The Pond Gets Loud: 8 Book Bloggers Share Their Experiences of Balancing Blogging and Life – Part II

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Happy Monday friends! ✨

Welcome back to The Pond Gets Loud – a ongoing feature where book bloggers share their experiences. The aim of this series is to provide book bloggers – including Booktubers, Bookstagrammers, and so on – an opportunity to share and be more open with their experiences.

The current The Pond Gets Loud series hopes to shine a light on the incredible work that book bloggers do and the amount of work they do by sharing their honest accounts of what the average week of being a book blogger looks like. Book blogging can be a big commitment for some bloggers, and sometimes it feels like no one, except other book bloggers, understands the amount of work we put in. Following some events that transpired some time ago, a lot of bloggers felt negatively impacted by the subsequent discussions and felt undervalued and underappreciated for their work (for more context, read this post).

THE AIM OF THIS SERIES

The following is what I hope that you will take away from today’s post:

  • A book blogger’s time is not limited to writing book reviews. Book blogging also involves creating graphics, formatting, promoting ourselves and books on social media, and reading the books that we promote and review.
  • Book bloggers not only do this for free, but at their own expense. Consider: costs of purchasing books, costs of hosting domains (book bloggers), costs of decorations and props (bookstagrammers), costs of recording equipment (booktubers), and unquantifiable costs, such as time and energy.
  • Book bloggers accept the costs of book blogging because most book bloggers love what they do, love sharing books with others, love promoting books.

bao 2.pngSo last week, I invited eight book bloggers to the Pond to share their experiences of how they balance blogging and everything else in their life. I loved every single response, and it was so humbling to see the heterogeneity of responses that I received. Thank you again to the eight wonderful bloggers who shared their experiences last week! You are all amazing.

Today’s post is the second out of five post of the Balancing Book Blogging and Life series. So without further ado, here are eight more responses from eight brilliant and valuable voices within the book blogging community. I hope this will be illuminating for you, and I hope that you will listen.


Lili, book blogger (3 years) from Utopia State of Mind

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My name is Lili and I run Utopia State of Mind. I’ve been blogging for over three years now, which feels surreal just even type that. I have loved reading all my life, enough to study it for six years at university. While I started this book blog as a hobby while writing my Master’s Thesis, it grew into something more. Even though I began focused on adult SFF books, I wasn’t finding the diversity I was craving so I turned to YA and what resulted is what you see today. My blog was born out of a genuine love of creative storytelling on other planets or with mythical creatures, and my desire to celebrate diverse books.

When things get tough, my personality is just to push through. I don’t take many breaks, because I want to always shout about books, and this has been one of my biggest challenges – the deterioration of my mental health. What gets me through the tough time is knowing that there are people who benefit from my reviews and find new books they love because of my words.

I’m unemployed at the moment, so my weeks are a little different than they were last year, but last year I was working your typical 9-5 job and still I read 10-14 hours a week (on my commute and on the weekends). My scheduling tweets and writing blog reviews would take up to 10 additional hours as I would get up an hour early to schedule all my tweets and to check emails for my blog. Now that I’m unemployed, I spend about 3-5 hours reading a day, as well as 1-3 hours writing posts and checking emails/social media. If I’ve done a full day, this means it’s about 8 hours not counting the everyday tasks I have to do as well. This doesn’t even count the hour long sessions I have to take my bookstagram photos which happens, on average, every two weeks.  Since blogging is my hobby, and my partner does most of our work, I also cook most of our meals, and clean our apartment as well.

Normally I get the bulk of my reading out of the way in the morning before lunch, then I make lunch and write blog reviews and emails until I need to cook dinner and then after dinner I’ll finish the book. The majority of my time is devoted towards planning my reading schedule as well as my content schedule. For example today I spent 3 hours reading and about 2-3 hours writing reviews and these answers, I also cooked soup, baked a birthday cake, and scones.

I’ve always endeavored to fit my blogging into my ‘real life’ and as I apply for jobs, I know whatever happens, I’ll be able to make it work. But it is a daunting task, as my self-care usually goes out the window first. In 2019 I’ve tried to make an extra effort to put myself first so that I don’t get as burnt out and exhausted all the time from being ‘on’ or working most of my day. Normally I can make my other commitments, like dinner parties, and meals out, work around my blogging schedule, but it’s always a challenge. And when my friends ask what I’m doing, I normally just say working.

