hiatus and take care of yourself. Might be a reminder for me, too.

2. The books you’ll discover πŸ“š

I honestly can’t recall how I found out about new books before I started book blogging. I don’t have a library because I’m an international book blogger. I think I might have found out about new books scrolling through goodreads and such.

Now, I find out about new books every single day, my TBR has grown 20 times its original size, I’m drowning in books I want to read and I’m happier than ever.

Also, a little overwhelmed, let’s face it, because there are just too many books to read in the world and too little time.

I never, ever thought I could find out about so many incredible reads. I never thought I could read about anxiety and feel seen, read about romances I adore, fall in love with authors I’d never ever heard. I never thought I could discover incredible diverse reads I hold dear in my heart and read debuts I’ll boost with all of myself. Book blogging got me that.

You got me that.

3. The friends you’ll make πŸ’ž

Whoever tells me internet friendships aren’t real can honestly leave right now. Book blogging gave me some incredible friends who, will hopefully recognize themselves, people I can talk to on a daily basis, about books, obviously, but about so much more just as well. From falling in love with the same books to talking about life, I’m so grateful for my blogging friends.

These are the things I didn’t expect. Comments and conversations about books, yes, hopefully, that’s what I thought years ago. Real friends I can confide in, never saw that coming. Unexpected surprises of blogging, you might and most likely will find your people and this is one of the most beautiful things about this adventure.

4. The opportunities you’ll create 🀝

I had kind of a week, a week where an opportunity I had been chasing for ages, an opportunity I had never, ever, ever dared dreaming of as I first started blogging, knocked on my door, answered my email and just said yes.

Book blogging gave me so many opportunities that I’d never ever dreamed I could get in a lifetime, really, especially as an international book blogger. It allowed me to read incredible books, it allowed me to hold a copy of a book in my hand that hasn’t even been released and wouldn’t for another six months. It gave me the privilege to discover books ahead of time and to promote them, it gave me a chance to exchange with publishers and authors I admire and, just, it gave me all of this.

Book blogging might give you these chances, as well, despite all odds and yes, even if you’re an international book blogger. Don’t lose hope and keep on rocking.

β˜‚οΈ Related blog post: My story with ARCs as an international book blogger

5. The things you’ll learn πŸ’»

Book blogging taught me so much more than I ever thought it would. I’ve learned so much about myself, of course, but also about blogging and writing online and SEO and maintaining a blog and growing it and organization and branding and promotion and social media. I’ve learned about so many books, about so many worlds, about book bloggers and incredible initiatives. I’ve learned about the publishing world, about the writing world and its struggles. I’ve learned about writing and creating.

I’ve learned so much and I didn’t even realize I did, really, because I was doing it while I was having fun screaming about books.

6. The confidence you’ll gain πŸ’›

I’m still not confident enough to hit the tweet button at times, because the community on here is scary and I’m made of 90% of anxiety about everything. Still. Book blogging taught me I could be good at something again in a world where I often feel like I’m not enough or not doing enough or just not enough of anything, really.

The comments, the warmth of the community, the book blogger awards, a little bit of the validation I sometimes, often, have a hard time feeling… you gave me all of that. You made me feel a little more confident about myself and what I can do. You made me feel proud of the things I can do for this blog and the work I can put into it.

Work with passion and it will show and, most of it all, it will also make you grow. I know it did for me.

7. The anxiety is gives 🌚

I’m always trying to be honest with my blogging experience, so…. yes, book blogging can make you stressed out, anxious, burned out and tired and I think that it’s so important to know it and to recognize it as well. I’m kind of shaking my head in disapproval at myself as I write this, because I’m the absolute worth at recognizing it all, but well.

Book blogging takes a lot of time, it also takes a lot of energy out of yourself. From writing to thinking of new ideas, to feeling like you have to interact and be in the community at all times in order not to miss out… from reading all the blog posts to reading all the hyped books…. If you add up all of these things, it’s so easy to get overwhelmed, stressed out. It’s easy for your anxiety to peak, especially when you’re already dealing with it every day.

So why the heck would I blog, you ask? Because nothing in life is black and white and if you’re enjoying it or feel like you could fall in love with it all, just throw yourself in. Pace yourself and pay attention to yourself first and always, though.

β˜‚οΈ Related blog post: book blogging with anxiety.

8. The community it is πŸ’ƒ

There is not one day that passes without me finding out about this new book blogger, because there are just SO MANY. The book blogging community is incredibly wide and big and people come from all around the world. I’ve chatted with people from New Zealand to the USA, from the Netherlands to the Philippines. I’ve made friends with people from all around the world and met some incredible fellow French bloggers loving the same books as I do.

