Book Discussion : Why you should make a blog

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Hello, everyone! I thought I should put up an helpful post about blogging and at first, I thought ‘what about some blogging tips?’. But I quickly brushed it off because I’ve been blogging for 3 months and while I might have some blogging tips, I don’t think I’m qualified enough for such a post. Buuut please do check Marie‘s because she’s the queen of blogging tips and everything else, too.

So, here I am, with another subject (I hope it’s just as interesting) – reasons to make a blog. This post is mostly directed to my fellow readers that don’t have a blog yet because of reasons. I want to tell you that I’ve been hesitant towards making a blog for years. Actually, I created this blog in December (almost one year ago) and I haven’t been active on it until August/September. You know why? Well, because like you, I had my doubts.

But at some point, I just said ‘whatever, let’s see why everyone thinks blogging is that awesome’ and started becoming active and writing. And it was a great decision. Why? Well, let’s get into the reasons.

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Reason #1 : The community 

You will meet many people that share the same passion as you do! I’ve been on Goodreads since 2013 and there are some people there that always like my posts and my reviews and I like them back. But making friends on Goodreads never worked for me, sadly. I suppose it’s because the platform always felt very impersonal to me. You can write your review and most of the time, people will like them, sometimes you will be lucky enough to receive comments, but that would be it. Or so it was in my case. I know people that have amazing friendships on Goodreads and that’s okay.

But blogging meant for me engaging with the bookish community in a way that I haven’t been able to experience before. It’s nice to write something, be it a tag, a discussion or a review and have people comment and engaging with you and then coming back for more posts in the future. It’s something else for me. Because I really feel like people are genuinely interested in what I’m going to write next, in what I thought of certain books. I’ve had people tell me that they like my post ideas, that they like my bookish tastes. All I can is that I felt very welcomed here in this community. (Please note that I’m a shy person, so this is a big deal!!!)

 

Reason #2 : You will find your voice (and feel good about it)

 

What surprised me the most about blogging is how much I love writing posts about anything, really. I just adore being able to voice my opinion, to share my likes and dislikes, just show the world who I am and what I have to say. I’ve found out that I have many things to say and also that I love brain-storming for blogging ideas. Right now, it’s a normal part of my weekend. Every weekend, I plan new posts and I sit and think ‘okay what should I write next? what are people interested in hearing? what do I want to talk about?’.  I think this reason is important because as readers, we get so captured by other people’s voices, that maybe we forget about our own voice.

 

Reason #3 : Recommendations

I love finding new books to read, books that are out of my ‘comfort zone’, books that I usually read, just books. And blogs are amazing resources of book recommendations because everyone has different book tastes, even if you’re checking only ya blogs, you will still find various recs. And it’s pretty awesome, I’ve found out about so many new releases via blogs, and let me tell you that it’s the best feeling in the world whenever somebody reads a book you recommended or you read a book that someone recommended and then you can fangirl with each others. Best feeling. #bookwormsforthewin

 

Reason #4 : It’s easier to request and be accepted for ARCs

 

Blogging isn’t all about ARCs, but they are a bonus and I know that looking from outside the blogsphere, you think that’s the best part – receiving ARCs. I won’t lie. I love them, I also despise them (especially when I can’t finish them before the deadline). But let’s be real, it’s easier for bloggers to get them. Even if we’re talking about Netgalley, they still give ARCs more often to bloggers.

 

Reason #5 : It’s very rewarding

I’m proud of myself for starting this blog, I’m proud anytime I receive a very positive comment, I’m proud of myself whenever I write a good post, it’s just amazing. Like blogging is this nice activity that makes you pat yourself on the head and be like ‘Congratulations, you’ve managed to schedule those posts. You’re a winner.’ , blogging makes me feel good about myself because I talk of things I know and love and for that, I receive nice comments and pats on the back from people that love the same things as I do. Doesn’t it sound like a great thing?

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Also, let me clear the air on any doubts you might have :

  • I don’t have enough time. – That’s okay, most of us don’t have. The blogging community is pretty forgiving on hiatuses and everything else. You’ll be fine.
  • I don’t think anyone will read my blog. – They will, trust me! You’re unique and you surely have something new to say in this community. Actually, if you do make a blog, link me to it, I’ll be happy to read your blog!
  • I don’t read popular genres/new releases. – That’s also okay. I’m very bad at reading new releases too, people are forgiving. They like to read my reviews on books they’ve already read 40000 years ago and fangirl with me nonetheless.

That’s it, I really hope my post will make you re-think your doubts about making a blog. And also, to my followers – that already have a blog (of course), I hope you like this post too.

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What makes you most happy when it comes to blogging? And what would you tell to someone who is reticent to making a blog?

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41 thoughts on “Book Discussion : Why you should make a blog

  1. chellesbookramblings says:

    Great Post, I started my own blog May of this year after a loooott of consideration… more or less what you mention here… will people read it?? will I have the time to keep up with everything?? Will stats and all that drive me crazy?? But I just woke up one day and decided today is the day and haven’t look back… I’m learning as I go, I think most of us do.. but the results are worth it

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  2. Ioana @dragonwaffles says:

    I’ve actually made my blog in May but I had 0 time to post anything until July and then I started posting a whole lot more seriously in September 😂. I’ve still hade the warmest welcome in the community and I find new friends everyday and I just love this comunity so so much ❤. Everyone should make a blog because everyone can bring something new to it and that’s what makes it unique.

