Is book bloggers’ work really valued?

Hi friends! I hope you all are well 💛

I felt like writing about something complicated today, so… here goes. There have been talks on the bookish twitter-sphere in the past week, again, about book bloggers’, the value of their work and astonishingly, but not surprising, talks about how book bloggers aren’t remunerated for their work.

I kind of wanted to talk about that.

Before heading into this, though, I would very, very much underline that this discussion has started first and foremost with the hashtag #PublishingPaidMe on twitter, underlining just how publishing and the advances authors get is influenced by their race. I would recommend reading The Pond’s Book News by Skye right here which shares an important amount of information about what has happened and surfaced with this discussion. Please, please read, review, boost, support books by authors of color and Black authors, now and forever.

Aside from this has surfaced another discussion about book bloggers’ work especially and how much (or, let’s face it), how little to none they were compensate for their work.

Because, let’s face it and no matter what:

Despite being thought of as a hobby, book blogging is work.

It’s a whole lot of work and it’s time to recognize and underline it as so.

Am I having fun writing blog posts? Yes. Am I enjoying the amount of time I’m spending blogging? Yes.

This doesn’t take away the fact that it is work, and a whole lot of it for that matters.

The time book bloggers take to write a blog post alone is….endless, really. It personally takes me from an hour and a half to over a week to really write a blog post, from thinking about it to putting the final touches and hitting the schedule (or publish) button.

And this is just writing a blog post. There’s no telling how much I can spend, per day, per week, per month, per year, working on my blog as a whole. Whether it’s creating graphics, tweaking things here and there, working on promoting my blog, tweeting, blog hopping, answering to comments. I wrote a blog post about the time I spend blogging ages ago and it was very easily rounded up to over 20 hours per week.

For the disclaimer here, this is on the side of my 39 hours-a-week job.

The thing is: the amount of hours spent on book blogging shouldn’t matter as long as we’re enjoying it. Right?

Right. But, you know, some days, like this entire past week, from hopping on twitter and reading people’s answers about book blogging, about, yes, being remunerated or at least, considered enough to be remunerated, and just about book blogging as a whole, I can’t get this question out of my mind.

Is book bloggers’ work really valued?

I’ve been blogging for 5 and a half years. It’s over a quarter of my life spent on here and, you know, if I’m still here, it’s that I’m happy about it.

Sometimes book blogging feels like screaming into a void. You hear the echo of your voice and that’s it. You spend hours and hours on a blog post and nothing. It’s easier sometimes to turn to newest forms of communication, to turn to twitter, to bookstagram, to feel valued here because the follower count gets higher quicker, the likes flow in quicker, people read more easily and quickly a 240-character tweet than a long-ass blog post like this one. Or, well. If you’re a book blogger and active and with a large amount of followers on twitter, it’s easier to make your voice heard and get those retweets in and all.

It’s easier to follow book blogging as it changes and goes to other media, because these feel like they hold the real value, here, right now. Because publishers are turning to your social media accounts followers and not seeing just how much you can get people to discuss on a blog post, they are watching your tweets and stunning instagram pictures, but don’t pay attention to the way you can craft a genuine, deeply thought-out book review on a good old book blog. Because book blogs don’t bring in the numbers or the ROI they’re waiting for.

So they don’t invest in it, like they could invest paying $150 for an instagram blog post.

I’m going to be completely honest here: I read this last week and when I did, I just… shut down a little bit. I just didn’t feel like the time I spend here was actually valued.

Valued by who, what, why, you ask? Well… by myself and by others. Sometimes I’m just, like why am I doing this? Is there any way for this that, from an hour here and there, takes my entire free time and labour, to make something more out of it and feel the value of it?

Book blogging and monetary compensation…

On the topic of money, let me tell you something first and something important: There is nothing wrong with wanting to earn money from your book blog.
If some people are happy with book blogging being a hobby, if some people are happy with keeping money away from it, if some people just don’t feel like they want the compensation at all, yes, that’s their right. If some people would love to be acknowledged more in a monetary way for their work on their book blogs…well, that’s their right as well. To each their own.

If I continue being completely honest here, I’ll tell you this: I have considered making money out of the second job I have here, yes. In over 5 years of book blogging, I haven’t made a dime and, some people say that’s just because I didn’t actually ask.

