See my 2018 book blogging predictions here! (Apparently I didn’t do 2019.)
Continued Popularity of Audiobooks
Audiobooks have been rising in popularity for the past couple of years, and I don’t think that’s going to stop. With more people reading audiobooks, we’ll see more reviews and more features like “best audiobook narrators.”
Increased Readership for Middle Grade
Publishing industry employees have been mentioning now is a great time for middle grade books, even as YA is starting to feel a bit stagnant to some people, and I’ve seen multiple bloggers say they’re interested in checking out more middle grade. Will this be the year more people check out this category of books?
More Original Content
I’ve also seen multiple bloggers mention they hope to keep up their passion for blogging by posting more original content, whether that means more discussion posts or personal posts or just doing fewer memes. Personally, I do think original content is the way to stand out from the crowd and really establish your voice as a blogger.
Fewer Book Bloggers?
The fate of book blogging has been under discussion for a couple years now, as Booktube and Bookstagram take off and users there obviously get far more followers than bloggers. While I enjoy blogger and far prefer reading other blogs to watching Youtube or scrolling Instagram, it is possible blogging will experience a downward trend. Hopefully, however, the community will continue to be vibrant where it does exist and welcome any new bloggers this year!
Continued Emphasis on Visuals
I mentioned visuals in my 2018 post, and I think this is related to the perception that it’s difficult for blogs to compete with platforms like Youtube and Instagram. In an effort to draw readers who like that visual component, bloggers will continue to focus on graphics and original photography and may even embed video or audio into some blog posts.
More Pinterest Use?
I documented my own Pinterest use and growth in 2019 and explained how I was able to get a significant amount of traffic from it. More book bloggers seem to be becoming aware of the possibilities of Pinterest, and I see more becoming active on the site and adding Pinterst-ready graphics to their blog posts.
What trends do you think we’ll see in book blogging this year?