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Books and Blogs – Do They Still Hang Out?

Are book blogs slowly going away? I don’t have an answer to this, but I’m curious to hear all of your thoughts. Is how we share our love of books changing? I find myself gravitating towards the Instagram world of books, but I do still read some blogs.

I don’t have any great revelations, but I thought I’d bring this to the table, since it’s something that’s been on my mind. A little bit because of my job, but honestly, mainly for myself. I don’t blog as much. I don’t have time as I once did. I would love to review and read more books from publishers, but I can’t commit to a full blog post, so I don’t request as many. I usually end up buying my favorite authors’ latest releases, but I do miss getting to read and share beforehand.

*Updating this post to include Goodreads as another absolute favorite. I check reviews there when checking out new authors or books and love to post what I’ve read!*

I’d love to hear your feedback on any and all of these questions:

Readers: Where do you go for book reviews? Is your main source blogs? Or a mix of places?

Authors: When looking for influencers, is a blog required? Do you have a preference?

Fellow Publishers: Are blogs still a requirement to join your reviewing programs? Would you be open to having links to an Instagram post or FB post count in the same way? Is this on your radar?

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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37 thoughts on “Books and Blogs – Do They Still Hang Out?”

    1. Thanks for sharing! Do you feel that’s because of a connection you have with the blogger? If you don’t mind sharing, I’d love to hear the ways they feel more honest. I know I trust reviews from bloggers I’ve followed for a while over new-to-me bloggers.

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  1. Hi Jamie. Ya know, I don’t have an Instagram account and I’ve never checked out Instagram. I’m probably the last person to meander on over there. *haha* Anyway, at this time, I’ve never wanted Instagram. I’ve been content blogging and reading other bloggers. At some time in the future I might be interested, but not now.
    I read book reviews on blogs and goodreads. I have been known to choose a book I’ve never heard of, right off the shelf at the bookstore.
    Right now, I’m pretty much all for the blogs.
    Have a great day! 🙂

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  2. Hi Jamie, as an author, I like reviewers to post on blogs and then share those all over social media. If they only post to their blogs it really limits their impact. I’ve used Instagram mainly for connecting with family, but I am expanding that now. Thanks for teaching me how to add more book posts there! I follow several book blogs and enjoy their interviews and recommendations. I’ve learned about a lot of books that way and enjoy those.

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  3. As a reader, I love book blogs. I have a book blog and still post to it regularly.

    As a indie-publishing writer, I don’t require that people have a blog to get an ARC of my new release — I require that they have an Amazon account plus at least one other way of sharing a review, be it on a blog, FB, Goodreads, whatever.

    I’ve never gotten into Instagram.

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      1. Well, I joined Instagram. And then I joined the #middleearthmarch challenge. Nothing like just jumping right into the deep end instead of dipping a toe in the waters, right? Thanks for the encouragement!

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      2. Yeah, I don’t know that I will participate every single day cuz… I have a busy life, hee. But when I can, I will!

        “Better late than never” is basically my motto…

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  4. I love reviewing on my blog. I don’t have an Instagram account because I don’t rally understand how it all works. My teen uses Instagram all the time and I have been wondering if I should open an account. I feel like I need a good tutorial so that I don’t jump in and make a bunch of mistakes!

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  5. It is so neat to see everyone’s different “take’ on this.

    As a reader, I love blogs. I love facebook and goodreads. I do not use instagram. I review on goodreads and several retail sites, making posts on facebook(for which I opened an account when I first started joining different launch/street teams). Of course, I feel I still have much to learn in this world of reviewing. So baby steps for me. I may consider having my own blog when I retire from my full-time job of teaching(which is only a handful of years away).

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  6. I like to do my actual reviews on my blog, since I feel like I can go into detail about how I felt. I feel like my Instagram is my photo journal. It’s eclectic and I like to just post the things I am excited about or working on (or pictures of my family. I probably do need a separate one for my family stuff).

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  7. I personally love reading book blogs. But I have many friends who are great readers that never take the time to read them. They don’t want to subscribe to them because they don’t want to be on someone’s email list. They will, however, quickly look at a Facebook or Instagram post and even share them.

    I think both of them are needed for the different mindsets.