I didn’t know I could. Up until last week, I had no idea bookstagrammers could get paid like this and… to be honest again, it was disheartening to figure this out. I have heard that it’s always been tough to consider book bloggers in publishers’ marketing budget. I am not going to mention how or why or when this happened, because I don’t work in publishing, and I don’t know their ways. It’s just, well, it’s just sad to know that and that’s all. That’s why I didn’t ask.

On a side note: when I’m talking about book bloggers getting paid, I am talking about the blog tours, author interviews, cover reveals specifically. I’m not talking about book reviews at all, or any kind of content we put out there because we want to. I’m talking about these kind of blog tour posts, reveals, Q&A and special features we might want to organized and/or get approached to do by publishers and authors,, for now, free of any kind of charge and that take us hours to put together.

I appreciate people telling book bloggers to stand up for themselves and to try to get monetary compensation out of this hobby. This second job. This second life. I also want to raise the number of issues that this simple condition might pose.

  1. Why would publishers turn to you when they can get free labour from other book bloggers? What do you have more than others? I think I have a decent looking blog, but is it enough? I don’t have 100 000 page-views per month. We’re not like fashion bloggers or beauty bloggers, where it’s the norm, for them to ask monetary compensation for their services. It feels normal to do so, in these niches. Here, it just, doesn’t.
  2. I am an international blogger and don’t have the same accessibility to books as US or UK-based book bloggers. I have been really, really lucky enough to get in touch with publishers, read ARCs and make my way into this world freely. What if asking for compensation, for the value of my time, everything will change? Let’s also keep in mind that some international bloggers have even less accessibility to books than I do and even less opportunities, too, no matter how hard they fight and how much they deserve it. Some people will actually rely on ARCs to read, because that’s how little access they can have. Not everyone gets approved for ARCs FREELY, so why would they even think of trying to ask for compensation? To lose even more chances?

Somehow, I feel like, as book bloggers, we need to fight harder and, sometimes I’m tired. I want the opportunities and I am so grateful for them, I am, but sometimes it just doesn’t feel like enough compared to everything. The hours spent on the blog post for that ARC, the heart and soul I pour every single time.

Book bloggers’ work matter. A LOT.

Because, see, I believe that book bloggers can bring on a lot of value into this world and into the publishing world, just as well. So many bloggers work relentlessly to boost the books they love, with reviews, blog posts they spend hours and hours on. Some bloggers spend a lot of time working, promoting, doing their own little influencer’s work despite not even being considered as influencers by the world, not really, at least. Not enough to get passes for conventions and be considered as highly as others. Honestly, Gina right here below is a big book blogger’s mood.

It might not be with stunning pictures, it might not be with viral tweets, it might not be with instagram stories or a booktube video, but book bloggers’ work has value in different ways. In the words we write, in the book reviews we publish that will still bring on audience, new people and, yes, new potential book buyers months and years after the fact and THAT MATTERS, too. ALL thanks to blog posts, SEO, words and passion and a platform that outlasts social media’s living time.

I believe book bloggers can do just as much, even more, differently than bookstagrammers and booktubers and people getting remunerated for their work ; and I believe that they should be considered as equals and, if wanted, they should be able to get that dime, too.

Book bloggers do this out of love, of course. But I don’t feel like they’re valued, I don’t feel like WE are valued enough as a book blogger for the work we put out there.

What am I asking for, really, as a book blogger?

Am I asking for money, here? Am I asking for something to fall out of the sky when it’s just not, the norm? Am I asking for the moon, the stars and everything in between, or am I just being bitter?

The truth is: I’m not asking for the world, at all. I’m just asking for open minds, for understanding of the ginormous amount of work people put into their blogs. For thankfulness, for everything book bloggers did in the past, do now and will continue doing in the future. For a retweet, or reshare from the publisher of our blog post when we spend hours crafting a blog post for a blog tour, for free. For acknowledgment of our hard work, more and more.

Yes, for consideration if some book bloggers wish to monetize their blogs, or try, both from publishers and from other bloggers that don’t think we can, or should monetize, because, like I said it before… to each their own.

I’m asking for people to know that we, book bloggers, are here and strong and our voices matter.

Writing this, you know… people are going to tell me: if you’re not happy here, just quit.

