It’s undeniable that book bloggers do a lot of work to spread the awareness of books and promote authors. A lot of the time, bloggers do this without recognition and without payment. We do it because we love reading and talking about books, and most importantly, sharing which books we’ve loved recently and want others to read and fall in love with to. But what saddens me more than anything is when some bloggers feel like their thoughts don’t matter or that they aren’t recognised. So today, I just want to spread some blogger love.
I understand how disheartening it can feel when you spew your feelings into a discussion or a review and it doesn’t get as many views as you’d like – I’ve been there. I know how disenchanting it can feel when you think that no one is reading your blog or that no one even notices you’re posting. Sometimes the blogging world is a tough one, and sometimes you might feel like the voices of bigger bloggers drown out all the rest. But no matter what, you have to remember that your opinion matters. You matter.
Whether you’ve been blogging for ten years, or even more, or you just started last month, or last week, I believe that what you’re doing is important. It’s easy to get caught up in follower counts, and stats, and feeling like you’re not getting any recognition for the hours upon hours you spend on each post, and that’s normal. I can guarantee that every blogger has had those thoughts at least once in their life. No one ever said being a blogger was easy or not a lot of work, but we always have to remember the reason why we started – to share the love of books and discuss the issues in the bookish community that are important to us.
Most of the books I read are because I’ve read good reviews about them – from you. Although you might feel as though your voice isn’t being heard, I’d be surprised if no one had ever not taken something away from what you’re saying. As a blogger, you have the ability to help someone find their next favourite book, or to give someone a great recommendation for a gift. The work we do as reviews and bloggers is such a big part of the bookish industry, and it wouldn’t be the same without all your voices. Alone, you might not feel as though you have much impact, but together, we can make a difference. We’re already starting to see this through the changes we’ve made, and the demand for more diverse books and #OwnVoices novels. How far we’ve come in just the last five years is incredible – imagine what we could do in the next five.
So now I’d like to spread the love and give a shoutout to some of my favourite book bloggers! I have so many favourites so it’s hard to narrow it down, but these are just a few people I love keeping up to date with in regards to what they’re reading and what they’ve been up to in the bookish community! Go give them a follow, and make sure you link your favourite bloggers in the comments below and we can all go and check them out! I’m always looking for new bloggers to follow, and I’m sure they’ll appreciate your recognition of the hard work they do.
Angel was one of the first bloggers I ever followed, and she’s one of the most dedicated, hard-working reviewers I know. Her posts are fun to read and have persuaded me to pick up so many of her favourites, most recently, the Magnus Chase series, and I just adore her header too. Angel is definitely someone you should be following!
Anisha is such an amazing, inspiring teen blogger and I absolutely love her content. She also occasionally does baking inspired by what she’s read, which is so cool! Her reviews are always succinct and she’s persuaded me to pick up quite a number of books recently – she has great taste! We’re so lucky to have her in the bookish community, and it’s so important to highlight teen voices when reviewing YA.
I’d be surprised if you haven’t heard of Cait before, because she has one of the best blogs in the bookish community and she’s well on her way to world domination. Her posts and reviews are always funny and relatable, and her writing style is so distinctive and unique. I’m so excited to read her debut novel, A Thousand Perfect Notes, and if her amazing recommendations are anything to go by, her book is going to be spectacular.
The three amazing young women who run this blog – Jeann, Jenna, and Aila – are all people I aspire to be like, and I love all of their reviews. It’s rare that a few days will go by without a new post going up on their blog, and I really admire all their hard work and the influence they have on the Aussie bookish community in particular. If you’re looking for a great new book to read, check out some of their recommendations!
Kelly has been a part of the bookish community for a quite a while now, and I just love how she’s such a big part of the #LoveOzYA scene. Her dedication is inspiring and she’s always sharing her thoughts on her latest reads. Her bogan reviews are the best things I’ve ever seen, and they’re how her blog became one that I keep up to date with. If you want a review that will make you laugh, check out those ones of hers.
Aentee’s blog is just stunning, first of all. Her graphics are always incredible, and her reviews are just as fantastic. Like with all the other bloggers I’ve mentioned, her views definitely influence what I decide to read, and she’s recommended quite a few of my recent favourite reads. We’re so lucky to have her in the bookish community!
Did you already follow any of the book bloggers I mentioned? Who are you favourite book bloggers? When did you start blogging? Let’s spread some blogger love! Link your favourite book blogs below.