Why You Should Start a Book Blog

Alright, so maybe it’s a little too late for new year’s resolutions, but it’s never too late to start something new. Book blogging is albeit a more obscure hobby, but it’s a very fun one and I personally still love it, more than two years after I’ve started. If you like to read, then there are many reasons why you should think about maybe starting one!

It’s Customizable to You

Blogging in general is very flexible, there aren’t many fixed rules about what you “have” to do. You can write more discussion posts about books, or you can choose to focus on reviews or do a bit of both. There are many different types of posts to experiment with.

You also chose how your blog is presented, unlike social media you have a lot of control as it’s essentially your own website. you can pick a theme, a style, and a color palette to stick to. You can choose to include more images in your posts, or make them only writing. There’s a lot of creative freedom that comes with blogging and it makes it fun and feels like your blog is really your own.

The Community is Very Enthusiastic about Books and Friendly

I can honestly say that in my two years of blogging, I’ve never once had a bad experience with another blogger. People are very friendly, even when you first start blogging people won’t hesitate to comment if they’re interested.

It’s also very fun to be able to find people who are just as enthusiastic about books as you are, especially if you don’t know anyone in real life who likes to read as much as you do. You’ll be able to find lots of people with whom you can discuss many different books.

Generally speaking, there are a lot of people with many different ideas, and everyone is usually fairly open to those ideas. There’s definitely not one opinion that you have to have or that everyone adheres to, and in that way it’s refreshing.

It’s a Slower-Paced Hobby

There’s not a lot of pressure to blog a certain amount, even though blogging advice posts will probably tell you to post consistently or to post a certain number of times per week, but you can really do what you want. If you want to post every once in a while, you can, if you want to post four times a week, you can.

Blogging is also a lot slower than most social media, for example, if someone comments on your post and you are busy, you don’t have to respond right away. There’s more flexibility to adapt it to your own schedule and feel less pressure to do things right away, and more on your own time.

Admittedly, blogging can be very time-consuming, but you can certainly tailor it to your life. Maybe that means posting less, or not making many social media accounts for the blog. All in all, though, it is not a very fast-paced hobby.

It’s Perfect if You Like to Express Yourself through Writing

If you like to write, then I would look no further. Blogging is like having an online journal, in a way. You can write about anything you want (though in this post I’m focusing on book blogging), and you can share all of your thoughts and opinions. You can choose to write more formally, or use slang and be more low-key.

You can share your thoughts through reviews, lists, discussions, recommendations, and more. The different types of posts are virtually endless, and maybe you can even create a new one. Personally, I find it fun to mix it up and do a bunch of different posts, just to keep it interesting.

It’s Inexpensive

While this may not be one of the first things that come to mind about book blogging, it’s certainly still true. Some hobbies can be rather expensive and require a lot of items, which isn’t the case with blogging. Books can be accessed for free at libraries (in most Western countries) or can be found for free online on websites like Project Gutenburg. You can also access computers and the internet at the library as well.

Blogging itself doesn’t have to cost anything, I’ve been using the free WordPress plan for the last two years and it has worked perfectly fine. Resources like Canva, Grammarly, Unsplash and more can be used for free as well. Some of them have a paid plan, but they really aren’t essential when using the websites.

Of course, there is the option to pay to go self-hosted or to buy one of the paid WordPress plans, but it’s not strictly required and plenty of bloggers do just fine without it. Even though book hauls do get featured quite a bit as well, you don’t have to buy lots of books either, if you don’t want to, and there are many alternatives to buying them.

Have you ever thought of starting a blog? If you have a blog, why did you decide to start it? Let me know in the comments!

9 thoughts on “Why You Should Start a Book Blog”

  1. That’s true! I got the paid WordPress plan (the business one, I was really intense) and now as I review it to cut things down, by going free or even personal I won’t lose out on much and I’ll probably like my blog more because its not expensive! =P
    I also appreciate the space available on a blog and how low pressure it can be! Especially something like Tumblr which is just so easy!

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  2. Yes! Book blogging can be expensive in terms of time and add-ons like the paid WordPress plan but it really isn’t necessary. If you’re already buying books it won’t be an additional expense. And with ARCs and free (legal) book websites like looking for free books on Amazon, the books themselves can actually be free. I really appreciate that book blogging can be free when so many hobbies cost.

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