Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post here on Rainy Day Ramblings where I discuss a wide range of topics from books to blogging. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog.
Here is the question of the week:
Do you think book blogging is on the decline?
Sigh....as much as it pains me to answer this question, I have to say yes. I have been blogging for almost five and a half years. During that time, I have seen many bloggers come and go, which makes me sad. I have seen lots of ups and downs, blogging drama, and fads. When I first started blogging back in 2011, it felt like everyone and their dog had a blog, and everyone was reading YA. You would see the same book over and over again until you felt like if you read another review for that same book, you would go nuts.
Many people wanted to try their hand at blogging in hopes of getting free books. Plus, I think with the rise in popularity of ereaders, it was easier for bloggers to get their hands on Advanced Review Copies.
Fast forward a few years, and reality has set in. Those of us long haul bloggers realize the time and commitment it takes to blog, and we have adjusted to the trends and made time in our routine to blog. I can tell you that there are days when I feel like I want to quit, but then the thought of losing all the connections I have made and the fun I have had, makes me stick with it. Make no mistake, if you want to have a popular blog, you have to put in the time and effort. Posting sporadically or posting cover reveals, book blasts and blitzes isn't going to give your blog staying power. You need to post regularly and have interesting content, i.e.: thoughtful reviews, discussion posts and entertaining posts that keep readers coming back. Unfortunately, many bloggers hit the wall and quit once they found out how tough it was to keep up and have quality content on the blog. Blogging is so much more than free books, and if you are thinking of getting into blogging to get free books, don't. Go to your library.
Another reason I think blogging is on the decline is because many people are turning to other outlets and going the route of Bookstagram and Instagram and so forth. Sure, eye catching photos will draw attention and possibly sell books, but if you are a true book connoisseur, you know that there is so much more to a book than a flashy cover. I can't tell you how many times over the last five years I have been stung by a great cover. I am not a fan of buying book based on cover alone, so I won't even bother with the book photo trend.
If I am going to buy a book, I want to research it and make sure I get a good fit. I have learned time and time again from my mistake of grabbing a book based on a cover or synopsis. I want to read a book that appeals to me. Now days, I try to select books based on reviews from trusted bloggers.
I have also noticed a fall in the popularity of YA, which I think has led to a decline in blogging. As I said, when I started blogging, everyone was reading and blogging about YA books. I had hardly read a YA book before blogging, but I soon found myself reading primarily YA. It was fun while it lasted, but over time, I got sick of the same old same old especially when it came to love triangles and cliffhangers. I don't know why YA is falling out of favor, but I know that it isn't working so much for me anymore. I think mostly because it isn't fresh and exciting like it used to be. Thus, the bloggers who blogged exclusively YA are disappearing, unless they have branched out and picked up other reads.
I have always been an eclectic reader, and this past couple of years, I have spread out and read all kinds of books. I am loving reading and blogging different types of books, and I love seeing the variety of books being reviewed on blogs. It is so nice to visit blogs and not see the same book being reviewed again and again.
Book blogging may be on the decline, but I know that those of us who have established ourselves and learned to adapt will stick with it. I am always excited, though, to see new bloggers, and I hope they will stick with it. I don't want book blogging to go away!
So what do you all think?
Next week's TMST:
What has changed since you started blogging?