Discussion | On Book Blogging and Monetization
Book blogger. What does this mean to you? What is its definition? It’s a title I wear proudly, enjoy and am fully invested in. Five years ago when Finding Wonderland began, ironically, I knew next to nothing about book blogging or the community that surrounds it.
Since learning about this vast community and inserting my book worm lovin’ heart into it, I’ve found book nerd bliss. Speaking from a personal standpoint, I’ve only experienced the welcome mat in this community. A community that is full of writers and bloggers who, at the heart of things, just want to have fun and fangirl. A place I find myself frequently in, and as there’s no one in my life who really “gets” this, I’m always glad to have a place to go and fangirl – with all of you.
Despite these happy thoughts, there is, sometimes, problems. Bloggers fight over various things (that seem insignificant) and sometimes debates turn cruel instead of keeping to an “agree to disagree” healthy debate. One stigma in book blogging is monetization. My question, asked without any disrespect or idea there is a “wrong” answer, is simply, why?
Far as I know, I’ve never been part of a debate in regards to this issue (with the Internet, one can be dragged into something without knowing about it), but I do know it’s a touchy subject.
Full disclaimer, it’s also not a subject I’ve done much research reading on. Considering I have (in the last year) made strides to monetize here, it’s become something I’m aware of, and made me rethink my choice to go this route.
From the little I do know as to the “why” it rubs some the wrong one, the main reason seems to revolve around book bloggers doing what they do for the love of reading and nothing else. This is something I understand. But at the same time, I personally don’t think that a blogger who places ads on their page means they have any less respect or appreciation for authors, books and their fellow bloggers. I don’t.
Having an avenue on my webpage that involves monetization in NO WAY means I am any less devoted to spreading the word about amazing books, authors or bloggers. I’m still 100% committed to helping promote books, their authors and sharing my love of fangirl things through writing.
Like anything worthwhile in life, book blogging takes time and investment. Or in my case it has. While a lot of my blogging is a “hobby” (because it’s darn fun!), a great deal of it is a kind of “profession” as well. Writing is my passion, so I see this space as a place to hone that, to improve it, to challenge myself. Apart from the investment of time, many blogger’s also opt for a personal URL. This is a cost to us, and while it’s a choice we make, it’s also a helpful shift if you want to create a “branded” niche that might open doors to new opportunities.
Debate or not, care or don’t, at the end of the day it’s an individual blogger’s decision. Perhaps in 3 months I’ll make a different choice or maybe I won’t. For now, it’s an avenue I am exploring. Right or wrong, good or bad, so far, my limited experience with it hasn’t been to one extreme or another.
I’d love your thoughts. What are your opinions on monetization in book blogging? Have you experienced it? Do you monetize in blogging? What experiences have you had with it?
Share your thoughts down below. I’d love to chat with you!
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