While what I am doing is clearly a choice, and a privilege at the moment, I feel especially compelled. Even more so when I see all the diverse books and amazing stories I want to be able to share with the community – to be able to work on list posts or even just tweets so that people can pick up a book that represents or resonates with them. I feel a lot of pressure, but I think in my case it’s a lot of pressure that I put on myself to do as much as I can for everyone around me. But even if that is the case, that doesn’t mean the pressure I feel is any less valid.

I think it’s been hard for me to tell my non-blogging friends about how much work I do for this blog. I just think they don’t really understand the scale or the strategizing I am thinking about for when to post, or what content, and the amount of planning. So it’s something I don’t really share because a lot of people seem to think that since it’s a hobby I shouldn’t complain because everything I do is a choice. Which just means that I feel like I can’t share a lot of what I am passionate about with those physically closest to me.

Most of the time I feel like what I do is worth it. But what makes it really worth it is when people say they enjoyed a review, or picked up a book because of what I wrote. Book reviews are so rarely seen even though they take up the most of my time, and so sometimes I can feel like they aren’t being seen or making a difference. I’d like to just know that the work I do means something, no matter how small, to someone else. Because that’s what ultimately keeps me doing what I’m doing. I want to be able to make sure you, as a reader, can find a book you will love, that will move you, or feel represented.

My biggest lesson I’ve had to learn, and am still learning, is to prioritize yourself. If you’re not at your best, your reviews might suffer and you can lose sight of why you are putting all the effort into your blog. So just make sure you’re taking care of yourself, so you can be at your very best. Because that’s one of the best ways to help the people around you.

Lili is a book blogger. Visit her blog, Utopia State of Mind, her Instagram, and her Twitter.


Adriana, book blogger (8 years) from Boricua Reads

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My name is Adriana, known as boricuareads on social media. I have been blogging about books officially for about two years, starting on Tumblr and then Twitter, Instagram, and now WordPress. However, I’ve been blogging since 2011. I started blogging about a food challenge with my family during that summer. Before that, I used to post a lot of notes on Facebook. It’s safe to say it’s been a journey…

I blog about books because I love to read and I love to read because it was one of the first things I was taught to love. My parents taught me at a very early age that reading was important. Book blogging is just an extension of a love that has been planted in my head since then. I started writing reviews about the books I was reading while in college as a way to unwind. I didn’t realize that by writing reviews I was also applying critical thinking and analysis I’d learned in my classes. I wasn’t thinking much about followers, or readers; I just wanted to write what the books made me feel. That same thinking is what gets me through the times I doubt myself; even when I think my writing is trash or “why am I doing this if in the end none of this matters,” I’m reading new words! Learning new things! Exploring new feelings! At the end that’s all that matters.

After graduating from college, I delved more into book blogging, especially since none of the things I was doing, like applying for jobs or internships, were going anywhere. I escaped into literature and embraced finding a community of people who enjoyed the books I liked. I wasn’t really doing anything else, other than volunteer work, so why not keep blogging and reviewing. In 2018, I read almost 17k pages across 75 books, which totals to about 47 pages a day or about a book a week. I’m sometimes a fast-reader, especially if I keep reading really good books in a row, but then I’ll have about a week in which I don’t like anything I read, or I’ll abandon every book I start. I can’t find enough time to re-read books I love these days, because there are so many new books coming out that I wanna get my hands on that I can’t re-read. The pressure to read a lot is the only thing that stresses me out about book blogging; it makes reading feel like a chore, which isn’t fun. This makes for inconsistent blogging, but my mentality is “I’m not getting paid to do any of this, this is a side-project.” It’s what keeps me going during these slumps.

When I post my Latinx book release posts, those take months to curate. The actual post takes me days to write, often writing all day in order to get links ready, accurate release dates, editing a graphic takes me about an hour or two more… Even though those posts are my most popular blog posts (and I can see why), they also take the longest to make. Other posts I write usually take up to maybe three hours to make, depending on what they are: if they’re some sort of book tag, they’ll take up to an hour at most; recommendation lists take longer, I usually make a graphic for those too which takes time.

