Life as a book blogger isn’t as easy as everyone thinks it is. So for today, I’m going to write up all the struggles I’ve experienced ever since starting this blog.
Knowing which social media platform to focus on
I know bloggers who are active on their blogs, Twitter, Goodreads, Bloglovin’, and have bookstagrams. I can barely manage Goodreads and Twitter. TELL ME.
Let’s face it. Every book blogger wants to receive ARCs, but the true struggle is always on how to get them. You need enough followers and views, plus the right contact person (which can be difficult to find especially if you’re based outside of the US).
Emailing them is also another struggle. You write and rewrite your email, trying to sound like the perfect reviewer to send a copy to. And there’s the waiting which is the most painful. you try not to get your hopes up and expect mail just in case they decide to send you an ARC without replying. ARCs are a source of stress. It’s a true struggle.
Seeing people get ARCs that you want
ARC jealousy is real and it’s hard to tell yourself that it’s okay not to receive this certain ARC that you really, really want. Staying positive is a hard feat when you feel so down and jealous.
Not liking a book an author sent to you
Aside from having trouble finishing the book, there’s the entire issue of the high probability–if not a guarantee–that the author will see your review. Writing a negative review is hard enough, but imagine having to write a negative review knowing that the author will read it?!
Waiting for galley approvals
I’m not sure if other bloggers experience this, but galley approvals either take a day or 300 years to be approved. THERE IS NO IN BETWEEN.
Not being able to organize your thoughts when you love a book to write a coherent review
What you want to write: I LOVE THIS BOOK I WANT THIS BOOK TATTOOED ON MY FOREHEAD EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ THIS THE WORLD NEEDS TO KNOW I LOVELOVELOVE THIS BOOK SO MCUDHFASHDFKSJFRK
What you end up writing: This book much wow.
Slipping into a book slump when you should be reading more books
There is nothing worse than slipping into a book slump when you know there are books that you need and want to read. You simply feel uninspired and can’t stand the thought of picking up a book and reading.
Intense mourning periods that make you wonder why you started reading in the first place
These mourning periods are caused by those books. You know what I’m talking about. Those books that rip your heart out and make you feel things you’ve never thought you’ve felt before. When the book is done, you feel empty and hollow. You wonder what your life was like before reading this book. You don’t know how to live your life after this book. You’ll think about it for days and feel like crying. You try to move on by reading a new book and fail. It’s the worst kind of hell, but you’d do it because you love this book.
Balancing the tasks of reading books, reviewing them, making book tags, networking with the book community, and reaching out to authors and publishers
This is more complex than focusing on what social media platform to focus on, because this one is key to the survival of your book blog. How the hell do people do this especially those who still go to school?! My new idols. Let me in on your secret.
Having to go on hiatus because of other responsibilities
THIS. IS. THE. WORST. It’s like abandoning your child because you realized you can’t handle everything all at once. Having to go on a hiatus always breaks my heart. It’s also a struggle when you do go back to blogging. You feel so lost. There are new people to follow and so many new books to read. You feel like Captain America did when he finally came out of the ice. Out of his time.
Explaining to nonbookish people that you run a book blog
“Yes, I run a blog about books.”
“What do you do?”
“I read and review books.”
“Anyone can do that though.”