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You Are a Book Blogger and You Are a Reader.

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I think that I have definitely failed with coming up with an eye-catching title for the post that jumps off the screen and entices the reader. I had to cut it down from the original which is ‘It Doesn’t Matter How Much You Blog, You Are a Blogger and It Doesn’t Matter How Much You Read, You Are a Reader‘ as was rather a large mouthful.πŸ˜‚ I probably should have gone with something in the vein of a clickbait title to get those ‘oh so sweet’ views. Something like ‘the secret to getting ARC’s‘ or ‘how to get 100,000 views on a post‘ would have done it. Alas, I don’t know the answer to either and if this post gets 50 views I’ll be happy and will class it as a win for my small blog.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜œ

I was drafting up my monthly wrap-up post for July earlier and I thought to myself that I had ‘only‘ read five books for the whole of the month. I have to admit that I’m not the fastest reader at the best of times. Sure, occasionally I can fly through a book, but even then, my flying through a book means that I read it in a couple of days and not a couple of hours like for most people who use that same term.πŸ˜‚ Mostly, however, I manage a book a week, sometimes more and sometimes less with no books read at all…and you know what?!πŸ€” That is OK.

After thinking to myself that I’d ‘only‘ read five books in July something clicked inside that made me look at it in a different light. It was like I’d been slapped on the side of my head by someone far more knowledgeable than myself and told not to be stupid. I hadn’t read ‘only‘ five books, I had read five books and there was no ‘only‘ to it. The addition of the ‘only‘ needed to be cast aside, exorcised and thrown into the deep dark abyss of BS thoughts where self-doubt dwells and left there to wither and rot.

Contrary to what some think there are no minimum monthly requirements that need to be met to be classed as a reader. Shaming someone for how few books they read a week, a month or a year isn’t on and it isn’t acceptable. It doesn’t make you any more of a reader if you read ten books in a week compared to another person’s one book. There are no tiers to being a reader where the more you read the higher up and better you are and likewise, with the less you read, the lower down you are. Looking at it from the other side, there should be no shaming people for how much they manage to read either. There is no limit to how many books people can read if they are able too, that behaviour also isn’t acceptable.

It doesn’t matter if you read one, five, twenty or fifty books per month you are a reader and that is something that, at times we all need to remember. That it isn’t the number of books that we read that determine whether or not we are a reader, but simply that, regardless of the number or how long it takes us to finish a book that we are reading books.

The same thing applies to blogging too. Over my four and a half (nearly) years of blogging, I have posted a lot, but this year has seen a sizeable decrease in the number of posts that I have been posting. It is partly down to the current situation in the world, like with my reading, but I’m not going to lie and part of it is also down to falling out of love with blogging and reviewing too. I’d class it as to keep blogging, I cut back on posting, but I’m still a blogger. Usually, I have a Music Monday post on a Monday, shocked with the title, huh?πŸ˜²πŸ˜‚πŸ˜œ And, a book review posted on another day, that’s two posts a week. Rarely, very rarely, there might be more than one review, an extra meme or a book excerpt/guest post here or there posted in a week too. Each month there is a monthly wrap-up for the previous month and on occasion, a book haul post, but on average, I don’t post much, I aim for posting twice a week and that is what works for me.

No matter how often you post on your blog, having a blog requires effort as you have everything else that comes with running a blog that you need to consider too. You have drafting posts, writing posts, creating graphics, commenting, replying to comments, liking posts, reading posts, sharing your own posts on your SM, sharing other bloggers posts if you do that too and it all adds up and it all takes time.

Lots of bloggers post daily, some more than once a day, day in day out. That takes a lot of time, a lot of effort, it is far more than I am capable of and I offer my praise to them. If that is the schedule that works for them then good for them and as long as they enjoy it, then they should do it.πŸ‘ Some bloggers post a few times per week, some have specific days for posting and others post daily in the week and then take the weekend off, it is the balance that works well and is right for the individual blogger. Other bloggers only post once a week, a few times a month or once a month and again, if that is all that they are able to do then that is OK.