However, I don’t lose sleep over blogging. My blogging does not dictate my life. Usually if ever lose sleep is due to outside worries and circumstances, or if I’m excited about something (I almost couldn’t sleep the night after hosting the Las Musas Twitter chat back in December because I was thrilled about the experience). Which is why I’ve thought of my blogging experience as mostly positive. The book community, especially that of marginalized creators, has been largely kind and uplifting to me. I love that I get to talk enthusiastically about book by Latinx and that I get to have a platform to do so, however small it is. I steer clear of people who don’t value marginalized voices, because it means they wouldn’t value my own. From the moment I opened my Book Twitter, I knew I wanted to seek out people like me, who live in the margins and fight to have it recognized. I wanted to carve my own space with like-minded people. I don’t view blogging as a competition of who has more books read or who gets more ARCs, but more of a collaboration between reader and reader. If you’d like to be more appreciative of book bloggers, seek them out and encourage them. Even a comment like “that was such a thoughtful post” means the world. Sharing the post is also good, because it means there are more eyes to possibly consume the content you’ve created.

And keep in mind that all blogging is political. My blogging is political, mostly because my very existence is political, but also because all content is political, whether you view as such or not. The content we produce does not exist in a vacuum. If anyone deems blogging as something trivial and unnecessary, just know that words have power, and if you’re a marginalized blogger your words are radical. My blogging is my own form of resistance, mostly against a whitewashed literary canon, and it celebrates the joy of finding yourself represented on the page.

Adriana is a book blogger. Follow her book blog, Boricua Reads, and her Twitter.


Tiffany, book blogger (1 year) from Read by Tiffany

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Hello, I’m Tiffany from Read By Tiffany, and I’ve been blogging for just over a year! (Oh my goodness, this sounds like an introduction for a support group.) I’ve always had a love for reading ever since I was young. As an only child, I didn’t have any pets or siblings to play with when I was home from school or during the weekends, so my mother encouraged me to read during my free time. After a few books, I was instantly hooked—every book I read would transport me to another dimension whether it was a monster fighting demigod camp or a simple high school cafeteria. I started blogging because my best friend, Alexandra from Twirling Pages, encouraged me to join her endeavors, and one rainy day in December 2017 when I was procrastinating studying, I decided to bite the bullet and start a blog.

If I’m being truthful, I would consider my average week to be pretty packed. I’m a full time university student, work an on-campus job, am President of my professional business fraternity, a coordinator of a women’s leadership summit, a teaching assistant for multiple classes, etc. I know other bloggers are also just as heavily involved in extracurriculars as well as school, or they’re working a full-time job or balancing a family. It’s suffice to say that as bloggers we do a lot on top of managing our blog, interacting within the community, and, of course, reading books.

I probably spend at least 8 hours a week on blogging and 2 hours a day reading, but it’s more likely that the numbers are higher. Between listening to audiobooks during my commute, blog hopping between classes, drafting posts after club meetings, and reading a few chapters at night, this activity plays an integral part of my day. Luckily, I’ve never had to sacrifice sleep or put off any homework for blogging because, realistically, my academics and other responsibilities come first. I’m more likely to cut down on the amount of posts I publish per week in order to study enough for my classes than barely sleep at all. It definitely feels disheartening when you can’t remain as active because this directly impacts your views/relevancy in the blogosphere, but it comes down to doing what’s best for yourself in the moment.

The best thing you can do for book bloggers is to support them but also be conscious of the amount of time they put into their craft. I’m never very vocal whenever drama occurs because I don’t feel like I’m eloquent enough or have enough experience to speak on behalf of the community. However, it does sting when people make negative generalizations about the whole community or see us as simply a marketing tool. There are a lot of problems with equity within the community, and I know I’m definitely privileged as a US reader. At the end of the day, reading and blogging are activities we love wholeheartedly, and I know for me, it’s something I hope to continue because the amount I’ve learned and the friends I’ve made make it worth it.

Tiffany is a book blogger. Follow her book blog, Read by Tiffany, her Instagram, and her Twitter.


