Monday, 14 July 2014

SURVEY RESULTS: What do you love about book blogging?

Less people responded to this survey than my last one, and I'm not sure if that's because a lot of people couldn't think of anything they love about our community or if it's just a matter of not as many people seeing the post as last time. That doesn't matter, though - let's see what everyone loves about book blogging!

There were 35 responses. All of these were completely anonymous. 

"It's so vibrant with so much opinion and discourse, and everyone's generally willing to help if you would just reach out."
"[I love] the camaraderie of it. In reality I don't have that many friends that are as enthusiastic towards books as me so when I discovered this wonderful community, it felt like I was at home. A lot of book bloggers are really nice and accommodating."
"I've been part of the community for a little while longer now than when I completed the previous survey... I love the community, I love having people who "get" you and your bookish obsessions, I love comments, and replying to comments, I love when people disagree with my opinions on books and we can chat about our different viewpoints. I love the sense of support from this community - maybe we have more empathy because we read, but there's a sense that the people on the end of the comments actually care."
"I love the fact that the majority of the time, everyone supports each other. Book Blogging has given me the chance to talk about books freely with other book lovers without being criticised. It's a place where I feel like I'm actually part of something."
"[I love] that whether we know each other or not we are united by one common interest; our love of books. That one love sparks endless conversations and fangirl sessions. It's just so great to talk to awesome people about an awesome thing like books."
"If you're looking for a recommendation, the book blogging community has hundreds for you. If you're looking for a review on a certain book, the book blogging community has it. If you're looking for a friend, the book blogging community has that too. It's pretty wonderful, despite its flaws. ♥"
"[I love] the fun, learning about new reads, the excitement of the possibility of meeting each other... and for me, I'm going through a long rough patch, and I know there are people in the community I can talk to."
"I love that there are now so many people who I can share my love for books with and there's no better book recommendation than one from someone who is passionate about reading!"
"I think most of us have a similar sense of humour (most times) and depending on the ones you finally fall into sync with, through love of similar genres, you usually like the same movies and TV shows. My friends in real life aren't into fandom things and book devouring, so my only conversation buddy was my son, but he is at university, so I don't see him all that much, now. When I am home alone book blogging friends are only a click away. :)"
"Very welcoming, even though I'm not a book blogger I feel part of the community!"
"The people! Ahhh, the people are the BEST omg. I literally have so many other bloggers I tweet all the time, a new penpal (a blogger) and so many AMAZING peeps to email. And the publicists – SO. NICE. :)"
"It's so comfy and welcoming. However weird your post or tweet, you never have to worry that you'll get judged, it's just a nice group to be a part of."
"I really love the fact that everyone is really welcoming and no one seems to be territorial, I understand that in recent years things have gone a bit down hill (I'm only a newbie blogger so i wouldn't actually know) but so far I haven't had any bad experiences - its also a really great place to just make friends with people who share similar interests to you!"
"Everyone has been really nice to me, even the authors."
"How *mostly* everyone is so friendly and the community is great. I've made more friends in the blogosphere than I have done in the whole of my life which is pretty sad but cool. xD"
"I love the friendliness of everyone. We all support each other and it's great to see that because online media is NEVER like that. Now book blogging has become so much more popular, but at the same time the age difference doesn't matter. And I love that."
"[I love] that everyone is so friendly and supportive and everyone's views are so interesting. I love love love it!!"
"I get to find out about lots of books which I otherwise wouldn't have heard of."
"[I love] the amazing friends I've made through it and the fact that everyone loves books so much! There's never a dull moment with the book blogging community - there's always a new release to rave about or an old gem to reminisce over and something to talk about. Everyone is really supportive too - if you have a problem (blog related or not) someone's bound to help and offer you advice."
"This sounds very horrible, but absolutely nothing."
"I love the fact that if you reply to someone on Twitter or even on their blog posts, they will most likely reply back! I love having conversations with other book fanatics!"
"The individuality. Everyone is reviewing that one new release, but they all have their own take, their own favourite characters... I love the diversity of both opinions and the actual people behind the blogs."
"It makes me feel like I belong. Book blogging shows me that there are other people in the world who love books as much as I do. It's something I'm proud to be part of and gives me a reason to keep on reading."
