Dear Book-Bloggers,

First of all, HOW ARE YOU? Doing good? Killing it? Reminding yourself how absolutely awesome you are?

I hope so because believe me your passion hasn’t gone unnoticed. I see you churning out posts after posts, pouring your heart in them. Stating BOLDLY what YOU think, what YOUR opinions are. And doing so in the most beautiful and visually appealing manner.

Do you think we don’t realise how much effort goes into maintaining those gorgeous blogs?

We do.

I do.

I know how time consuming and mentally exhausting this whole process can be. On the surface it seems like we are living the dreamreading what we love and then gushing about it like a bunch of cute and excited fans. And while, it’s true to an extent, I don’t forget the underlying hard work. 

How many many hours have you spent finding just the right words?
How many websites have you scoured trying to find THE EXACT gif that compliments your posts?
How many failed attempts did it take to make those beautiful graphics that you adorn your writing with?
How many times have you had to give up doing something else just to make sure you reply to those lovely comments on time? And how bad did you feel when you realised you missed a couple?

It’s a painful process sometimes. Almost like a full time job. I am not saying we don’t enjoy it or we aren’t happy doing it – but there ARE days when it just feels like too much.

What are we even doing it for? For ourselves, yes. For our own personal satisfaction. But also for the encouragement we get from others. For those wonderful interactions and those beautiful friends you have made here.

But then, something happens that dampens your spirits. Some ignorant people make stupid remarks and try to fill your head with doubts and complex. And suddenly, you start questioning everything.

Why am I here if what I am doing is not even valued properly?

Well, I am here to remind you that it IS valued. Don’t you DARE think that all those wonderful reviews that you write have any less value than those reviewing books on other platforms.

Think about the joy of the author when they see your wonderfully worded review about THEIR book! How uplifting must THAT feel. We read books because there is just something about the way those properly and immaculately placed words make us feel, don’t we? Well, your reviews have the same effect on the authors. They feel valued, just as they DESERVE. They put out content – they share it. For themselves, yes. But also for us. And your reviews help them realise how exactly their words made YOU feel.

Remember – there is power in the written word. And you are the writer of all those beautiful and uplifting posts. There is beauty in that.

So take pride in your work. YOU ARE INVALUABLE for the readers, the authors, the publishers, AND for your fellow book-bloggers. ️

ALL THE LOVE,

R A I N ❤

72 thoughts on “Dear Book-Bloggers,

  1. Sometimes I would love to be able to just write. “I enjoyed this book.” Period – end of review – that’s all she wrote. So, yes, it is work but I think it does help the authors. I’ve received so much author love and it usually comes at just the right time – you know, those times when you get frustrated and have to ask yourself “why am I doing this.” Wonderful post as always. ❤️🥰❤️

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    1. Ohhh I totally get that feeling, Tessa! I mean…sometimes even though you loved the book, you just feeling like saying “GO BUY IT BECAUSE IT WAS AWESOME – that’s my review!!” 🤣🤣 But then the ones we write – listing and expanding on every single thing we loved about a book brings joy to the author, makes them feel valued – and that can sort of be our thank you! 😇❤️ So I DEFINITELY AGREEE!! 😍😍

      Thank you so so muchhh!! I AM SO VERY GLAD THAT YOU LIKED THE POST!! 😍😍❤️❤️😘😘😇🦋🌟

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  2. Wonderful post Rain, as always – definitely a lovely boost to remind us why we blog and write reviews!! Ahh I love the positive messages you put into your posts Rain – they always make me smile! Lovely post Rain, 😊💜🥰😍💕✨😊💜

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    1. Awwwww!! Thank you SO SO MUCH, Kat! I am so very glad you liked it! I agree it’s soo very important for all the awesome book-bloggers to be reminded of their importance and their value in the book community from time to time – because it can feel like a thankless task sometimes!! 🥺

      Thank you soo muchh for your wonderful comments, Kat!! THEY ALWAYS BRIGHTEN MY DAYYY!! 🌟😍😍😍❤️❤️❤️

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      1. You’re welcome, hun!! 😊💜😍🥰 Indeed – it is a great reminder of why we love blogging and the impact it can have!!

        You are very welcome, hun, your posts are always SO LOVELY!!! hehe awwh ty Rain – your posts always brighten mine! 🥰😊💜💜

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  3. Thank you so so much for this post! I think all of us need a little reminder from time to time that what we do is still valid and appreciated…it is very easy to get demotivated when less and less people are paying attention to the written word as opposed to other quicker media and it seems like such a thankless task at some times. All of us enjoy reading and writing, no doubt, but a lot more effort goes into putting out the entire thing, activities which we might not enjoy as much – be it designing or coding. Ofcourse we are doing it for our own satisfaction, but it def doesn’t hurt to be acknowledged sometimes, right?

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    1. You are MOST welcome, Aayushi!! 😇 Of course, no matter how kong we’ve been blogging, the doubts still creep in. Sometimes we lose motivation and are unable to find the proper reasons to go on. At such times it’s important to remember WHY we blog and how much it is actually valued! 😍❤️

      I agree – people tend to gravitate towards booktubers and booktokers more because it’s easier and of course, there is no reading involved so there’s THAT! 🤷🏻‍♀️🤣 But that does NOT mean that the written word has lost its value! If anything, we need it even more now! 🦋

      Yesss!! There is just SOO much work involved and it’s always nice to see it appreciated !! 😍❤️

      Thank you SO SO MUCH FOR YOUR AWESOME COMMENT, Aayushi! Loved it! ❤️❤️🦋

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      1. Thank you so much Rain!! You are too kind😭😭 I have only recently started my book blog a few months back and can already feel creeping doubts sometimes…at those times, it’s the love and support of this wonderful community that keeps me going!🥰

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      2. Awww!! YOU ARE MOST WELCOME, hon! We will support you in every way we can – you are one of the lovely new members the community after all! 😘😘😘😘❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  4. An amazing post. It’s hard to not feel discouraged as a bookblogger sometimes but posts like this really remind me how great our community can be! Thank you!!