Maybe.

But it’s also important to just acknowledge that book blogging makes me happy. It does. It just doesn’t make me happy all the time and, sometimes there are issues with it like this one that makes me want to reconsider everything and throw 5 years of work out the window because I’m worthless. I don’t have the worth of a bookstagrammer or the consideration of a booktuber for the world. Complex emotions, okay.

Book bloggers’ value each other in the community

Right now, and in the past years, where I found myself being valued, was thanks to the community, on book blogs themselves.

When I think back to all I’ve written, I know why I’m still here despite the fact that I’m sometimes, like today, just tired.

It’s because of you.

Book bloggers have each other’s back and value each other’s work, a lot. From the monthly wrap-ups to the sharing of each others’ blog posts, to the shouting about each others’ love. The little spark of validation I feel from my work is here because of you. I might not get thousandths of retweets or have millions of instagram followers and I might not get paid for my work, for now, but I got you and this, this is something.

When someone told me they bought a book because of me, I felt it. When someone loved a book I recommended, I felt it. When someone shared one of my posts somewhere, I felt it. When someone told me they appreciated my work, I felt it. Like my time, my energy, my rants, the years of being here, were worth something after all.

When I got approved for that ARC, got thanked by an author for a review, I felt it, too.

And you know, maybe I’ll go down that road and get shut down for wanting to be recognized in a monetary way, someday. Maybe I won’t. I don’t know.

All that I know is that, no matter what your thoughts are on this topic, no matter how disheartened you might feel, tired, wanting more, I’m here. I value the time, the energy, the love you pour into your blog, into this blog series of your heart, into this long book recommendations list you took hours to put together, into this review, into your work.

I value you, and I can only hope the world will value you more, too.

I hope this blog post will remind you to support book bloggers and their work. Every little thing matters and mean the entire world.

If you love a blogger’s work, let them know. Share, like, comment, tell them, spread the word about their work, donate to their ko-fi, patreon, wishlist, show them love in small and big ways, because it matters.

 

Interesting blog posts on the topic I’ve read lately:

I loved reading these two blog posts lately on the topic of book bloggers getting paid:

I also would 200% recommend reading May @ Forever and Everly’s study on book bloggers’ appreciation, with graphics and all the stats and amazing insight on book bloggers’ work as a whole, too.

☂️ You might also be interested in: How has book blogging changed in the past 5 years

Do you feel like book bloggers’ work is valued in the bookish community? What makes you, as a book blogger, feel value and validation?

What are some things you wish for book bloggers? Would you like to monetize your book blog? I would love to talk about this in comments!

 

 

 

 

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167 thoughts on “Is book bloggers’ work really valued?

  1. Once again you’ve hit the nail on the head with this and I can 100% relate to everything you feel. I was so disheartened to see how little appreciation book bloggers get after all the tireless work that goes into creating content and the work we do to network our work and the book itself. It’s insane how little credit is given and it does make you question your own value as a blog. The community we’ve built and the support we find in each other is definitely a saving grace, but I think if book blogger wants to monetise their content then they should have the chance to do so without this feeling shame for wanting to be put on an equal footing as other influencers.

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    1. Exactly, I’m so happy you feel the same way on this. I think that if any book blogger want to monetize their content, they should try as they please and should be considered as equals, too, because we are influencers, too, even if our means of influence aren’t social media platforms.
      Thank you! ❤

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  2. Ahh, Marie, this post is incredible and so well-articulated. 💜 Yours is one of my favorite blogs, so it breaks my heart that you’ve felt like you don’t have value as a blogger. 🥺 It makes me so happy, though, that you’ve had the community’s appreciation to gain strength/happiness from, and I agree with you, 1000%. I don’t think the community is “perfect” but it’s filled with such wonderful people who are smart and kind and SUPPORTIVE, and I’d not be a blogger without all that. 💜💜 I agree, it can be disheartening to constantly put effort into something that doesn’t pay, and to “work” for “people” that don’t ever acknowledge your work.