"I love the easy access to a whole community of people who are just dedicated and as book obsessed as you are! Usually, it's very tight knit and welcoming, with heaps of opportunities to discuss and share!"
"Hands down the bloggers that I meet. When I first started blogging, I was a bit uncomfortable because I didn't know anyone from the community that I could interact with or ask questions. But now, I've met some really awesome people throughout my three months of book blogging. They've also become my friends. And I think that's the biggest achievement any book blogger or blogger in general can receive."
"The friendships and how easy it is to find new amazing books to read!"
"The interaction between the bloggers and the authors. And of course, book recommendations."
"Well, as a book blog reader, I don't have my own blog but when I read other people's book blogs I can see how close they often are with other bloggers. Just by reading the comments bloggers receive and how they reply to them, you can tell sometimes that they have made friends and links within the book blogging community. This brings me to my point: if people who don't have a book blog and aren't actively involved in book blogging can see how strong the book blogging community is, then surely that's a good thing? It shows the community is strong! Also, you see lots of bloggers who say they were inspired to start a book blog after reading other people's blogs. If book bloggers are inspiring people to join the community then that must be great too! People are coming into the community because they think it is a happy place; book bloggers have given them that impression. This is what is great about the book blogging commmunity! It just needs to be kept up, so people can keep seeing the brilliance of the book blogging community! When your readers let you know you're doing great, then you probably are :)"
"I love how everyone can come together over something that seems like it's dying in our society. I love how we all have a thirst for knowledge and for books, and how we can go to each other to satisfy this addiction to reading. Like how we all understand each other when people in the real world tend to judge me or think I'm a loner for reading all the time, book bloggers will never make me feel that way."
"The friends! Everyone interacts, and when you get crazy excited over books, and characters, and authors they understand and get crazy excited with you! You get to talk to people you wouldn't have normally spoken to! It's fab!"
"My favorite thing about the book blogging community is the great people. I love everything that goes on like book recommendations, sarcastic/bubbly/fangirl conversations in the blog comments or on Twitter. There's really nothing better than discovering that there are thousands (don't quote me on that ;) ) of other people who share your interests and get your references and humor. And usually, everybody is extremely nice....complimenting each other and helping each other out. I also think it's so neat when I find other book bloggers who not only read books and have a hilarious sense of humor but who also love the things that I do. It's a feeling of being a part of a huge network of amazing people. #bookbloggerpride."
"When I log into Twitter and we're all there, happily chatting away about books! It feels like one big, happy family. Even if we are a little dysfunctional at times, we pick ourselves back up and move on and I think it makes us stronger."
"It's really friendly, everyone's so nice to each other. Very supportive, helping newer bloggers like me. Blogs are unique and creative."
"I think people tend to forget just how lucky they are. We get to have our own special place where we can talk and fangirl with people who know exactly how you feel! You get to make friendships and discover new things because of those booklovers who live in every little nook and cranny in the world! Not everyone is fortunate enough to ever get a glimpse of this experience, so I think we should be thankful for the bookish love that brings us together, and not let petty things throw us apart."
"YES! Tara from The Librarian Who Doesn't Say Shhh! is amazing. I loved her blog before I started blogging and when she first commented on my blog I practically had a "celebrity moment"! I've a lot of respect for her writing, and she's always been super friendly. Amanda from Book Badger has had some great chats with me, and she's local (UK-based, so as local as my bloggy friends get!) Charnell from Reviews from a Bookworm has been supportive and even though our reviews can be very different we always have good convos. Mentions also go to Joyous Reads, Thoughts and Afterthoughts (guaranteed to drop a comment on my TTT posts!), Books Are Delicious -there's so many. Any of my regular commenters really because they always make my day. Including you! I emailed you when I first started blogging and you were very friendly and welcoming!" 
"Amber, you have become a great friend of mine. We have been through similar things and because of meeting through book blogging, I feel like now I have someone to talk to who understands. And Charli from To Another World, Rachel from Booktastic Reviews, Zoe from Bookhi, Fionnuala from Books for Birds - they have all become good friends to me and I can't thank them enough :)" 