Jill, book blogger (9 months) from Book Worm Blog

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My name is Jill! I’m 28 years old and I live in Key West, Florida. I have only been book blogging for a little under a year (April will be my one year anniversary). My blog is called Book Worm Blog and I use WordPress as my hosting site.

I’ve loved reading for a very long time, ever since my mom read to me at bedtime as a kid. I didn’t really think about doing a blog until the last few years. I’ve always liked to talk to people about books and recommend ones that they should check out. That was why I really got into doing a blog. The only challenge that I really face to run my blog is time. I have a full-time job as a library assistant at my local library so it’s hard to find time during the week to write out a nicely thought out post about whatever subject I’m writing on that week. The reason that I continue to do the blog is mostly because I just like writing about books and I love interacting with the people that leave comments.

My average week is working Monday through Saturday 9am-6pm with rotating days off (Friday one week and Saturday the next week). We are open later on Wednesday so I sometimes have to stay until 8pm (every other Wednesday). The only other commitment that I have is a local game night with some friends which is on Thursday nights usually once a month (sometimes more).

I generally blog during the week, mostly after I get home for the day after 6pm or so. It generally fits into my life well for now; I don’t have a large following right now so there’s not a huge pressure to stick to a schedule. That being said, I do try to have three posts up a week on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

I have no idea how many hours a week I spend blogging but I can give you a guest-imate! I would say between 5-10 hours a week on posting on the blog. Reading is a little harder to pin down as I read every day for a couple of hours a day at least. I would say at least 20 hours a week reading (about 3 hours a day during the week and much longer on my days off).

As of right now, I’ve never had to give up something to blog. I feel like if a post is up a day late so that I can do something social then that’s fine. (This doesn’t happen that much as I’m not very social except for game night)

Before I started this I didn’t realize how long writing and designing each post would take. When I first started I thought about maybe not continuing because of how time consuming that it can be. But the more I got into and learned some tricks; I fell in love with it. Even if I never hit 20 followers I will probably always have my blog up and running.

My advice to new book bloggers would be to stick with it and have fun! I’ve also learned that I get a lot more interaction the more consistent that I am in my posts. If I have a schedule and stick to it then my readers know when to expect my posts so that they can interact with them easier.

Jill is a book blogger. Visit her blog, Book Worm Blog, and her Twitter.


Victorique, book blogger (3 years) from Victorique Thinks

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Hey there, I’m Victorique, my blog is called victoriquethinks.com and I have been blogging for over three years.

I love reading because it is simply relaxing to go back to a book, and it’s a nice change from the drudgery of real life. And most importantly the possibilities are endless. I ran it to keep a record of how many books I read and what are my thoughts on them. And that at the time I had thought that it was a good idea to do it, it was far easier than posting on social media while it got me to write as well.

In describing my average week, I’m a full time student, mostly at a polytechnic which is something like college except the focus is very very practical. I also take up piano classes and writing my own serials. I am not employed currently.

For me, I don’t make time for blogging. Actually I do, when I realize that I need content on my blog and I have to finish the book. It’s more fluid than say I set out certain times for it in a week. It is rather easy for me to find the time to blog as I mostly have the app on my phone. And I tend to have a simple style, where I don’t really use much graphics. And it really helps when I’m busy as it will never take me more than an hour to finish.

It probably takes around half a day to do my blogging for the week. Well I don’t have to do a lot to upkeep my blog other than the occasional overhaul where I change things which take me time. But other than that it doesn’t take me a long time. I never intended for blogging to ever consume much of my life. And from the beginning it was so. Mostly because I was also a writer and that meant that reading was merely for enjoyment and I mostly wrote my own thoughts instead of finding information, linking them to get it. Those things from what I know take a lot of work and personally I don’t really want it which is why I mostly keep it simple.

If you want to support bloggers, comment on their posts, and engage with them. I can’t really said to have been dismayed, but there were times where I was a little scared due to some mentions of how reviewers and bloggers had been stalked online by authors. For most part, just engage in them.

Victorique is a book blogger. Visit her blog, Victorique Thinks, and her Twitter.


