Discussions & Rambles // Why are you blogging right now?

Let me tell you a secret: I’ve always loved books, but joining the online Book Community has made me love them more than I have in my entire life. 

But keeping up with a blog (in addition to contacting publishers, gathering ARCs, writing reviews, and engaging with the community) is sometimes hard work. So why do we do it? 

I’m going to talk about my blogging journey today. It’s not a special milestone or anything, but I want to know why you started blogging as well!
(Although, I think it’s been almost 9 months since I started this blog? There’s a milestone for you.) 


My Bookish Beginnings

I started on Goodreads about 3 or 4 years ago, when my school librarians suggested it to keep track of the books I was reading. Back then, I only followed the biggest YA book reviewers, most of whom were BookTubers. I actually used Goodreads more to find out about the latest books and read reviews – but I never wrote reviews back then, and I don’t even think I made shelves. 

Around the same time, I had started an Etsy shop for pinback-button designs. The shop was dedicated to book and movie fans, but most of the buttons were related to Percy Jackson and Harry Potter. This kind of has… nothing to do with blogging, but it was the first time I ever interacted with people online about bookish things. People were buying my designs, and I really got positive feedback! I loved that there was still a market for Percy Jackson and Harry Potter things, even though both of those book series ended before 2010. 
Don’t go looking for my shop, though – it’s been closed for over a year, due to my college endeavors and lack of profit. However, I might start it again soon! Who knows. 

“Okay, but why do you blog, Xandra? I don’t need your life story,” you say. 

Something happened last year, at the end of September 2018. I was told that college would be a place where I could find people with the same interests as me, but I still had not found them yet. Where were all the people who liked to read for fun, and not just for class? Where were the people who actually liked the library, who enjoyed writing and spending time at the local bookstores? I only knew one person (okay, maybe two people) like that, but that was it. Where were my people?

Previously, I had been obsessed with the idea that some people are full-time bloggers. I mean, how cool does that sound? I asked myself, “If I started a book blog, could I possibly… make money? Get published? Receive free books?” 

So there you go. You got me to admit I was only in it for the free books. But not anymore! 

When I started blogging, I did it so that I could track my book reviews, branch out to other bloggers, and get some experience in the bookish world before I attempted to find a job in publishing a few years down the line. But I never expected that by blogging, I would find myself in such a great community of bookish people! 

Today, I blog because I love the blogging community. All of you are so great and helpful! I love hearing what others have to say about books, old and new. I also really enjoy the fun bookish posts so many of you create – you all are so much like me! We have the same bookish humor, and I love it. It’s a fantastic feeling. 

I do feeling like my blogging experience has also taught me how to make connections with business people (at least a little bit?), and now I am more tech savvy than ever before! Creating this blog took many many hours of planning and designing, contacting and stressing over certain things. Just because my blog is here now, doesn’t mean that all of that stressing is over, but I like to think that all of that is experience under my belt. (or my jeans? I don’t wear belts, haha.)

In conclusion, I blog because it’s fun. Yes, I occasionally get some free ebooks (just as I had been planning all along!), but blogging is mainly just a hobby and my way of reaching out to other bookish people. And, of course, you all tell me about the wonderful world of books which are not currently on the New York Times Bestsellers list! I’m so happy that I’ve found many new books to add onto my never-ending TBR mountain.
(I used to have a rule for myself that I would only read books which were on the NYT bestsellers list, for some reason. But I was so wrong to limit myself like that!) 

So thank you all for expanding my world of books, and for talking about all things bookish with me. I appreciate it. 😊

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Tell me. Why do you blog? Has your reason for blogging changed over the years? What have you learned about yourself through blogging?

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Happy reading, everyone! 🙂

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42 thoughts on “Discussions & Rambles // Why are you blogging right now?

  1. This is a great post (: I really need to start using shelves more on Goodreads because atm my TBR is on paper :L I made it before joining Goodreads and it took me so long that I’m kind of stubbornly sticking with it. I think I’ll probably set up a 2020 releases shelf this year though. It would be really cool if you ever decided to bring your shop back too – it’s so wonderful how many bookish items that different people have created! It’s also great that you finally found ‘your people’ on here 😀 I agree that there are so many awesome posts on here to read and I’m constantly finding more books to add to my never ending TBR :L

    So my reason for blogging is kind of embarrassing tbh; earlier this year I decided to make a list of my most anticipated releases for 2019 and spend ages figuring my choices out and typing it up without actually checking that I could post it on Goodreads :L so yeah… I started because I had something to post and nowhere to post it. I love coming up with different bookish lists though, seeing what other bloggers recommend and finding some really unique and interesting posts.

