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Reasons to start a book blog, the privileges and the reasons NOT to start a book blog. #BookBloggers #BookBlogger

Reasons to start a book blog, the privileges and the reasons NOT to start a book blog.

Well, that’s a rather mundane and long title. Apologies dearest readers my inspiration must have been lacking and my imagination found wanting when I named this blog post. However, while it’s a mouthful (sniggers, that’s what she said) it tells you what the post is about. πŸ™‚

Let’s look at the reasons to start a Book Blog.

  • You love reading.

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Reading is a hobby, it’s something that you love and you decide that you want to evolve that love and what better way than by starting a book blog!πŸ˜€

  • You want to share the book love.

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You get to give a little something back by reviewing and showcasing in various ways the authors and books that have brought you, bring you and are yet to bring you (you will discover many great books and authors that you never knew about) countless hours of joy through your blog.

  • You transcend being ‘just‘ a reader to something more. You become both a blogger and a reader.

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Obviously, there’s nothing wrong with being ‘just‘ a reader and I mean no offence. We were all readers before we became bloggers and in our hearts we still are readers, our blogs are simply an extension of that.

We have simply turned one hobby (reading) into two (reading and blogging) and built on being reader And hey, if you have a blog then you get to tell people that you are a blogger ‘I like reading and yeah, I have a book blog‘.πŸ‘Œ

  • You have a platform to voice your opinions.

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A blog gives you a platform and a voice. Just because it’s a book blog it doesn’t mean that you can’t post non-bookish stuff. You can write about and vent about anything and having an outlet is good.

  • You want to be part of a community of like-minded people.

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Let’s face it, lots and lots of people read but also, lots and lots and lots don’t. I know, it’s crazy, right, who wouldn’t enjoy reading?! But some people (alas, they have no taste) really don’t.

If you don’t know many/any readers then the people who don’t share your love of books won’t have the slightest interest in talking about and discussing books with you (can’t fault them for that as they wouldn’t have a clue what you were going on about and you can’t discuss and debate a subject you know nothing about). Being part of the book blogging community negates the lack of readers in your everyday real-life and allows you the opportunity to interact with a vast variety of like-minded and supportive people from all over the world, both male and female and different ages and perspectives too.

  • You want to help promote authors.

With a book blog, you get to promote authors, both those that you know and quite possibly those that you don’t. If you are very lucky then you just might get one of your favourite authors to appear on your blog too.

  • Your blog is yours.

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You get to rule over your own little domain. Sorry, the title of Blogging God is already taken by myself (you have to aim high folks).

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But you can all be Kings, Queens, Lords, Ladies, Duke’s, Dutchesses, Madams or Pimps of your own kingdom. Point is, your blog is yours, it’s your own little slice of the book blogging community and Internet! πŸ™‚

Let’s look at the privileges of being a Book Blogger.

  • Free books!

One of the privileges of being a book blogger is receiving ARC’s or finished copies of books to read and review whether from a publisher or an author.

I’m not gonna lie, free books are awesome BUT they come with the hard work and dedication of running a book blog and are a privilege of having a book blog, not an entitlement and certainly NOT a reason to start one.

  • Blogging Groupies.

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You have followers, fans and people who read what you write. Film stars and musicians both have groupies. There’s no reason bloggers can’t too. Blogpies or if you prefer, Bloupies as we have people who follow, read, comment, share and like your blog.

You might become famous or you might become infamous (pretty sure I am infamous with a bad blogging reputation) but one thing is certain you will have people who read and enjoy your blog and knowing that there are people out there who read and care about what you write is really cool.

Let’s look at the reasons NOT to start a Book Blog.

  • Free books!

As I mentioned in the privileges section of this post. Free books are a privilege and are not a reason to start a book blog. If you start a book blog for and with the sole purpose of getting free books then you aren’t a real book lover.

  • To charge for reviews.

