Good morning my loves!
I hope you had a lovely weekend and are feeling refreshed ready for the week ahead. This is not a scheduled post for me – not in the sense that it is Sunday evening as I write this and I’ve moved along tomorrow (today’s) scheduled post to make room for this one. Today, Booker Talk highlighted a post on a blog that I had never come across before. The post itself centered around several book bloggers and or instagrammers and how much it cost them per year. An interesting topic – I cannot deny that.
There have been several comments on both the original post and on the tweet where the post was shared. On the original post the comments are entirely positive – with most giving their thanks and appreciation. Meanwhile, on the tweet where the post was shared, we see the complete opposite – lots of bloggers not really understanding the post, or disagreeing entirely with the sentiment. Since I started writing this post, it has also spread to a couple of groups I’m in on Facebook and again, and much like the tweet, the majority of commenters disagree.
Now, I am not the voice of reason. I do not have all the answers. I am not always right. My opinion isn’t law. But. I feel, as a book blogger, I am allowed to have an opinion on this one myself. And well, I may as well chuck in my two cents. Just to put this one there. This is my opinion and mine alone. It’s okay to have a different opinion to me – the world would be a boring place if we all thought the same thing after all!
Cost versus Value
Okay, so I guess my point of view on this is simple. It’s the argument I consider when it comes to any passion or hobby (and I mean, that’s what being a book blogger is for most of us, isn’t it? Not quite the lucrative business one can pay the bills with).
What do you have to spend to be a book blogger? Not an awful lot really. Books are always a good place to start but let’s not forget there are libraries. So that’s one way of saving cash. Then, where do we post said reviews. Well, there are a myriad of places; Goodreads, Twitter, Instagram, Blogger, WordPress etc. All of which are free in the main, of course some off premium benefits, like Blogger and WordPress, but those are optional.
How much do I spend on blogging? I don’t think that is what is important here. I think the most important thing, at least for me, is the value of blogging. I’m going to try to as coherent as possible and keep the gushing to a minimum. Admittedly, I might struggle with that.
The Value of Blogging
For me, blogging has become one of the most valuable things in my life. I started blogging because reading can be lonely sometimes, and what I found was hundred of people who thought just like me. I found a community. I found a tribe. Whatever you want to call it.
I found a little space in the internet that welcomed me with open arms. I’ve found some of the sweetest people and can actually call them real life friends. I’ve been to book events, signings, blogger awards and soon I’ll chairing bookish events at Crickhowell Literary Festival. I’ve made connections with authors, booksellers and publicists, which I will always cherish. I’ve read some of the most incredible books I could ever have conceived of. Books which without a doubt I would not have discovered had it not been for blogging.
So, my final take away from this post is this; is my bank account a little more empty? Yes. Is my life so much fuller now? Without a shadow of a doubt – and I wouldn’t change a thing.
Peace and pages