Dear Teen Me,
You didn’t know why you wanted to blog when you started out. You just did it because authors had blogs so an aspiring author should have one too, right? And you needed views, so you reviewed books, but that wasn’t the goal (at least not right away).
So why did you start a book review blog?
This blog series is not intended to be what I think ALL (teen) book bloggers should do or know, but what I wish I could tell myself. But I hope that these posts are helpful to some of y’all (or at least start a decent discussion).
No matter how many advice posts I read, no matter how many tricks I tried, when I struggled with blogging it always came back to questioning why I was doing it in the first place. What was that driving force that kept me going when the slumps hit? Knowing why you blog can be one of the most important aspects of book blogging.
The specific reason isn’t necessarily important to share out. You don’t need to announce to the world that “I’m blogging about books because. . .” In the end, it doesn’t matter what they have to say but what YOU think.
Your reason for blogging will probably change.
That’s the great thing about learning and growing as a person. You’re going to change. Your blog will change, or your channel, or your account. What works one month may not work the next. You might discover something new that changes your perspective on books or blogging that influences your reasons. Change is a good thing.
Over the years, I wanted to blog first to draw readers to my writing website. I was in high school and I thought that the only way to really make an online presence as a writer was to have a blog and talk about things I didn’t really know about (but hey, I thought I did at the time). Later, I learned that I really enjoyed talking about and reviewing books so I became a full-blown book blog and wanted to blog because I loved it. Then I discovered the book community and suddenly blogging was about being a part of that community, not just another voice screaming into the internet void.
I blog for most of the same reasons but also because I’m hoping to be a teacher in the future and by reading books that are marketed for the age group that I’ll likely be teaching, I can be better informed and help my future students find new books to read.
Why you blog can determine how you blog
There are a number of reasons to become a book blogger.
Do you want to be a part of a community? You’re probably going to be more involved on social media, or more likely to comment on other blogs to start a conversation. You might reach out and email other bloggers to chat. You’re interacting with others.
Maybe you want to blog for free books. Though I can’t personally recommend this as your sole reason for book blogging because of the workload involved, it doesn’t mean it’s not a component of your blogging goals. It’s okay to want to blog for books (assuming you understand that there’s a lot of work involved). So here you might be more focused on raising your blog stats, marketing yourself as a reviewer and your platform to industry professionals.
Perhaps you’re looking to track your reading progress. You may not be as involved with other aspects of the book community but you use your blog to track what you’ve read and your thoughts about it.
There is no right or wrong reason to blog.
And these three reasons are DEFINITELY not the only ones, they are just a few off the top of my head. You may also have multiple reasons. It doesn’t matter what your reason is as long as you know why you’re here in the first place because. . .
Your reason is your motivation to keep blogging
Even if your reason(s) change, this is what can keep you going through the blogging slumps, when the creativity well runs dry and you wonder why you’re doing this, what could possibly keep you going for another day, another week, another month.
You might realize that blogging is just no longer for you and that’s fine, but if there’s a part of you that still wants to blog, think about WHY you’re doing it.