Blogger Positivity: Pt 2

The prompt for today’s post is Things That The Book Blogging Community Should Be Reminded Of.

Commenting is everything.

One of the best things about blogging is being able to connect with people who share your passion for books, and there’s no better way to do that then to comment on other people’s posts.

ARCs and page views are not everything.

If you spend your whole time blogging focusing on how many ARCs or page views you get, you’re going to miss out on making friends and discussing books with other people in the blogging community. Don’t get caught up in the glamour of blogging.

It’s your blog; do what you want with it.

It’s your blog – you’re not under an obligation to follow a certain schedule or to post certain posts. Do whatever makes you happy, not what other people expect you to do.

It’s okay to be unique.

Don’t try to conform your blog to be “like everyone else’s” – make it shine and make it unique. When it comes to cool features, special designs, or distinct writing styles, the more unique the better.

What are some things you think bloggers should be reminded of?

53 thoughts on “Blogger Positivity: Pt 2

  1. I definitely agree we should be reminded to post how we want! πŸ˜€ It’s very easy to be caught up in the “I must post in this certain way to be a true book blogger” because nooooo. BLOG HOW YOU LIKE. XD When I started getting seriously into book blogging, I felt horribly bad that I didn’t format my reviews “correctly”. I know, right?! I am so deluded. *facepalm* But now I do whatever and I enjoy myself a lot more. Uniqueness FTW I SAY!

  2. Yes!! I totally agree with this especially the unique one. I think it’s so important that people try to do their own thing and make their blog stand out from the crowd. Obviously it won’t come immediately, but after a year of blogging I finally feel like I’m starting to find my own personal blogging voice and my style!

  3. This is such an awesome post, and I’m so happy seeing so many people take part in the Blogger Positivity Campaign! I think it’s so important that we stop counting page views and ARC’s as a measure of success. If you’re blogging and you’re happy, it shouldn’t matter how many views you recieve.

    And I also agree with commenting. It’s the best way to show the blogging love ,and I always feel so special receiving comments on my posts!

    Great post and I can’t wait to see what you come up with next Friday !

    1. I’m so glad you’re participating in this as well Ten! <3 Such a great and well-needed campaign.

      “If you’re blogging and you’re happy, it shouldn’t matter how many views you receive.”

      THIS. I couldn’t agree more. <3

  4. “Don’t try to conform your blog to be β€œlike everyone else’s” – make it shine and make it unique”AMEN TO THIS. We’re entitled to each of our own identity. There’s not even a rule about conforming to a single standard so it’s totally ok to opt for diversity. I love what you said on these, Zoe! So on point for all bloggers πŸ˜€

  5. “Do whatever makes you happy, not what other people expect you to do.”
    ^ That is the truth right there. THE TRUTH. I think that’s the most important thing (for me) to remember. Sometimes when school is overwhelming, I get a little guilty because I’m sure there are lots of readers out there who are waiting for a post, and here I am, not giving them anything to read for 1 week πŸ˜› But overtime, I learned that you should only blog for yourself, as it is not something you should do to please your readers all the time.

    Great post, Zoe <3 Loved the 5 points you placed here!

    1. Blogging for yourself is so, so important. If you don’t blog for yourself, it’s so much easier to feel worn out or overwhelmed. Thanks Jillian! xx

  6. I love all of these, and definitely agree. It’s so easy to get caught up in statistics, and ARC requests, and completely lose the point of why you started blogging in the first place. Interacting with people, sharing our love about books, that’s what matters, way more than some stats!
    I love this Blogger Positivity Campaign, I’m so sad I was too late to join. Looking forward to your next post! πŸ˜€

    1. I completely agree! Interaction is so much more important than stats, and sometimes ARCs and page views and whatnot make it hard to remember that. Thanks Marie!

  7. YES TO ALL OF THIS POST, ZOE! It is like a list of fundamental book blogging rules! It should be made official XD Commenting really brightens everyone’s day and when I find blogs that have their own unique twist it makes me really happy. Brilliant part two of the campaign! πŸ˜€

  8. This is such a fantastic project. I saw a couple posts about it in the last couple days and it’s just so inspiring to see all the love and passion that it’s bringing out of the community! So fantastic.
    I think it’s great you put a focus on doing what you want for your blog. I definitely have felt swayed by what others do and the expectations I feel like I have to meet, but it’s not something I take much notice of at all anymore. My blog is different and I love that!
    Lovely post, sweetie. xx

    1. It’s such a great campaign, right? So much positivity and it’s only the second post. <3 And that's what I love about your blog Romi - it's so unique and original.

  9. Oh, commenting really IS everything. Plus, whenever someone takes the time to comment on my posts I just get so insanely happy. It’s the little things! I think bloggers should be reminded that it takes time and effort to build a blog – so make sure you’re having fun at the same time!

    1. It’s definitely the little things that count, right? It takes only a minute to comment on someone’s post, but it’s always worth it. <3

  10. Commenting is definitely important. Interacting with the community in general, really, be it on the blog, on Twitter, on Instagram. I think that’s why most people started their blogs– as not only a creative outlet, but also as a way to connect with other readers, especially if we don’t have any friends in “real life” that read.

    I also think it’s important to remember that blogging is a hobby. We tend to put so much pressure on ourselves to perform or create fresh, new content or to read certain books by a deadline. All of those things can get in the way of all the fun, so sometimes it’s important to step back and re-evaluate the reason we started blogging in the first place and focus on those things instead.