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    1. A paper TBR is just fine! Whatever works for you is great, but I always forget to write things down! 😂 And yes, there are so many great bloggers in the book community, and they’re so supportive and helpful! I’m glad I’m here! 🙂

      Everyone’s blogging journey is different, but I’m glad your TBR led you here! You’re doing great so far!

      Thank you! 😀

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      1. I’d love to have it on Goodreads tbh (I think it would feel less like a ‘to-do’ list that way) but moving it over would take ages :L That’s so true (: there are some absolutely amazing people here. I’m glad you feel that way 😀

        Thank you so much (:

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  2. I’m not sure that my reasons have changed much. Kind of like you, I didn’t have people who liked talking about books around me. I started my blog as a way to reach more people and to help me have more fulfilling conversations about books. I went to school for literature, and those classes were all discussion based. I really wanted that outside of the classroom. I’ve taken a break from the blog a couple of times, but I always end up coming back because I want those discussions.

    Plus, you know, free books.

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    1. I agree, sometimes we love to talk about books so much that deserve to talk more about our passions! I’m studying literature in college, too, and it’s a very different kind of book discussion. I often don’t like the books we read, and I chose to study English lit mostly because it’s the closest to what I want to do in life, which is to write YA. But blogging is a great way to talk about books with people who have similar interests!

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  3. I feel like my reasons to blog have changed through the years but what remains true is that I love writing, creating blog graphics, communicating with the community and sometimes I earn a bit from sponsored posts 😂

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  4. I started my website on here because I needed to do it to get the word out about my works. But very quickly I realized that alone didn’t work for me. I wanted to connect with others, to get great recommedantions and make friends. And I’ve already started doing just that. 🙂

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  5. Actually my mom suggested I try blogging and I did eventually (after months of dilly-dallying 😉 ). Soo I’m so glad to have started mainly because I can spew rambles toward like-minded people and meet great book lovers like YOU! ^_^ One thing I’ve learned through blogging is how much I like to ramble hehe 😀

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  6. I totally blog because it’s fun for me too! But sometimes, I can forget that and let the “pressures” of the community stress me out, which is silly! This is something I do for fun, so why let it NOT BE FUN? Does that make any sense? Well, anyways, I really enjoyed this post, so thank you 💛

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  7. I loved reading this and your experience to blogging– I agree it is so fun and I love talking about books (and people’s humour too 😂)!! Plus you can so many recommendation about brilliant books which makes me so happy!!

    When I started I wasn’t a book blogger– I just wanted to try writing. (Honestly I had no idea what I was doing– I should have researched way more before 😂) but then I became a book blogger as they were my favourite posts to read and I loved talking about it (I could talk about books for a long time 😂)
    Great post and I’m so glad you decided to become a book blogger you have a great blog!! 💛

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    1. Yeah, I also love getting recommendations! But now my TBR is longer than ever before! 😂

      When I *actually* first started a blog, a few years ago, I only had it for a couple of days, but it was supposed to be about my writing journey… and somehow that was supposed to draw people in? 😂 I didn’t know what I was doing, so I shut down my account and started new a few years later! But thank you so much for saying that, Sophie! I love talking about books with everyone!

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  8. Xandra!! this was such a sweet post 😭😭 confession: i, too, started blogging because i thought it would be a cool way of getting arcs and maybe,,, making some money? i got some arcs but i am nowhere close to actually making money through my blog LMAO. obviously, if that were my only reason, I would’ve stopped blogging long ago, but this community is so so sweet and kind. i love flinging by thoughts about books into the void and finding that somehow people answer back with their own thoughts. i still remember when i messaged you on goodreads right when i was starting my blog, and you somehow found the time to help me? even though you literally didn’t know me lmao! seriously, your advice helped so much, and I’m so grateful whenever i see that you stopped by one of my posts. 💜

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    1. Thank you so much, Caitlin! 💕 I thought I could get some money off of blogging, but it turns out that some free books and a great community is all we’re getting in the near future ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

      I love spreading my thoughts, and I especially love that so many people feel the same way about books as I do! I also remember when you messaged me, and I think I was supposed to be going to sleep at the time, but instead I spent about an hour writing my message back to you! 😂 Thank you so much for reaching out to me in the first place!

