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I Must Confess [but I still believe] | My Book Blogger Confessions

I know it’s been a hot minute since I blogged so I thought I’d come back stronger than ever by roasting none other than myself!

When it gets to this time of year, I think it’s always good to reflect and today – I’m airing out my own dirty laundry and owning up to my blogger confessions. I’m not proud but let this be more appropriate than the viral YouTuber apology videos.

I’m the Worst Book Club Member

I know. It’s shameful but I find it super hard to commit to a book club. For a lot of them, I’ll read the first book and then ditch it because I prefer making my own reading plans or because I don’t want to buy the next book of the month since I don’t already own it. It’s a constant battle of reading my physical tbr and wanting to be part of a book discussion and community. Ultimately, I hope to be in a better position this time next year to actually commit to a book club!

I don’t promote other bloggers often

This is something I’m really hoping to fix and do more for in 2021 – helping to promote other bloggers. I feel blessed to have had other bloggers give me shoutouts and while I’m grateful, the best thing I can do is return the shoutouts and spread the love. I’m planning to do more blogger appreciation posts in 2021 and try to blog hop more often (which should be doable as I’ll have more time to!).

I don’t read other blogs often

This may seem weird, but I don’t read other blogs often. I generally don’t go looking for reviews or discussion posts and tend to keep to my own circle of bloggers that I know and have read consistently over the last few years. It’s also because I tend to read bloggers that I interact with in the community elsewhere on social media (probably specifically instagram where I’m friends with many bloggers). I don’t know if I’m going to read more blogs next year but I do hope that I go out of my way to find more bloggers and enjoy the wonderful content they provide.

I try to but I’m not as active on social media

Social media is such a heavy topic these days, and as a blogger, they are platforms ready to help promote my blog instead of just interacting with readers and community members. The truth is, I don’t spend much time on social media because it gets overwhelming and frankly it takes up a lot of time. I struggle most of the time to remain active on my main platforms (my blog and Instagram) and I rarely check booktwitter and remain a silent booktuber binge-watcher that rarely comments.

I’m actually okay with it because I think there are too many expectations on what you should be doing online, but in terms of using social media to promote awareness on certain topics and help strengthen the book community, I could definitely be doing more of. In 2021, I hope to perhaps promote myself more as well as promote things I care about (book-related or not).

I sometimes get really TIRED of the book community

This is a huge factor in why I’m not always on book twitter. I find that people are saying the same thing around the same topic (especially when drama comes up), that it gets quite repetitive, counterintuitive and all of that gets tiring. I get tired of discussions online that don’t have much depth or fairness, or that are simply ruthless.

Sometimes, a girl just wants a nice conversation about a book that isn’t trying to bring out the worst things about it or the author. The book community is full of gems and amazing discussions and sometimes it’s really hard to feel motivated and connected with the community. Truth be told, being a blogger can be quite isolating so I hope that more bloggers get together and support each other.

I struggle to come up with original content

Every year, I really try to come up with original, innovative topics. This year, I was really proud of myself for some of the posts and topics I came up with but blogging also created this new type of self-doubt that my content is boring and non-original. People are always saying they hope to see new, original content in the community and I sometimes struggle with that. Ultimately, I think that it’s okay to just create content that you like and that not everything needs to be pushing boundaries but it is still a bit of a confession of mine about my experience in the book blog community.

Have you got any blogger confessions you’d like to share?

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  • Jenna @ Bookmark Your Thoughts

    This is a great post. It’s always good to reflect on both things we’ve done well and areas we can approve on. I’m SO bad for book clubs. It’s why I don’t participate in them as much anymore. I prefer to do buddy reads or challenges. I find them easier to participate in and I still feel fulfilled. I also don’t read other blogs enough. Honestly, I barely have enough time to blog myself, let alone read other blogs. But I’d like to start dedicating Saturday or Sunday mornings to reading a few posts. Maybe like an hour with my coffee and just chilling πŸ™‚

    My biggest thing is being consistent. I’d like to really start making sure I post at LEAST two posts a week. And if I post more, then that’s awesome. I think that’ll help with all the other areas I’m having difficulty with, like supporting bloggers more and reading more blog posts πŸ™‚

    • Tracy

      Thank you! I’m also pretty big on consistency, and I’ve actually been doing alright for most of the year except maybe the last few weeks cause I took a small break. I wouldn’t stress too much about it though πŸ™‚ I’m trying to make sure I’m not forcing myself to blog; supporting other bloggers and reading will come in time now that I’ve set some goals and priorities. Good luck!

  • Hazel @ Places + Peonies

    As much as I love Twitter, sometimes I forget to tweet mostly because nothing interesting has happened that day lol. I keep saying I’ll post more Disney/gaming content on my IG but omg I hate feeling like my feed isn’t “good enough” or “doesn’t match” it drives me crazy.

  • tasya @ the literary huntress

    This is such a great post and I enjoy reading your confessions! I want to promote other bloggers more often in 2021 too! And honestly, what you said about book twitter is also true. Don’t get me wrong, I think the discourse is really important but it can get mentally and emotionally draining for me πŸ™

    • Tracy

      Thank you! and honestly, a lot of time Twitter bores me haha doesn’t seem to much content that’s entertaining or thought-provoking for me there.

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