Common Misconceptions About Book Bloggers // From My Own Personal Experience

Hey Hey! Welcome to another Random Rants and Rambling; a discussion feature dedicated to all topics but generally book related

As a blogger, we run into varying reactions when REAL LIFE meets the blog. From intrigue to lack of interest, there have always been the same misconceptions, though, and I wanted to share some of those with you.

*These are from personal experience. 

What’s the big deal – you talk about books?

Um, hello, that’s a big deal on its own. What people don’t realize is that his a community. A community of passionate people dedicated to spreading the love of books, discussing books and finding people with the same enthusiasm, love, and dedication. My best friends are bloggers and I would have never had met them if I didn’t decide to create this blog.

Also, it’s hard sometimes! There’s a lot of work behind the scenes…

Ohh, I think I get it. But it can’t be THAT hard, c’mon.

Ha. Ha. hahaha. OKAY.

This has always bothered me, and some have legit offended me. Like reading, reviewing, making graphics, promoting is EASY and ANYONE can do it. I’m not saying it takes a special type of snowflake – but it takes some level of skill, dedication, time and patience. Essentially, we are a free marketing team.

There have been countless polls taken and the majority of people state that bloggers are the reason they buy a book. We are important!

You blog? What do you blog about? Oh.. aren’t you (insert insult here) to read those?

THIS MAKES ME RAGE. Who are you to tell me what I should/should not read? Yes, I read YA,  M/M romance AND diverse books, including LGBT. Don’t like it? FINE. But don’t judge me for it.

Related: Why Yes, I YA

Awesome, FREE BOOKS! I love free books!

Yeah… no. If you are in this for free books, you are wrong. #sorrynotsorry

Sure, we get books but those books come with a small yet significant responsibility. Either to read and review. Talk about the book, share the book or take pictures of the book. It’s not just HEY HERE YOU GO! It’s a HEY HERE YOU GO, PLEASE (enter prearranged agreement here). Sure, we don’t review ALL the books we get, at least I don’t, but if you don’t do anything, authors and publisher take note.

I still buy books. Not all my of my books are free. Do you want free books? Go to a library.

“So, I’m writing this book…”

That’s awesome! And I would love to hear about it – but before you do, please understand that sadly, I am not a publisher. I cannot publish your book. Do I know the process? Yes. Could I give you advice? Absolutely. Do I know freelance editors? YES. But, I cannot publish your book.

We Are Greedy

This is new – something that has been spreading around due to recent happenings at events. I hate this stigma, and I wish one (or three) bad seeds didn’t set the tone for the ENTIRE community.


Because all bloggers are rich? I legit laugh every time. EVERY.SINGLE.TIME. I make money off Affiliate links. Maybe enough to buy ONE BOOK for a giveaway everyone two months. But that’s it. If people make money, it’s because they have a side business that correlates with their blog. There’s this stigma about book bloggers making money that I personally don’t agree with but hey, it is what it is.

tell me your thoughts

  • What are some misconceptions or assumptions you’ve dealt with as a book blogger?
  • Do you agree/disagree with anything mentioned above?


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28 thoughts on “Common Misconceptions About Book Bloggers // From My Own Personal Experience

  1. Ruby @ Ruby's Books

    I COMPLETELY agree with this list. I haaaate it that because of a few (insert really bad words here) we’re being seen as greedy or, which is even worse, unprofessional. We’re not. Like you said, we’re a free marketing team.
    Another one that I get a lot, which pisses me off just as much, and it correlates to the money misconception, is that I must not have a life. Why else could I possibly do it for free? I feel like it’s not for free. Sure, it is when I’m reviewing a book I picked up from my shelf/bookshop/library. But when I am part of a blog hop, a blog tour, or through Netgalley/Edelweiss, that’s not free work. My payment is just not in the form of money. And regarding my life, I usually end that little speech with a big F.U., because no one should judge others and what they do in their time off, as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone and it’s legal.
    Oh, and I forgot one. I got the “But aren’t you too old to read YA?” *grrrrr* That’s just…. infuriating.
    On the other hand, there are the nice people who praise you when they find out you’re a book blogger, which is a nice change from the usual “Oh, you blog because you don’t have friends” mindset, you know? Great post!
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    1. tonyalee

      Gosh the greedy thing BUGS ME. I can rant about that all day long.

