If you’ve ever wondered if book blogging is for you, then I am here to emphatically tell you “YES IT IS”. And, because I’m super nice, I’ll even give you a list of reasons why you should start a book blog. I KNOW. My generosity knows no bounds.
And if you already are a book blogger? CONGRATULATIONS. This post is still mightily handy for you because you can print it out on an 8ft poster and then plastered all over your family’s front lawn so they understand why you are a book blogger and all the wonderful benefits it includes and they will never again question why you’re sobbing over trying to get a blog post up before midnight.
1. IT GIVES YOU AN OUTLET TO PASSIONATELY MONOLOGUE ABOUT BOOKISH THINGS WITHOUT YOUR FAMILY/FRIENDS BEING 1000% DONE, GAGGING YOU AND TOSSING YOU INTO THE MARINA TRENCH.
It’s odd that not everyone wants to fangirl about books all the time. (I don’t know what’s wrong with them either.) But if you have a book blog? There is ALWAYS someone ready to flail with you. Plus only with a book blog can you get away with writing 2,000-words analysing the strengths and weaknesses of your favourite book cover — WITH NO ONE INTERRUPTING YOU. That, alone, is most glorious.
2. YOU ARE NO LONGER THAT “WEIRD BOOK PERSON” BECAUSE EVERYONE ELSE IS PROBABLY (AKA DEFINITELY) WEIRDER THAN YOU ONLINE.
I thought I was a rabid reader before I became a book blogger. HA. WHAT A JOKE. As many books as you consume, there is always someone who reads more. And if you flail wildly and weirdly about your favourite fandom? Someone is more weirdly obsessed than you.
Seriously “weird” has really no meaning on the internet.
Absolutely no one questions me when I mention cake in basically every blog post of ever. No one. It’s not even weird when I suggested The Fault in Our Stars would’ve been better with dragons. YOU GUYS ACCEPT THAT I CALL YOU PINEAPPLES WHEN IT MAKES NO SENSE AT ALL.
3. YOU OWN A PIECE OF INTERNET THAT IS ALL YOUR OWN, CROWN YOURSELF QUEEN, AND RULE MALEVOLENTLY IF YOU WISH IT.
Or use your powers for good. It’s entirely up to you. FREEEEEDOM. You can have friends or subjects. I mean, I have both? I also allow people to call me “Cait” even though the correct terminology is “your majesty”.
Honestly, you can make friends with people IN ANTARCTICA. (Okay, they’re probably penguins, but let’s not judge the penguins’ internet preferences.) I chat with people all over the world! And timezones aren’t even an issue because there’s always someone awake on the internet.
If I’m up in the wee hours of the morning sobbing over a book — I have instant support. Or laughter. Probably laughter actually?
I feel like I need to warn you about this…but when my friends introduce me to painful fandoms and I come sobbing to them — THEY HONESTLY JUST LAUGHT AT ME AND SAY “TOLD YOU SO”. And then they direct me to even more painful fandoms. And yet I listen???
Except I’m 99% sure blogging has made me a worse writer, purely from the fact that I a) have atrocious grammar, b) use made up words like “gargantuanly” and “feelsy”, c) misuse commas because they’re tricky beasts anyway, d) and overuse !! exclamation marks !! because !! I can !!!
But that aside. It has made me a better writer because I’ve learnt how to engage audiences with different writing styles. I’ve learnt how to type SUPER FAST. I basically write every single day and hopefully that’s good for you. My fingers are lean, mean, typing machines.
I know, I know. The “don’t blog for free books” thing is a loaded statement, and I kind of agree with it. Getting ARCs or review-copies shouldn’t be the SOLE reason you blog. (Because you have to put so much work into blogging; ergo you need to love to do it just for the sake of it!) But I think it’s FREAKING MARVELLOUS that you can actually be given things specifically to promote on your little piece of internet space!
(It’s never really “free books” though…when you think about it. I mean, say the book costs $20 and you spend 4 hours reading it an and 1 hour blogging? It ain’t free, folks.)
I love getting review-copies or ARCs (aka free books) as part of blogging. As a bookworm who has very little money to spend on books…THIS IS THE BEST THING OF MY LIFE AND DREAMS AND THANK YOU.
7. IF YOU PLAN TO BE A PUBLISHED AUTHOR IN THE NEAR-FUTURE, YOU CAN BUILD AN ARMY. AND EVEN IF YOU’RE NOT, YOU CAN STILL JUST BUILD AN ARMY BASICALLY. FOR NO REASON AT ALL.
There is no downside to having an army, honestly. Even if you don’t plan to write a book and therefore instruct your army to buy it, read it, and zoom you to the bestseller list in 24hrs — you can use your army for other things.
I use my army to admire pictures of my dog. #priorities
Also there is something deliciously satisfying to gaze upon your follower count and think “WELL LOOK AT THESE HUMANS WHO ARE ACTUALLY COMING BACK AGAIN AND AGAIN TO HEAR MY DERANGED SHRIEKS.”
I mean the fact that people read my blog (which honestly is kinda weird and cake-obsessed) it just proves #2. Everyone here is SO WEIRD. And I love it.
8. YOU CAN CASUALLY DROP IN CONVERSATIONS PHRASES LIKE “OH, YES, I’M A BLOGGER AND I JUST CHATTED TO AN NYT BESTSELLER AUTHOR. WE’RE BFFS. JUST ANOTHER DAY AT THE OFFICE, YA KNOW.”
Just chattin’ with me mate * who is FAMOUS by the way.
Okay, but really. The first time I ever talked to an author on twitter, I raced upstairs and expired on the floor hyperventilating dementedly about talking to someone famous. I haven’t matured much since then? But. STILL.
I have interviewed Cornelia Funke. I have chatted with Derek Landy. I have had Rick Riordan share my post.
CAN I SHRIEK NOW??? THIS SURELY MAKES ME FAMOUS TOO, RIGHT????
* Although I’m not actually “friends” with any authors because I’m kind of terrified of them. They’re famous beasts! I’m an anxious fangirl! But I possibly maybe exaggerate to my family…you know. Just that one time…or two…
9. YOU CAN BLAME YOUR NEED TO CONSUME SO MUCH CHOCOLATE ON THE BLOG. NOT YOU. IT’S THE BLOG’S FAULT.
Not that we should technically have to explain away chocolate consumption? But if anyone ever looks at me dubiously while I instruct my dragons to fill the house with boxes of chocolate, I can just say dismissively, “It’s for the blog.” And they can do nothing but leave me to it. Perfect.
Not to say the good ol’ fashion way is bad or anything. (And by “old fashioned way”, I’m referring to kidnapping a family/friend/alien/cat and duct taping them to a chair and forcing them to read your favourite novel for hours and hours until they swear to be a lifelong fan.) It’s still feasible. BUT. With a blog, you have so much more reach.
How often do I talk about Maggie Stiefvater? How many tweets have I received telling me that a human is reading Maggie Stiefvater because of me? How often do I post Stiefvater books on instagram? How often do I randomly pause in a post and shriek “STEIFVATERFAN!”? The answer is: muchly. And it works. The amount of books I’ve sold…sheesh. I’m sure Maggie Stiefvater is going to hire me pretty soon as her personal publicity manager.
By the way, obviously, if you haven’t read a Stiefvater book yet…I THINK YOU NEED TO QUESTION YOUR LIFE CHOICES. I also have dragons. And they might come after you. Just putting it out there.