"Well, for a start...you! Holly from A Daydreamer's Thoughts and Charli from To Another World are two of my closest blogging friends. I love them and their blogs. ^_^" 
"You, Ruby, Sophie, Jack, Georgia and Hawwa. So many others too :)" 
"Emma Louise and you, of course!" 
"Ashley of Nose Graze." 
"Octavia at Read~Sleep~Repeat was my first connection on Twitter and she has been wonderful putting up with my derp blogging questions!! I also think she was the first blogger to follow me back on Twitter. Again, Britter at Please Feed the Bookworm is my partner in crime while we try to figure out blog design and author/publisher contacts. She was the first book blogger to follow my blog!! They are the only two blog buttons I have on my blog." 
"You, Charli, Fionnuala, Lucy, Sophie, Jack, Debbie plus loads more." 
"I'm just gonna go with three, and I'm not including you Amber because OBVIOUSLY you're amazing too ;) Haaawwwwwwwaaaaa (It Was Lovely Reading You) –  SO. FUNNY. Seriously, sometimes I'm just feeling all sad/lonely and then she talks books to me and it really cheers me up. :') Sophie (A Day Dreamer's World) – SO. NICE. She's just so bubbly and lovely and one of the most amazing people eeeevvvvverrr. Lucy (Queen of Contemporary) – AHHHH, LUCY! Um, she's just incredible. And so bookish." 
"Sophie is the nicest person ever, and I've never even met her. Charli seems so funny and sweet. Zoe, Georgia, Orli and SO MANY MORE are awesome too. Amber, you're pretty cool too XD" 
"Quite a few! First off, definitely Amber, you/she is always really kind and doesn't seem bothered if you ask a bloggy related question or just nag her on Twitter ;) Another person, who I don't think I could live without, is Amy {Amy Bookworm} she is the nicest, sweetest person I have ever met, and has definitely made my blogging experience ten times better." 
"Not you. I hate you. YOU DISGUST ME. :P I can't really list them all buuuut...You, Zoe @ Bookhi, Ruby @ Feed Me Books Now, Jack @ The Book Stop, Rachel @ Booktastic Reviews etc etc etc." 
"Honestly, you have. You're so young, but so mature and professional at the same time and it's a breath of fresh air to see that." 
I still get a Happy Meal at McDonald's so I don't think 'mature' is quite the right word, but thank you! ;)
"Yours!!!!!:-)" 
"You of course :) http://www.booksbiscuitsandtea.co.uk/ and http://www.pentopaperblog.com/
"No, never had any blogger friends. :(" 
"Cait and Mime @ The Notebook Sisters, Faye @ The Social Potato, Katrina @ Chased by my Imagination, and a bunch of other blogs that I just can't remember at the moment." 
"The lovely ladies at Oh, The Books! have given me confidence because they always reply to any comments I leave. I feel welcome and included and thus more likely to interact with what they post and the ladies themselves on social media."
I love them too! ♥
"YES! When I was a newbie, especially. They include Kayla @ The Thousand Lives, Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity, Cait and Mime @ The Notebook Sisters, and Jeann @ Happy Indulgence!" 
"Becca from Becca's Booooks. She's fab!" 
"Cait and Mime from The Notebook Sisters! They are hilarious and really good at what they do, but the way they made my blogging experience better was through comment love. Mime was my third follower (I squealed...aka fangirled. *whispers* don't tell) and Cait comments quite a bit on my blog and was an early follower. They're just really nice and fun. :) 
Zoe from The Infinite To-Read Shelf is another amazing blogger. She's so sweet and she suffered through my first vlog so kudos to her. :P She's brightened up my day many times by commenting on my blog or tweeting me. 
Gabs from My Full Bookshelf is seriously my Goodreads twin. We have so many of the same books on our TBR lists and we liked a lot of the same books too. :) We also share a dislike of Bloglovin'. HOWEVER, she was my first Bloglovin' follower and she's awesome. 
Aneta Augustine from The Graffiti on the Wall makes me grin every time I read one of her posts because of her sarcastic, dry, cutting humor and, in general writing voice. She's studying something super hard in college that I can't remember now and she reminds me of my sister a little bit. I'm so glad I found her little gem of a blog. I don't even care that she virtually shot me in the head for having an awesome second-hand bookstore. ;) She has the gift of sounding sophisticated without effort. 
Aaaand, (actually I love all you guys but this answer is REALLY long. Sorry, Amber) S.R. from the blog that's the same name aka S.R. McKade. S.R. is SO nice and also shows me comment love all the time. Although sometimes I think she?/he? (I really don't exactly know) thinks my humour is a little wacky. :D S.R. is awesome and extremely nice and supportive. We understand each other cause pizza and chocolate equals favorite foods. ♥" 
"Since I came back to blogging, I lost my RSS feed reader so had to refollow a ton of new blogs. One blog I discovered along the way was The Notebook Sisters, and they are amazingly kind, funny bloggers with really great posts and reviews. I highly recommend following them!" 
"Wow, there are so many that I don't want to name people in case I forget! You, Amber, are an awesome bunny along with LOOAADDSSS OF other people!" 
"As a blog reader, all book bloggers make the experience great - by having blogs to read! Keep up the great work and continue to show readers how friendly the community is!"

