The Blogger Positivity Campaign organized by the Jillian of Jillian’s Books aims to spread love and bring back some much needed positivity to the blogging community. Today's post is an extension of the campaign and I have chosen to share a few things that have changed (for the better) over the course of 3 years in the community!
When I joined the community back in 2012 book blogs were pretty much solely focused on book reviews. A few months later, I couldn't help but notice that the book reviews were getting a lil generic and sometimes downright boring.
Bloggers are experimenting with new mediums like podcasts, Instagram (Anyone else, envy those gorgeous as fuck bookstagram pictures?!), vlogs, comic-like reviews and my personal favorite, interactive chat/discussion reviews. These bold and novel ideas really showcase the individuality of the blogger and make the whole blogging experience WAY more personalised.
Bloggers have also ditched the commercial-like reviews, spammy copy + paste posts, silly gimmicks to gain zillions of followers (looking at your random giveaways - Giveaways are flippin' awesome especially us broke as hell bookworms and I really appreciate the generosity but when the whole thing goes over the top it tends to come across as a ploy to gain followers the easy way) and flashy advertisements. Instead, there are more well-thought discussions, essays and opinion pieces. Bloggers also integrating their other passions like photography, coding, design and gaming with their book blogs and thus, churning out fresh and exciting content posts that really bring the community together!
There's a lot of focus on quality over quantity in blog content. Personally, I'm loving this change so keep on rocking hell out of your blog, people! ;)
G O I N G B A C K T O O U R R O O T S
Remember when we started our little book blogs? We were so in love with books and couldn't wait to share our favorites with the rest of universe. Only fast forward a few months and we seem to have forgotten why we started blogging in the first place. Chasing those pageviews and clawing for the newest ARCs were really sucking our blogging mojo.
Thankfully, bloggers are now starting to get away from all this and are taking a more laid back approach - There's a focus on importance of community (all while building and growing their blogs too!) and I for one am glad to see all the awesome positivity back where it belongs! Reviewers are also cutting down on ARCs and giving their attention to backlist titles. It's really nice to see readers bringing back their old favorites not just for nostalgia's sake but also because some of these titles end to get lost in the shuffle of over-hyped, newer titles whereas they really deserve the spotlight.
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