Luxe, book blogger from Mind of Luxe

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My name is Luxe, and I have a blog called ‘Mind of Luxe’ where I post about anything my heart (or mind) desires (which are mainly book-related). I am relatively new in the book blogging community. By that, I mean I have put up my blog years ago, but I haven’t been fully and consistently active until very recently. I first started reading when my mom bought me a tattered paperback from a secondhand bookstore. From then on, I fell in love with words and paper and stories and fiction.

I live in a province in the Philippines, so our access to books isn’t as great compared to others. On top of that, I’m a teen blogger which means I don’t have a steady income to support my passion for reading. But despite all these, I never doubted my decision to start a book blog. I started this because my friends and family dislike reading so, feeling like the black sheep among them, I turned to the internet with the intention of indulging my passion and meeting people with the same interests.

Others may think that blogging is all rainbows and butterflies, but things can get pretty tough, from my experience. As I’ve said, I am still just a student and my school schedule isn’t flexible enough for me to take up a part-time job. From Monday through Friday, I am at school for more than 8 hours each day and once I get home I’m usually buried in homework. So, this does not leave nearly as much time for blogging as I would like. Because of this, I usually do blog-related tasks on weekends including writing blog posts/reviews, binge-reading, scheduling A LOT of blog posts in so little time and blog hopping. On the off chance that I do get some spare time during weekends, I tend to do those in the middle of the night.

Blogging is no easy task, I’ve personally learned that the hard way, but I always try to make time for it because that’s what I love to do. I find it kind of daunting to make time to blog because school can be unpredictable so I will have to work around that.

Blogging also takes up a substantial amount of time. Let’s estimate. Say, in a particularly busy day (which, let’s face it, seems like every day lately), 10 hours out of 24 were consumed for school-related stuff. Then, let’s assume that I take approximately 3 hours for all meals that day. Blogging can take up to 3 hours of my time–but personally, that’s not enough. On the other hand, I probably use up another 3 hours. So that leaves me 5 more extra hours for other stuff, you know, to survive. *dies inside*

You see, the sad part about this is that timetable is actually very feasible for me. Imagine if I had to do that every day, I would literally die. Thus, the most reasonable solution I can come up with is to compromise my blog for the time being to focus on my studies, hence, my constant hiatus.

With all that said, I was heartbroken about the lack of understanding with what we, book bloggers do. It’s very disheartening to continue on juggling major life problems and book blogging when all I see on Twitter are influential people berating the work bloggers do for the community. The creativity, the passion, the countless hours fueled by caffeine just to make the post extra pretty.

Aside from my own, I know of a few who struggle with blogging as well, but still persevere because of their love for it. Book bloggers deserve much better than this. Personally, I think acknowledgement can really do wonders. We would love to know that someone out there appreciates our content enough to keep going. A simple like or a sweet comment can really make a blogger and their work feel appreciated.

And for those bloggers who face the same dilemmas as I, do not give up. Look back on why you fell in love with reading and blogging. Time can really be hard to manage but scheduling posts are a god-send method of keeping on top of your game. Also, never let the negative things get to you. Remember that we got each other’s backs!

Luxe is a book blogger. Visit her blog, Mind of Luxe, and her Twitter.


Artie, booktuber (4 months) from ArtieCarden

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Hey pals, my name is Artie. I blog and make YouTube videos under ArtieCarden! I have only been blogging a short while (since September 2018, roughly) and on YouTube on-and-off for 6 years.

I love reading because I’ve always had a very active and detailed imagination. I struggled with learning to read due to dyslexia, but my mum used to read to me. We read Harry Potter and the first series I really got to read by myself was the Georgia Nicolson series. Humour and light fluffy topics get me through when I feel down and need to treat myself. I just graduated a Creative and Professional Writing degree last summer and I want to use it in anyway I can, book blogging and vlogging were pretty logical things to try! I specifically like talking about books involving marginalised people or taboo topics like mental health because I have found they are often underrated. I want to help introduce people to books they might not necessarily find without my posts.
I work part time at a nursing home for elderly people with dementia three days a week. I am an activities co-ordinator and spend my time trying to engage my residents mentally and physically with activities. I try to post on my blog and YouTube channel once a week as well. I have a physical disability which makes all this quite difficult and I’m often in a lot of pain or visiting another doctor for some reason or other. I find my schedule a struggle because my health is very unpredictable.