It is bad enough when you doubt yourself and the validity of your own blog without seeing other people questioning the commitment of those who only occasionally post. It is like kicking someone when they are down and it only serves to make them feel worse. It is like you are telling them that they are not worthy of the name and that they shouldn’t call themselves a blogger. Let’s cut the crap, something that needs to be remembered is that it doesn’t make you any less of a blogger if you don’t post much and it doesn’t make you any more of a blogger if you do. At the heart of it, regardless of how much or how little you post you are a blogger.

You don’t have to love one another, I’m not down with that happy and harmonious nonsense and you won’t see me talking about the power of positivity, bright flowers, fluffy clouds and rays of sunlight. I live on the darker side of life, lengthening shadows, depression, black thoughts and doubt that cloud my waking time and make me unlovable and unwanted, but it’s not hard to get it. Build each other up, be there when others stumble, when they fall, don’t needlessly put each other down, don’t try and raise yourself up at the expense of others, let each other be themselves and don’t shame people for how much or how little they are blogging and reading. Instead, celebrate that they are blogging and that they are reading and that they are a book blogger and a reader.πŸ˜€πŸ“š

45 thoughts on “You Are a Book Blogger and You Are a Reader.

  1. When I read slower, I enjoy the book more. You get to see clever turns of phrases that wouldn’t otherwise register if you were reading fast. Yeah, some books are pure fast-thrills-action reads, but my favorite books are those I can slow down an savor.

    Eh, I blog twice a month. Works for me. I say blog however it fits your needs/goals.

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  2. And you say you don’t write well. Damn, Drew, this is seriously an amazing post. I read it from first word to the last and I related to everything you wrote. Your blog is one of the best I’ve seen and I always love getting notifications when you post something. I’ve been sorry that you haven’t been posting as much this year but I do get it.

    Your words always have the ability to get to me. Thank you for writing this post. πŸ‘

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  3. I’m a quick reader and a voracious one at that so I often get shamed for reading too much πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ Not in the bookish community but rather by people who don’t read and don’t get the point and seem to wonder if there’s nothing better I could do with my time. (Obviously I could NOT, what a notion πŸ™„πŸ˜‚). People are always gonna judge one way or another so it’s best to say fuck ‘m and do what makes you happy πŸ˜‚ Same with blogging, I always love your posts so I’m happy with a higher frequency but you’re still a blogger if you post less frequently πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

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    1. People are weird with strange notions!πŸ˜‚ I used to work with someone who would sit and watch TV at night, for hours and to them, that was valid. Me, I played video games for an hour and I was wasting my time, both are sitting watching a screen.πŸ˜‚ It is the same with reading, probably worse when you read more, but I have had the same that reading is a waste of time, blah, blah, they don’t get it is what makes us happy.

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  4. I probably read an average of 5 books a month and honestly, I’m happy with that. Last week I only read about 30% of a book and I was a little disappointed with myself. It was only after I wrote my weekly update post that I thought, ‘hang on, that’s a third of a book more than most people!’ It’s easy to compare yourself to others but we really shouldn’t. As for blogging, I took part in Blogtober last year and I posted every day for a month. It was really hard work and overall I don’t think my post quality was as good as my standard. Quality is always better; as long as you do your best to produce your content on a regular basis I don’t think it matters how often you post. Daily, weekly, it doesn’t matter πŸ™‚

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  5. One book per week is my average “quota” as well and that’s all right with me: reading – and blogging – are and will always remain a pleasure and should not be turned into “work”, otherwise they would lose their appeal. As long as we enjoy these activities, quality always wins over quantity… πŸ˜‰
    Great post, thanks for sharing!

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  6. Very well said, Drew! I tend to read one to two books a week and will draft the majority of my posts (other than reviews) in one day at the weekend. Sometimes this just isn’t possible though and I’ve learnt to not be bothered by missing posts. Even if it does mean taking a two year break! πŸ˜‚

    Your blog is always honest and has great content – Two things that I have always admired. Keep doing what you’re doing and thank you for sharing such a great post! πŸ˜€

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  7. You are ever wise, my friend. I’m on the go-slow this year too, with reviews of of books I read in April sill to be written. Why? I don’t have time. If someone feels better about themselves because they [insert meaningless thing here] faster or “better” than I do, then more power to them. I love reading. I love writing, I’ve been doing it for about 12 years and yes, burnout is a thing. You write great reviews, you’re very positive even when it’s difficult :-), and you write in a way that we all feel we know you, even though we’ve never met. Bet we couldn’t say that about our “superiors.”

