25 January 2018

Do readers still read book blogs?


I recently wrote and published a discussion post on my German book blog Bücher-lit and want to bring this discussion to About Happy Books as well. 

In the last years I noticed a shift in the online book world. More and more interactions happen on social media platforms like facebook, instagram, twitter, youtube and goodreads, less and less on book blogs. It's easy to follow people on these platforms, very easy to leave comments, it's all in one place. I personally use instagram and have published some booktube content (I no longer plan to do so in the future), however I don't have accounts on goodreads or twitter. 

My favourite way to learn about new books, to talk about book related things is still through book blogs. In the last years some of my favourite book bloggers stopped blogging and it's surprisingly hard to discover new book blogs that I want to visit again and again (if you have any recommendations, then please leave them in the comments). However I still follow a good number of book bloggers who publish content that interests me and visiting their blogs always brings me happiness. 

When I look in the comment sections of my own blog and those of other book blogs I read, I mostly see comments by other book bloggers, rarely by readers who don't blog. And that makes me wonder, if readers still read book blogs.

Who is reading book blogs nowadays? Mostly other book bloggers? Or are there still a few readers around who don't blog about books?

Don't get me wrong, I love all of the interactions I have with other book bloggers, visiting my favourite book blogs, reading new posts from my favourite book people always makes me very happy. However I also think that opinions by readers who don't blog about books are important and can be enlightening. As a blogger you mostly read content written by other bloggers, you take things for granted, that aren't normal for non-bloggers. It's easy to live in a book blogging bubble without even realising it.

Now you know what I have been thinking about in the last weeks and months. It felt good to finally write it all down and get it out. 

Do readers still read book blogs?

6 comments:

  1. Interesting post! I’ve had a few people comment on my blog who aren’t book bloggers, but most of my comments come from fellow bloggers. My blog does get a lot of traffic from people Googling book titles. I have a feeling that the non-bloggers just don’t leave comments.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  2. Hmmm, can't say that I've ever really thought about this! But it's a good point -- I don't think I ever read book blogs before becoming a blogger. I saw bloggers on Goodreads and knew I wanted to do it too, and the rest is history. :)

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  3. This is an interesting one. I know I casually read blogs before blogging, although I rarely commented. The brilliant book blogs I read were actually what motivated me to start blogging. I don't know if other readers do the same but I hope they do. I know Goodreads is probably one of the best places to find normal readers, it's so easy to track you're reading so I know a lot of non bloggers are on there.

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  4. I read a fair amount of book blogs though I rarely comment. I am a lurker as I suppose many are.

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  5. I've noticed this lately as well. I have been obsessed with book blogs for years, and spend time perusing them on a weekly basis (even if I don't go and comment on them like I should), but I have noticed that, when it comes to my posts, that people tend to comment on the social media networks that I share my links on rather than the actual post. Even people who are book bloggers. I've talked about it on my Facebook page, and people talk about how it's just easier, that they go and look at the posts, even enjoy them, but it's just easier to have an interaction on places like Facebook, Goodreads, BookLikes, and Instagram. I wish it was different.

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  6. I find I use social media sites like FB and twitter more for talking about my design blog, but prefer to be bookish through other book blogs. I think it's because blog comments have a slower pace and I don't like to be rushed when talking books. Having said that, I am terrible for reading posts and failing to comment at all!

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