Book Blogging + Anxiety

Simply put…anxiety sucks. I really hate how it gets in the way of things I enjoy doing. I’m a book nerd who doesn’t have a lot of bookish friends in real life. It really is amazing that I can turn to the internet and find all of you wonderful people who love & enjoy the same books I do. That’s why book blogging & bookstagram are two of my favorite hobbies in addition to reading.

You’d think that being a step removed from seeing you in person would help with anxiety but it doesn’t always.

It’s occasionally nice to have the space to step back and think about how to respond to a comment or to have the time to leave meaningful comments on other blogs.

Other times, it’s absolutely overwhelming when you see what everyone else is doing and somehow it feels like what you’re doing isn’t “good enough.” Other bloggers/bookstagrammers have beautifully designed blogs or feeds, host fun events (read-a-thons; buddy reads; tags; awards), dozens of comments or likes in a matter of a few hours, or lots of exciting opportunities or partnerships.

I don’t think there’s a magic answer for how to manage anxiety with book blogging or bookstagram. I’ll share what I’ve learned that works for me in the 8+ years I’ve been in the book blogging community.

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How To Add A Book Cover Into A Bookstagram Photo

I know there are many tutorials out there. I wanted to show how I add the covers into my photos.

This is especially timely since e-ARCs will be fairly common in the months to come.

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Introducing: Book Bloggers Chat

I’ve decided to start my own Facebook group for book bloggers.

Book Bloggers Chat

This group is intended to be a place for book bloggers to talk and chat about various issues and topics relevant to us.

There will be weekly threads devoted to:

  • Sharing your newest blog post (Mondays)
  • Sharing your newest book review (Wednesdays)
  • Share your current read(s) (Friday)

Please join if you’re a book blogger looking to connect!


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Bookstagram 101: Partnerships

Bookstagram is about SO much more than ‘free stuff’. If that’s what you’re here for, you’re going to severly disappointed. You have to do a lot of work to get to the point where people are going to want to work with you.

Here are some of the opportunities in the bookstagram world.

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Bookstagram 101: Gaining an Audience

This is a tough one. Everyone wants to grow their following. The trick is to be strategic about how you gain those followers. Engaged followers are infinitely better than ghost followers.

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