    As a smaller blogger, I’ve accepted not gaining money from my blog, but I’ll say this – sometimes, it’d be nice to be looked at as people who do have value. I don’t really want to get into what made me very self-conscious about blogging and kind of unhappy, because I know it’s a bit… bitter and unfair to authors, but uh, since I’ve started blogging I’ve been so disheartened by certain things, so I understand you. *hugs* Just know that your work is so valuable – I’ve bought and read books because of your blog, and I love reading your presence and think that your presence in this community is so important! 🙂

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    1. Oh Veronika I’m so sorry that something has made you unhappy and self-conscious about your blogging, you’re such a fantastic blogger and don’t deserve to feel that way, ever 😔 I’m here for you if you ever, ever want to talk and always on your corner rooting for you and your INCREDIBLE work and blog ❤️
      Aahh thank you, this means so, so much to read that, 🥺🥺😭😭😭

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  3. This is such an important message and you worded everything so eloquently & detailed so many of these aspects so thoroughly. I hope these words of yours get out more & that all of you who write & fight for a more mainstream, widespread valuing of the work & effort of book bloggers are recognised & heard <333 xxx

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  4. Ahh I’m so late here I meant to read as soon as you posted but life got in the way :/ anyway I absolutely love this post and you’ve put these ideas into words so well!! An absolute highlight of my time book blogging is the way the community supports each other, if not for that I feel like a lot less people would still be blogging.

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    1. Aaah don’t worry about it at all, you’re so, so sweet, thank you ❤ ❤ I'm so happy you enjoyed this post and so agree with you. The way we're here for each other is wonderful ❤

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  5. Thank you for making this post, Marie! It’s amazing! 💕😭

    It breaks my heart to know how much work lovely people like you are putting into their blogs, yet they are not getting any kind of monetary compensation or recognition for it at all. I know you work very hard on your blog, your posts are so consistent, and you’re a major voice in the community. You and so many other bloggers deserve to be noticed for your efforts, but unfortunately, publishers don’t seem to notice. I’m beginning to wonder how much publishers even know about book blogs – at my current internship, I’m working with an agent who visited my blog and called it a “review blog”, although I haven’t done a review since December 2019.

    I had no idea bookstagramers could get paid! 😦 That is disheartening. I know that every “influencer” in the book community, whether they are on instagram, Twitter, a blog, or Youtube, works hard in their own way, but it saddens me to know that book bloggers don’t have the monetary opportunity for their efforts the way other influencers do. All I really want is for bloggers to be recognized a bit more, and to perhaps get more ARC opportunities, especially for international bloggers.

    Bloggers like you matter in our community, because you inspire us to keep going and to continue to communicate with other bloggers like us. 💕 My blog would be very different if I had not found your blog early on! Your work is valuable to me because you inspired me to make my blog the way it is today. You have been inspiring me for years, and I really appreciate everything you do in this community. ❤️

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    1. Don’t mind me I’ll be here sobbing 🥺😭🥺😭 Xandra, you’re way, way too sweet, this comment honestly means the entire world and makes me feel hopeful and happy and makes me stay here, really. Thank you 🥺😭

      I’d be so curious to know how publishers see book blogs and if there are things we could do? I’m curious to see the other side of this ahah. I agree with you about monetary compensation, I know very few book bloggers trying to go down that road and it seems… a little complicated and not well-seen, since, well, no one does this in our niche. It’s a little sad!

      Thank you so, so much for your sweet words, this means so, SO much. 🥺😭

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  6. woah some bookstagrammers get paid?! I’ve never been paid for a post by a publisher OR author 😳 not on any of my platforms (and my bookstagram isn’t small!) so I don’t know anyone who gets paid honestly. And yes it’s a problem! Other brands and niches get paid, but for some reason no one in the book community does and I am sad by it 😭 it doesn’t compromise our honesty in reviews to get paid for all the work we do?!

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    1. I was a little shook to find that out, as well, you’re not alone 😳 I agree with you, it’s something that deeply, deeply saddens me. I hope you will be able to get opportunities, you deserve it SO much. ❤

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  7. i’m sorry for being ridiculously late to this incredible post, Marie, but i love it so much and agree with everything you said here!! book blogging as a platform is becoming so unpopular, especially when it’s easier to just post a photo or tweet a short book review, and it makes me so sad to see that. on my lowest days, i definitely feel like, “why am i even doing this, anyways?”! it’s frustrating that we put so much work into our posts for other social media platforms to take over. 😭

    however, i also wholeheartedly agree with what you said about the value in the book blogging community; it’s the wonderful bloggers like you that make me so so happy to be active here!! reading others’ posts and interacting is so much fun and it honestly warms my heart to see all the support. 🥺

    this discussion post was so lovely, Marie, i can’t tell you how much i loved reading it!!! thank you for sharing this ❤❤

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    1. ahh you don’t have to apologize! ❤ i'm glad you agree on that, we put so much work into this too and it feels a little sad to see that our work isn't as recognized as other kind of platforms, whereas I think it's just as valid. ❤
      Thank you so, so much, Ash!

