Eight Reasons You Should Start a Book Blog This Year

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You’ll connect with a community of readers.

One of the best parts of book blogging is being able to connect with other readers.  Whatever types of books you like to read, you’ll find others who love the same thing and who are eager to discuss it with you.

You’ll discover new books and new trends.

Book blogging connects you with both old favorites and the latest publishing news.  You’ll hear about what upcoming books readers are most anticipating and which trends they hope to see more of.

You’ll challenge yourself to read more diversely.

Diversity is big in the book industry right now, as readers calls for more representation for more cultures, genders, religions, and other identities.  In the book blogging community, you’ll be able to find recommendations for books about any and every type of character and subject.  You may also find yourself experimenting with genres you don’t normally read.

You’ll learn more about the publishing industry.

While you may begin a book blog to share your thoughts about books with fellow readers, you may inevitably connect with authors, publishers, and aspiring industry professionals.  You’ll learn everything about the publishing process from pitching a manuscript to an agent to printing the book to marketing it to buyers.

You’ll become a better writer.

Blogging allows you to practice and improve your writing, as you must consistently come up with new content and work on expressing your thoughts.  You’ll also learn what types of posts and information work best for your readers and how to appeal to your target audience.

You’ll learn social media skills.

Book bloggers often become masters of social media, some of which they never even initially planned on joining.  The book community is particularly strong on Twitter and Instagram, but you can also find them on Pinterest, Facebook, and other sites.  You may find yourself learning everything from photography to networking to promoting and marketing once you create social media profiles for your blog.

You’ll also master time management.

The most successful bloggers tend to have consistent schedules, whether it’s posting seven times a week or one time a week.  Once you start blogging, you’ll learn to write to meet deadlines (either self-imposed or for obligations such as book tours and guest posts), while balancing the various behind the scenes tasks of running a blog.

You’ll be able to connect with publishers to get news and books early.

If you want, as a book blogger, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with publishers on social media and to form contacts to requests ARCs (advance reader copies) from publishers for review.  Getting some of the earliest looks at upcoming books and other publishing news can be extremely exciting.

If you’re thinking of taking the plunge and starting a book blog in 2017, check out my complete guide here.

Briana

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15 thoughts on “Eight Reasons You Should Start a Book Blog This Year

  1. Paula Vince says:

    Thanks for this. Although my blog is a couple of years old and not brand new anymore, this post inspires me to treat it as if it is. Every point you’ve mentioned is so true, and I feel as if I’m still learning.

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    • Briana says:

      I think we all need to be reminded now and again what makes blogging awesome. Sometimes I get in a bit of a slump and forget, and then I remember how much I learned from it.

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  2. Jenna @ Falling Letters says:

    Great post that reminds me of all the pluses to blogging, beyond just having a space to share my bookish thoughts (which is why I started blogging in the first place).

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    • Briana says:

      Sharing bookish thoughts is good, too! I see some people wanting to limit reviews and such because they feel too much as if they’re being used as free marketing by publishers (and there’s probably something to that…), but talking about books, sometimes individually and sometimes large categories of them, is why I started blogging in the first place. I don’t think I could talk about books meaningfully in way that doesn’t in part end up with the byproduct that it’s free publicity for the book.

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      • Krysta says:

        I would prefer to think of it as free marketing for the author, really. Saying it’s for the publisher makes it seem more impersonal, like you’re contributing to the bottom line of a corporation. I’d rather think of it as me contributing to the ability of an artist to continue to create more art. I recognize that the two are connected and that when you support the author you also support the publisher, but talking about “free marketing” like it’s a bad thing ignores the reality that authors and artists rely on that sort of thing to live.

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