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    1. I AGREE!! Sometimes it feels a bit overwhelming but WE NEED TO KEEP REMINDING OURSELVES AND EACH OTHER THE VALUE OF A REVIEW – AND OUR BEAUTIFUL BOOKISH COMMUNITY form time to time! ❤ ❤ ❤ *heart eyes*

      Thank you SOO SOO much! I am sooo glad you liked it! ❤

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    1. Mission Accomplished then! 😉 All I wanted was to remind all of you lovely bloggers that YOU MATTER AND YOU ARE AWESOME and it seems like it worked! YAYYYY!!! ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. Awwwww!! THANK YOU SOOO MUCHHH, N! Thats soo kind of youu! 🌟🥺❤️

      I TOTALLYYY get that! I feel so too sometimes – but hey, the secret is in reminding ourselves of those lovely readers who DO LOVE EVERY SINGLE ONE OF OUR POSTS! 😍😍❤️❤️❤️❤️ If we write it for THEM, those feelings will become less and less prominent! 🥺🌟😘😘😘

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    1. AWWWW!! Thank you SO SO MUCH, Macey! You are too kind!! I AM GLAD YOU LIKED IT!! 😍😍😍 And yes!! It is definitely something that should come as a regular reminder!! 😘😘😘😇❤️❤️

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  5. This is such a kind and lovely post Rain, thank you for writing it ❤️✨ I love reading book blogs and seeing all the wonderful aesthetics, perfect gifs and blog posts full of personality – and you’re absolutely right, they take loads of time and effort but it’s all worth it! And there’s nothing quite like when you write a glowing review and the author actually reads and loves it! Win-win everyone’s happy 😍✨

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    1. Awwww!! I AM SOO SOO GLAD YOU LIKED IT, Sabrina!! 😍❤️❤️😘😘😘

      YESS!’ It’s soo time consuming but the satisfaction you get after – seeing a well made, beautified post IS WORTH IT ALL!! 😍😍😍

      EXACTLYYYY!!! Author love ALL THE WAYYYY!! 😍😍😍❤️❤️❤️

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    1. I KNOW RIGHT?!? Sometimes when I go through one of my old posts and see a comment unanswered, I feel such a pang of guilt – LIKE WHAT DO I DO NOW?! If I reply, it would be…awkward because its been soo long and if I don’t, I would know that it’s there – making me look unresponsive and rude!! 🥺😭😭😭😭😭😭

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  6. OHMYGOODNESS – THIS POST GAVE ME LIFE! Thank you so so much for spreading such a positive message! Honestly, you perfectly encapsulate managing a book blog from the highs to the lows. It really IS like a full time job and sometimes it can get overwhelming. Especially because we are human too – we lose our motivation and creativity, our drive just like everyone else.

    Thank you for being YOU, RAIN! 💙💙💙

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    1. Awwwww!!! I AM SOO SOOO GLAD YOU LIKED THE POST, hon!! 🥺

      EXACTLYY!! We all have those moments of doubts and exhaustion when it feels like it’s just not worth it – at times like those WE NEED THE EXTRA BOOST – remind ourselves that what we are doing is IMPORTANT!! 😇😍

      Seriously YOUR COMMENT HAS MADE ME ENTIRE WEEK!! Thank you sooo much!! YOU ARE THE ABSOLUTE BESTTT!! 😍😍😍❤️❤️❤️😘😘😘😘

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  7. Oh you absolutely darling. 🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺 I’m not crying you’re crying. Your posts are the epitome of thoughtfulness and lovely. Of course you write like a Goddess. You are one 😭😭♥️

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    1. Awwwwww!! One of these days hon you are gonna kill me with your gorgeous comments!! 😭😭😭😭😭😍😍😍😍😍 I LOVE YOUU AND YOU ARE LIKE THE LIFE OF THE COMMENT SECTION!!! 🥺😍😍😍😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘

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  8. Hahaha you’re so wonderful for giving us such a supportive letter of appreciation! I find that some people just don’t realize how much time is put into blogging and don’t understand the effort it takes to do so for the love of the game! Thank you so much for sharing this one with us. 😀 😀

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  9. This post. Oh, book bloggers, as an author I really really value you. Let me just say that. You help others to find our books and bring fresh life to a story we are tired of editing. Thank you for all the wonderful work you do ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. AWWWWW!! 🥺🥺🥺 Hearing that from an author makes it all worth it!! 😭😭😭😭🥺❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ THANK YOUUU FOR YOUR SUPPORT, Mel! YOU ARE THE AWESOMEST!! ❤️😍😭😭😭

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  10. Aw thank you so much for making this post!! ❤️❤️ Man I can really relate to all the work and effort that goes into blogging, and I’ve only jUST STARTED LOL. But wow this post was really encouraging! Thank you so much for the uplifting words, I definitely needed to hear them ^^ And btw you seem like a really cool person 😀 😀

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