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  8. This was a very thought-provoking post, Marie, and I absolutely loved it! I can totally understand your complex emotions on the topic. I’ve been blogging for four years now and I only recently found out that you can actually ask for money – I knew that some do it, but I never thought * I * could be one of those, mostly because I lack confidence on my work. I’ve always been more than happy about receiving books in exchange for a review, and I never thought more about it, simply because I always thought I was already getting more than I deserved. Every time I even think about starting a Ko-fi, the same feeling kicks in. But it’s not just about money – I believe being afraid of my efforts not being recognized it’s also one of the reasons I’ve been postponing going back to bookstagram or even the occasional dream I have of starting a booktube and experimenting new things. And that’s awful, and I know many bloggers feel the same way, and their work is great and they deserve all the value!! ): (and you’re a great blogger and deserve all the value ❤ ❤ )

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    1. Oh thank you so, so much Marta, so happy you enjoyed it ❤
      I completely understand what you mean, I don't know if I'll ever have enough confidence to ask for anything ahah, but I had no idea I even could. and I understand what you mean! There are so many ventures I'm not getting into because well, I feel like I'm terrified and I'm afraid that my efforts won't pay off. It's always a little scary, but I think that, if you feel like you want to, you should follow your heart. I'll always be here to support you ❤ ❤

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  9. Thank you so much for posting this! I’ve wanted to quit so many times because I feel like book bloggers don’t get the recognition they deserve (that and the fact that sometimes it just feels like no one is reading your posts). That is not to say that bookstagrammers and BookTubers don’t deserve the recognition they have but just that the publishing industry should pay the same attention to all of us. It feels nice to know that other people share my opinion. I really hope things will change in the future.

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet comment! ❤ I'm glad you agree, I feel the same way. We're all doing an incredible work and I'd be happy if we could have as much attention as other platforms :/
      Thank you!

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  10. you know i love you and this post and your words so very much, but i’m just here to reiterate it ❤ i'm sure you know my thoughts on all this, but it really is just heartbreaking that bloggers were the backbones of this community and get so little for it. it's understandable to an extent, since social media/youtube have become such important parts of everyone's lives! but it honestly feels like a punch in the gut to, for example, see "blogger" not even listed as an "influencer" when… they were the ones starting the whole book influencer movement 😦 but i really love how you highlight bloggers' love for each other as a source of hope for us!! and maybe one day we'll be recognized by pubs 😭

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    1. May thank you I don’t deserve you 🥺😭
      It really is heartbreaking to see that. I agree that, okay, social media has a place we can’t neglect in today’s world, but i’m sad WE are the ones being a little bit neglected when we were here first and paved the way for it all, as well. 🥺
      Thank you so, so much, let’s hope so ❤

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  11. I love this!! I just started my blog in May and didn’t get around to it again until July. It’s hard at first to stay motivated because I know I’m not going to have as many ARCs or followers as bloggers who have been doing this for a while, but I’m trying to do it for myself and no one else. Love this community!

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    1. Thank you so much, Isabella!! You should blog for yourself and follow what makes you the happiest, write what makes you happy and engage and have fun, that’s what makes blogging worth it in the end 🙂

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  12. It’s funny that I came across this post today because I was just talking to an author friend of mine about blog tours and she asked me, “So do the bloggers get paid to participate?” and I just laughed. Um, no. She was like, “Oh, so the tour company makes money but you don’t?” Um, yes.

    I mean, honestly, I’m mostly fine with it—I never looked at my blog as a money-making enterprise, but it is kind of funny when you think about it that way. So, yeah, we’re free publicity. And honestly, I don’t know if it would be worth it to publishers if they had to pay—the reality is that they do need to think about ROI.Is there some grand answer out there somewhere that’s fair for everyone? I’m not sure.