If you start a blog as a money making scheme because you are under the impression that people will pay you to review their works then for shame! For shame!

Real book bloggers don’t charge for reviews but sadly, some try it on and do charge and even more sadly, some numpty authors pay them! No offence authors but when there are 1,000’s of fantastic bloggers out there who do this for free then really, you are a numpty if you think that paying a book hooker is a good idea! It’s not! It’s book prostitution and prostitution is illegal. You wouldn’t pay for sex, don’t pay for reviews.


For the genuine readers and book lovers who are thinking of starting a book blog then the above two reasons wouldn’t even be a consideration. The points below will be.


  • You are putting yourself out there.

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You have a blog, you write various blog posts and reviews and subsequently, this means that you are laying yourself bare, exposing yourself and putting you and your work out there to be read by people.

Each time we publish a blog post we are like an author publishing a book only on a much, much, much smaller scale. We are putting our thoughts and writing out there and they will be critiqued, praised, loved and liked but there’s also a chance that just like with authors and their books what we write and post will receive negative feedback too.

  • Having a blog can be stressful.

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Certain aspects of blogging will, on occasion cause you stress. You will find that you stress about stats (you shouldn’t but everyone at one time or another does). You will stress about and question, why other blogs and bloggers are more popular than you and you, will wonder what you are doing wrong. You will stress over the posts and reviews that you write (at least if you question what you are writing and posting then that is a good thing as it means that you care about what you are posting and are trying to put out the best content that you can instead of churning out any old tat). You will stress over trying to come up with blog post ideas and finally, you will stress over trying (and either failing or succeeding) to keep up reading the blogs that you follow.

  • Blogging is time-consuming.

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Blogging takes time, maintaining your blog, writing and drafting posts, being part of the community and reading other blogs as well as still finding time to read too. It all adds up and ultimately it can be hard work and it will consume lots your time. Of course, when you have a blog and enjoy blogging the time it takes up doesn’t matter as you are doing something that you enjoy but if you are considering starting a blog then time is definitely a consideration.


So, if you are thinking of starting a book blog is it worth it?!?

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Emphatically, yes, it is!

The positives far outweigh the negatives and while it can be hard work it is well worth it. Being a blogger and having a blog is ultimately a fantastic experience. If you are thinking about starting a blog then I say go for it!


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116 thoughts on “Reasons to start a book blog, the privileges and the reasons NOT to start a book blog. #BookBloggers #BookBlogger

  1. Great post, Drew. I love how Free Books comed under two categories. I also love the term ‘Book Hookers’.

    That book hooker I pointed you in the direction of a while back … still at it. It’s so pathetic. The only way I’d charge is if a magazine/website paid me to write for them.

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    1. Thanks. πŸ™‚

      Seemed only right to put them under the two categories. Can’t and won’t deny that they are awesome but they are something that comes from having a blog and are not a valid reason just to start a blog.

      Not surprised, that other one is to, I wonder if the $75 price has gone up or if they’ve lowered it. Book hookers is an awesome term, I have a parody post about them that I need to finish off written from the view from a blogger who charges, you can imagine what that is like. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you. Not gonna lie I like free books and I felt that they needed mentioning twice. They are a privilege or a bonus of having a blog. You start a blog, you put out content, you review, you subsequently get offered books. They aren’t a valid reason to actually start a blog though and I do like getting my digs in at those who charge for reviews too so it seemed ideal to put them both in a section together.πŸ˜‚

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    1. Ha, the Thor gif summed up yes perfectly and I needed to include Clint after I saw that gif.

      Thank you.πŸ˜€ Yeah, you would think so but I don’t know. I guess it depends on if they get the free books and somehow manage to do the bare minimum for the blog. I don’t know, I’ve heard of it happening but whether they keep blogging or not, I don’t know.

