15 AMAZING benefits you will get by Book Blogging

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Book blogging is AMAZING if you love books and connecting with people who also share that same interest/hobby. Today, I’ll share with you more benefits that come with being a book blogger!

Let’s begin!

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Book Blogging benefit #1: Free ARCs via Netgalley and/or Edelweiss

When you sign up for Netgalley and /or Edelweiss, you get to request Advanced Readers Copies (ARCs) in exchange for a review! There are millions of titles available each month from your favorite authors and publishing companies. Signing up is 100% free for both platforms. 

2. You can Participate on book tours

There are a ton of book tour websites and for the majority, there’s is no need to have a large following. The only requisite is to have a blog or a bookstagram account. Basically, you can choose to write a review on your blog about the book, interview the author, create an ‘ideal cast’, playlist, or choose another option. 

Here you can find a link to a book tour company called Colored Pages Bookish Tours, where the main focus is to get international and ownvoices reviewers some ARCs. 

Also, you could just search for the key word “book tours” on twitter and you will most likely find other book tour companies

3. You can discover amazing books

With the amount of books that are published in a single year, sometimes a lot of them don’t get that much promotion as others do. BUT, by book blogging you starts to follow so many amazing bookish accounts! AND get to discover so many books that you wouldn’t have known about if it weren’t for bookish social media feed.

4. Connect with people who also love books

If most of your friends or family members don’t share your love for books, there is a whole community out there that will do. Connecting with other people who who share your same interests is the best! 

5. Get to read other book genres (that you weren’t interested in reading before)

I had no idea that there were SO MANY book genres. 

Maybe you’re interested in reading specific genre but there are so many books and people that will be talking how amazing a book is (from a genre you don’t usually read), and you will eventually be interested to read it. 

6. Full control of what you share

It’s YOUR BLOG. You are the one who controls what you share and what you don’t share. This benefit is not only amazing for book blogging but for blogging in general. 

The best part if you think it like this, is that you get your own little space in the internet to share anything that you want. It’s YOURS and that’s the best part.

7. Opportunities to connect with publishers

If you want to reach to a publisher for a book you desperately want to read before its publication date, there’s a bonus when you say that you have a book blog. 

8. You learn new things everyday

From the moment you sign in to a platform like WordPress or Blogger or if you decide to start self-hosted (like I did), you will learn SO MANY things about book blogging and blogging in general. 

You will learn things like: 

How to design pins for Pinterest 

How to use Canva

What is CSS 

What is SEO 

What are plugins

Don’t believe that book blogging only equals to reading, writing, posting, and expecting everything to happen by itself. It’s a journey that takes time and I’m 100% sure that you will learn A LOT of things a long the way. (There are things that I still have to learn)

9. The online community is very supportive

Joining the book blogging community as a newbie is the best! Even if you’re not a newbie you still get a ton of support! Also, it’s most likely that if you’re figuring some things out with your blog for example, theme design or how to add an image, there will be someone that has already gone through that and can help you

10. It’s a way to be Creative

Say what you want, but writing is a way to express your creativity and you will always need to come up with ideas for you posts 

11. You don’t need to only talk about books

It’s YOUR BLOG

You can write book reviews AND talk about your lifestyle. Readers are also interested in other things that are not only book reviews.

IF you do want to only talk about books, you could still write discussion posts, bookish tags, reading lists, or your personal opinion about a book/author. 

12. You can help people

One of the best feelings you can get when book blogging is knowing that someone was inspired by one of your posts to add a book to their TBR (to-be-read) list. For me, it’s a very similar feeling to the one when a friend tells you that they read a book because of you. 

13. It can be therapeutic

Just like journaling, by book blogging you get to release thoughts, making you feel better because of it

14. Improves your writing skills

Let me say this first: Writing posts for a blog is not like writing an essay. You get to figure out your own Voice throughout this journey. Tbh I’m still trying to figure mine out! Sometimes I can’t help but add a word that I always added to my essays but then I remember that I should be writing for my readers and myself and not for a grade.

Blogging in general helps improve your writing skills as a content creator

Book Blogging Benefit #15: You don’t need to be a fast reader

I hesitated a lot before starting a book blog because I hadn’t read so many books compared to other people.

Yeah, so…I’m a slow reader.

While some people read 3 books a week, I’ll take my time and read 1 in two weeks. There are so many things to write about within the book blogging world that you don’t need to ONLY write reviews.

Take the time you need to read because remember that it’s a hobby and you shouldn’t feel pressured to read just so that you can post a book review.

Also, you DON’T need to write a review for EVERY SINGLE BOOK you read!

Bonus: You improve your tech skills

Bonus: 16. You learn technical skills

Tech is not my thing. Especially Coding!

This is why I added it as a bonus because it’s not AMAZING to me. When I first started book blogging, I thought that it was going to be so easy and intuitive all this process. I was so so wrong. Like I said before, I’m still learning things every day and this tech stuff is part of my learning.

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If you are just considering starting a book blog or a blog in general, just do it!!! If you don’t end up liking it, at least you will have learned a lot from it!

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Your Thoughts?

If you already are a book blogger, what’s your favorite thing about it?

If you want to start blogging…

What is the one thing you’re looking forward to the most about it?

  1. Paige
    05/07/2020

    I always love how supportive the whole blogging community is – and these are some great point raised about the book blogging community! I had no idea that book tours were a thing; how cool!

    Paige // Paige Eades

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    • val @behindthatstory
      06/07/2020

      Yesss the blogging community is great💛 I had no idea about book tours either until I joined but you should totally check them out!

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  2. Hannah
    07/07/2020

    What a great post! I’ve only just heard about book tours, so that is something that I need to look into more for sure xx

    Hannah | https://luxuryblush.co.uk/

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    • val @behindthatstory
      07/07/2020

      I’m glad you liked it 🥰 book tours are amazing and you’ll probably find a bunch of them on twitter 😊

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  3. Kelly Gegg
    07/07/2020

    Girl, YES!!! This is such a truthful post! Love it! 🙂

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    • val @behindthatstory
      07/07/2020

      Thank you so much! 🤗 I’m glad you liked it

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  4. Ashlyn
    07/07/2020

    I love sharing my thoughts about books with others, so other people can find them!

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    • val @behindthatstory
      07/07/2020

      Exactly! Specially sharing reviews and reading other thoughts about those same books 🙌

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  5. Luxe
    10/07/2020

    Oh I totally agree being a blogger improves tech skills! I’ve had zero knowledge about these kind of stuff before. I had to rely on Google when I started blogging and I think I’ve improved a lot in that skill, if I do say so myself. Also, I think the best part of being a blogger (aside from getting free early copies of books, of course) is the community we belong in. Looking past the few toxic people here and there, most of the people are so welcoming and friendly. And I’m so lucky to be in this community! 💓 Great post, I love it!!

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    • val @behindthatstory
      11/07/2020

      I still have to rely a lot on Google for tech stuff 😂 but yeah, I’ve improved a lot since I started! I totally agree that the majority of people from this community are so welcoming, friendly AND so supportive!💖

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