The community is massive and I never, ever expected it when I first started, yet I’m so grateful that it is. It’s incredible to see how wide the book love goes and how this all unites us.

The love you’ll gain ❀️

As I’m writing this, I honestly feel so warm inside and so, so grateful for it all. Book blogging was filled with surprises and moments I didn’t expect, opportunities and friends, love and, yes, stress and burn-out, just as well. Yet, book blogging brought me so, so much love, really and that’s something I always always keep close to my heart at all times, to remind myself of why I’m doing it all.

What are some things about book blogging you didn’t expect? What are some great surprises about your blogging adventure so far? Some… less great surprises?

What’s one thing you wish you knew before you started this adventure? I’d love to hear your thoughts in comments!

 

 

 

 

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106 thoughts on “8 things you need to know about book blogging

  1. I nodded all the way through this post. When I started book blogging seven years ago I had no idea how much it would change my life, but in a really positive way. It can be hard work and it’s also important to step away and take a break sometimes but I can’t imagine life without Story Snug πŸ™‚

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  2. This post is so sweet and informative! I’ve just finally committed to starting a blog after several failed attempts and reading this made me so excited for what’s to come! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. DAMN RIGHT ABOUT ALL OF THESE THINGS, Marie!! No one ever seems to mention how long it’s really going to take when they are advising you in support of starting a blog. It’s not just writing your heart out and publishing..the behind the scenes is a messy sight! Sometimes I find myself irritated at the fact that AFTER WRITING A LONG ASS POST THAT TOOK SOO MANY HOURS OF BRAINSTORMING, I STIL HAVE TO MAKE THE DAMN AESTHETICS AND FEATURED IMAGES AND SUCH! I mean, I LOVE THEM but NOT WHILE I AM IN THE PROCESS OF MAKING THEM! 🀣🀣
    AND THE THING ABIUT TBRS IS SO SO OOO TRUE! 😭😭 ITs been growing at an exponential rate ever since I started blogging and it’s downright scary. Sometimes I wonder if I ever even read anything before I started blogging! 🀣🀣🀣
    GREAT POST AS ALWAYS, Marie! And every time I am at your blog it’s just…I CRY TEARS OF HAPPINESS BECAUSE OH MY GOD ITS SOO SOO PRETTY! I am sure you have heard this lots of times but I am gonna day it again – ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! ❀️❀️😍😍😍

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    1. EXACTLY. There is just so much to do all the time, writing a post takes times and everything that comes with it, too! I didn’t imagine it took that much time at first, either haha.
      SAME HERE, friend, same. I thought I was a big reader before I started blogging, but… turns out I didn’t read that much, it has gotten sooo much worse now with all the books haha.
      Oh you’re going to make me emotional 😭😭 thank you so, so much for your sweet words ahh, this means so, so much 😭 ❀ ❀

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      1. Haha…seriously! πŸ˜‚ All these amazing bloggers reading like 300 books a year and churning out great posts FREQUENTLY is just….THEY ARE GODS (and YOU ARE ONE THEM!! 😍😍❀️❀️❀️)
        Well then prepare to embrace the emotions Marie because EVERY WORD IS THE TRUTH! ❀️❀️ Hands down one of my favourite places on the Internet! ❀️❀️

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      2. ahhh you’re too sweet 😭😭😭 I’m far from reading 300 books a year haha, you’re way too sweet thank you, this made my entire week so much better 😭 ❀ ❀ ❀

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      3. I commented back but in case it didn’t get through, just wanna say that you really do deserve this…and so much more.. + this is one of my favorite places on the Internet so YEAH!! KEEP ROCKIN’!! AND HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAYYY/NIGHT! ❀️❀️

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  4. I love book blogging–but I do wish I’d known the inner turmoil I could feel about not connecting with a book and knowing I’m probably going to give it a negative review. I’ve thought for a while about just posting positive reviews, just not sure if that’s a step I want to take yet. Thankfully, I do seem to connect with most books I pick up; I think I’ve gotten better at picking ’em!

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    1. Oh I so get that. It’s a little stressful to write and share a negative review, but we can’t all love the same books and the community is so big, you might even connect with bloggers feeling the same way as you do and feel less alone πŸ™‚
      And it’s so great that you’re getting better at picking up books you love – it takes a bit of time, but when you really know your reading taste, it’s just so great πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for your comment! ❀

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  5. Oh my gosh yes … totally agree with this list. The thing that took me FOREVER to get comfortable with is the amount of time it takes to blog. Because it’s not just writing posts, but commenting and organizing and visiting other sites.