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  2. Awesome post. I stand by you on all of those reasons. I held off starting my own blog for so long because I was nervous about doing it, but the support from fellow bloggers has been overwhelmingly positive and I’m very happy that I’ve taken the plunge. It’s still very much a hobby blog and for my own fun, but who knows where it’ll lead to in the future. I’m still learning how to post content, share, etc, lol. πŸ˜…

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    1. Thank you.πŸ˜€

      I think we are all constantly learning but yeah, I agree, who knows what the future will hold and as long as you are enjoying it then what will be, will be and you’ll enjoy the ride.

      Bloggers are generally a great bunch so I’m not surprised that they have been supportive, it’s what they do. Hell, I’m even supportive at times and I’m definitely not a normal type of blogger.πŸ˜‚

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  3. Love this post!
    For me one of the main reasons I started was to join in with the like minded community and already I’ve discovered authors and books I would have never considered before. It’s been great to discuss books with people who actually care!! Ha!
    However totally get what you mean about putting yourself out there- the reason why I started like 3 years after I wanted to!

    Shit- ended up writing an essay of a reply! πŸ™ˆ anyways to sum up… love this post!! ❀

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    1. Thanks.πŸ˜€ Damn, 3 years after you wanted to. I just sort of jumped in and started and then it took me near enough a year to actually be myself on my blog and develop the whole if I like it, I’ll post and people can like it or not mentality. It’s definitely hard putting yourself out there though.

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  4. Awesome post! ❀ I do love how i can talk to so many bookish people! Nobody around me IRL is a proper reader…

    I generally don't tend to freak out about the things most bloggers seem to mention as great reasons to freak out, so i think i'm lucky there.

    However… just the other day, before i posted about why i don't like books, my best friend (who provided one of the quotes/arguments about preferring paper books) said that my comment was MEAN, and the post is mean, and i had a mini-meltdown. Had to get another person to read my post and tell me nice things for like 5 minutes before i managed to calm my tits πŸ˜€

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    1. Calm my tits?!? Bwahahaha!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ You do realise that if I use that phrase it could get me in serious trouble with the PC brigade!πŸ€” Someone will be ranting and now I know the phrase I might post ‘OK, calm your tits’ and there’ll be uproar! Thanks for that.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

      I read that post, it wasn’t mean at all! Anyway, There is a difference between being mean in posts and outright hating and there’s nothing wrong with being mean.😈

      Yeah, I’m the same, I don’t get the stress over most things. I admit to getting annoyed over stats at times but that’s mainly when I check them and the post has done crap and I had hoped it would do well as I thought it was good but stressed, no. I do stress over my reviews though, I always think that they are crap especially when I read so many awesome ones but other content, definitely don’t stress over that which is surprising as some of the stuff I have a tendency to post occasionally contains very inappropriate stuff and colourful language. Yeah, I’m weird, a nice and clean review, stress, a foul-mouthed, sarcastic, inappropriate euphemism laden post that could cause offence, it’s all good, no stress at all.πŸ˜‚

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      1. Well, if it’s any comfort, I really enjoy your reviews! πŸ™‚

        Those who get offended by those kind of comment… you know what i’d say… they should just calm their tits πŸ˜€ For real.

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  5. I love “Blogpies” *_* And I loved this post! It’s great, and it’s full of thruths and passion and I have found myself (and all the bookbloggers I follow) in it!
    I think I would save it and reread it when I am feeling not so motivated about blogging… so thank you for sharing!!! πŸ™‚

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  6. This is great. And a reminder for me that blogging, just like reading, is a hobby and I need to try not to get too stressed about it (which I tend to do as I set myself unrealistic goals for posting too often!

