When I look at the comments on About Happy Books and on other book blogs most seem to be by other readers who are also book bloggers. Some are by readers who don't blog, but that's the minority. And I wonder about that.
Of course passionate readers might be more inclined to start their own blog, been there, done that. But still non-bloggers should be in the majority, at least that's what my logic is telling me. Meeting readers who don't run book blogs on other sites like fb, twitter, goodreads, instagram, booklikes and youtube seems to be easier than on book blogs and that's something that baffles me.
The one thing I enjoyed most about my booktube channel were the discussions I had with other readers, a lot of those readers were non-bloggers and non-booktubers, on youtube they were in the majority and I wonder why that doesn't seem to be the case with book blogs.
I wonder if there is something that is keeping readers away from book blogs, is there a barrier between book blogs and readers? If so, how did it happen and what can we as book bloggers do to get rid of it? What keeps readers from connecting with book bloggers on blogs? Maybe there are just too many options with all of the afore mentioned social media pages, maybe the appeal of blogs in general is declining, maybe the issue I see doesn't even exist, I'm really not sure about it.
Don't get me wrong, I appreciate and love all of the comments I get from other book bloggers here on the blog, they always make my day and enrich my life. But still it would be nice to get comments by non-blogging readers more often, because they often seem to look differently at things compared to book bloggers.
I personally love talking with my family and friends, all non-bloggers, about books and what is going on in the blogging community. Often they make me aware of things I didn't even realize, that I couldn't see because I'm a book blogger. They open my eyes to things I couldn't see because I'm part of this community, they ground me, they offer me different perspectives and for that I'm thankful.
Maybe I'm wrong and in total non-bloggers are in the majority, however when I look at my book blogs and the comment sections of other bloggers, I don't think so. It also makes me wonder about the importance of book blogs in the life of normal readers, are we really such a big factor?
As readers, book bloggers and non-bloggers, where do you think are the readers?