Book blogging is absolutely a collision of spilt sprinkles, late nights, delirious rants, and typos.
And also books. Haha, small detail there! Easy to forget.
No one’s going to deny that book blogging is hard work. And sometimes we have love/hate relationships with our little corners of the internet. And for me? After 6 years of blogging, I’ve had a ton of things I’ve screamed into the void about (including me @ plagiarising my oWN POSTS) but after the void rudely screamed back at me (how dare tho) I started thinking up all the really epic things about book blogging.
Why do we blog?! What about blogging is so enticing?? Obviously cake doesn’t pop out of my computer screen (I’m confused too ok) so what keeps us bloggers gnawing away at gifs and html and trying to format a post before it starts crying?
Because book blogging is full of EXCITING THINGS and here am I shouting about them!
Or, well, shouting politely because I was not raised in cave. I was raised amongst the forests and faerie mushroom circles with the changeling children and this is why you all still read my blog after all this time because mAGIC MIND CONTROL.
1. WHEN SOMEONE APPRECIATES AND SHARES THEIR WORK WITH PROPER CREDIT AND CALLS YOU QUEEN OF ALL.
Not gonna lie: if someone just happens to shower confetti in my direction while saying I am so great…well. That’s just nice. Continue!! Don’t let anyone stop you!
In all seriousness though…actually seeing your work appreciated is FRIKKIN’ AWESOME. I think it’s common for we book bloggers to feel a bit underfed. We’re not “allowed” to want money (despite other types of bloggers, like beauty and cookery bloggers, turning theirs into careers and that’s allowed) for our work and we do a LOT of unpaid work for authors / publishers. Because we do love it!! But sometimes we feel like a fork in a drawer and we just??? We just want to bE A FANTASTIC CUP OF ORANGE JUICE SOMETIMES TOO. *
The flipside of this, obviously, is having your work stolen or shared without permission. Then we burn cities and skies fall.
Sharing —> crediting —> telling bloggers you love what they do —> giving them a private island —> turning them into a magical demigod —> saying “I like your stuff, mate” —> all is really exciting!
It makes it worth it x 100.
* No I don’t know where this metaphor is going either. Try not to think too much.
2. BEING GIVEN BOOKS AND / OR DRAGON EGGS TO RAISE AS OUR OWN.
Unfortunately not many publishers send me packets of dragon eggs??? But it’s still early in the year. However I do get books! I am so grateful and lucky to be on publisher mailing lists here in Australia and to get soooo many books. Because I honestly can’t afford to keep up with my appetite.
No one can look at me and say, “Getting packages of book mail is not exciting.”
It is always super exciting!!! Even if I know what’s inside!! It’s just like: look it’s Christmas and you get to open this and a whole magical world will fall out!!
I love mail. I love raising books to be my strong and independent young children.
My family doesn’t like my mail so much, however. These days they collect the mail and say in a dead voice, “Oh look Cait another book for you…[distant grumbling] I never get anything…”
I feel a bit starry-eyed when I get to talk to an author. I mean!! A real live author!! And when it’s your favourite author or a super famous one…it just makes me feel special and important.
Also by the by, I’m a total fangirl and prone to spontaneous combustion so talking to authors is also super terrifying. I love them but awKWArd tURtle here.
GENERAL INTERACTION BETWEEN ME + AN AUTHOR:
Me: I wish authors would talk to me…
Me: omg i have to go now
4. WHEN YOUR STATS LOOK NICE.
Usually for no reason you can divine, even though you’ve done everything to figure it out?? 9 hours analysing stats. 16 hours experimenting with failed repeats. A day talking to the clouds and asking why your stats are good one day and horrid the next. But whatever, right?! When stats are good, WE GET EXCITED.
And maaaaybe you don’t care about stats, but I’m not ashamed to admit I do. Let me be the excite! My ego and I appreciate the numerical display of our worth. *
* HAHAH I’M JOKING. Your stats are not your worth. Your worth is only, and I mean ONLY, tied up with how often perch atop a mountain and yodel.
5. WHEN YOU FIGURE OUT SOMETHING BLOGGISH THAT WAS CONFOUNDING YOU.
This could be like figuring out how to do a bit of coding! Or just getting your photos lined up! Or making some epic graphics when all your other attempts failed! Or just having a really really nice design that makes you go all starry-eyed!
POWER IN THE CONQUERING. NONE STANDS AGAINST YOU AFTER YOU JUST GOT A WIDGET TO WORK.
6. IT’S BASICALLY JUST EXCITING NOT TO FANGIRL ALONE.
I am a person who enjoys my own company due to being an introvert and a little narcissistic. * But it’s actually 100 x better to be able to shout with someone who loves the same book you do. And if they don’t, you can follow them around and keep shouting until they do.
This never works but I still try it because #persistent. I may also be murdered and stuffed in a barrel at some point! But not until you all read The Raven Boys!!
* JUST KIDDING. I’M NORMAL, MUM.
Look it’s easy to feel UNHEARD still in the blogosphere. There’s a lot of voices. If you have more followers, obviously you get more traction with your shouts. But at the end of the day, someone is listening if you’re blogging. And that’s pretty cool. Instead of hoarding my opinion on best types of bookish friendships, tropes I hate, and whether Snape was evil * or not — I can share them with you!
It makes me feel better anyway.
And sometimes if, by some weird reason, you have important things to say about important matters…it’s exciting to be heard for them too. I have no idea what that’s like though hahaha. Remember the time I blogged about putting dragons in The Fault In Our Stars?? Ya. I’m quality.
* HE WAS DISGUSTINGLY EVIL BY THE WAY.
With the rise of #bookstagram, the blogosphere has really flooded with gorgeously aesthetic photos of books. People put a lot of work into this!! It’s amazing! My eyeballs feast every day on bookish photo art and I just get excited about my TBR which is, coincidentally threatening to kill me, but who cares if it’s pretty right?!
Nothing makes me quite as excited over a book as a gorgeous photo of it!
I think I just admitted I was shallow…? Don’t tell.
Do you ever walk into a bookstore or a library and just get that overwhelmed flooding feeling of HAPPINESS in your chest because so many books?!? HEART EYES. I swear, nothing makes me more excited than rows and lists of books.
Bonus part about this is all the things you can do with your army once you have them! For example:
- I’ve told everyone that in Australia we get our WiFi fuelled by the blood of the gumtrees and this is now a known fact across the earth.
- Ask any other Aussie you know.
- If you write a book = your army wants to read it to see what damage you can do in 300pgs. (SPOILER: Lots! Aren’t you excited about mine!!)
- You can slowly infiltrate their minds until they associate you with something. Like who doesn’t think Cait and Cake are entwined, hmm? I have done this. I have achieved mind control.
- You can make friends with these people??? I guess??? Weird tho.
- It’s fun to meet people who agree with you and helps your delicate sense. Especially if you, unlucky soul, have too many siblings who disagree with you for no reason. (No joke: my sister won’t eat apples because I told her to. This is what I live with.) Get yourself an agreeable army instead.
- You get to know people from all over the world! And complain about time zone differences together!
- You can band together and conquer Mars or eat the sun or something. IDK what you do with an army. But I want one so here we are.