Knowing Why You Blog is Important

POSTED ON January 10, 2018 BY Austine IN Discussion

Dear Teen Me,

You didn’t know why you wanted to blog when you started out. You just did it because authors had blogs so an aspiring author should have one too, right? And you needed views, so you reviewed books, but that wasn’t the goal (at least not right away).

So why did you start a book review blog?

This blog series is not intended to be what I think ALL (teen) book bloggers should do or know, but what I wish I could tell myself. But I hope that these posts are helpful to some of y’all (or at least start a decent discussion).


No matter how many advice posts I read, no matter how many tricks I tried, when I struggled with blogging it always came back to questioning why I was doing it in the first place. What was that driving force that kept me going when the slumps hit? Knowing why you blog can be one of the most important aspects of book blogging.

The specific reason isn’t necessarily important to share out. You don’t need to announce to the world that “I’m blogging about books because. . .” In the end, it doesn’t matter what they have to say but what YOU think.

Your reason for blogging will probably change.

That’s the great thing about learning and growing as a person. You’re going to change. Your blog will change, or your channel, or your account. What works one month may not work the next. You might discover something new that changes your perspective on books or blogging that influences your reasons. Change is a good thing.

Over the years, I wanted to blog first to draw readers to my writing website. I was in high school and I thought that the only way to really make an online presence as a writer was to have a blog and talk about things I didn’t really know about (but hey, I thought I did at the time). Later, I learned that I really enjoyed talking about and reviewing books so I became a full-blown book blog and wanted to blog because I loved it. Then I discovered the book community and suddenly blogging was about being a part of that community, not just another voice screaming into the internet void.

And now?

I blog for most of the same reasons but also because I’m hoping to be a teacher in the future and by reading books that are marketed for the age group that I’ll likely be teaching, I can be better informed and help my future students find new books to read.

Why you blog can determine how you blog

There are a number of reasons to become a book blogger.

Do you want to be a part of a community? You’re probably going to be more involved on social media, or more likely to comment on other blogs to start a conversation. You might reach out and email other bloggers to chat. You’re interacting with others.

Maybe you want to blog for free books. Though I can’t personally recommend this as your sole reason for book blogging because of the workload involved, it doesn’t mean it’s not a component of your blogging goals. It’s okay to want to blog for books (assuming you understand that there’s a lot of work involved). So here you might be more focused on raising your blog stats, marketing yourself as a reviewer and your platform to industry professionals.

Perhaps you’re looking to track your reading progress. You may not be as involved with other aspects of the book community but you use your blog to track what you’ve read and your thoughts about it.

There is no right or wrong reason to blog.

And these three reasons are DEFINITELY not the only ones, they are just a few off the top of my head. You may also have multiple reasons. It doesn’t matter what your reason is as long as you know why you’re here in the first place because. . .

Your reason is your motivation to keep blogging

Even if your reason(s) change, this is what can keep you going through the blogging slumps, when the creativity well runs dry and you wonder why you’re doing this, what could possibly keep you going for another day, another week, another month.

You might realize that blogging is just no longer for you and that’s fine, but if there’s a part of you that still wants to blog, think about WHY you’re doing it.

Why do you blog? Have your reasons changed over time?

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About Austine

Well hello there! I see you’ve reached the end of the post. Bummer. But perhaps I may interest you in a comment? And in case you were wondering, I’m a 20-something college grad with a piece of paper that says I know about wildlife. Reviewer of books since 2011, amateur photographer by day, and aspiring author by night. I believe animals (and books) are better than people.


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17 responses to “Knowing Why You Blog is Important

  1. A

    The first time I started a book blog, I just really wanted to have one. I felt like it was something I can definitely keep up with for a long time. Oh how wrong I was. It started to become such a chore and I felt stressed out with all the deadlines. Now, I just blog in order to keep track of my reading progress and I’ve come to realize it’s a great way to motivate me in reading more books and meeting like minded people. I had to step back and re-evaluate what I enjoyed from my previous blogging experience and take it from there.

    This such an awesome post, makes me feel like my past blogging mistakes were there to give me guidance this time around.

  2. I mostly blog for the community. I was reading a few different book blogs, and I wanted to share my thoughts and participate in events as more than just a commenter. It’s also a great way to track my reading and find new books.

  3. TinyNavajo

    I blog because I’ve wanted a better way to review the books I love and the books I recieve for free from authors. I wanted to show off the books that I love, especially books that don’t seem to recieve as much love as others. I know that there are books out there that I love that others do not, so I want to show them off to the rest of the world. I just need to get better at reviewing books in general is all.

  4. I enjoy blogging for the community and books both! Reading has been a lifelong passion of mine, so discovering a community full of people who feel the same way has deepened my own appreciation 🙂

  5. When I started blogging I had no idea you could even get free books, my mind was definitely blown when I became aware of that. For now the whole being a apart of something and making friends is definitely worth it.

  6. I think this is so important! My reasons for blogging have definitely changed over the years. What began as a simple way to keep a record of my bookish thoughts gradually turned into a desire to be part of this wonderful bookish community <3 Great post! 🙂

  7. I don’t know how good of a reason it is, but I cant keep my hobbies in the dark, where only I can see them. With my art I post it online on a few channels, and for my book blog, well I just wanted to tell people what books I am reading/enjoying, and share it with fellow book-lovers.

    I do think it is important to know why you blog when you start, especially as it can help with your determination in posting. Very lovely post here!

  8. For me, I think it was a lot of different things. I had written an infertility (IF)/raising triplets blog for four years, but my reasons for starting it had changed (see “triplets”), and it didn’t call to me anymore (nor most of my virtual IF friends). When I started feeling like I had time to dedicate to blogging again, I knew I wanted to blog, but I wasn’t sure what about. Mommy blogs are not my thing. Travel used to be my thing, but…see “triplets”. But reading? Yeah, books are definitely my thing. And a thing I was finding more time for as well. So I started out with reviews and my reading goals, and I can’t say it’s changed much in that regard.
    My reasons for blogging haven’t really changed, but the community is very different than what I’d experienced with IF blogging (not bad, just different), and there is a lot more time involved because, as you say, reviews are time consuming. So, I’m blundering along and figuring out how to make it all work because I still want it to.

    A wonderful post!

  9. I started blogging as I wanted to talk about books to no one particular. That was about 7 years ago. As you said my reasons then started to evolve. I now blog because I still like talking about books but I have a community that I have come to love and respect.

    Great post 🙂

  10. I started blogging about books because I love them. I still do but now I blog for a few other reasons; to be more well read, to talk about books I loved, to write those negative reviews for books no one will admit they hated, because it is part of my routine, to connect with other readers, and to learn more about the book business as I hope to open a book store this year.
    This is a great post for new bloggers to get them thinking. It got me thinking, too. Thanks for sharing!