    1. I’m the same way Jackie. The reason I started blogging is because none of my real-life friends are necessarily readers, so that’s why connecting with the community is so important to me.

    1. Ack, hit ‘post’ before I was done.

      Loving these little thought snippets, Zoe-It’s nice to be reminded every now and then that conversations are the most important thing not the ARCs or the silly drama.

      Lovely post, Zoe. πŸ™‚

      1. Ha…I do that all the time! No worries! πŸ˜‰ And thank you so much for your kind words Nuzaifa. It really shows that sometimes it’s the little things that matter.

  11. Wow, I agree with ALL OF THE ABOVE! I love this entire series, and can’t agree enough with that but about posting whenever we want. And blog conformity is also a raging issue and I’m so glad you addressed this here, Zo! πŸ™‚ XO

  12. These are perfect reminders for book bloggers, Zoe! Especially the one about uniqueness and blogging for one’s own self. Blogging is just a hobby for most of us so it shouldn’t ever be stressful. And you’re so right about ARCs and page views. Though both are great pluses it’s the part of making friends I love most about blogging. Anyway, lovely post! I also enjoyed Part. 1 where you introduced yourself and talked about how you love to smile. πŸ™‚

    1. Blogging is just a hobby for most of us so it shouldn’t ever be stressful.

      ^THIS. I completely agree. If we try to blog or conform to a specific standard of the norm it makes it more overwhelming or pressuring.

  13. Don’t get caught up in the glamour of blogging. THIS.

    I think especially for those looking at wanting to blog, that point is so, so important Zoe. I’ve had new bloggers ask me how to get free books and they’ve barely begin blogging. To me that seems like the only reason they’ve begun blogging is for review copies. What they probably don’t realise that review copies also restrict what you read and most of us are sent unsolicited copies and end up snowed under with books and the pressure to review them on time as well. It’s not all free books and big audiences and those who have well known blogs have had to work hard to carve a name for themselves too. I think foremost we need to remember why we blog, for the love of books and to be part of our bookish community, not for the spoils that can sometimes come along with that.

    Awesome post Zoe, really enjoyed it <3

  14. I love everything about this post, Zoe! All of the points you made are so true! I love receiving meaningful comments and commenting back! Nothing makes me happier than receiving long comments that go beyond just saying “great review”. I also agree so much with the point about ARCs and page views. It’s never a good idea to do things just for perks or popularity. Making yourself happy is the most important thing! I don’t think people realise how much pressure reviewers are under when they get ARCs. It’s definitely not glamorous. Once I started receiving ARCs, I realised how much more I enjoy reading books that I purchased for myself.

    1. Thank you Jenna! <3 I agree - ARCs are definitely a lot more pressuring then they seem. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! <3

  15. I get caught up in SO much crap that I shouldn’t! I love commenting, because it is so FUN to talk to other bookish people, but I am even guilty of making myself FEEL guilty if I can’t comment back as soon as I’d like. I know all my stress is absolutely self-inflicted, but still, it can be hard. It’s nice to have posts like this that remind me what is important, so thanks for that!! πŸ™‚

  16. This is an awesome post (yay Jillian for the campaign) It is easy to focus on the arcs and views, but I think the fun thing is commenting and friends. I like your idea about not conforming too- thank you for posting this! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you for your lovely comment Shar! I completely agree – it’s definitely more fun to blog when you reach out and connect with others.

  17. I definitely try to remind myself and other bloggers of the fact that it’s YOUR blog, so don’t pressure yourself trying to stick to a schedule, be super creative, etc, if it’s not working for you. Book blogging is a fun hobby, not your job, so it needs to stay fun and work for you!

    1. Such a great point Hannah, and I completely agree! It’s definitely something we need to be reminded of frequently. πŸ™‚

  18. Oh Zoe I have a post on this exact topic coming up tomorrow! I think people need to remember to stay positive and that there is no right or wrong way to blog. And I feel like lately, lots of bloggers are more focused on the latest releases, and getting ARCs, or blogger perks more than sharing the love of books.

    1. I completely agree Jeann. With all the glitz and the glamour of ARCs and page views, it’s easy to forget about what really matters: commenting and connecting with fellow bloggers.

  19. This is such a lovely idea, and I couldn’t agree more with it! I often get caught up in my stats, comments, etc., and I have to remind myself of the reason I started blogging- to meet awesome people and get recommendations! I also totally agree about being unique- everyone loves a black sheep!

  20. YES TO ALL THESE REMINDERS! We’d all benefit from tacking them to a board/wall/our brains somewhere, for our stress levels’ sake.

    Also, I think it’s important to remember that we don’t owe anyone anything. It’s okay to say no to a review request, it’s okay to turn down a blog tour if we can’t manage to work it into our schedules. It’s okay to write a negative review, if that is how we truly feel. I tend to try to please everyone, and that sort of impulse isn’t always easy to subdue. (BACK INTO THE BOX YOU GO, IMPULSE. You’re grounded!)

  21. These are all fantastic points! I agree with them all! I’ve already given up on the ARC thing. I haven’t had the greatest record with ARCs haha (I often don’t like them apparently) and I think I would rather focus on just reading whatever I feel like instead. Like you said, it’s my blog and I’ll do what I want! That’s totally my philosophy. Fantastic post!!

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