    I have to say … blogging TOTALLY opened me up to more books that I would’ve never picked up before. And the friends I’ve made?! It’s the most surreal and beautiful thing. It’s comforting to know I have a safe space to talk about books without people getting bored or annoyed ha-ha!

    I used to get SUPER anxious and would end up going on MASSIVELY LONG hiatus statuses. But after a HUGE realization moment that this is for FUN and I don’t get paid, it became much easier. This is my first year since blogging where I haven’t felt super overwhelmed and have gotten comfortable with just taking it easy … which has actually made me more productive blog wise. The community has helped too, since you WANT to be more active to chat with them.

    I love this post so much. It really shows the VASTNESS of blogging. And I’m glad I’ve gotten to get to know both you and Nyx much more this year ❀

    Happy reading, loves!

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    1. Oh Jenna thank you so, so much for your sweet words, I’m so happy you enjoyed this post ❀
      I'm always, always trying to remind myself that this is all fun and I'm not getting paid, either, so when I get too anxious, I try to expect less of myself and just try to relax and take a step back, too. It's so important to remember to have fun! ❀
      AND YES. to the new books and wonderful friends, it's incredible ❀

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  6. Well I did not expect …many of these!
    1)The time it takes (yes to be a second job)
    2)The pleasure I’d take doing it;
    3) That is would get me to reconnect with my creative side through graphics, posting something funny or original, Bookstagrams …
    4)The Huge HELP I would get from this community. All the positivity. Everyone just shares his experience to help others and that’s a formidable boost after a long work day;
    5)To learn so much! I knew nothing, no lingo no html or CSS or SEO or Photoshop …
    6) The friends!
    7) The confidence. Let’s be honest I am nearing 50 and I did something totally out of my comfort zone, even choosing to self host right from the start. It made me realize that I still am a fast learner and that I can do something good even if it is totally new! Best confidence boost ever;
    8)The want to give back tenfold. I was so touched by the help I got right from the start that I try to help an dgive back any chance I get!
    and so many other points!

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    1. Ahhh yes I’m just so happy blogging brought you so much, Sophie, this is amazing! ❀ It's incredible to see that we can somehow, impress ourselves with what we can do and with how hard we're working, too. I also agree with you about the help of the community and support you get, it's absolutely incredible and one of the best things to ever happen, really. I love it and always want to give back as best as I can, too ❀
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment ❀ ❀

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  7. Love your blog and your site, I recently started book blogging and the one thing I didn’t count on was when finding out about netgalley I got carried away not expecting to be given one ARC let alone the amount I did get. I was like a child in a candy store and hopefully have almost got myself in a better shape, getting closer to having read most of those books and being stricter now on how many I pick a month. Because I have also purchased so many more books that I want to read. But feel guilty about doing whilst I have books and reviews to do. I would love to get my blog looking so much better but am still learning on that one. I’ve seen so many they just look great. Like you I suffer from anxiety, also depression and chronic pain. Struggling to leave my home unless someone is with me. So reading is one of my outlets. I normally cross stitch as well but had hand surgery so haven’t done any since that. I never used Twitter until I started blogging and now I can be on there and not realise hours have gone by. There are some great people out there.

    Really loved reading this post.

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    1. Ohhhhh yes all of the ARCs. The first time when you discover them all and that you can request it feels like being a child in a candy store for sure haha πŸ™‚ It gets a little overwhelming with time though and I’ve learned that the hard way, too. It’s important to focus on what we really want to read the most πŸ™‚
      I’m so happy you found some great books and awesome people thanks to blogging πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment πŸ™‚

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  8. You’ve expressed my thoughts and feelings as well! I think the biggest surprise for me has been the amount of time it requires! And yes to anxiety about hitting the publish button and putting myself out there on social media! I love your blog! πŸ‘πŸ˜

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  9. I have never agreed more with a post! Throughout blogging (like you said :D) I have gained so much confidence and I have luckily gotten the opportunity to work with such amazing people, and I would have never gotten these experiences without blogging!
    Blogging is just an experience I am very thankful for, because I wouldn’t be the same person without it, and I know that without a doubt!