A lot of the time I have blog posts or YouTube videos pre-recorded from days I had the energy to create and I will just have to sit down, edit and finish them off, but that can take a lot of energy. I often have to force myself to do it, a lot of the times I find it fun once I’ve started and feel a sense of achievement, just getting started is a struggle for me. I have the time to blog, it’s just often a mental block, fatigue or physical issues that make it difficult to get done.

I struggle to fit in reading because of my health. I struggle with processing sentences if I’m fatigued or sometimes falling asleep! I’d say I spend maybe 3-5 hours blogging in a week and the same with editing a video.

I’ve definitely struggled to sleep when I’ve got blog or video ideas. Thoughts often spin round and round in my head, I’ll fixate on it and won’t be able to quieten it down. For example, I’m writing this at 06:14am because I couldn’t get to sleep from a mixture of overactive thoughts and jet lag. I hate not having a post queued and will rarely miss it. But if I can, I will put my health and needs before my work.

I’ve actually written a whole post about supporting online/small creators in general! A lot ot the advice is to interact with the work. With book bloggers, liking posts, sharing, commenting… really simple things that people often forget. Personally, I am always open to suggestions of books to add to my wishlist because I find them somewhat difficult to find, especially under the LGBT+ tag. I often reach out to or keep an eye on my online friends and what they’re reading to help me decide if I want to read and talk about that book too!

I’m very new to this but it can feel like all the other bloggers and youtubers work from home and solely on this, which can be a bit disheartening. There are people out there fitting it around jobs and studying, just remember to go your own pace and not to worry too much especially when you’re starting out. Remember, it’s fun.

Artie is a booktuber. Follow their booktube channel, ArtieCarden, and their Twitter.


Annemieke, book blogger (3.5 years) from A Dance With Books

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Hello everyone. I am Annemieke, 31 years old and Dutch. My blog is called A Dance with Books. I have been blogging there for about 3,5 years now.

One of the reasons that blogging and reading is so important to me is that it has become my anchor in the last few years. Depression and especially post partum depression with a tiny human is not easy and reading just helps me relax and get away from everything for a little bit. I love book blogging because I want to share my love of books. It is great to talk to people that share your hobby even if our reading tastes differ.

Next to that I am a mom to an almost 2,5 year old. Mostly my days consist of him so that is my day job. Being a stay at home mom. I get woken up between 5.30-6.30 am and he is with me up until he goes to bed around 7.15 pm. I have a very high spirited child so that doesn’t make it easy to combine things like household tasks or blogging while he is awake. I have to have my eye on him a lot and I can’t put all my attention on blogging then.

I try to comment and reply and email during the morning when my son watches some tv. I try and keep Tuesday evening, when my husband works. and Saturday evening for blogging. I’ve recently gotten a little more space in my week but I’m still trying to balance that out with blogging and reading and other tasks I have. Some weeks it is hard to find time. Especially when my son isn’t taking naps or wakes me up very early it is hard to find the energy or the time to spend on the blog. I also volunteer once every 2 weeks and I have some task for that as well. Recently I wrote a press release for that that, and after being approved I have to spend some time mailing that around so we get some more visitors/volunteers.

At the moment blog hopping is really suffering from that. Other times it is easier and I seem to find a balance. Sometimes I also struggle with my mood. I try to keep to a schedule of when I do things but depression and not sleeping and holidays have messed with that.

So the amount of time really changes. It can be anywhere from 15 to 25 hours I’d say. Most of that time goes into taking photos, blog hopping, replying to comments, thinking out blog posts, scheduling, writing blog posts, cross posting, and so on. And I am not factoring in twitter and the likes into that.  It helps that I blog ahead so at some point in the past I spend a lot more time on the blog so I could have it slightly easier now. I’m always at least half a month to a month ahead. Sometimes more.

Being a very worrisome person with depression I have worried about things like the privacy european law thing last year. And yes I did lose sleep on that. I cried about it. And twice I’ve had the hosting for my photos change its use on me so I had to fix all the broken images. In fact in February I am taking a semi-hiatus to fix the broken photo links I have now because of flickrs changes to free accounts. Since I don’t work I can’t really pay for hosting of the photos so I have to rely on free photo hosting sites.

