During one of my first weeks as a book blogger, I joined the #bbtc chat hosted by Brittany at Book Rambles. She asked “when did you first feel like a book blogger?” At the time, I responded that I didn’t feel like a book blogger yet.
Well, the darn lovely book community of course responded your first book post makes you a book blogger. I heard that advice, but didn’t really take it to heart, you know?
I’m nearing up on my third month as a blogger, and I have 38 posts on my site. And you know what? I still don’t feel like a book blogger. I still feel like one big pretending faker; like the fruit plate on the chocolate dessert buffet.
There are so many wonderful sites out there that I really admire. For example Unbound Pages, Beth Fish Reads, The YA Book Traveler, and Paper Fury. I read their content and just thing, darn, these ladies have their book stuff down!
So, in an effort of full disclosure. I’d like to share…
4 must have things to be a book blogger
(I don’t have / do any of these things)
- A To Be Read (TBR) list – I figured I’d start this list off by just yanking off the bandaid. That’s right. I do not have a TBR list. What’s more, I didn’t know what TBR was when I first saw people mentioning it on their sites. I usually only pick one book at a time, and then look for something new. I do not keep a list of any sort for what’s next, and I do not buy multiple books at a time.
- Bookstagram – I have mentioned this on posts before. I am really interested in the concept of ‘bookstagram’ for those who don’t know (like me) I think Bookstagram is a tag on instagram where people post book related photos. You often see “challenges” relating to this going around where people pick a theme to post.
- Strong opinions on print v. digital books – I really do not care if I read a book in digital or print format. I just don’t, and I’ve got nothing for you in this debate.
- Quick answers to ‘favorite’ questions – I really love Twitter chats. We are people who want to talk about books, right? Of course Twitter chats are awesome. However, I feel like a tongue-tied idiot all the time. The moderator will ask a great question like “what’s your favorite literary childhood friendship?” Well, it’s like I’ve never read a single book in my life. It’ll take me about 3 days to come up with a good responses.
There are a million other things I can think of that I am failing at to be a good blogger. For example: I’m not on Bloglovin, I’m not in a book club, I don’t write my own stories, I haven’t done any tag posts, I don’t write negative reviews, I have never left a review on Amazon, I’m not connected to anyone on Goodreads, I don’t read in one specific genre….. Wow, it feels good to confess all these things.
So, I don’t know. Am I a book blogger? Am I a blogger? Does it matter?
I always finish a post with some questions. Things I’d really love to hear your thoughts and opinions about. This list of questions is particularly important to me because I really need the answers. I feel silly not knowing these things.
- What is a book haul? Often, people tweet #haul – what does this mean?
- There are so many Twitter chats – and I love them – but I have no idea what the #s mean. How do you figure this out?
- How is it so many of you have read the same books? I always feel like I’ve come to the party unprepared and everyone else knew what they were supposed to do before hand.