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  9. Love this post! My reasons for blogging have changed over the years. Right now, even though I post content less often, I just feel like it’s become such an important part of my life. It’s me on the internet, and even with bookstagram and all the other ways I can engage in the community, the blog is the one true thing that is mine and I can change however I like!

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  10. I love this, Xandra! Blogging is amazing because the community is amazing. ❤ I've met so many amazing people, found tons of book recommendations, and I definitely think blogging has made me a better person and introduced me to so many new things! This is such a lovely post, it really summed up all my feelings, too. :))

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  11. This was such an interesting post to read! 😀 I started blogging because I wanted to talk to people about the books I was reading. I also wanted to have a place where I can document my reading (and later other interests). Blogging has become such a huge part of my life and I really have a lot of fun doing it. 🙂 The bookish community is amazing and I have made many friends as well! ❤

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  12. YES YES YES YES YES! I totally agree – the bookish community is THE BEST! 🤗 I’ve made so many friends & it’s meant I’ve really branched out in not just reading but people! So many countries, cultures & personalities! It really is one of the best parts of blogging for me 🙂

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    1. It is, I love blogging because of how fun and personal it can be.

      To answer your question… I think it’s different for everyone. I personally would write my blog posts for one or two hours at a time, whenever I had a large span of time to spare. I also made sure to schedule time for reading and blogging, so I wouldn’t waste my time doing things I didn’t want to do. College is scary sometimes, but if you really care about blogging, I don’t think you should worry too much. 🙂 It’s okay to not post as much as before, and it really helps to manage your time. But of course, if it’s too much for you, your viewers will understand!

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  13. Blogging is so much fun! You can talk with people about books and be active in the community, when I start college I won’t have much time for it , do you have any advice on keeping up with blogging and college??
    Because as much as I love blogging it’s time consuming and when I start my first year at college I will be very busy and I still want to make time for it.

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    1. Blogging is fun, and I love doing it! Being in college while starting my blog was a little difficult, but what helped the most was time management. I used to schedule my reading and blogging time every day, or whenever I could. If you become too busy, don’t feel bad! You can always come back to your blog later, or post less often. Everyone will understand, and it’s okay to take a break! 🙂

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  14. When i started I had the same idea as you getting ARCs , I think the reasons changes through time, and when you get used to it it’s hard to leave .

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  15. I started blogging for admittedly pretty similar reasons to you. I wanted to find other people to talk about books with, and I wanted more knowledge about the book industry for when I went job searching. I’m so happy to say that I’ve also found more fun and happiness here than I ever could have anticipated! And I’ve definitely learned a ton too. This is such a great post, and I love hearing about other people’s experiences with blogging!

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    1. Exactly! I’ve heard about some book bloggers who were able to get a job in the industry because of their experience in this community. I don’t think it’s a huge thing to put on a resume, but it’s a little bit of experience! Thanks for sharing! 😊

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  16. Before I started blogging, I didn’t really get the appeal of Goodreads either. I had an account, sure, but it’s only when I started blogging book reviews that I realized how useful it could be. 😉

    Same with me btw! I first started a lifestyle slash bookish blog back in 2015 (not really reviews, and I didn’t even know about ARCs then), but then I created my current blog so I could focus more on book reviews. Then I got hooked! It’s really the community that motivates me blog rather than reading itself, because it’s great fun getting to know everyone and stay connected with “my people” as you say.

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    1. I would only use Goodreads to see what was “popular”, but now I use it for so much more!

      And that’s interesting! At first, I wanted a lifestyle/travel blog, but my life isn’t interesting enough for that kind of content. 😂 Book reviews and bookish chats are more my speed, and I love the community as well!

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      1. lol trust me, my life isn’t that interesting either! I just used to share pictures and rambles of art, books, food, vacation, and nature (things I was passionate about), but then I realized I could’ve just resorted to Instagram for that. 😂

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  17. I started blogging exactly because I couldn’t friends irl who liked books as much as me (back then I had only one bookworm friend). Now I’m so grateful I did – I’ve met amazing people, read amazing books, and have also managed to establish business relationships (even though small but that’s a huge achievement!!!)

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