Hi everyone! Today, I wanted to write about some of the things I’ve learned and accomplished as a book influencer over the last few years.
I have several posts available about some of my earlier struggles and how to get into blogging and that kind of stuff (which I’ll link right below here).
- My Book Blogging Fears and Struggles
- Blogging Struggles I face as a Newish Blogger
- Spilling the Tea about Bookstagram and Blogging
- Blogging Tips
I’ve been blogging for almost four years, and it’s crazy to look and see how far I’ve come in establishing myself in the book community and all of the things that I’ve been able to accomplish.
Blogging used to be one of those things in my life where I could just sit down and relax, but I would say in the last couple of years with finishing up nursing school and starting work then working and going to school, I just haven’t had the time to really sit down and make these types of posts where I just talk about myself, books in a non review type of way, or even do book tags (which I miss because they’re so much fun).
With that being said, somehow I haven’t let my blog completely die off because this is something that I started basically on a whim to talk about and review books. Don’t get me wrong, starting this blog was difficult because prior to starting my blog, I was basically a nobody in the online book community, and I struggled with making myself known in the community, but somehow people started reading my blog and interacting with me and my content.
Over the years, I’ve been expanding my bookish content to other platforms to help support and get traffic to my blog because I’ve always felt like my blog was the heart of my bookish content where I could openly talk about books.
Becoming an “Influencer”
I’ve never been one to really shy away from talking about myself as I’ve always wanted to build a stronger relationship with the other people in the bookish community, but when being on other social media like Instagram I’m a little more reserved since it’s a public account and literally anyone could see it. I’m well aware that someone could find my blog posts with a google search, but I’ve always felt a little safer to talk on my blog than social media.
For a while, I was doing a pretty good job of balancing posts on my blog and Instagram, but then my Instagram had started to take a little more priority as publishing companies and book tour companies are more likely wanting to have creators who are able to capture the attention of other bookish people with a photo to draw you in rather than sitting down and reading a long post (but that’s just me and my general opinions because why read a 5 minute blog post when you can get the gist of a book in less than 30 seconds from a photo of quick video). And, that’s also kind of on society as we want as much as we can get in a short amount of time without doing much work.
Across all of my platforms, I have close to eight thousand followers which is mind boggling because I’m not one of those people who are friends with other crazy popular book influencers who got popular off of someone else’s popularity. There’s always a new challenge to overcome and it can be difficult.
Right now my struggle is find time to post and making meaningful posts because I want to be someone who you can go to for quality content and not feel scared to interact with.
But like I said earlier, I feel like there’s never enough time in the day. I’ve always been big in cross posting, so if I write a review, I’ll generally make about the review on my Instagram and try to post about it on my tiktok, and for me, that whole process can take a couple of hours.
I work three 12 hour shifts at the hospital as a register nurse a week, then on my off days I’m working on school assignments from about the time I get up in the morning until we’ll after lunch time, so by the time I get done with school stuff for the day, I don’t feel like doing much of anything, and it’s really cut into my ability to get through books and talk about them.
That kind of where the whole lack of bookish content stems from because I’m burnt out in many areas of my life and I’m just trying to get through the rest of this year, so I can get back to the things that bring me joy.
With all of that being said, don’t give up and don’t change your thoughts about the books you read just because it not what the majority think.
I’ve been talking about books for over three years, and I’m just now at a point in my bookish career where I’m starting to work with publishers regularly when it comes to reviewing early copies of books.
If you’re new to the book community or have a “smaller” following, it’s great to get started with working with blog or bookstagram tour companies where you can sign up for book blitz/tours where you feature the book and author on a certain day, cover reveals, or book reviews where you either get a copy of the book digitally or physically. Also don’t think just because you have a “small” following that publishers won’t work with you. I don’t work in publishing, but it’s all about networking and how you interact with your followers and community. I would much rather read something by someone who is genuinely interest in the content they post than someone who is looking for a free book.
Now with that being said, it’s easy to get swept up in the whole, “I’m finally getting somewhere”, whether you’re working with those tour companies or a publisher as you’re signing up to get copies to books to promote, it’s easy to bit off more than you can chew.
I’m in a situation like that because I try to plan out the best that I can books that I can read given my over packed schedule, but even with that, I’m just perpetually tired and don’t feel like reading. It’s been hard for me mentally to get myself into reading most anything, so I’m struggling even more with books that I’m sent and pretty much obligated to read. It’s one of those things where I want to read the book I was sent but have no drive to want to do anything.
Instead of forcing myself to get through all of my review books and not enjoying the stories because I’m forcing myself to read, I’ve been trying to alternate the books I read with a review book then a book that I’ve purchased and go back and forth, so I’m not exclusively reading the books I’ve bought. This has seemed to help me some so I can read both my books and my review books without feeling completely swamped.
Other Bookish Platforms
So, blogging itself is can be difficult with not only find the inspiration to post but also with networking. Blogging has always felt like a lost art to me because bloggers are often overlooked if they don’t have other social media platforms to posts about their blog.
Bookstagram is still very much relevant in the bookish community with the whole “a photo is worth a thousand words” spill. Because if you see a eye catching photo of a book, you want to take a couple of seconds to look more into the book to see if it’s something you want to read. But at the say time, Bookstagram is all about aesthetics. Some people have the aesthetic of not having an aesthetic/theme and it really works for some, but it’s never worked for me no matter how hard I work to get that casual book photo thing.
At one time, I really enjoyed bookstagram (back when I had the time to scroll), but it’s all about connecting on bookstagram, and that’s the difficult thing when you have no time. I feel like a lot of the accounts I interact with, it’s one of those things like if you comment on my post, I’ll comment on yours, and they only interact because they want you to return the favor and not because they truly want to.
Tiktok is both easy and hard because it’s algorithm works differently than Instagram’s but at the same time it’s difficult to make videos that are visually pleasing. I don’t like showing my face or talking on tiktok, so I feel like that’s one of my “downfalls”. Then we have those book aesthetic videos that take a while to find the right photos to describe the aesthetics of a book. And, I feel like it’s difficult to time changing books to the beat of a sound to be super challenging at times. But a the same time, I feel like it’s easier to grow and connect on booktok than bookstagram because people a more relaxed with not have super high quality videos (as in smooth transitions) if you have good content in the video where Instagram is super into looks.
If you have any questions about the book community of different bookish platforms, leave them below and I’ll answer them in another post!
Happy reading until next time,