Despite the fact the vast majority of book blogger audiences are in fact, made of book bloggers, occasionally there are quite a few readers. (And I mean only readers because book bloggers are in fact readers and if we weren’t blogging, we’d probably lurk more often than leaving comments.)
The book community is wide and vast – it’s easy to miss new bloggers who start a book blog. 😶
Are you new? Say hi!
Even though it takes me a million years to reply but I’ll get there, I promise! I seriously need to do better, friends.
Maybe you’re a reader stumbling upon this post one day while taking a break from your day. You’ve been a part of the community already, but you want to build a nice home in your personal space on the webs. (I don’t know why I’m talking about homes when I can’t actually eat dim sum on the blog.)
And you don’t know if you should plop yourself down and make yourself comfortable
get lost in a black hole with other book bloggers.
But you should. It doesn’t matter what platform you’re on, there are plenty of reasons why you should start a book blog, booktube or bookstagram.
Or a combination of the three if you’re feeling adventurous. I am not that adventurous of a soul and I probably need six more arms to actually operate properly.
Or maybe a few clones. We’ll go with that instead. I can barely operate a blog regularly and have an on-off relationship with Instagram.
Talk about commitment issues.
But I’m here to reveal all those secrets, bookwyrms.
The secrets that are safe to disclose, that is. I’m not that nice. And since I’m very much a book blogger at the core, I’ll talk more about blogging than bookstagram or booktube. (Is Book TikTok going to exist one day?)
You have an incurable addiction to books.
I don’t know why I need to put this because the vast majority of us who create content on a book blog or bookish space got one for our addiction to books. And it’s incurable – if there were a Bookaholics Anonymous group, we’d never get out. Ever.
Floating endlessly in a black hole like Adulting, only we don’t want a refund.
You’d burst into flames if you don’t talk about it.
Or maybe a dragon threatened to snatch you up and take you to their cave for a good roast? Let’s not get too fired up here.
Either way, you have a need to talk about books somewhere. You don’t care if it begins with shouting into the void; letting your thoughts out feels great. It’s like a personal reading journal! Only there are eyes on it and it’s probably not a good time to talk about the time cooking Ramen Noodles went so very wrong.*
*This actually happened, and in my defense, I was 12 and wanted to read instead. Oops.
You want to own a space on the webs
I mean, how else do you
start your plans for taking over the world leave behind your legacy? There needs to be a space for you to call home and absolutely, surely, yours.* A place where you can kick out all the characters people you never liked in the first place. Or a place where you can gather all your favorite villains so you can plot in the dark of night when everyone is sleeping. It’s always the quiet ones you have to watch out for.
*In case no one’s mentioned it, you don’t actually own the content despite being the one who creates it; the platform does and can take it down any time they choose unless you’re self-hosted. (Therefore, if you don’t want to lose your amazing content, you should 1000% back it up in multiple places.) But we like to think we own the content completely.
You want to collect a deadly amount of books…
I don’t mean getting the privilege to access books early (although that’s a bonus) because not all of us do, especially as international bloggers and readers.
But you do end up collecting books on your physical and electronic shelf. Boxes if you’re like me and don’t own a shelf.
And then there’s that infamous TBR pile that grows exponentially after you start. We’ll deny that exists, though, and slide another ten books right on top of what we already have. Plus if you collect a ginormous amount of books and you find you didn’t finish some of them, you should still continue collecting those DNFs. Who knows when you might need them?
Most importantly: you want to take over the world.
There’s no way I’m leaving this one out even if I’m going to deny it when anyone asks about it.
Okay, not something you want to reveal early on when you start a book blog or another platform; when you’re small and not as mighty, another army can take you down quickly. But if you do want to take over the world, what better way to build your own loyal army
of minions of followers who would come at your beck and call be very much okay with you taking over the world?
Things You Can Offer When You Take Over the World:
- Access to all the books (because not all places have a library and that is honestly depressing)
- Bookshelves in every home
- Given monthly budget just to purchase books
Oh, and you can get vacation days to read because don’t we all want days off to catch up on reading? Or even better, being off because your favorite cinnamon roll died and you can’t with the world currently.
They were just trying their best.