Let’s all admit it. Being a book blogger is hard. We spend hours and hours reading books, hours designing our blog so that it looks just right, and even more hours compiling blog posts.
There are certain things that readers of the blogs we have expect from us. I don’t think we talk about these expectations very often. The pressure of reading a certain amount of books in a certain time frame and writing book reviews about those books can become overwhelming at times.
Sometimes you feel like you just want to rip out all your hair, crawl into a hole with a gallon of ice cream and cry. or is that just me.
Anyway, what makes us book bloggers so exceptional is being able to make it seem like we don’t struggle with these issues.
But putting a blanket over the bull won’t make it any less of a bull and it’ll definitely make it more angry.
I don’t even know what that means but deal with it.
So ANYWAYS today I’ll basically just be complaining about some things that I deal with a blogger myself. Not that these expectations are from any of y’all, but they’re things that I feel like you guys expect from me.
Read a trillion books every week
When you’re a book blogger you’re expected to – you know – read. Read a lot, actually. There are bloggers out there that read 200+ books every year…
and then there’s me.
I read everyone’s monthly wrap ups and they have read a dozen books while I’ve read 2 or 3 and it’s so stressful just trying to get that number up to 5 or 6.
It’s so unrealistic for me to read at least 5 books every month. It’s just not going to happen. I get reading slumps and other times I just get distracted by other stuff *cough* kdramas and kpop *cough*
Plus I’m in High School and I’m expected to graduate next year and then after that is College and really, reading books isn’t always my priority.
*gasps are heard across the globe*
Review those trillion books
If I find it hard to keep up with a reading schedule you bet that I’m even more inconsistent with book reviews. I either don’t have anything to review because I didn’t read a book on time or I have a long list of books to review but no motivation to review any of them.
Why books are hard to review:
1) How do I even begin to gather all of my thoughts and compile it all in one blog post??
2) Ratings are so hard. Sometimes I finish a book and I don’t even know if I liked it or not
3) Not remembering 99.9% of what happened in the book
4) Unable to form words because what even is English??
Come up with brilliant, original ideas
Originality is such a hard thing these days. There are so many blogs out there. Being able to stand out from all other blogs is difficult because sometimes it seems like everything that could be done has already been done.
There are book tags, discussions, reviews, memes, and then the random crap that pops into your head that one day when you’re in the shower. Those are the blog posts you right. Think of something you haven’t seen on any other blogs? WRITE IT!
But also, most of the time when I’m able to sit down and write blog posts, I don’t have any ideas on what posts I should write. Sometimes I think “what if this isn’t original enough?” or “what if this was already written on a dozen other blogs?” the answer probably is yes to both of those questions.
Most of the posts you write have been written in a similar way by another blogger, but we’re all bloggers for a reason. We all have something different to say, an input to – well – put in.
Post consistent, good quality blog posts
Life can get busy, but posting as consistently as you can and developing a schedule to follow gives you stability. Everybody loves to have something to look forward to.
Let’s say you post every Monday and Friday and your followers know that. Then they’ll be looking forward to a blog post from you on those days.
If you’re busy during the week and know you won’t have time to write blog posts then but you’re usually free on the weekend, then dedicate some of your weekend time to writing your blog posts then.
Bring something new and fresh to the community
Although all of us are unique individuals, the way we portray ourselves on the internet can come out looking the same as everyone else.
You have to decide how you’re going to present yourself online without straying away from who you truly are.
You can be…
- an old wise wizard that knows all
It’s so hard to be unique from every blog out there because there are just so many of them. Sometimes I get a mini-blogger existential crisis from thinking ‘what if i sound just like every other blogger out there?’
Getting lost in the void is one of the most terrifying things I can think of. Nobody wants to be forgotten.
What are some expectations of a book blogger you’d noticed? Do you feel more inclined to read more when you became a blogger?