      Oh yes, the “oh wow, you poor soul with no friends” thing. Ugh. Luckily, that’s only happened once. I’ve been called BORING on many occasions though LOL

      A lot of people assume that when you say BLOGGER it’s about life, or beauty. Most situations I have run into, they don’t know there’s a whole seperate community of bookish peeps
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  2. Karen Blue

    I don’t get that from people. Most of the people I tell wonder how I manage to get anything read. I did recently meet a woman who was so excited to tell me about (insert sold out author here) and how (dumbass series) was so awesome, had I heard of these books…yea, and then I got to recommend much better books (that were probably recommended to me by awesome bloggers like you).
    The truth is that I don’t tell a lot of people I blog.
    Great topic!
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  3. Kim @ kimberlyfaye reads

    All the high fives! Seriously. I think you hit just about everything here. Few things make me angrier than when people completely dismiss the time/energy/money it takes to run a blog… no matter WHAT the topic is. Sometimes it feels like a second job. (Though I’ve found when it gets to feeling like that TOO much, it’s time to take a step back and reevaluate.) But, I digress. This community, like most others, has its drama and its bad eggs, but for the most part we kick ass. I’m glad to be part of it.
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  4. Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

    This is SO accurate! Also, best line EVER- “Do you want free books? Go to a library.” SO TRUE! And I am impressed that you make that much in affiliate links! I have made $10… in THREE YEARS 😂 So I am doing something very, very wrong. I don’t think anyone understands the amount of time and yes, money, that goes into blogging. It is HARD work. I guess you could half-ass it, but let’s be real, those of us who are in it for the long haul are really working hard at it!

    Honestly, the worst for me is that it is “useless”. From my husband, mostly- he thinks it doesn’t serve any purpose and is a waste of time. I think the rest of my family feels the same, but they mostly keep their mouths shut. It’s hard when people literally make fun of the thing you enjoy ALL the time. Even writing, I get eye rolls. I need to find better people to associate with, perhaps 😂
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    1. tonyalee

      I make zero on Amazon. I think it’s like $2 for 3 years. But with Nosegraze and BAM, I get a pretty penny! Not lately, though.

      My husband has gotten better about it. At first (for like a year) he was hesitant. He reads my blog so many he will comment on here and tell me what he things LOL

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  5. Simone

    This is amazing post!!! Honestly, I feel like everyone is thinking that we don’t do anything other than reading books and that we are these boring people who just sit at home and don’t have fun. Well guess what, you’re wrong.
    Actually I was kinda nervous to tell people about my blog because they would think I’m weird and wasting my time and so on. Some people did think that, some were amazed. And it’s confusing because when someone has travel blog or baking blog it’s completely fine but as soon as you have book blog, you’re weirdo. At least that’s my experience. :/
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  6. Laura

    I don’t get much of this kind of thing from people, but that’s because I hardly ever tell anyone in real life about my blog, purely for the reasons stated in this post! I can’t be bothered having to explain to people who just don’t understand what’s book blogging all about that, no it doesn’t make me any money, I just do it because I like it, and yes, I am an adult who reads YA etc…. it just gets exhausting, so I can totally relate to this post.
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  7. Valerie

    YES I AGREE WITH EVERYTHING. I hate that book bloggers are viewed as being greedy, or that we’re adults that shouldn’t be reading YA (why do you care in the first place?).

    Honestly I don’t talk about blogging much because I’m afraid I’ll be judged for doing it. Mainly because people don’t understand the point of it all I suppose. I try to get myself to be more open about it, but it’s hard ahahaah.
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  8. Alice @ Arctic Books

    I totally agree! I’ve actually never told anyone I know in real life about my book blog in fears of those annoying questions! I just don’t think I have the patience for that. I absolutely agree, book blogging is nothing like what people think it is, and it can be super frustrating. Great discussion!
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  9. Brittany @ Ginger Night Owl

    I never understood how people thought bloggers make money. If you’re blogging professionally for a news site or something like that, I could see. But not a book blogger.

    I personally blog for myself. I’m not in it to get free books or anything (although it’s nice when something comes my way) but my blog is for me. I don’t have the time to invest like a lot of you guys do.

    Great post!

  10. Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict

    I don’t mention the blog a lot in public because the first question they ask is how much money I make off of it. I usually try to change the subject on that one because it makes me feel like what I’m doing isn’t important if I don’t make money. People don’t really understand why I would put the time and energy into blogging if I don’t get a return. I absolutely hate the looks and sneers. Oh and the people that say, why would you blog about books, why don’t you blog about something people actually want to read. I’m very self-conscious so when people make those comments, you really second guess yourself. Awesome topic!

  11. Eva @ All Books Considered

    Great observations and points and honestly this is why I can be so hesitant to talk to non bloggers about book blogging! Even other bloggers don’t understand book blogging because it is so different than other forms of blogging with sponsored posts and free stuff. You’re right — do not go into book blogging for alleged free books, you will be disappointed!
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  12. verushka

    I’ve escaped most of these thus far, in part I think because no one around can actually come to grips with blogging and book blogging. *shrugs* I stopped trying to explain.

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