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  10. Yes to everything in the post!!! The part about blogging anxiety especially got me! As my blog grows, I’ve been getting more anxious about people reading my posts and maybe disliking what I have to say haha. Like, on one hand, this is what I wanted? To be apart of a community of people who just want to talk about books. But, I also forget that means I ~actually~ have to interact with people and not be afraid of what I have to say πŸ˜…. You’re completely right about blogging giving people confidence though! More so than not, comments affirm what I think, so, when I do get that response that disagrees with how I feel, the people pleaser side of me is better prepared to handle it!

    Another thing I wish I knew about book blogging is that: I don’t have to make the same types of posts as everyone else or read all of the hyped books. I used to stress myself out about not making TBR posts or doing book hauls or reviewing all of the newest releases because I thought that’s what people wanted to read. But, then I took a step back and realized people value what you have to say when it’s genuine. Now, I’m trying to make an effort to create the posts I care about so that people care about them too πŸ™‚.

    5 years is an incredibly long time to be devoting the time and energy you have been to this blogβ€”and to consistently publish amazing content?! You deserve a giant pat on the back, Marie ❀️.

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    1. Ahah I so get that, I always want to interact with people and I’m so happy when I do, yet I’m also getting very anxious about people reading my posts, which is… kind of the point hahaha; You’re not alone in this ❀

      OH YES that is such a great thing to remember. I also thought that I had to do these kind of book hauls posts and memes and everything, but somehow I realized I was happier with other kind of posts. It's so important to care about what we write πŸ™‚

      Thank you so, so much for your sweet words, this means SO much ❀ ❀

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  11. This is such a great post. I was like you early on. I thought blogging would be super easy. I would just put up some reviews. I had no idea. And it has become a full time job for me (with being a mod in a book group, too). I was working on a post the other day, doing research. The next thing I knew, three hours had gone by before I somewhat had it all done. I do enjoy it though.

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  12. This is such an amazing post, Marie πŸ™‚ You totally wrote the whole book blogging experience. I never thought blogging would take up so much of my time and would become my second job, of course, which doesn’t pay anything. Plus, the number of books I am adding to my TBR on a daily basis? Partly you are responsible for that because I add almost every book to my TBR that you recommend πŸ˜›
    But yes, I have found wonderful people here and the community is amazing. Sometimes I am not motivated to blog but this community is always here to remind me why I started my blog in the first place πŸ™‚

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    1. Oh thank you so, so much Sim, so happy you enjoyed it ❀ ❀
      I'm kind of proud to be one of these people making you add tons of books to your TBR, haha it means I'm convincing πŸ˜›
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! ❀ ❀

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  13. Like you I had no idea how much time blogging would take. I think that was probably the biggest surprise for me. I’ve also learnt a few little technical things that I feel foolish for not realising sooner. The main one is how to tag people and the quickest way to do hyperlinks – with my first few blogs I was doing it the long way, with html codes πŸ˜… I also realized just the other day that if you accidentally post something too soon you can edit it and set it to schedule instead (I knew about scheduling then in general, just not that you could do so after its on your page). Another thing time wise that’s surprising is how long it can take to find gifs for your posts. Or maybe that’s just where I’m not so good at that.
    I did expect my TBR to grow through blogging but I’m still surprised by how much it constantly does. I seem to always be jotting down book names on my phone to add to my TBR

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  14. Can I just say – I’M SO GRATEFUL FOR THE BOTH OF YOU & YOUR BLOG!!! It’s actually a corner of internet sunshine & happiness & we honestly don’t deserve you 😍 I’ve blogged on & off for YEARS – quite sporadically. But I always come back, because of the incredible book community and the wonderful people behind it!

    πŸ’› Ngoc

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    1. AHHH I don’t deserve you and your sweet words thank you so much ahh 😭😭 you’re too sweet thank you so much!! ❀ and I'm so happy you always come back to blogging because it allowed me to meet you πŸ˜€