I am at a stage of my life that I find it easier to put aside the lack of understanding some people seem to have about us book bloggers. I wouldn’t have been able to do that 5 or 10 years ago but I think I started my blog at the right time for me. This book blog is my little space on the internet and nobody will take that away from me. Well unless wp decides to kick me off haha. However I completely understand why it is so discouraging for others. We do work an awful lot of hours for nothing. I see some talented people, especially teens, that should be getting more than just a pat on the back for their creativity and promotions.

So please show your appreciation to other bloggers, or readers to bloggers by visiting our blogs, telling us when you picked up a book because of us and telling us you appreciate us. As for authors I think it is just the realization that we do this for free. Because we love books and reading and we appreciate their hard work.

Annemieke is a book blogger. Follow her blog, A Dance with Books, and her Twitter.


THANK YOU AGAIN FOR LISTENING

Friend, thank you so much for taking the time to read these accounts, for hearing these bloggers out, and for listening to what they have to say.

And of course, I could not have done this without the incredible contributions from these eight bloggers! Please take a moment to check out their blogs and have a look at the amazing work that they do:

Thank you all, again, for joining me and reading this far. Listening to what these bloggers have to say means a lot – not only to me, but – to a lot of other book bloggers out there, and I hope we can all take strides to do more to show our appreciation for the things that book bloggers do. Like their post! Leave a comment! Share it somewhere! It’s the many small things that count and add up to be something big.

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23 thoughts on “The Pond Gets Loud: 8 Book Bloggers Share Their Experiences of Balancing Blogging and Life – Part II

  1. Damn, and here I thought I was busy.. I think all of us are really underappreciated by non-bloggers, considering most of us have college/work/kids/an entire life to take care of besides blogging. I have had comments from some other blogger once, who told me it’s weird that I don’t post a lot (2 or 1 time a week back then), and then she proceeded to tell me that I need to make time for blogging otherwise I can’t say I’m a blogger. At first I was really offended, but after checking her site, I found out that she was in a relationship with someone who brought in most money, had no kids, no job and could spend an average of 5 hours a day writing blog posts. I thought it was a bit unfair, considering I did have to go to college from 8am to 6pm every day and had about 8 weeks full of exams in a year, but decided to not push the discussion any further. I don’t have anything against people who have a lot of time for these things, I just don’t think she should have judged me when we have completely different lives. Ever since then, I’ve had mad respect for any of us, bloggers, who are able to maintain a blog during busy times!

    Sorry, it turned out to be quite the comment I made but I thought of it while reading this post 🙂 Looking forward to the rest of this series!

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    • Please never apologise for the long comment! I love long comments and totally appreciate the time you took to write it and share your thoughts.

      I’m so sorry that you had such a negative and ignorant interaction. If you blog once a week, every day of the week, or blog once a fortnight, in my eyes, you’re a blogger! And I’m dismayed to hear that someone with a privileged life would have the audacity to dictate what you do or don’t call yourself. As you very aptly said, we all have different lives and we can spend time being supportive of each other rather than establishing hierarchies.

      If you want to be a blogger and you have a blog, you are one. 💛

      Thank you so much for your support! I hope you enjoy the rest of the series; there are some great responses ahead!

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    • And thank YOU, Lili! Honestly, I loved your contribution so much, and I am so grateful that you wanted to be a part of this. Couldn’t have done this post without you. Thank you so much, and thank you for everything that you do! 💛

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  2. This is absolutely amazing, CW. I’m loving this series so much! Seeing the struggles of all these bloggers mirror my own, makes me feel a little better because now I know that I’m not alone, and I have people in the community who will understand when I voice my thoughts. It’s such an amazing and surreal feeling and I really cannot put it in words how much this means to me. Thank you! ❤

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  3. Words cannot express how grateful I am for this blog series, CW. Not only was I able to share my thoughts and struggles towards book blogging, I gained motivation and felt even greater support from this as well. So THANK YOU! Thank you for having me. Thank you for making us feel heard. Thank you for shedding light to those ignorant. And thank you for being such an amazing person in general. Like the others, I’ve felt much more at home in the community and I don’t feel isolated anymore. 💖

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