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  3. Marie says:

    This is such a great post, I love it ❤ Also, thank you for mentioning me here, what did I ever do to deserve such a friend like you, you are WAY too sweet, THANK YOU ❤ ❤
    At first, I was so, so shy and didn't know where to start with my blog either. I think it is a bit intimidating, when you don't know anyone and just… well, you're not sure of anything you're doing. Best thing is to really launch yourself into it, and once you did this, you're all good! Blogging really brought me so much, lots of things you mentioned here, an amazing community, real friends to chat books with and even other things, tons of book recommendations and yes, it is so, so rewarding. I just love being able to look at my little corner of the internet and be proud somehow. It's the best! ❤
    Great post!! ❤

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    • thecursedbooks says:

      No problem, Marie!! ❤ I totally meant it, you give the best advice on blogging and they helped me a lot!
      Yessss, it was very intimidating for me, too, the fact that I didn't know anyone and I saw everyone commenting on everyone's posts and I was a bit out of it. That made me not post for so long. Now I see how much easier than I imagined is to make friends around here. ❤
      Thank you very much, Marie!!! And I'm the one who should be wondering what did I ever do to deserve such a friend like you (I literary was so amazed when you first followed me/commented on my posts because you are such a cool blogger). ❤

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  4. daniellethamasa says:

    This is a great post. Both your reasons to start a blog and how you address some of those doubts we’ve all felt are so valid. Another doubt that can be addressed is if you are worried about not having enough content…start participating in regular memes or doing book tags. They are relatively easy posts to do and both memes and tags can help you connect with more people in the bookish community too.

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  5. Emma says:

    OMG, this was such a lovely post, Marty! I could relate to everything you said – particularly Reason #1; it’s always such a joy to meet new people and fangirl with friends through the blogging community. 🙂

    Also, just wanted to thank you for tagging me to do the A-Z Bookish Tag; it was super fun to do and I really appreciate you tagging me. 😀 ❤

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    • thecursedbooks says:

      Thank you so much, Emma!! 💕💕 This is the best for me too, so many amazing people in this community! I’ll check it out very soon, I’m glad you liked it, I also have the Sunshine Blogger Award in scheduled posts!! 😊

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  6. jerich (onereader) says:

    WOW! I love all the things you pinpoint and it is all the struggles that I surpass in the past! Like you, I felt very happy whenever other people read and like my post even though the books have been published years ago and this community is very much lovely and friendly. I’m also an introvert in reality and blogging is getting my voices out. Thank you for this post!

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  7. Literary Lattes says:

    Ah this was such a fun post! I started my blog in September, so fairly recently, and I definitely haven’t regretted it. Blogging has been so fun and rewarding and I really enjoy talking with the community and fangirling especially! How you addressed the doubts people have was great, I rarely see anyone mentioning them, so this would definitely be useful for anyone wanting to start a blog but not being sure because of those things. 🙂

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    • thecursedbooks says:

      Awww, same here! I started blogging seriously in September too! Thank you very much, I’m glad you liked it! ❤ I really hope the post would be useful for anyone who's thinking about starting a blog and having doubts over it.

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  8. Zoe @ Stories on Stage says:

    Yes, I completely agree! The community is, without a doubt, the best part of blogging. Everyone is so supportive and kind and it’s great being able to talk to people who share your interest in reading. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous post! ❤

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    • thecursedbooks says:

      Zoe, sorry for not replying to your comment earlier! It went to spam for god knows what reason. 😒 Thank you very much!! 💕 I agree so much, everyone’s been incredibly supportive with me ever since starting this blog and I think it’s really cool that there are so many amazing people in this community. 💕

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  9. literaryjen says:

    I literally just posted my first blog today, and this post has made me even more happy and excited that I have done so 🙂

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  10. KatieLouCreate says:

    Nice post 🙂 I like blogging. I love thinking of ideas and creating things. I feel a great sense of accomplishment when I post something I am particularly proud of. The only downside is that I hardly get any interactions. Not even reads. I must be doing something wrong haha

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  11. Ilsen Leon says:

    I’ve always been hesitant on making a blog because I wouldn’t be sure on how to do it. And if I have enough time. I wouldn’t even know what to write. My inspiration. I’m hoping to maybe taking a tiny step into bookstagram but maybe I’ll go over to blogs. I will see. But I do want to be part of this community somehow.

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    • Marta says:

      Ah, if you ever need help with it, you can reach out to me on Twitter or Goodreads, I’d be happy to help you in any way. Making a blog is pretty scary, I created mine in December 2016 and then didn’t write more than two posts on it until September 2017 because I had no idea what to do with it. So, I’d suggest you start with more posts prepared – you can try tags first, they are really good to begin with.

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    • Ilsen Leon says:

      That’s true. I was always thinking I could start with tags and TBR posts. It does sound like a lot of fun! I’ll let you know.

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