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  15. Marie, I can’t express my love for this post so much!! I agree with every single thing you said.
    Gosh, I was such a fool to think that book blogging wouldn’t take THAT much time. It really does! Honestly, drafting actual posts is not even half of it, at least for me. I spend way more time formatting, designing stuff, replying to comments, blog hopping, and editing my posts haha. There are just so many little things about book blogging that take time, and I never expected that, but I it has made me love book blogging nonetheless.
    I’m so lucky that I follow mostly YA book blogs, so I think the recommendations i get are pretty similar with each other. My TBR is still unmanageable though πŸ˜‚
    You’re so right about the opportunities it creates! I just recently got my first ever physical arc, and ahh, I’ve received so many opportunities from book blogging that I never would’ve gotten. I’m super excited to learn about what opportunity you were offered πŸ‘€
    It’s actually pretty easy to make a connection in the blogosphere! For me, it was a little hard at first because i was interacting with the wrong people, but then I found people who I established a genuine connection with! So far, I think I only have one person that I can call a close friend, but she’s amazing, and I love that I can vent out all of my problems to her, even though we live so far away!
    Oh, the anxiety! I relate! I just get so scared sometimes that the blogosphere will just forget about me. I don’t have much time to blog hop and interact nowadays, and it just makes me unreasonably scared that because of this, nobody will care about my blog anymore. I also want to post more consistently so badly, but real life has other plans for me, sadly :(( It’s also a little anxiety inducing when somebody doesn’t agree with what you stated, but nevertheless, it’s fun to reply to those comments as long as they’re polite (so far, they have all been).
    I’m definitely guilty of thinking of the book community as too small :”) I think I just compare it to other, bigger platforms a lot, and it’s just making me discouraged, and I should really stop! The community is so widespread. I new book blogger comments on one of my posts every week, and it’s the best πŸ’•
    So so sorry for this massive comment! I just related to everything you said so much, and I think that this post is a must-read for new book bloggers.

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    1. Ohhhh Caitlin thank you for your sweet comment, I’m just so happy you could relate to this post so much 😭😭
      Right here with you on that. Writing my blog posts take me the LESS time, in all. Comments, blog hopping, finding and making images and graphics and everything takes me most of my time to be honest haha.

      AAHH I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU about your first physical ARC this is incredible ahhh ❀ I can't wait to hear all about it and hope you will love it πŸ™‚

      I feel like it can both be easy and hard to interact with people. I find it easy on blogs, but find it really hard on social media.Guess it depends on people πŸ™‚
      AND THE ANXIETY is terrible, I have it too way too often about everything. Let me assure you, no one will ever forget you and your awesomeness, Caitlin, you're doing amazing ❀ ❀ ❀

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  16. I feel so seen with this post. And thanks for reminding me that it’s okay to take a break once in awhile. As someone that is working 40 hours a week, with 12 more hours of school, maybe a break will be in my near future. Blogging is hard, especially book blogging, and it is something we have to do out of love, because let’s be honest, making money here is nearly impossible.

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    1. Agree, it’s something we have to do out of love and I hope you’ll continue to do that and take care of yourself, Cat! You’re working so much and you deserve to take a break and relax, too. ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀

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  17. AFDSKFAJSLKFJSDKAL HAPPY ALMOST 5 YEARS??? ❀ ❀ ❀ This was honestly such a sweet post, and you really nailed all the feels and amazing (and anxious??) It's such a rollercoaster of a ride, but the friendships and opportunities we gain are honestly invaluable. I didn't expect to invest so much time into blogging, but it's so easy to fall in love with this hobby and learn so much through it too!! I'm really grateful to have met you too ❀

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    1. Almost, almost yes (I feel so old πŸ˜‚). Thank you so, so much, I’m so happy you enjoyed this post and have learned so much thanks to it, too!! It’s such a lovely hobby to have, really ❀ ❀

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  18. Before I even started blogging, it brought me one of the bestest friends in my life. I had been interesting in starting a blog since I was young, and I got on twitter to just sus out the community by following loads of bloggers. Through that, I grew a friendship with someone who lives across the pond in England, and she & I haven’t stopped talking since! That was 4 1/2 years ago, and when I did take the plunge to start my little blog 3 years ago, I slowly became part of the community again. (I didn’t get social media for my blog until last year when I relaunched my blog!) The ability to “meet” so many talented, creative, and inspiring bloggers is one of my favourite parts of the blogging journey. I also didn’t realise it would take so much time!! I’m so happy I enjoy writing, taking pictures, putting my posts together, and reading/discovering so many other lovely blogs. Adored this post xxxx

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    1. AHH this is so amazing, I’m so happy you were able to become friends and stay friends with her for so long, too, it’s amazing ❀
      I'm right here with you on meeting people, being able to chat with so many creative minds is so inspiring every single day ❀
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet comment ❀ ❀

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  19. I don’t think I expected when I started that I would spend as much time on it as I do. I just want my blog to be perfect, and consistent, and all these great things, and those take time! But I agree, the community is amazing and for anyone thinking about starting a book blog, that’s important to know, that you’ll be welcomed and supported.