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    1. Yeah I get what you mean… I mean, I believe it’s hard work for everyone, the tour companies and the bloggers involved and it’s kind of funny to think the bloggers themselves aren’t paid for it.

      I understand and I don’t know, really, how publishers see that side of thing. Does an instagram post gives them more ROI than a blog post, I can’t help but wonder, sometimes. It’s an interesting question for sure!
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Nicole! ❤

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  13. This is such an important post, thank you for sharing Marie! I definitely agree, after owning a blog for 8 years I never made a cent from it but going into Instagram and booktube helped with that. It’s such a shame that it’s undervalued, because so much work and investment (money and time) is put into it.

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  14. Hallo, Hallo Marie,

    Actually stateside we’re not technically allowed to be compensated as book bloggers – it is strictly a labour of love for us who blog here in the states. I know some book bloggers are circumventing this – as I’ve seen their Pateron, Ko-fi and other accounts – however, technically speaking, I never thought I’d monetize blog even if were allowed. Something never sat well with me about that – I had hoped it might lead to a job in publishing and/or somewhere in the marketing/publicity side of publishing (esp at a small Indie Pub) – however, as I’m predominately self-educated and do not have a BA/BS I get passed over or go unnoticed quite a lot. I also have a heavily read blog who receives more likes than comments; I wish I had more conversations on my blog but I’m just thankful my followers enjoy my content (per the likes) and/or shares on Twitter.

    In regards to addressing book bloggers being paid, I think it depends on the rules per country and region; however, similar to Paper Fury above – I’ve never been compensated for blog tours, book reviews (direct from pubs/authors or publicists and/or blog tours), cover reveals, interviews or guest posts – again, its just not done here. The only people who are paid for those things are the people who own the blog touring companies but *not!* the bloggers who participate on the blog tours.

    I agree book bloggers are sometimes downplayed and/or devalued. I also know not everyone understand what we bring to the bookish community – its hard not to spend seven years in the book blogosphere and not notice certain things. However, aside from that… as I’ve had to juggle a lot IRL over the years, blogging has been a blessing of grace as it has provided me with an outlet and a way of exchanging stress for joy by focusing on stories and the authors who write them. I blog the heart out of the books I’m reading (I’m quite proud of my latest review – revealled tonight “Magnolia Storms”) and I try to bring engaging and conversational conversations to my blog via the interviews and/or Q&As I host as well. I happen to host a Twitter chat on the weekends, too which also brings readers, writers, book bloggers and reviewers together for an hour of blissitude and conversation with one another. (ie. @SatBookChat)

    This whole adventure has been a walk of faith and was a whisper on the wind after I awoke one morning – I’ve been remaining true to myself and my writerly style and hope to find others along the way who enjoy what I have to give and share – its the most of what we can hope for as bloggers – that what we write and share is enjoyed by those who visit with us. Otherwise its like you said – trying to light a candle and have it flickering in a void of silence.

    PS: I’m a writer whose been moonlighting as a book blogger – I never knew I’d grow a platform or a social presence ahead of publication – as seven years ago I wasn’t even thinking in those terms. I was simply following a seed of an idea and it has grown into what is Jorie Loves A Story today. I have redeveloped my writerly style and have grown as a writer – something I hadn’t expected and feel blessed about having received. By the by, in regards to a platform I still don’t approach it like that – I’m just myself – socially and bookishly – who you visit with on my blog is the same girl you’re chatting with on Twitter (or the other haunts I occupy online). I’ll leave the business side of my future pub career to be dealt with later though I already know I won’t be tweeting about my books as heavily as other authors because I’d lose that socially engaged feel I have on my blog and Twitter feeds. I’ve learnt a lot and I know what I want to do is slightly alternative to other authors as a result be all have to follow our own paths.

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    1. I honestly think there’s nothing wrong with book bloggers wanting to be paid. Obviously, like you said, the regulations of it all depend on every country, but if people can and want to, I think they should be able to get that dime 🙂

      I’m so, so happy that blogging has brought you so much, that’s fantastic! Honestly that’s always the number 1 priority whenever doing something, knowing it brings you that much joy. It’s such a great feeling 🙂

      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts, Jorie! And best of luck on your journey ❤ ❤

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