The Pond Gets Loud: The Cost of Book Blogging – What Have We Learned? [Summary]

The Pond Gets Loud: A Summary: The Cost of Book Blogging. An illustration of Xiaolong wearing a lab coat and glasses, winking, standing next to a pie chart on an easel.

Hello friends! A big and warm welcome back to The Quiet Pond. I hope you are all reading some delightful and exciting books.

Our most recent book blogger collaboration series explored the costs of book blogging, and how much book bloggers were spending to maintain their book blogs. As a book blogger based in New Zealand, where books are expensive, I was interested in exploring how the cost of book blogging differs across different book bloggers.

In the last few months, I asked book bloggers to share their costs of book blogging with me. In the end, 25 amazing book bloggers shared how much they spend on book blogging a month or a year and what they spend their money on.

Xiaolong the pink axolotl, wearing glasses and a white scientist coat, in a 'thinking' pose.Today, I’ll be presenting a summary of everything that they have said to hopefully give you an idea of how varied book blogging costs can be. Specifically, I’ll be sharing with you the average cost of book blogging-related expenses book bloggers in this collaboration reportedly spend per month, what they were spending their money on, and the pressures that they feel and why.

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Aunty Buaya Rants: Addressing the ‘Costs of Book Blogging’ “Debate”

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Shortly after I published the third part of the Costs of Book Blogging series, the post received some traction and the posts and their responses circulated around Twitter and Facebook.

My primary goal of my collaborative series is to give book bloggers a voice. I wanted to give book bloggers the opportunity to talk about topics that we don’t often talk about to promote greater transparency, greater awareness and understanding. Ordinarily, I don’t mind at all if people talk about my posts without directly involving me. I don’t mind if people dislike what I have to say or disagree with my opinions. People can say what they want to say; they can think what they want to think.

I acknowledge that the ‘debate’ prompted excellent discussion and encouraged people to reflect on the monetary costs of book blogging for themselves and others. I’ve subsequently read a lot of great and insightful blog posts that responded to the debate, offering their perspective or sharing their own costs of book blogging.

However, the tweets that prompted the ‘debate’ blatantly misconstrued and misrepresented the purpose of the Cost of Book Blogging collaboration series. Many of the responses that followed were ignorant, arrogant, hurtful, and were expressions of unchecked privilege. So today, I’m going to call them out on it. 

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The Pond Gets Loud: 8 Book Bloggers Share Their Costs of Book Blogging – Part III

Illustration of Bao, the corgi, wearing dollar sign glasses, looking confused. Text underneath reads: the pond gets loud, nine book bloggers share their costs of book blogging, part three

Hello my dear friends! It’s been awhile since we posted our last The Pond Gets Loud installment. Unfortunately Bao was feeling a little burnt out trying to find all the responses from people, but he’s back and is ready to share with you some book blogger experiences! ✨

The Pond Gets Loud is a feature where I invite book reviewers from the community to share their experiences and talk about anything related to book blogging! Today, we’re going to continue with our current series: the costs of being a book blogger. This is a topic that I’m particularly interested in, and something that I am sure most of you are interested in as well.

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The Pond Gets Loud: 9 Book Bloggers Share Their Costs of Book Blogging – Part II

Illustration of Bao, the corgi, wearing dollar sign glasses, looking confused. Text underneath reads: the pond gets loud, nine book bloggers share their costs of book blogging, part two

Welcome back friends! Thank you all for joining me again today for the second part of The Pond’s newest collab: The Costs of Book Blogging. ✨

The Pond Gets Loud is a feature where I invite book reviewers from the community to share their experiences and talk about anything related to book blogging! Today, we’re going to discuss the costs of being a book blogger – a topic that I’m particularly interested in, and something that I am sure most of you are interested in as well.

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The Pond Gets Loud: 8 Book Bloggers Share Their Costs of Book Blogging – Part I

Illustration of Bao, the corgi, wearing dollar sign glasses, looking confused. Text underneath reads: the pond gets loud, eight book bloggers share their costs of book blogging, part one

Hello friends! I hope you all have been reading some wonderful books and are prepared to learn a little bit about what book bloggers give to their work. ✨

I am pleased to welcome you all back to another series of The Pond Gets Loud, a feature where I invite book reviewers from the community to share their experiences and talk about anything related to book blogging! Today, we’re going to discuss the costs of being a book blogger – a topic that I’m particularly interested in, and something that I am sure most of you are interested in as well.

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