Why I won’t stop blogging

It breaks my heart when book-blogging suddenly becomes negative.

Over recent months, there’s been the debate about tagging authors. Others seem to be under the assumption there’s a monetary value in reviewing books, or that our thoughts aren’t valid just because we’re bloggers.

This is not the first time that I’ve had overwhelming doubts about whether I should stay with it. I work hard to keep to a schedule, planning what to read and when, sometimes at the risk of losing my enjoyment of the actual reading.

It was almost too much this time. I’d lose my blog as a whole if I stopped reviewing. While wallowing in self-doubt though, I suddenly started thinking about why I do this

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For the author..?

In some ways, yes. If I’ve found an author whose work I enjoy, nothing gives me greater pleasure than shouting about it. It’s the biggest thrill when a reader comments they will try the book after your recommendation.

As a budding writer myself, I want to support and promote my favourite writers as much as I can. For the most part, I’ve always found them a joy to work with.

But what if I don’t enjoy the book?

For the publisher..?

Again, in a small way, yes, especially when I’ve been granted an ARC. I’ve been given the opportunity to read a book that I may not have come across before. In order to thank them, what better way than to post my feelings and hope it encourages others to try out not only this title, but backlist titles from the publisher as well?

Even in this day and age of self-publishing, we would be a lot shorter on books if the publishers weren’t able to run their business.

Again… what if I don’t enjoy the book?

For the reader..?

This does make up a vast proportion of why I do this. Connecting with like-minded individuals, sharing my thoughts and feelings on a novel and being able to hear what others think of the book is one of the best feelings.

I hope people can find books they love. I hope people give books a go that they might not have come across. I’m a happy girl when I can spread the book love as far as I can, and that wouldn’t be possible without the support of everyone who stops by.


Dare I admit it? Dare I say it out loud?

I blog for myself.

I review for myself.

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what storms kick off. I do this for one simple reason: I enjoy it.

I love the whole experience of finishing a book, ordering my thoughts and putting down into words what I thought.

Everything I’ve mentioned above is why I blog; why I put those thoughts out in the wild. But the actual process of doing it – that’s all for me. I won’t apologise for that, and while that is my driving motivation, I won’t stop either.

What’s your motivation to keep going? Any tips you’d share?

A Rambling Reviewer

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39 thoughts on “Why I won’t stop blogging

  1. I review books because I love reading, and I like sharing my opinion about the books I loved with other bibliophiles. Giving a shout-out to the authors I loved is another reason why I blog. 🙂 Great post, Lindsey.

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    • This made me think about why I write and I write simply because I enjoy it. I enjoy sharing my knowledge to the world. I enjoy every response I get. I enjoy writing, it keeps me going and alive. Thank you for sharing this💜

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      • And that is the most important reason of all! At the end of the day, if you don’t enjoy it, what’s the point? I’m so glad you get that enjoyment out of it.


  2. Yes girl! get those blog posts out for yourself! As you should!! This was a great post Lindsey, really enjoyed it! After reading this, I write for myself as well, I love to savour and cherish every moment so to write about my travels is an alternative to printing pictures ( I absolutely do both ) so I have a diary for myself to read back on!

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    • They’re fantastic reasons – I love the idea of a diary, you’re so right. I’ve looked back at a review before to figure out how it was I was feeling about a book, I love having that record.


    • We really should. Sometimes there just feels like there are too many rules of what you should and shouldn’t do and it adds the pressure onto something that should be fun.


  3. A great post, I have been blogging for just under a year but more seriously since January, we have to did for our selves as the main reason, or it becomes like a job, with all the problems and no pay.

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      • Love this post. I quit blogging last year, deleted all of my posts and now I’m slowly getting back into writing blogposts. Because I missed it. The following count, the number of likes and comments.. All very nice, but the most important thing is to enjoy the process.

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      • I’m so glad you’re rediscovering your love for it and hopefully the fact that you missed it will work perfectly as inspiration and motivation for a while at least. Enjoyment is so importnat.


  4. Dare I say I blog for myself… Honestly that’s how a blogger keeps going when it gets tough. Kudos to you. I actually admire you because unlike me you have more work on the already copious amounts of work of being a blogger. In order to write your blog you need to read a book and I know finding the time can be difficult at times. You obviously enjoy what you are doing.

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    • Aww thank you. It is a hard challenge, which is why when everything kicked off it felt really demoralising, but remembering why I do it definitely helps.


  5. I can relate! Although I don’t write reviews, a major part of the reason that I write is for myself. Reading and writing are so therapeutic. It’s an added bonus that the two can lend themselves to our personal growth.

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  6. I always enjoy reading your reviews, Lindsey! You have a real talent for writing, it would be a shame to give up. Sometimes it’s good to remember why we started in the first place and put things into perspective. I think as long as you enjoy what you do, that is all that really matters ❤ xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

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  7. I am all for being a little selfish when it comes to writing and blogging. If writing down your impressions of a book is what helps the words come in a perfect flood, then it is about doing that rather then catering to an audience.
    One of the things I love about blogging is that, when sharing the things I write for myself, I find others who are like-minded. Community is a lovely thing. 🙂


  8. Your blog is one of only two I actually read *fairly* often because I enjoy what you’re doing. I enjoy a lot of things I stumble across by accident too, but the day only has so many hours when you’re working a day job, have a family with kids, and write alongside, so that’s why I don’t really get around to more.