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    1. Thank you.πŸ˜€πŸ“š Ha, butt cheeks is a new favourite gif! It’s awesome!πŸ˜€πŸ‘Œ Woah, I thought I sensed a disturbance in the force, I guessed it was a fart escaping but no, it was a disturbance in the force, it must have been. You are agreeing with me!πŸ˜±πŸ˜‚ Are you feeling alright? Have you been hacked?πŸ€”πŸ˜‚

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      1. Thanks, alas, this tame post got me moaned at!😱 Apparently, I shamed sex workers, used a slur against them and classed them as less than human! All I said was people who charge are book hookers, prostitution is illegal (which it is) and that you wouldn’t pay for sex so authors don’t pay for reviews. I was clean and tame and still got moaned at.😞😒

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      2. Really?πŸ€” Yeah, unfortunately I wouldn’t make that sh#t up. I even screen shotted the tweets and moaned about it on FB, obviously I blurred out the person’s name because I have standards but yeah, can’t win! Yay for this supposed fantastic community.πŸ˜‚

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      3. Maybe it’s because I don’t go too far into the community, I don’t know, but I’ve never personally experienced anything like this. That’s why it’s always a shock for me to hear that stuff like this happens. It’s true you can’t win, and what can you really do? It’s like this helpless feeling. I don’t even know what to tell you, because you can ignore it all you want, but it’s still there πŸ˜•πŸ˜”

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      4. It’s probably best not to go too far into the community. But yeah, sadly stuff like this can be common place at times which is unfortunate but it’s life.

        I guess I just got annoyed over it when I perhaps should have laughed because I specifically kept the post clean so that it was accessible and I still got hassle, can’t win, you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t.πŸ˜‚

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      5. I don’t fault you for getting annoyed though because it seems to keep happening to you, and I feel like your being trolled. Like if these people actually follow and like your blog then they know the type of person you are and shouldn’t get butt hurt over small things… I finally responded to your email this morning and I kinda went on a rant relating to this, just a little FYI 😝

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      6. As far as I’m aware they don’t follow my blog and have never interacted with me before and so I presume that they saw the post via a retweet on twitter but yeah, it happens to me a bit.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜ž

        I guess the fact it happens though sort of proves my point that there is a blogger stereotype and a way of writing posts within the community that is seen as the correct way as when someone, me in this case, goes against the normal approach some people take offence to it.πŸ˜‚

        Lol. Nothing wrong with ranting, I on occasion even do it.πŸ˜‚

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  7. I’ve never really understood the draw of ARC’s. I mean, I get it that free books are a great thing, but I love browsing bookstores almost as much as I love reading (maybe more, my bookshelves would suggest).

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  8. You sure are 200% right on all fronts, sir. Saw these points being mentioned on Twitter by you too. But bro, how the hell do your tweets get liked but so many peepz???? 🀣 Your tweets explode with fame all the time hahahah #tellmeyoursecret

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  9. Lol great post. You made me smile. And drool over Clint Eastwood. What is it about rugged guys in cowboy hat and boots?
    The “It’s Mine, All Mine” is definitely how I get about my blog lol. Cool blog, btw πŸ€—

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    1. I wouldn’t know what it is about rugged guys in cowboy hats! I’m a guy and while I like Clint Eastwood and his films I can’t say I’ve ever looked at him and thought ‘yum’.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

      Thank you.πŸ˜€ It’s mine, all mine is definitely the way to go with blogging.πŸ‘ŒπŸ“š

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      1. Lol Don’t give it another thought. My motto’s “What are friends for if not to mess with them?” πŸ˜‰ If you can’t talk nonsense with friends without offending or being offended, what are friends for then? 😊Lol

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  10. Yep , I did start it so as to voice my opinion and learn about more good books that I haven’t read or added on my tbr pile yet

    At the same time , as time has passed I have come to realize how stressful it is to keep up with blog posts and write reviews .

    Makes me appreciate the frequent bloggers

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  11. It’s fine loving my own blog, reading other bloggers’ posts, and not doing a thing about my own for a while. Right?

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  12. LOL at Bloupies! I love that word… hahahaha… brilliant… and I love the post, too… makes perfect sense and I think you covered all the bases! πŸ™‚ Kind of reminded me about all the cool things about blogging πŸ˜‰ yeahhh…

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  13. You know that book hooker … they just posted asking for donations if people enjoy reading their blog :s I genuinely am at a loss for word when a new post comes up.

