I bet you weren't expecting me to do a post on why you shouldn't start a book blog, were you? Well, you've seen tons of blog posts about why book blogging is awesome and why you should do it straight away, so I thought I'd get a different angle on it. Read to the end and you'll get a free kitten.
While that would be a really cool thing to be able to do, unfortunately us book bloggers do have a life outside of blogging. There are a lot of things that sadly have to take priority. For the younger ones, it's homework. For us in-the-middle book bloggers, it's GCSEs, homework and other exams. For the adults, it's having a job, caring for children, getting married and doing other important adult-ish stuff. You'll be bombarded with emails from authors asking you to review their book, and after a day you'll probably get another email asking why you haven't reviewed it yet. Yeah. That's happened to me.*
If it hasn't happened to you yet, it will. At some point in your bloggy life, you'll suddenly realise just how many books are on your TBR, how many authors are waiting for the interview questions you promised them and how many guest posts you were meant to have written two months ago.
Book blogging for the freebies is just wrong. And it's blatantly obvious when that's the reason someone started their book blog. Eventually you're going to get so many books expecting reviews that you'll wish you could go back to actually paying for ones that you actually want without having to review them. Sorry, but if you want a book blog just for freebies, please go away *hangs up Closed sign*
Let's be honest, book blogging has become extremely competitive. Bloggers are competing for views, for the rarest ARCs, for invites to the biggest author's launch, for the most comments. The list goes on. Of course this might not be true for everyone, but I've seen book blogging become more of a competitive environment over the years and it ain't pretty. It's like The Hunger Games, blogger style.
Having a book blog opens the doors to hell, or as I like to call it, The Land of Suck**. The creatures that live in The Land of Suck include plagiarisers, hackers, copy-cats, spammers, cyber-bullies and more. You could create a blog, become popular and then boom; it's hacked and your reputation is instantly ruined. Your work can be simply copy and pasted to someone else's blog, and suddenly they're getting credited for your work. If someone really doesn't like you or your blog, they could easily buy some fake views and direct them at your blog, crashing your stats and diminishing your SEO rankings. Another blogger might begin to dislike you and they might even be nasty enough to do something about it.
Obviously the majority of the book blogging community is extremely lovely *hugs*, I just thought you should know the cons of starting a book blog, because I've Googled and there isn't a blog post like this anywhere. Hopefully this blog post hasn't put you off starting a book blog, in which case you can see my post on how to start a book blog and two blog posts full of blogging tips here and here!
If this post was too negative for you, lighten up, calm down and have a photo of a kitten.
*Please know that not all authors are like this, the majority of them are faaaaabulous. But this has happened to me twice and it is so annoying.
**Book blogging also makes you open to amazing opportunities - every pro has a con, and every con has a pro!