The Best Things About Book Blogging

25/10/2019 Blogging, Reading 12

I’ve now been book blogging for over five years, and I can honestly say it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done. As someone who is famous for taking up new hobbies and then quitting them weeks later, it just goes to show how much I’ve got out of book blogging, that I’m still at it!

So I thought it was about time I did a little ‘book blogging appreciation post’, and shared the things I consider to be the best about book blogging. So if you’re on the fence about starting your own blog, read on and get inspired! And if you’re already a blogger, I’d love to know what you think are the best things about book blogging.

Here are mine:

The community.

My absolute favourite thing about book blogging, is the incredible community around it. I don’t personally know many bookish people in real life, so I used to just read books and then have to keep my thoughts all to myself, because there was no one who truly understood my excitement. These days I can go on my blog and write a post ranting about how much I loved my latest read, or I can go onto someone else’s blog and see what they thought.

And the great thing is, that as well as having shared interests with you, members of the book blogging community are generally so nice! Yes, there’s sometimes drama, and there are of course a few people around who like to cause trouble, but personally I’ve found that most people I’ve met through book blogging (well…met virtually!) have been lovely.

Plus I think it’s so wonderful and crazy that there’s people all over the world that I can chat with about books! Blogging allows you to meet lots of new people who you would never have met otherwise, and form connections and friendships through books.

The book recommendations.

Another amazing thing about book blogging is all the new and amazing books you get to hear about. My reading horizons have expanded so much since I started blogging, simply because I found myself exposed to more different books than ever before.

I’ve found so many new favourite reads since I started blogging, and I feel like it’s made it a lot easier for me to choose books that I’m likely to love. Not only do I have other bloggers recommendations and reviews to guide me, but I’ve also got to know my own likes and dislikes better through writing reviews, and really thinking about what I do and don’t like in books.

The skills you learn and develop.

Book blogging is also a great way to learn new skills, and has helped me gain so much confidence in my own abilities! Not only has blogging regularly allowed me to develop my writing skills, but I’ve learnt so much about websites, web design, social media and networking. Not to mention the fact that writing reviews has helped me with my analytical skills!

It can help you become more confident.

Whilst I’ve learnt so many things through book blogging, I also feel like its helped me come out of my shell and feel more confident in myself. I’ve always been kind of shy and not very confident, but knowing that there’s this place on the internet that I’ve built myself, and that is an expression of the real me makes me so happy.

Looking back at my little blog makes me feel so proud, and I can’t wait to see how it continues to grow in the future!

So what do you think are the best things about book blogging? How has it helped you, or changed you?

12 Responses to “The Best Things About Book Blogging”

  1. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    There are so many things to love about book blogging. It’s certainly brought me a lot of joy over the years. The community is certainly what keeps me hanging about, everyone is always so nice and welcoming and there is the drama, but as a whole, we’re all brilliant. I definitely the books it’s helped me to discover over the years. I wouldn’t have found so many books if I hadn’t started blogging and that would be so many favourites to have missed out on!

    • Laura

      I feel exactly the same! The community is so wonderful and welcoming, and I’ve discovered so many books that I probably never would have found without blogging.

  2. ShootingStarsMag

    I agree with all of these. I love blogging, and it can be tough/take a lot of time, but it’s worth it overall. I love the community and I wouldn’t be blogging still if I didn’t have all these amazing people in my life. And I get most book rec’s from blogging these days, and I love it.


  3. Angela

    The community is tops for me, too! It wouldn’t mean nearly as much without having all these great people to interact with.

  4. Molly @ Molly's Book Nook

    Blogging taught me so much about the technical side! Especially having self-hosted. Oh some of the problems one will encounter lol Also all the customization! Also, totally agree that the community is the best part 🙂 I love having conversations and meeting new people!

    • Laura

      I’ve definitely learnt a lot of technical stuff through self-hosting as well (and I’ve definitely encountered a lot of problems too, which can be so annoying!). And the community really is so awesome! 🙂

  5. Olivia Roach

    I think one of my favourite things about book blogging after all these years is the community. I have truly met some amazing people on here that I never want to forget and who I consider close friends. And all the book recommendations are a great plus, too <3

    • Laura

      The community really is the best! I’m glad you’ve made so many great friends through blogging. And definitely, the recommendations are a huge plus! I’ve found so many incredible books through blogging 🙂

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