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The more you #blog, the less you #book Or how the time you spend blogging is its own Ouroboros

So before you become a book blogger, you always think that book blogging is the fun stuff unicorns are made of, writing about the thing you love most – books. What could be better, right?

Initially, that’s what I thought too. And I still think it’s awesome, don’t get me wrong.

Rocking unicorn

But there’s one strange thing that happens when you start blogging. I think it will be easiest to express it in the form of a graph, so take a look:

more blog less books

For those of you who have allergies to math, and that might be the majority of will you because you’re all literature lovers, I will elaborate. Now, let’s go at it from slightly farther away. If you have a book blog, what is it you blog about?

Yes, yes, I know – nobody needs to be a genius to get this one right. BOOKS. You blog about books.

Right. So then, forth comes a natural conclusion. Want more blog posts? Read more books. SIMPLES.

Right?

Wrong!

Because the more time you devote to your blog, the less time will be left for your books.

So where’s the problem? Clearly, if you read more, you should be able to produce more and better content for you posts, right? Right, I guess, but turns out, blogs and their paraphernalia (Twitter, Bookstagram, Goodreads) are delicate creatures which need a lot of care and love.

cute puppy maltese

Your blog will cry if you don’t spend time with it. It’s like your cute little puppy.

Except it will not sleep on your bed, but that’s a different matter.

Point is, if you <i>don’t</i> spend that time on your book Twitter or Goodreads, you blog will suffer. So you stop playing candy crush and play Twitter instead.

candy crush

So this lack of time, this horrid devil, will not let you read more books. It will devour your book time for you. IN FACT, it will eat itself. Hence the Ouroboros in my post subtitle.

Ouroboros

Epic, huh.

So beware, kids. Being a book blogger has you deal with an immense balance of power.

So make sure you’re ready for it before you start.

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Hana Bilqisthi
4 years ago

Ohh..interesting topic πŸ˜€ I did not think about this before.. but it make sense.. in my experience, I read more book since become book blogger but I spend less time on my personal blog.. I use to write and spend a lot time to blogging on my personal blog. now it kinda get abandon since I started book blog.. I think I still try to figure out how to balance reading and blogging life πŸ˜€

Hana Bilqisthi
4 years ago

I am perfectionist too but maybe I just set lower standar for my book blog. I knew how perfectionist can be hindrance.. We spend a lot time into tiny detail. My personal blog is hanabilqisthi.blogspot.com πŸ™‚ mostly I talk about my daily life but sometimes I write about movie,psychology and blogging tips πŸ™‚

Hana Bilqisthi
4 years ago

I want to be member of blogger buku indonesia (indonesia book blogger). The requirement stated that the blog should talking only about book or any topic related to books.. So I made a new blog, my book blog. πŸ™‚

Cait @ Paper Fury
4 years ago

Eeek, I RELATE. Sadly. I sometimes spend waaaay more time blogging than reading. Like for instance, RIGHT NOW. I was going to start reading a book this evening but I’ve been blogging for HOURS and now my eyeballs are tired so I shall probably faceplant on the floor instead of reading. What is this life. hehe.
Not that I regret blogging at all or ever but it DEFINITELY gives me less reading time. YOU SPEAK MUCH TRUTH HERE.

Prabhleen
4 years ago

YOU SPEAK THE TRUTH. omg I started blogging in August and like wrote one post a month till October as my exams were taking place. My average books is 9-10 per month but since I have started blogging, that number is dropping. SERIOUSLY THOUGH NO PAIN NO GAIN. even if I cut like an hour of blogging a week, only a little progress would be observed as reading a book takes 5-6 hours. *cries forever*

Fleur @ Frankly Books
Fleur @ Frankly Books
4 years ago

I’ve actually managed to turn it around a little, and make blogging my main inspiration for reading! This is probably due to the fact that without my blog (even though I don’t get an abundance of views), I wouldn’t really be able to find too much time to read because of work and all that stuff. I find doing something that eventually leads to something bigger (in this case, reading leading to a blog post) really motivates me!

The Long Victorian
4 years ago

This has been exactly my problem. I’m getting the reading done, only by neglecting the blog. I have a stack of reviews to write, perhaps I’m too thorough and should dash off a few “quick and dirty” ones. But most of books are classics for a reason and deserve more than a postcard review. Luckily the world is not as concerned about my lack of productivity as I am.

Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy

There is definitely a balance with blogging, for sure! Actually creating posts and maintaining your site, answering comments, commenting on other blogs, the list goes on and on. And you’re right, then you need to read books so you have something to talk about! But it’s all good, right?

Mallory
Mallory
3 years ago

THIS IS SUCH A VICIOUS CYCLE!!! And thank you for letting me know this was chillin’ on your blog…. love knowing that I’m not the only one fascinated by the paradigm! (You have great taste in GIF’s, BTW :D)

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