struggles of a book blogger

Being a blogger is hard. Being a book blogger is even harder.

There are a ton of expectations that come with being a book blogger, like buying/reading all of the newest releases, going to different bookish events, and getting a ton of ARCs from publishers. In this post, I have a list of the different struggles of being a book blogger that I have faced many times! I hope some of you can relate to them.

Keeping Up With New Releases

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New books are being published every. single. day. It is so hard to stay on top of all of the new releases from your favorite authors, plus books you’ve been dying to read by debut authors! It is just physically impossible to a) buy them all and b) read them all as soon as they come out.

Plus, I used to think that if I am not reading and reviewing the latest books released that I am an inferior blogger. But that is so not the case! You can read and write about any books you choose to!

Feeling Like You Need To Be Reading All The Time

When I read other bloggers’ wrap ups and see that they have read 10 books in a month, it can be really harmful. It is impossible for me to read as much as I would like during the school year, and sometimes I just need a break to watch some mindless tv shows instead of investing my time in focusing on a new world. This is an internal struggle I have with myself all the time.

I don’t need to be reading at all times to be considered a book blogger. It can be hard to believe that when you rely on reading new books for blog post content, but it is important to keep in mind.

Feeling Like Your Hard Work Isn’t Paying Off

There have been times when I neglected my blog and didn’t post for a week or more. However, I usually publish at least one post a week, which takes a lot of time. Each post requires a lot of planning, writing, photographing, and editing. It might seem like it is quick and easy to do, but it’s not.

It can be a little difficult sometimes when you put in a lot of effort into a post you are excited about and not see it do as well as you had hoped. It makes you doubt yourself and your blog. I always try not to let this bother me, but sometimes it can be hard.

Book Pictures Are Actually Hard To Take

Fun Fact: I used to write fashion/beauty posts. When I started book blogging, one of the first differences I noticed was that taking pictures for bookish posts is actually way more difficult. It is hard to come up with ways to make your pictures stand out and look different for each post.

There are only so many ways that you can angle a book, so it’s hard sometimes. I don’t want all of my posts to look the same, so I try to take unique pictures. That doesn’t always work out so well.

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Blogging can be difficult. It is draining and takes a lot of time. But, I love it so much, and I don’t see myself stopping any time soon. Please leave a comment down below if you can relate to these struggles! I don’t want to be the only one!

 

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14 thoughts on “struggles of a book blogger

  1. I 100% agree with all of this! you are not alone and its good to know that I am not either! I especially relate to how it can be harmful seeing other bloggers reading ten plus books a month and feeling such pressure to read more when you are already doing as much as you can.

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  2. I don’t know how some others read often 15-20 books a month, but it always make me go “wow”…
    I’m not so bothered about new releases, but this month i signed up for some tours and had some books on netgalley that were due, and actually i think i won’t do this again… i just wanted to read my old books i bought a while ago, but felt like i had no time for them.

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  3. AH this is so relatable. especially keeping up with new releases and feeling like i need to be reading all the time – if i have free time and i’m not using it to read, i’m like, have i read enough so far this month to justify this?? it’s insane. amazing post!!

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  4. Oh this is sooo relatable, I have to agree with everything here. I feel like I have to be on top of all the new books being released and that I have to be reading constantly and sometimes, it’s exhauting to keep up. We can’t all have the same reading rhythm however, and I think it’s important to try not to compare ourselves with people able to read 100 books a year, only because they have more time to read, read a lot more or a lot quicker, etc. :)
    Lovely post! x

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  5. Totally feel the same! I’m new and already feeling the pressure! I’ve decided I’m going to read whatever I want and I’m only taking on ARCs and new books I actually want to read…

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