"Have fun, don't compete or envy and you will be fine :)" 
"I just wish everyone the best and keep on doing the things you guys do best! :D" 
"I haven't really seen or been involved in any of the negative stuff - but I would say to keep doing what you're doing and don't forget to comment and like, even if you've been at this for a long time (how some people juggle the blogging with all the social media elements is beyond me!). I've seen a lot of bloggers reach out to the community on a personal level when things happen in their life and it's nice to know there's a support system here too." 
"Keep going. Even if it doesn't feel like people are reading your posts - keep going." 
"You rule!" 
"Just be yourself with your blog. You'll find a bunch of similar people! And don't let anyone push you around. You're awesome! Just keep doing what you're doing." 
"For every rude book blogger and author you come across there are many more nice ones." 
"Keep going, all your blogs are great!!" 
"I don't feel as though I should actually answer this as I've only been blogging for a year now, but (yes, there's a but) I think the important thing to keep in mind is to never get discouraged, I know it can be hard and some days all the numbers of followers and page-views can go to your head - but if you're blogging for the right reasons, then just carry on doing what you love, people will come to respect you for it!" 
"For new book bloggers: DON'T STRESS ABOUT FOLLOW COUNT/PAGEVIEWS. It takes the fun out of everything. I had five followers for over half a year. One of them was my aunt. One of them was me. But I still carried on blogging and now I have more than five YAY, if I had let it get to me I probably would have stopped blogging and then I wouldn't have been given amazing opportunities and made awesome friends. :) BE YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE AWESOME." 
"Keep doing what you know best, and always improve. Two years from now you'll look back and see how much you as a person and your writing has changed!" 
"Keep going!! Don't give up and remember why you started - because you love the books!!!" 
"Keep going and don't be discouraged by little things. If you don't get along with another blogger, that's fine, just don't talk to them and get on with your own thing. If you feel like your blog isn't doing as well as you'd hoped, keep working hard because we've all been there." 
"Just keep on blogging and don't worry about the stats or gaining followers! Just have fun with it! Same thing with comments. Keep in mind your posts are being read! Even though I read a ton of posts on my feed, sometimes I don't know what to comment, because I honestly don't know what to say because of a brain fart. BUT I AM LURKING :D and you are loved!" 
"Be kind. The blogsophere should be a safe space for everyone who uses it. We're all here because we love books - and for some of us, it's the only place we can express that love without fear of reprisal. Your words are powerful: use them to make others happy." 
"Um, probably just to keep book blogging because you love what you blog about! Even if you feel left out at times, or if you are in a reading/blogging slump - reach out! Because someone will be there!" 
"It's just for you. It's not about how many followers you have, it's about how much fun you have reading and posting about these books on your blog. It's not about competition of how many followers you can get, or how much you can read in a year. It's about how much you want to read and beating your own goals. It's about reading other blogs and finding new things to add to your bookshelf. The community is only as strong as the people it's comprised of, and I like to think that a community that prides itself on being knowledgeable should understand that we can't compete with one another. On some level, we're all that each other has." 
"Be patient! Sometimes it takes ages for your blog to take off and become popular! Also some people are negative, but not everything's perfect and you can't please everyone." 
"Stop comparing. It doesn't matter if you have 5 followers or 500, what really matters is that you enjoy what you are doing. Never do anything you don't feel is right for you or your blog!" 
"Never let anyone bring you down! No one can ever tell you who you are, or what to do. Why? Because they can never be you. You have all the opportunities in the world, but it's only you who can ever make use of them! Don't let things that happen make you bitter and sad, let them make you stronger and braver. A quote that you'll be familiar with that speaks to me is: 
Fear doesn't shut you down, it wakes you up. - Divergent
The reason for that is that I believe that this signifies so many things that apply to everyone and everything. When you get scared, don't let yourself stop everything and stop living. Don't let yourself stick to only one thing because you're scared. Do let yourself get excited that you're going to face this fear. That you're going to confront it. Let yourself realise that if you're scared something is wrong, and you need to fix that- it won't fix itself.  
Also: SMILE AND BE HAPPY." 

