02 June 2015

In retrospect: Where are the readers?


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? 

12 comments:

  1. I'm not a book blogger but I do blog which these days is meaning less and less as social media is taking over. I guess people want quick replies and quick everything & compare that to blogging, it seems to take much too long.

    I still read blogs a lot and probably more than before. but I do find that there are far too book blogs that are so similar that I usually choose to read one over the other, but I do read blogs that has the same or almost the same book taste as I do. and I do get a lot of book recommendations from book blogs.

    anyway, hope you have a lovely day.

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    1. Thanks for your input, I think we really are at a point where we expect quick or even instant answers, also info packed into short texts. I used various social media sites daily about a year ago, but now less and less, everything has become a bit too quick, short and superficial, at least for my taste.

      And yes, a lot of blogs read and review pretty much the same books, I guess it's no wonder when you think about ARCs and just in general being influenced by what other book bloggers are reading. I try to find a good balance for my book, some hyped books and also some books that aren't that well known, and because I read adult, NA and YA, it's easier for me to talk about all kinds of books.

      Happy Reading!

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  2. Well, hun, they're in the bookstore of course ;)

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    1. I would be very happy if that was the reason, bookstores are such happy places, you can't visit them too often.

      Happy Reading!

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  3. I think the issue is that its a combination of certain factors. Social Media, book websites, and even Goodreads, has taken many readers away from book blogs. I think there are still many out there that prefer book blogs (like I do), but there are many other influences than there used to be. For me though, I love having a blog, its always been fun for me and to connect with other book bloggers and share similar interests in books.

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    1. True, as a reader you now have so many options to connect with others, sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming.
      I also think that some readers prefer videos on books, maybe are seen as more personal and are preferred because of it.

      Happy Reading!

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  4. I know before I started my book blog I was reading a handful but I never commented because I felt like I was outside of the circle, mostly due to the fact all other commeters seemed to have their own blogs too.

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    1. I can imagine that it would be weird to comment when feeling like an outsider because you don't have your own blog. I'm wondering what we bloggers can do to change that.

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  5. I think people just prefer apps/social media stuff because it's more convenient to use. You have it right on your mobile, you don't have to open it in a browser or log in, you're already right there if you use the goodreads or twitter or instagram app. Also people don't expect long, thoughtful comments. A smiley ore a like/fave will do most of the time or maybe a quick question or a few nice words. It takes a lot more time and thought to go to a blog and write an actual comment. I think that's the whole "problem", people are just lazy and I don't blame them :)

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    1. Too many options and not enough time, I guess it's the same with everything. When I look at the blogs and channels I follow there is never enough time to comment everywhere, I guess it's the same for other readers as well.

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  6. I have thought about this a lot. Book bloggers are readers, and I think that you are right that there are a number of readers who are inclined to start their own blog. I also wonder if devout just spend there time on bookish social media because it is so much faster than booping around, which does leave a lot more time for reading. Another thing that I have wondered about is if the book blogging community seems too tight knit for a first time visitor. Maybe it is a little intimidating to break into the conversation. I hope that's not the case, but I wonder.

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    1. I wonder as well, I think in general book blogs tend to look and feel more formal than social media or book channels, maybe that's why these sites are preferred over blogs.

      Happy Reading!

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