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  8. I agree. With me, it depends on the book, of how long it takes me to read it. I know of one woman who says she has read over 100 books (i think for this year). I can’t do that. If I read a Stephen King book, it always takes me longer than usual to get through his books. Right now I’m listening to The Romanov Prophecy by Steve Berry. I listen an hour a day. For my blog, I post my movie review on Tuesdays and book reviews whenever I finish the book.

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    1. I’m slow too. You listen to audio books which greatly improves the amount of books you get through, really wish I could get on with them, but I just can’t.πŸ˜‚

      Yeah, I was aiming for the stars with 50 views for a post, maybe if it had ‘diverse’ or ‘ya’ in the title it’d get there.πŸ˜‚

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      1. Yea, agree there. We darker readers do shoot our stats in the foot by not reading diverse or ya (or diverse ya) books.

        Your follower count somewhat makes your theory of having a ‘small blog’ no longer valid, though πŸ˜‰

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  9. Well said, Drew. I’m a pretty voracious reader but a very intermittent blogger/reviewer. Some months if I didn’t do my recap of what books I read for the month, I wouldn’t post anything at all!

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  10. Love this post 😁 I took a hiatus from my blog when I started working full time. I suddenly didn’t have the time to read or post as much and I didn’t feel as though I could call myself a blogger if I wasn’t posting on a regular basis. Rather than be a ‘failing’ blogger, I thought it was better to just stop posting altogether. I ended up really missing my blog, though, and I eventually realised that less posts doesn’t make me less of a blogger. Anyone who berates others for not blogging or reading enough isn’t doing either of those things for the right reasons.

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  11. I don’t know what sparked this post, Drew. Or who’s been judging readers and bloggers. But I agree with you 100%. I’m not a speed reader. But I am a reader no matter how many books I read.
    I have a blog so I am a blogger. My main blog topic is now books, so I call myself a book blogger. I’ve been posting more reviews than previous years because I’ve been in the process of copying and pasting my shorter review from Goodreads and Amazon and putting them on my blog. It’ll return to the usual 1 or 2 posts a week once I’m done. But me being a book blogger isn’t requisite on he the number of posts I write.
    x

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  12. There’s usually some, for a lack of a better term BS going around about the amount people read and/or blog. But, this post really was just about me and my thoughts, hasn’t seen anything recently, it was just down to me thinking I’d ‘only’ read five books and then realising that there was no need for the only to be there, probably just my usual self doubt at play.πŸ‘πŸ“š

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  13. Nice post… Whether it is blogging or reading, as long as we enjoy, its still worth it… No need to worry about the quantity…

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  14. Great post! And I couldn’t agree more, like most commenters, it’s not the numbers, but the fact we read at all. 1 book, or 25, makes no differences. We all have our own pace and then, through in life and pandemics, stress and family life, nothing goes to plan anyway. We read, we blog, it’s that simple.

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  15. ” …you won’t see me talking about the power of positivity, bright flowers, fluffy clouds and rays of sunlight.” We wonΒ΄t?! LOL. I have to tell you, Drew… This post is something grande! I agree with every single thing youΒ΄ve mentioned. You deserve a standing ovation for this post. Well done. xx

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  16. What a great post and such an important topic. I couldn’t agree more with what you have said and have never thought of reading as a competition. It’s a shame that others feel that there is a minimum to read to be classed as a reader but in my eyes if you read then you’re a reader.

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  17. The amount I read correlates to what else is happening in my life. I never feel like I’m more or less of a blogger or reader. To be honest, I don’t aim to make money out of it, I just do it for fun, a catharsis of sorts. If some people feel superior because they read/write more, then more power to them. Personally, I couldn’t give a rat’s arse.

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