"Thanks for spreading the positivity around the book blogging community! You are one cool girl! :D" 
"Just that I hope I can stick at this and do it for a long time. It's hard work this blogging malarkey! But the pay-back is brilliant." 
"I love the blogging community and everyone is lovely and make me want to have a blog as well!!" 
"Awesome idea, you're so innovative Amber - you take action and kick butt ;) I can see you being really influential in the future, if not already." 
Thank you! As soon as I read that, one image came to mind, so I instantly had to design it. Yes, that's my face. :')


"yes I really enjoy your blog and your youtube vids, really inspire me to keep going with my blogging even though I'm not that great and only have like two subscribers!" 
"Yes! Loving the positive vibes here, keep it up :)" 
"Amber, this is a really interesting set of surveys you are doing: the loving and hating attitudes of the book blogging community. The internet is such a controversial place; we should all be trying to make it better, like you. Well done for addressing these issues and encouraging other people to share their opinions. One step closer to making the book blogging community a happy place for everyone! :-)"
MY HEART FEELS WARMED. Although, while some people left lovely comments, some people decided to abuse the 'anything else to add' option...;)
"You don't know terror until you see John Green meeting a squirrel." 
"I LOVE THE HERONDALES." 
"Do you want a donut?"
I don't want a donut at the moment (shocking, I know) but I would love some t-shirts featuring the last three quotes... :'D

Thanks to everyone who participated! 
Did you see your answer up there? If you didn't take part in the survey, what do you love about book blogging?


11 comments:

  1. Excellent, as usual! Really great post Amber, it's great seeing what so many people have to say about the community, including non-bloggers who like to read book blogs, that was definitely a great input! I'm saying "great" far too much! I don't think we always take the time to write positive comments or encourage each other in an open forum, it's lovely to see so much positivity in one place! :) R x

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  2. Awesome post, Amber. Great job on gathering all these responses and showing them to us. It feels so nice to see that there are still a lot of positive things in our community. Lately there has been so much negativity so it's nice to know the light at the end of the tunnel is still shining brightly as ever. And yay, I've been mentioned! Hopefully we will continue this way :) There's no other way to go but this!

    Faye at The Social Potato

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  3. AWWWWW, MY ICE HEART IS MELTING XD "Some people are worth melting for"....

    This is so so lovely and on a personal level I didn't know I was so valued by some bloggers :)

    I think there is still a way to go, shown by comments like "absolutely nothing", but we can do it!

    Thanks for doing these Auntie <3

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  4. THIS IS WHY I LOVE THE BLOGGING COMMUNITY. But omg, I died a little when I saw bloggers mentioning my blog. My blog?!!! Little weirdo me?! OMG, that has just made my day. x) There are some seriously epic bloggers out there and reading this was fantastic! Thanks for putting it together, Amber. ;)

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  5. THIS IS SO SO NICE AND PEOPLE MENTIONED ME AHHHH WHOEVER YOU ARE ILY<3
    And yes I need t-shirts with those quotes on too AND AND AND, the photo is pure gold Amber. ALSO. I hope there's a video of John Green meeting a squirrel somewhere *searches*
    P.S To the person who said they don't really have any bloggy friends. PLEASE COME FIND ME AND TALK TO ME I DO NOT BITE I GIVE HUGS *occasionally* and am a crazy person so if you can handle that then SWAG. <3

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  6. My day was totally just made right now! Whoever mentioned me, ILY too <333

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  7. Love this!! Thanks for compiling all the info. It gave me some warm fuzzies on a cruel Monday.

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  8. "[I love] that whether we know each other or not we are united by one common interest; our love of books" THIS. It's so cool that even though we live in different parts of the world and have different beliefs, we are united because of one common interest: BOOKS!

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  9. I wonder how large a country we bloggers would make. Maybe second only to Facebook. And I don't have that many people who would speak so (wipes tears) nicely of me, so THANK YOU SKYLAR.

    I am bookmarking this post. I have a country to follow.

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  10. Should we assume that most people reading book blogs are book bloggers now? Hmm. I didn't read any book blogs until I started blogging.

    Amelia @ YA Bookologists (ya-bookologists.blogspot.com)

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  11. What fun! It is lovely to see my own thoughts and feelings reflected there, even though I didn't see the survey. Definitely going to notice for next time!

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