#BookBloggerHop | Book Blogging Inspiration

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Billy @ Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the hop on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to their own blog.

What inspired you to start book blogging?

(Julie @ Stepping Stone Book Reviews)

When I started my blog, I just gravitated to writing about what I love and that is books. I didn’t know that a “book blog” was a thing or that there was a whole community out there of wonderful, supportive people who also enjoy books and devote their blog to them.

And, NetGalley, I had never heard of and had no idea you could get advanced copies with the promise of a review. When I started out, I mostly got books from the library. And then I noticed on Goodreads in reviews of books that hadn’t come out yet, that people would thank NetGalley – so, of course, I looked that up. Not because it was free but because I really wanted my review ready to go when the book came out.

The same goes for blog tours and bookish memes – those are elements of book blogging that I just sort of fell into.

I feel like the day I directed my blog towards a book blog, I actually opened the door to a whole new complex world full of people who share my love of books and face the same challenges and successes. When I started this blog, I never dreamed that I would meet so many people that I now consider friends 🤗.

What inspired you to start book blogging?

27 Replies to “#BookBloggerHop | Book Blogging Inspiration”

  1. I started book blogging in much the same way! Coming across bits of information here and there and then getting surprise opportunities…such a fun thing to launch into. It’s incredible how warm and supportive the book community is.

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  2. I kept seeing people’s blogs on twitter and people getting advanced copies and thinking I would love to be able to do that. I didn’t think it would be possible for me, but I am so happy I have given it a go I love it 💕

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  3. I have somewhat same story. I didn’t know this world existed until I joined Goodreads and saw people writing blogs sharing their thoughts on books. I didn’t have anyone who felt same like me about books so I joined this world and was awed how big the community is. It truly opened gate to so many books and opportunities to read them.

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  4. I started to build an author platform and network with other authors and readers. I also noticed NG mentioned in reader reviews on Goodreads and immediately investigated. I never imagined how many friends I’d make across the globe just from connecting over books!

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    1. When I became so sick and started my indefinite sabbatical, I decided that finally I had time to do what I always wanted – to write novels. Like you, I created the blog because that’s what everything said to do but I had no idea what I wanted to put in it. After researching a few options that came to mind, I decided to go with what I love, went to college for, and knew inside and out and that is books. It’s such an amazing journey ❤️

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  5. The first time was almost ten years ago. A Goodreads friend put out a request for a co-blogger and I answered. She said she was hoping I’d do so. At that time, I just wanted to learn more about blogging and it turned out to be a perfect way to do this. After five years, when was ready to call it quits. I was toying with creating my own, wanting to have more expression that was me. Soon after, my Mom died after I’d taken care of her for almost a year and six months later, I was trying to connect to something. I’d created my domain about three years earlier but hadn’t done a thing. For the next five days, I kept playing with the design and by that Friday, I had a blog and my first post.

    Starting my blog was a big step in emerging from my grief. It became fun and I’ve never put any pressure on myself to grow it or fit to any schedule. That’s because it remains my place of solace, a symbol of me transitioning from sorrow to the light.

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    1. It’s a great place of solace and I can definitely see the effectiveness of a blog about what you love helping you through grief. I’m so glad it’s been so helpful and I enjoy are exchanges so very much ❤️. My bookblog experience would definitely not be the same without you and other close fellow bloggers.

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  6. Well said, Tessa. When I started, it was because someone asked me to go in on a blog with them, which didn’t go so well from the jump. I started my own so that I could share my own content and not feel bad about it. It’s been over five years now. It sure is a lovely group of people in this community. 💜

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    1. I think it’s important to be able to share your own content. Our blogs are such an expression of who we are whether we realize it or not. And I love your content. I definitely feel like it’s a reflection of you ❤️

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  7. My son encouraged me to start a book blog and it progressed from there really. I’ve used a few different platforms until I settled on WordPress and dipped my toes into NetGalley, which is just too tempting! 😂 Then I found the book community and life has never been the same again! 😀

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  8. I retired with big plans to travel, and one month after my retirement, COVID hit, so I started to read a lot more as we stayed home. And I was using GoodReads to find more books that I would like, and that led me to book blogs and NetGalley.

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    1. When I decided to go on my indefinite sabbatical after my crazy health scare, my doctor kind of freaked out. He wanted to know what could I possibly do if I didn’t go to work everyday. I guess he pictured soap operas and bonbons in my future. Lol. Like you, I definitely found a great way to spend my time and keep busy without having to go to my counseling office everyday.

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    1. Most of them are on Twitter. The best way to find ones that have the genre(s) you prefer is to notice blog tour posts on WordPress. I work with Rachel’s Random Resources and The Write Reads mostly.

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        1. You can follow those two blog tour organizers on Twitter. When they need more readers, they post about it. And you can search WP for “blog tour” and it will bring up relevant posts. There usually is a banner in the post with the organizers info.

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