Hi! How is your week?
I was just sitting at my office desk, surfing some book bloggers on WordPress, and everytime I noticed the number of their followers, likes, and comments, I couldn’t help myself but ask a question: when will I get my wide audience?
It’s really hard to deny that you’ve never questioned yourself about what you seek with book blogging. Sure, there are a lot of bloggers who just rant about books for themselves, but you can’t go against the nature of lowkey seeking attention. Tell me, how did you feel seeing an orange dot under the wordpress bell sign, informing you of either new comment, like, or follower? Or seeing the same icons on your bookstagram? Feels good, right?
Or when you’re three months into book blogging, you never stop thinking whether you’re ready for an upgrade (whatever upgrade it is, from moving to self-host, to doing something else), or not.
So I thought that I should speak out of my own concerns when I’m currently a newbie book blogger, with only 50 followers on instagram, and less than 30 followers on this blog (as of March 2017, just 1 month in).
1. Number of followers
A.k.a. question: I’m bookstagramming/book blogging for 3-4 months, so why I still barely have 100 followers, when [insert book blogger/bookstagrammer name] managed to get 1k in 1-2 months?
Basically, every new blogger’s concern No.1 (specifically mine. /sigh/). I have a problem that I’m no sensitive whatsoever! I can’t use my guts to figure out what is the best time to publish a blog post or to bookstagram in a way that I can get instant likes, comments, and possibly follows. I’m so impatient that it hurts me, despite my full understanding that it takes time and effort to get where all known book bloggers/bookstagrammers are.
Also considering that I have little to zero friendships with any of the bookstagrammers that could hint me at the way to get the audience (shoutouts), and how I dislike shoutouts in general
(I always feel like as if I’m offending my already existing followers with my bold wishes of gaining more attention), I sometimes feel discouraged at my currently low statistics. And thus it leads to questioning the second point of this post.
2. Quality of the content
A.k.a. question: Am I good at writing reviews? What if my opinions sound so stupid/silly/ childish/insert every other possible concerning option here? Do I raise up interesting discussions? Why can’t I get recognised then? Because there’s someone who already discussed about that, and I’m just copying it? Or my content is completely out of followers taste?
100% related to number of followers concern. Duh!
Yes, I’m a freaking perfectionist when it comes to something that I do with my own skills, either physically or intellectually. If I write a review, I don’t want to sound like a complete fangirl who can’t put two and two together, but I also don’t want my reviews to sound very boring. This constant conflict of balancing everything in my posts drives me to nearly a hysteria mode featured in American Mc’Gee’s Alice: Madness returns game
(sorry for the bloody gif):
After I convince myself that I have content good enough to be published, comes another question: why no comments?? I clearly know nothing on self-promotion because what? – I’m a freaking sociopath! >_< And I’m full of paradoxes.
Me: I want to get as more followers as possible!
Also me: I don’t want them to see that I want that attention! >_<
I’m totally weird.
3. Free blog or self-hosted?
A.k.a. question: Do I need to migrate to a self-hosted blog? Or should I play safe and stay with free blog? (one of my 2 biggest concerns of all book blogging time)
Even when I’m still only one month into book blogging and bookstagramming, it already feels like forever for me, and after I read so many posts and articles on blogging in general, I can’t stop questioning myself about possible self-hosting. If I ever decide to self-host, that would mean I must constantly support my domain (I’m not even talking about blog posts, just the design, fixing bots, errors, etc.) a.k.a. more time needed for keeping your blog alive and well. But at the same time, the risk of me possibly getting tired and stopping everything blog-related will get much higher, and I tend to avoid all kind of risks by not doing anything that leads to them in first place.
On the other hand, you can’t do much with a free blog, especially when it comes to monetizing or getting any income from blogging in general. That income could’ve helped supporting the domain! And that is another point of my anxiety.
4. Possibilities of earning with book blog
A.k.a. question: Can I earn anything with book blogging? What if I can’t do anything but just blog?
Well, the last part of the question is not really about me, but I counted that as a concern, too.
This blog post by Ashley @Nose Graze tells you everything about the dark side of book blogging, a.k.a. why you will never earn a living book blogging. /sigh/
As I can see, there are very few ways of earning by doing bookish things:
- Bookish merchandises. Come on, you’ve never seen those bookstagram pictures featuring endless amount of awesome bookish candles, bookmarks, and other merchandise??
- Write and publish a book. Like yeah, sit, and freaking write that book! And then get it published!
But then hey, Liliana, do you even know that it’s not related at all? I guess no.
Obviously, I can try myself making any bookish merchandises, but you know what waits ahead? A tough competition with dosens of other well-running merch stores! Yeah, try getting them clients, I dare you. /obviously jk. Of course you can do that, if you have skillful fingers/
5. Overall feelings about book blogging
A.k.a. question: Do I feel happy about book blogging? Does book blogging make me feel relaxed, or stressed? Should I even keep that up? Or just screw them all…
…and be a potato?
Seriously, after months (and in some cases even years) of book blogging, and seeing all the stars, you wonder: was it really worth everything I invested, from money to time, to efforts?
Lowkey me: I spent HOURS preparing a freaking good blog post, and what I got in return? ZERO comments? Are you kidding me?
When you try to be active as every other book blogging tutorial says, but the results are not equal to your efforts, it’s really easy to just give up.
Another point: as an international book blogger from the country some business have no idea exists, your book blogging/bookstagramming capabilities limits down really harshly. I’m talking about subscription boxes, giveaways, and even simply – buying newest books
(okay, weren’t really a problem) and bookish merchandises, thus, you can’t feature them in your photos! Doesn’t that sound so disappointing, and makes you want to quit all of this?
DO YOU KNOW THAT I CAN’T PURCHASE ANY FUNKO POPS FROM AMAZON DIRECTLY?? OR ANY OTHER MERCHANDISES? I’m DYING here!
I myself can find a substitution for almost all of this (excuse me for being indiscreet right now, as I say that I happen to have those skillful fingers
mwahahahah), but what about others? I have to be honest: this is way too cruel to us.
What can I say about myself with this book blog?
Currently I feel okay with my book blog; recently I’ve maintained to get a minimalized blog design that won’t distract my followers and readers from the main content, which is ranting about books. However, I still try to figure out my more or less constant bookstagram layout, as I can see that the diversity of photos I currently have distracts from overall evaluation of my account. I can’t seem to find that one themed layout that would work for me
as an attention seeker as a bookstagrammer perfectly, as I also don’t want to accidentally copy anyone’s style. Gosh, it’s really hard.
But I’m determined to stick with book blogging; however, it seems that I will spend more time than others to develop myself AND my bookstagram/book blog.
What do you think of this topic? Do or did you ever have those concerns? For those who overcame the anxiety – how did you do that? For those still suffering – what do you think you’ll be doing soon?
Let me know what you think in the comments! Sharing this post is highly appreciated! ^__~
Thank you, and until next ranting,