    I couldn’t bring myself to ever ask for stuff like that.

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    1. I’m not surprised! Were they actually asking for donations or have they set up one of those ‘kofi’ things?! Sad, I guess I can see why some do it, to pay for the domain name and probably all the art supplies for their fluffy Instagram pictures but I think some bloggers seem to have delusions about how big their blog is and the quality of their posts to ask for donations.

      Obviously, this is where we are going wrong! We need to charge for reviews and charge for people to read our posts too!πŸ˜‚

      We aren’t supposed to use ‘book hooker’ anymore. A snowflake took offence and berated me on Twitter over the post and term. Apparently, I was shaming and slurring sex workers and classing them as less than human!πŸ˜±πŸ˜‚

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      1. Book flake is far too clean. I might tweet the person who took offence and ask if they prefer book f#cker or book sucker instead!πŸ˜±πŸ˜‚

        Might have to try that on a blog post. Please give the small sum of Β£5 for clean blankets and fresh water so that Drew can write blog posts. Currently Drew has to walk 10 miles to fetch and carry water that is rife with disease. Just Β£5 would stop this travesty.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  14. Totally agree with you! Like you I think blogging is something you should do for the love not the cash, “book hooker” is a term that I’d love to put on my CV…not sure anyone would employ me though!

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      1. That’s good to know 😁 it’s quite daunting especially just starting out. I’ve tried watching YouTube videos but can’t find anything helpful. The bloggers on here have been very helpful.

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  15. I never understood how “book hookers” thought they could do something so awful. Paying for a review could turn your honest review into a biased one. Besides…like you mentioned previously, we should blog because we want to help authors, love to read, etc.
    The best part is the community for sure! Being new, everyone is friendly and welcoming. We push eachother up, not compete.

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    1. I know, it’s sad, so much for the book love when they charge for reviews. One used to charge $75 for a review! Can’t post the review on Goodreads or Amazon either. What’s annoying though, is that they get free books from publishers too and then charge Indie authors! Sigh, the $75 used to get books from the US and UK, they are a US blogger and awesome, get UK publishers to send free books across the sea and then charge Indies, nah, book hooker for sure which is a term I think is apt but others don’t like.

      Well, on the whole the community is great, mostly, some take offence at things, overs are jealous, etc but you get that in all walks of life and it is, what is is but mainly we are all fantastic. πŸ™‚

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      1. I agree. How awful. It is really difficult to write and publish a book. We should be helping them. The only way one should be paid to review is if they work for a publisher, magazine, etc., and are paid by the company…not author.

        Yes, I have seen some go on rants about how so and so offended them. Meh, those thing are in every walk of life as you mentioned.

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      2. Lol, I’ve had a few of those rant aimed at me! 😦

        Very true, if it’s a magazine, etc and a job then sure but for a blogger, no as we are doing this as a hobby and supposedly becuase we like reading and want to share that not make a quick bit of cash from it.

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  16. Great post! I didn’t even know free books were a thing I could get until after I started my blog. I just wanted to find a way to get back into reading regularly and started with books I owned and already read.

    I think your pros and cons list is so accurate. I don’t understand paying a blogger for a review. Bloggers can make money other ways!

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  17. This is amazing Drew (That’s what she said πŸ€ͺ) see what I did there 🀣🀣 and also brilliant. If I tried to mix my sense of humour into my Blog I would about being pounced on by people wanting to cure me of my β€˜obvious possession’.

    I agree with so much of this! People have commented several times that I should β€œCharge for my time” and I wind up having to spend an hour explaining why I don’t want to and never would. As you can imagine…. usually those strange folks who don’t read. At all.

    I think I would have a meltdown 🀣 I don’t remember the last time I went a whole day without reading!

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