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  8. I have found that in the last year or so that most of my engagement and interactions have happened on Instagram! I think that Instagram book community is very active and I have certainly seen a drop in blog readership even as my Instagram account has continued to grow. I see mainstream/secular publishers capitalizing on this shift in their marketing campaigns but, unfortunately, inspirational publishers do not seem to be as active. “Bookstagram” is an excellent outlet for authors and bloggers alike to expand their influence and have lively conversations.

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  9. I love my blog and sharing on my blog, but it is a commitment, and sometimes life happens. And I still follow my favorite blogs too so I don’t think blogs are going away but rather expanding. Expanding to something more. More personal, more creative and definitely still about books. I also LOVE Instagram. I’ve encountered so many books that I’ve never heard of! Surprising. But there are also those that I love seeing the photos. And in turn entice me to buy – books and bookish things.

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  10. I have found that in the last year or so that most of my engagement and interactions have happened on Instagram! I think that Instagram book community is very active and I have certainly seen a drop in blog readership even as my Instagram account has continued to grow. I see mainstream/secular publishers capitalizing on this shift in their marketing campaigns but, unfortunately, inspirational publishers do not seem to be as active. “Bookstagram” is an excellent outlet for authors and bloggers alike to expand their influence and have lively conversations.

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  11. As an avid reader, not a blogger, I usually read goodreads, or Amazon reviews. I do read a couple of blogs if I have time or if it’s a blog about a certain author i like. I will also read a blog if it captures my attention at the beginning.

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  12. As a reader, I follow several blogs. I joined Twitter and Instagram last year, I haven’t figured out Instagram yet. I read reviews on Goodreads, and spend too much time on Facebook. There are great reader/author groups there.

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  13. As a reader, I enjoy book blogs, esp. Reading Is My Superpower. As an author, I appreciate it when people blog about my book – which generally only happens on a launch tour – and then share that on social media. I do some book posts on Instagram, but it is mainly personal stuff. I’d like to get into using Litsy more, but I don’t feel like I’ve found a community there yet.

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  14. So interesting to find you pondering what I’ve been pondering too! As a reader, I’m influenced by book blogs and Insta posts. As a book blogger, I’m cutting back for many of the same reasons you cite–mainly time constraints as well as the wish to read more of what’s on my discretionary TBR pile (without any obligation to opinionate!). As an author, I would prefer to see my book featured in a blog post AND at least one other platform, Insta preferred. I’m an increasing fan of Insta, and am shifting my attention over there more and more as both a consumer and a producer. Lastly, in publishers, I’m seeing what I perceive to be a tightening of belts, which is resulting in fewer offerings to potential book bloggers. Which makes my decision to do less book blogging easier!

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  15. From all I see, yes, book blogging is on a downward slope. Makes me SO sad because it’s blogging that first introduced me to this world and allowed me to meet all of you amazing writers/bloggers and fellow bookworms. (Plus, as strange as this may sound, I have learned so much from this world.) My traffic is probably up more than when I started, but convos/interaction has gone down. I don’t mind Instagram (which is apparently where everything is at nowadays) and Twitter, but FB and I don’t get along. 😉 I feel like a blog is so much more open, personable and welcoming for conversation, which is why I’m still 110% a fan of blogs. That said, I understand that they (more often than not) do require lots of time and commitment.

    Great discussion you have going on over here, Jamie! 🙂

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    1. Excellent thoughts to add! I don’t blame you with FB – it’s all over the place. There is something to the personal part of blogs, but I can see the way interactions have changed. Curious where we’ll find ourselves in the coming days!

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  16. There are a few book blogs I like (I just don’t know of many, especially because I prefer relatively clean books, with no graphic sexual content, and minimal/no profanities and/or graphic violence). But I do really like the few I know of. I usually will read reviews for books I am interested in on both Goodreads and Amazon too. I don’t use Instagram.

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  17. As far as blogs are concerned they have this special place in the Internet so they aren’t going anywhere since websites and blogs have a niche readership that isn’t much influenced by trends. Socials on the other hand are trend based. Talking about blogs and book blogs in specific I feel there are many readers for it, again its like a particular crowd who loves talking and reading about books before they head out and buy it and then there are some who just read for the fun of it. Blogging isn’t taking up in trends because there’s no one way to follow or get your content. Each blog has their own way of doing things and following the social is so far the only one way where users get their content. Following by email and RSS are again the options least used by people because they are wary of being spammed.

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