Wednesday, 16 October 2013

5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Start a Book Blog


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.

1) People - mainly authors - will assume that all you do every day is sit and read.
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.*

2) You're going to get stressed.
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.

3) If you're wanting to start a book blog just for the free books, it's not going to work for you.
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*

4) Book blogging could make you very competitive.
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.

5) You'll be open to personal attacks.
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.

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*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!


28 comments:

  1. I agreed with a lot of what you were saying. I haven't experienced the majority of this yet as I haven't contacted authors etc and my blog has only been going for the best part of a year. Thanks, for the warning and the kitten really cheered me up at 6:40 am.

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    1. Everyone needs a photo of a kitten if they're having to wake up so early! :o

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  2. Great post! Worthgiving a second thought to starting that book blog :) You need a reason that'll sustain you.

    Laura

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  3. Great post! Worthgiving a second thought to starting that book blog :) You need a reason that'll sustain you.

    Laura

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  4. Awesome post! It's true, I had to think about it all before I started it. My old blog could be posted whenever about junk, book blogging is a real commitment! :)

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  5. Wooooooo!! I haven't commented in ageeeeesss.....SORRY! *huggles* Anyway, this post is much needed!! Book blogging is all unicorns and rainbows- people need to understand that...Also, I know exactly what you mean about the stressed part. I have 4 or 5 reviews to write....a load of other posts, and SO.MANY.BOOKS.TO.READ.....*collapses* but then again! I wouldn't stop blogging...EVER!! Plus I have all of you lovely people to get me through ^_^ *Hugs*

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    1. IT'S OKAY! *huggles* Good luck with your posts! I wouldn't stop blogging either, it's one of the only good things in my life right now.

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  6. This is extremely true! And as I am just a newbie, I barely get any views, comments etc, but I don't really care, because I like writing reviews and I like reading books and I barely get any emails, so that makes it all a little easier, but I get that the "bigger" bloggers out there get bombarded with emails. Also, the stressed part, not so much here, although I still have a review to write, and I can't, because too many feels about the book. TOO. MANY. FEELS.

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    1. Thanks Sandra! That's a really good attitude to have - blog for the love of blogging! I completely understand about having TOO MANY FEELS, I feel like that every day ;D

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  7. Great post, and it's all definitely true. Especially the last one. :3 I hate it when book bloggers are undermined, though. We work hard! And I'm finding blogging a bit stressful even now, because of how many review books I have to get through + regular life. It's a tough job being a book blogger. It takes a special kind of person. ;)

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    1. Thank you Jack! I was worried everyone would go against me on this one, so I'm glad it hasn't backfired. I agree, we do work hard and not enough people realise that! I hope you get through your review books soon. :)

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  8. Great post! I think the number one conclusion from this is STRESS. If I ever found a blogger that hadn't suffered from it, I think I would faint from shock.

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    1. Thanks Debbie! Yep, stress is a big part of blogging. I wouldn't stop blogging for anything though. :)

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  9. Hmm, I' starting to think I've been having it easy so far. I mean, yeah it kind of stressful trying to squeeze in blogging with GCSE's, but I manage. The most pressuring thing is replying to comments on time, though.

    As to the personal attacks, I've obviously seen in happen before to fellow bloggers from authors, but I've never been put in such situation, thankfully. I do agree about not starting a book blog for free books, though. There's so much more to it than that.

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  10. Hats off to you all. And I thought being a writer was stressful!

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  11. I know what you mean by all those cons.
    It can really get stressed when you have a week full of exams and then you just realize : I must write a post!
    This can get really annoying sometimes but for me it isn't thankfully that often (:
    But well, as you said, when there are cons there are always pros and mostly the pros are the majority (for me) :D

    thanks for this post !

    xo Anne @ anne-books.blogspot.com

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  12. This is a brilliant post! I agree with the stressed thing, oh lord. If people think it is going to be lazy reading in the sun, they are wrong. I love reading so much but sometimes blogging is naturally stressful!

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  13. Thank you very much for the info, I know it helped a lot of people, including myself

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  14. I agree with points 1-3. I could care less about the issues of 4 & 5.

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  15. I've been thinking of starting a blog. I want to do my research first to know what to expect. I am one of those people who sit around reading books all day but I'm not one to take hackers, thieves or rudeness lying down. I appreciate your warning and the honesty that others wouldn't be so kind to let others like myself know about. Thank you for your honesty and the kitten pic! 😁

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  16. These are all very good points, and a very interesting post! I definitely agree with 2 and 3, but I don't have a problem with the rest of these, and I absolutely love blogging. :-)
    -Amy

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  17. Hi! I love this! I am an English Teacher that is simply looking for an outlet to write. I am excited to be in the planning stages of a Book Review Blog, but I am not sure how to get the visibility? Any suggestions?

    Thanks! Great article.

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  18. You do realize telling people to lighten up doesn't make you any less rude right?

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  19. Also love how the only comments you approve are those that agree with you...nice

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