02 February 2017

A readers who blogs or a blogger who reads?


In 2008 I started writing about books here on About Happy Books. Since then I went through some interesting phases, observed a lot of changes in the book blogging world and always tried to make blogging as joyful as possible. 

In some phases I lost my joy in blogging, it was getting harder and harder for me to get excited about writing new posts, I had lost my passion for blogging about books. Thank goodness I realized what went wrong in those times, what I have to be careful about in the future.

In the times I struggled with blogging, I spent too much time on social media, I read too many books I wasn't really interested in, cared too much about numbers. I was less and less enthusiastic about book blogging and reading books in general.

I had become a blogger who read, I was no longer a reader who blogged. As soon as I realized this, I knew that I had to change things. Less social media, less looking at stats (I don't even use google analytics and things like that anymore), focusing more on my reading experience and thinking less about what I want to say in my reviews, more reading books I really like, less following trends and so on.

Today the books I read, buy and discover in stores or online are the inspiration for all of my blog posts. The book comes first, the post comes second and is always inspired by a book. Everything else isn't that important anymore.

I write posts when I'm in the mood for it, when I have something to talk about. If I don't have anything to talk about, then there's no post.

I'm a reader who blogs. 

10 comments:

  1. While I know that some people can have a really healthy approach to social media and numbers, I know that I'm not one of them. I couldn't agree more: spending too much time on those things always has a negative impact on my love of blogging. And since this is something I do for fun, in my spare time, I don't want to lose the joy I take in it.

    The thing that's made blogging especially joyful for me in the last 6 months or so has been engaging in more social reading, like read alongs, readathons, and buddy reads for books I'm really interested in. That way I get the opportunity to get to know other bloggers pretty well without spending hours on social media. Great post, Sabrina!

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    1. Dito on what you said about social media and numbers, I'm also not a person who should look at them at all or too often. They stress me out way too much.

      Social reading is something I haven't done lately, maybe I should give readathons another chance, I haven't participated in one for a long time.

      Happy Reading!

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  2. I totally agree. Reading is one of the few things that makes me truly happy, and I don’t want blogging to ruin that. I don’t use Google analytics, I don’t read ARCs, and I stay out of the drama on social media. I read what I want and blog when I have time. It’s very low-key.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. That's exactly what works best for me as well. Doing my thing, buying my own books or getting them from the library, posting when I have something to say and I'm in the mood for. Everything else doesn't work for me in the long run.

      Happy Reading!

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  3. Seriously... #GOALS That's what I'm striving for. I still accept review books, but I'm strict on what I say yes too. And I'm even.purging my TBR pile this weekend. I feel stressed out holding onto books that I thought I'd read, but haven't had the chance to get to. I've also cut down on spending. I'm getting back to the part that was fun. It took.me some time off during pregnancy and first few months of baby's life to recognize exactly what you just said. I'm a reader who blogs. Let's get back to that! πŸ“šπŸ’œπŸ“–

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    1. Yay! It's great to hear that step by step you are getting the joy of reading and book blogging back.

      Before purging my TBR pile and buying less books I was also stressed by my unread books, now I'm excited about each and every book that's waiting in my TBR pile and I love that.

      Happy Reading!

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  4. I think that's a great outlook on blogging. When you start worrying too much about stats and what others are doing and reading then you notice you enjoy blogging and reading less and generally are less happy. It's all about finding what you want to read both in books and blogs and then doing that.

    I know it's not always easy not to fall into the trap of figures and followers. We spend our time writing posts and it's nice to know people have seen them but honestly I'm happier seeing the same people stopping by regularly.

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    1. It's the same for me. Of course I'm happy when people read and comment on my posts, but I don't need to chase numbers and aim to get them higher and higher.

      Happy Reading!

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  5. This is a great way to be and something I should really remind myself ever now and again when I get too caught up. I definitely started the blog to share my reading experiences, not to be a "blogger". Thanks for the reminder!

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    1. I also have to remind myself from time to time that being a blogger is not my job, that it's a wonderful hobby but nothing more.

      Happy Reading!

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