    But I have been following the pro and con arguments on the subject of monetarizing (review) blogs among authors and bloggers over the past few years, and they’re all valid.

    As you know, I’m located in Germany, and a lot of the “bigger” German bloggers with a decent reach are saying it’s a service they’re offering to authors and publishers. Websites aren’t free, so why should they not charge for it? For those who advertise, do mailing lists and videos, perhaps, it’s definitely a business investment, and it’s something they spend a lot of time on.

    There are a lot of nicely wrapped packages with chocolates, swag, and Amazon gift cards going out to the “smaller” bloggers as well, as far as I can see from the pictures they post on Facebook and other platforms – even those blogs without much reach that don’t seem to go beyond the enjoyment of creating the content. I suppose that can be viewed in two different ways. One, I think it’s good that authors are acknowledging the work bloggers do when they talk about their books, whether they blog for the enjoyment of creating content or whether the blogger is more business-orientated. It’s nice to receive a gift now and then, good to feel appreciated. But I also know that some of the “smaller” bloggers won’t get back to you if you don’t pop that Amazon gift card in the package you send out to them – which turns that certain good kind of acknowledgment into something more like payment. That’s all right, as long as the author and the blogger are clear on this. I wasn’t always clear on this, starting out, when I wrote and tried to promote my first book, but I wasn’t good at observing at that time.

    My take on it? I can’t say. I don’t run a blog because I wouldn’t know where to find the time, and I’m not good enough at creating content for one. I don’t even have that mailing list authors are supposed to have because I don’t think it’s right for me. I can easily create a Facebook post once a day that will make people smile or think or both, but mailings are a different category, and blogs something entirely beyond me, probably. I have the utmost respect for others – like you – who have a talent for it.

    As a writer, I initially started writing not to start a business, but because I enjoy it, and I wanted to offer something that I’m good at to others. I write for myself and for others, to create, to entertain, to live my art. I love what I do – alongside my day job. But I’m not naive either, of course.

    I’d also love to cover the costs of doing what I love, because I spend over a thousand Euros on each novel that I publish, and that’s not counting the hundreds of hours of labor that go into a novel of 100K+. I save up to publish a book. Of course I’d love to make a living off my art one day, as would many other authors, though that’s very unrealistic, particularly in my genre and in my particular case. The market is swamped, and a lot of other authors are better at getting themselves out there than I am, and they work much harder and more effectively at marketing than I could ever do right now – or ever.

    So, as an author who doesn’t even remotely break even with costs, I can’t afford to pay or send gift packages to a number of bloggers on a regular basis, and I don’t know how others in my situation do it. Other authors will see it as an investment and write it off the same way they run ads, but I just can’t afford to, and that’s all. I calculate on affording a small of ad on Amazon once a year as long as that doesn’t exceed a certain sum, but that’s about it.

    I’ve entirely stopped actively asking bloggers for reviews because I so often don’t hear back from them when I e-mail to ask if they’d review my work. I’ve been told it’s a matter of bloggers offering content to their readers that will hold or increase their reach, and rather unknown indie authors don’t work for them. I don’t have any hard feelings because of that, nothing of the sort. I’ve just taken it off my to-do list. If someone approaches me and asks for a book to review, a guest blog, an interview, or anything else I can manage within an evening, I’ll certainly still do that – but only then. I don’t ask anymore myself simply because I’ve found that I need to reduce stress and manage my own time more efficiently so that I can continue to do what I love with all the passion that I started out with.

    But that’s just me, as an unknown indie author.

    All I’m certain of at this stage in my life and in my career as an indie author is that if you want to do what you love, do it with passion, and without the stress of having others tell you how to go about it, if you can. The day job is full of musts of other people’s needs and desires, but the night job is all CAN, so that’s where I’m entirely free. I guess that’s why I went indie in the first place.


  9. Great post – never stop blogging! I think the majority of my enthusiasm with my blog is that I want to write for myself, but sometimes I get caught up into writing for other people/views.


  10. I saw that whole debate a while ago about tagging / not tagging authors in reviews. Some opinions I just couldn’t understand – why WOULDN’T an author not want to see a good review of their work? It baffles me. I found book blogging SUCH a negative thing when I did it – that’s a part of the reason why I moved away from it completely. But please don’t stop blogging! ❤ xxx


    • Authors do not want to be tagged when there is a positive review of their work? Can this be true? Heck. Some would tag an author when they wrote a negative review…would authors like that better.


  11. I love this! It’s so good to remind yourself of the ‘why’ when you start doubting. And the fact that you blog for yourself, I think we can all join you there. Deep down we all do this for ourselves: to gain visibility, to showcase our views, to do something that we love. Everything that comes on top of that is welcome extra (except the negativity of course). 🙂


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