Krysta and I have been blogging for over eight years now, and while she recently wrote a post about the things that have changed in book blogging over those eight years, both of us have also been struck by how much has stayed the same. While scrolling through posts in our readers or brainstorming our own discussion post topics, we’ve both noticed that there seem to be perennial questions, that things we wrote posts about five years ago continue to pop up as new conversations.
I’m sure this is partially because there’s a decent amount of turnover in the book blogging community, both in bloggers and readers. So although we wrote posts on things like “Do you comment back?” and “Why I Don’t Listen to Audiobooks” quite a while ago, these questions are going to seem new to people who simply were not blogging or reading blogs five years ago.
Yet even questions that seem as if they ought to have “settled,” like whether paper books are better than e-books, whether listening to audiobooks counts as reading, and whether YA books have any value or are trash written for children, come up year after year. Even when one thinks the debate is over and the topic has been discussed from every angle possible, the conversation continues.
It’s interesting to note that the same questions repeat themselves, but sometimes it makes it a bit difficult to be an “older” blogger. Sometimes this is because I’ve already read a large number of posts on the same topic over the past eight years, so unless something new is being brought to light in the discussion, I have no personal interest in reading the most recent posts on the issue. This means I can scroll past a dozen discussion posts in my reader and not want to read a single one. Sometimes it also feels as if it makes it difficult to write discussion posts. If “everyone” seems to be discussing something like “why adults should be allowed to read YA” but I already wrote a post about that—maybe even more than one—a few years ago, do I write another? Can I find something new to add to the conversation?
I love that people read and discuss books, and of course I think people should blog about what they like and realize that the conversations will in fact be new to many readers. That’s why they get so many comments and engagement! Yet on a personal level, I do sometimes struggle with the repetition, if only in the sense I personally no longer find these topics as shiny and new and interesting.
What do you think? Have you seen some of the same conversations repeat while you’ve been blogging? What is your reaction? Do you keep reading the posts? Keep writing new ones of your own?