I love book bloggers, you know I do, but sometimes I feel like we're concentrating on the bad stuff that's happening in the community instead of considering all the great things we've only ever been able to experience thanks to the community. It's easier to see the bad things that are happening because they're literally everywhere but try concentrating on the good stuff for a change. To make myself, and all of you lovely people see how many awesome things are in this community I decided to do an A-Z list out of my favorite things that I discovered thanks to blogging. My main goal is to cheer us all up and show ourselves all the great things that we know about but sometimes forget to cherish. Hope you'll enjoy.
I couldn't think of anything for K, Z and X. Have any ideas?
When ARCs are mentioned jealousy over someone getting one is the first thing that comes to most of our minds. Not getting the book you want sucks, it really does but we should all just let this go. I know it's not easy but by being jealous of others we only hurt ourselves. Sit down and think about all the amazing ARC reviews you've read, the ones that helped you decide if you should (pre-)order a book or not. And don't overreact, you'll read this book too, only a few months later.
All considered I like to think about ARCs as something I really want but not necessarily need to blog. I have a huge enough reading pile as it is, so why should I stress about ARCs too?
Buddy reading is one of the best things I've discovered since I've started blogging. There are some of us who think that reading is a lot more fun if not done alone and I like that I can say this without getting "what a freak" stares. To help people find buddy-reading partners there are all kinds of groups on Goodreads, do search up them if you're interested.
I know from a fact that a blogoversary is one of the biggest milestone in a blogger's life. First thing first be proud of what you accomplished in your year(s) of blogging, no matter if you have 50 or 500 followers. Sharing your happiness and proudness with your followers is not bragging so do it. Also, don't stress if you don't have enough money or patience for a giveaway at the moment. We're celebration YOU and YOUR BLOG and while it's nice to present your lovely followers with a giveaway it's not obligatory. Don't feel bad about not hosting a giveaway, feel awesome about reaching this huge milestone.
I've read so many interesting discussions ever since I've found the lovely list of blogs that I'm following now. I love that through their eyes I can see things in a different perspective and get informed about things I hadn't known before.
It was a total shock to me when I realised how educational and informative some blog posts and reviews can be. I've read about books that dealt with these issues like a pro, and ones that... not so much. But one thing was common in these novels: I've get to hear about them through posts and reviews of smart and honest bloggers who shared their own experiences with us through their book blogs. I've read about racial discrimination by non-white book bloggers, LGBT reviews by people who were familiar with LGBT issues in our real world and posts about how mental-illness is dealt with in books by people who've suffered from mental issues in their own life. All in all I've read educational posts and reviews by book bloggers who were familiar with these topics, either by learning about them or experiencing them in their own lives. I can only say thank you to all of you for opening my eyes to these very much actual problems through reading and blogging.
When I started blogging it caught me by total surprise how nice everyone is to each other and how they actually care about what I have to say. To be honest, I never expected to make friends because of blogging or to even interact with people that much. Obviously, there are exceptions but if we look at the bigger picture, the book blogging community is one of the friendliest ones on the internet.
When I first discovered Goodreads groups I had no idea what they were good for but they're awesome! There are all kinds of book clubs and buddy reading corners where you can meet with new people and do what you like the most together.
Handmade (Bookish) Things
I love these kind of posts, shame I'm real crappy in making handmade things. Anyhow, some bloggers are really talented and make things all kinds of wonderful things... bookmarks, necklaces, nail design and probably anything else you can think of. Obviously, those book bloggers who share with us their creations aren't only sharing bookish related things but honestly, who minds that? I'm surely not.
Interviews with Authors
I've never actually done an author interview but I love reading them. These are great opportunities to get to learn new things about your favorite authors or to encounter with new, maybe less well-known, authors and their works.
Joy of Reading
This is something that all of us are familiar with and what I love in the book blogging community is how we can share this with each other. No matter if you liked or hated a certain book there'll always be someone you can either rave or rant to, you just have to find them.
Leaving Comments on Others Blogs
This is one of the best things a blogger can do, even though I know some of us don't usually have time to comment back on others' blogs or to visit new blogs. Why I love commenting back is because I've found many, many awesome blogs thanks to this and also I like to support bloggers with my comments and compliment them for the hard work they're doing.
Meeting New People
I've met with so many amazing people thanks to blogging, some of them are bloggers, some "only" readers but they're all awesome. I love how blogging and reading can bring us close to each other.
Netgalley is really important in my blogging life and not only because of the ARCs but because I could get to read tons of unknown books to me. And I could give a shout out to all the underrated authors who'd deserve to be wildly popular.
Original features are so much fun, no matter if they're known wildly or if you're the only one who use them on your blog. Seriously, I've created a few too and you can't imagine how amazing it is to just get to share with your followers your own ideas. Be proud of your own invented features and keep making them because I'm sure your followers love them.
Also, enormous respect to the hosts of all the amazing weekly events who work a lot to manage to do these. Just to name a few widely known memes and features: Top Ten Tuesday, Waiting on Wednesday, Musing Mondays, Stacking the Shelves, Trivia Tuesday and many more.
I'm sure if you've been following a blogger for a while you start to become interested in his/her personal life. And that's why I love personal posts! You don't have to share really personal information obviously, but a few fun facts, or pictures about your vacations would be awesome so go for it if you want to.
I love those posts where the bloggers share with us their favorite quotes from books. Many times I've ended up adding a novel to my TBR list thanks to the awesome quotes I've read from it. So thank you everyone who shares fav quotes regularly.
It's a lot of fun to read a certain amount and/or type of books with people who love reading just as much as you do. And isn't it nice to challenge yourself once in a while.
I always enjoyed doing surveys so I might just make one, one of these days too. Anyhow, what I like the most about surveys is getting to see the answers and comparing them to each other.
Who doesn't love blog tour posts? I really like that whenever I'm participating in a blog tour I'm helping the author advertising his/her book. Also, while I always go for reviewing the book, the imaginary cast posts and things like that are fun to read, and I'm sure fun to make as well.
Unit(y) of Book Bloggers
You can say a lot of things to the book blogging community but most of us stick together when needed and we stand up for each other. After the Kathleen Hale scandal I couldn't find one blogger who wasn't disgusted by what she did and didn't feel bad for Blythe. I'm not saying there wasn't anyone but I haven't heard of any.
Visiting Blogs Regularly
This is a bit like leaving comments on other blogs but at the same time not really because I do visit regularly all blogs I'm following but don't always have something to say, or patience and time to leave a meaningful comment. Anyhow, I love visiting the blogs I'm already following but ones that were recommended somewhere as well. After all, if I wouldn't do this there would be no way to encounter with new blogs and find new friends.
Wanting to Help Authors and Each Other
The best thing in the community, hands down. Everyone I've talked to was so helpful, they gave advice, they told their own experiences and so on. Also, I've never met a blogger who didn't want to promote an author whose book he/she loved. All in all, bloggers want to help and support each other and authors.
While I'm not a big fan of any booktuber, (not that I dislike them but I'd rather read a blog post than watch a video) they're important part of a reader's life. They're wildly popular even between non-readers and in many cases they're able to encourage people to start reading. Also, they create amazing tags despite all the world they do to create their videos.
What are your fav things in this community? Share with me in the comments! :)