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  20. Yes to ALLLLL of this oh my goodness! I think the time thing was the most shocking. Like the first time I posted, it was on a really janky Blogger blog, no formatting whatsoever, no graphics, etc. And it was a “review” that I just word-vomited in like, 10 minutes. And then I posted like, a month later (in fairness, the day AFTER that first post, I had my son 4 weeks early, and he was in the NICU 2 hours from home, so), and it was just so… whatever. But then when I actually ventured out to interact with humans… holy time suck!

    And you learn and discover SO MUCH, no doubt. I mean, I think just meeting such a diverse group of people from all over the world alone is worth it. It opens your mind to so many different concepts, I love it! And I love this post!!

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    1. Right? It’s astonishing to see just how much time we can spend on it all and…. it’s never really over, either haha πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much Shannon, I’m so so happy you enjoyed it ❀ ❀

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  21. Great post, Marie ^^ Right now, I’m struggling with time management and anxiety. I allowed my blog hopping to pile up and now I’m catching up with everything and, not gonna lie, it’s overwhelming! I don’t think I’ll be able to read every single post I’ve missed in the last couple of weeks, but I don’t want anyone to think I’m ignoring them (which leads to anxiety and it’s a whole loop). The thing I’m the saddest about is that I don’t think I’ve actually learned a lot with my blog (sure, my skills have improved, but not as I’d have liked – which is something I definitely wanna change and do more research). The community and the friends we make here make it all worth it, though ❀

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    1. Thank you so much, Marta ❀ ❀
      OH I completely get that, this happens to me every single time I go on hiatus or… well has been happening to me for the past two months as I took less time for blog hopping. Please know that no one thinks that you're ignoring them, I know I personally don't, it's perfectly normal to be a little late with it all at times and it's okay not to catch up, either ❀ I get the anxiety though, I'm the same way. ❀
      I hope you'll be able to learn more and more as you go on, Marta, I'm certain that you will ❀ ❀
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment ❀

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  22. This was so amazing to read, Marie ❀️

    Theres so much out of your list that I highly agree with – especially the anxiety.. I recently posted about the FEAR of seeing the posting date arrive and just.. nothing. no post idea. and yet, you don’t wanna miss a post either, because WHAT IF!! xd

    Also, the community and the love, so much !! When I first started, I wasn’t expecting it would be that big, yes, but also how each of the person in this community would be so lovely. so helping! It’s hard to “get your place” in a way, but once you broke the ice, you never wanna leave! ahah there’s always someone to cheer you up and help no matter what you’re going through 😘

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    1. Oh thank you so much Kristina, you’re so sweet, I’m so happy you enjoyed this post ❀
      I get that, I also don't like missing out on a posting time, but… sometimes I have to and I have to remember that it's okay. If only my anxious brain could understand that haha.
      Agree, it's so, so great to feel part of this community and to know that some people will be there for you. I love that ❀

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  23. omg yes to this entire post!!! i honestly had no idea about any of these things when i first started blogging especially the time it takes and the anxiety it can cause. it’s been such a learning experience. it’s definitely hard at times (hence why i’m constantly on and off hiatus πŸ˜…) but i love it so much because of how amazing the community is πŸ’–. lovely post, marie!

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  24. I relate so much to everything you’ve said in this post! There are so many things about book blogging that have totally surprised me, both in a good way and a bad way, but I feel like the benefits have definitely outweighed the negatives. It’s one of the best and most rewarding things I’ve done.
    Great post! πŸ™‚

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    1. Oh thank you Laura, I’m so happy you could relate to this! I agree, the benefits are so great and blogging is so wonderful and YES definitely rewarding, as well πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

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  25. My best friend is pressuring me to post video book reviews, because she says that more people watch video than read. I’m introverted and reluctant to do this. What is your feeling about video reviews? Do you agree with her?

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    1. I don’t watch booktube, but only because I’m not a fan of it personally, I know lots of people that adore it and, honestly, I feel like booktube is more “popular” than old school book blogs. That being said, I think that you should do whatever you feel more at ease with: would you feel comfortable talking on camera, on a video, to share your reviews and thoughts, or would you rather write about them? πŸ™‚ That’s what matters the most, doing what makes you the most comfortable and the happiest, too. After all, we’re not in the bookish communtity for the fame and the views, at least I am not, I’m here for the love of books πŸ™‚

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      1. Me too! And I smiled and nodded to my friend while I still write them. I don’t feel comfortable with that even though I do a lot of public speaking on other matters. Maybe some day YouTube reviews will sound fun, but not today.

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