I’ve been book blogging for a year and a half now, and I’m realizing that I don’t really know/like a lot of the book blogging world.
I’m not interested in blog tours (I’m still not sure exactly what these are or what their point is), book cover reveals (is this really that big a deal?), memes (I do one meme, and it’s one I created and only post when I feel like it). I don’t worry about reading new releases unless I’m really interested in the book. I’m not afraid of giving negative reviews.*
I’m not interested in keeping up with what everyone else is read. Mostly because I think most books being released don’t sound interesting. I did more of that (reading new releases) when I started book blogging, and I just ended up owning (because when you’re pressuring yourself to review a book immediately after it’s been released there’s no time to wait for the library to get it) a ton of books that I HATED (and am still trying to get rid of).
I wish I were more connected to other readers in the book blogging community, but it’s been difficult for me to find bloggers with similar interests. There are a lot of group blogs out there, but it’s difficult to find the individuals who blog about racial diversity, too. If you have any suggestions (self-promotion included), let me know in the comments!
While I was on hiatus I was trying to figure out what I liked about blogging. I’m not sure I succeeded, but I did miss it while I was away which I took as a sign that I should keep at it. I will probably never keep a traditional book blog, but I’m okay with that. Looking back on my blog, I’m happy with what I see. And I’m excited to start again.
*Sometimes I think my reviews make it seem like I don’t like ANYTHING. I promise that’s not the case, and some of the changes I’m planning on rolling out are highlighting books/series/authors I do like.