Hi everyone, I hope you are all doing well! As it is once again Friday, it is time for another Let’s Talk Bookish edition. Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion. This weeks topic is all about appreciation for book bloggers!
Do you feel appreciated as a book blogger? Who do you think appreciates the work of book bloggers the most?
I certainly feel appreciated as a book blogger by the book blogging community for the content that I produce and the love I put into it. I think it is a bit harder when you look at the wider community and those outside the book world. I think that book blogging used to be much more popular than it is currently, but that is only because of the rise of other platforms that can be used to talk about books such as Youtube, Instagram and TikTok. I have noticed that the people who appreciate the work of book bloggers most outside of our community is indie and self-published authors. I have had some amazing authors reach out to me to review their books, and I have loved interacting with them.
Do you think that bookish social media is aiding in the depreciation of book bloggers or is it supporting them?
I think it is a bit of both and it all depends on the way that you look at it. I think that anything that gets more people into reading and the book community is amazing, but some other platforms are more accessible than book blogging. It is much easier to sit and watch a 60 second Tik Tok than it is to read a 300-word book review, but it all depends on how you want to consume your media. I would much rather sit and read someone’s review or watch a longer video than something much shorter. It also depends on how you interact with the bookish community. I love watching Booktube, and it is where I fell in love with the book community, so you probably notice that I take part in quite a few Youtube based events. I think it is all about carving out our own little space in the book community.
Is it wrong to want compensation from the book industry for our work?
It is definitely not wrong for us to want compensation for the work that we, hours of hard work goes into making all types of bookish content, and many people forget that it even includes reading the books that we have. For example, I spend more time on my book blog than I do at my part-time job, and yet I only get paid for my job. But I book blog because I love producing my content and interacting with other readers. Book bloggers and other bookish creators do so much work for publishers and are able to get books into the hands of readers so easily; there are so many books that I have read purely on the fact that someone I trust loved them.
There you have it, my slightly incoherent thoughts about appreciation for book bloggers! What do you think about it? Let me know in the comments below!