I’m back this Friday participating in another Let’s Talk Bookish post, as always hosted by the amazing Rukky @ Eternity Books and awesome Dani @ The Literary Lion! For this week, our topic is Book Blogger Appreciation.
This is a controversial topic within the bookish community, but it shouldn’t be. I’m in the opinion that book bloggers are underappreciated, undervalued and often unrecognized in comparison to other bookish creators and supporters. Let’s explore this more in-depth below!
Books Bloggers: Who Appreciates Us?
I’ve seen this topic talked about multiple times before by some of my favorite bloggers (see Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books’ post here and May @ Forever and Everly’s post here, for some examples) and I agree with their stances: book bloggers are underappreciated. Blogs began as the foundation for supporting authors, books and the publishing industry, becoming platforms for reviews, lists, memes and hyping up books to connect to more readers. It has since expanded, thanks to social media. Publishers, book professionals, authors and reviewers now have many different platforms to choose from to help support books: book bloggers, booktubers, bookstagrammers, booktok and more.
I will never say that those who chose to promote books, reading and support authors and publishing on any platform other than blogging don’t deserve the support, interest and engagement they receive. All of those platforms are valid, take commitment and time to create, and deserve the recognition they receive!
You can’t ignore the fact that the introduction of these various platforms–and the publishing support and investment into these platforms–has oftentimes erased and overshadowed the work of book bloggers; both ignoring the fact that book blogging paved the way for these new platforms, but also denying book bloggers the same opportunities and recognition that others have since received, most often in the form of monetary compensation and public recognition by publishers.
Book bloggers do a great job supporting one another. It would be nice to see publishing as a whole do the same.
Is it Wrong to Want Compensation?
I don’t think so. While my book blog personally also encompasses many other aspects, it doesn’t erase the amount of work I put into this blog to help promote and support authors I love; not to mention the time, attention and money it takes, from:
- Choosing to go self-hosted (a $100+ yearly commitment)
- Regularly posting 3x a week
- Writing, editing, formatting and posting
- Creating graphics
- Blog hopping to support other creators
- Reading and reviewing books (including cross-posting reviews to multiple platforms)
I easily put in anywhere between 6-10+ hours a week into maintaining this blog. I love it. I do this because I love it and because I believe in it. But, when publishers are willing to pay other creators using other platforms yet consider it unprofessional or taboo to even discuss the idea of paying book bloggers for their own contributions?
That is wrong. Plain and simple.
Do I Personally Feel Appreciated?
Despite all of this, I do feel appreciated. I have a number of bloggers I love who also read and support my blog. I have a great working relationship with Orbit Books, which is a dream come true. I’ve had so many wonderful authors I’ve interacted with and gotten to know thanks to the work I do on this blog. I feel very lucky.
Are there days when impostor syndrome takes over and I feel alone shouting into the void? Or days where I feel unappreciated when posts tank, stats don’t grow, social media interactions stay minimal or no paid opportunities come my way? Sure, of course! I’m human (unfortunately), after all.
But, on the whole, I’m very grateful for what I’ve built and hopeful (and willing to work) to make sure bloggers are more appreciated and recognized in the future!
If you ever do feel like going the extra mile to support me, you can always:
- Read my posts
- Like, comment and share them
- Subscribe to my newsletter
- Become a Patreon
- Tip me on PayPal
- Recommend, boost and hire me through my editorial services
What about you? How do you feel about book blogger appreciation? Do you think book bloggers deserve more recognition? Who are some of your favorites? Or do you think advocating for book bloggers getting paid doesn’t make sense? Let me know in the comments!