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Book blogging : Expectations vs Realities

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Book blogging is one of the emerging niches on the blogosphere. Every reader loves to share their thought about the book and in order to support the author writes a book review. It is an amazing task though it has its own perks and disadvantages which we realize after a certain period of time. Today I am going to list down some of the expectation vs reality which occurs in the life of a book blogger, I am sure you all can relate with this. 🙂


Expectation:

This blog, oh it is just for fun.

Wow, this book is so beautiful; I want to share my views.

But who is going to listen? Mom- Nah, dad – Nah, siblings – not at all.

So how can I share my views? Okay, I got an idea let’s start a blog. *Dance*

Reality:

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This blog is just for fun, what are you talking about?

(After 3 month of blogging) This is a most lovable part of my life; a part of my soul resides here.

I have nurtured this blog with my efforts. There is so much do for my blog, I can dedicate my entire life to book blogging.

Oh, I can see that at the age of 70, I am still working on my blog. 😀


 Expectation:

ARC and review copies are so much fun.

Free books and advance review copies, OMG I am living in paradise.

People are giving me importance. *Happy cry* This is a GOOD life.

Reality:

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Review copies?  Oh, I have already had a huge pile of review copies and ARC, should I accept it or not? The book cover looks so tempting. What should I do? *I hate my life*


 Expectation:

I am a professional blogger, I post everything on time.

The review of this book should be up tomorrow. How many pages are remaining? I can finish it today.

Reality:

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(Day after tomorrow)  Damn, the writing is so slow. Review of this book should be up yesterday. I need to finish this book today anyhow. I hate blogging *angry*


 Expectation:

I write reviews like a pro.

Finished this book, let’s write the book review. It will not take more than 10 minutes.

Reality:

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(Staring at computer screen since 15 minutes) What was the name of the protagonist? What was the plot? No, it was from the last book. What did I learn from this book? What should I write? *Blank space*


 Expectation:

This book cover is so beautiful; I need to click pictures for bookstagram.

I am so excited to click the pictures, wow this looks so good. This prop is going to accentuate the beauty of this book cover.

Reality:

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(After reading the book) OMG, how the spine is broken? Why the book cover looks dull? How is this book cover curled up? The light is not proper. Have I already clicked the pictures? This prop looks so bad; I have used it last time. Which new prop should I invent now? *Silent Cry*


Expectation:

I am a renowned book blogger, every author and publishers want me to read and promote their book.

I work very hard for this blog and I love your book. I am going to promote your book with all the love. Yes, I got that famous book for review purpose.

Reality:

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You do not get a review copy of the book which you badly want to read.

There are many books which we can’t afford but badly want to read. You are dying to get the review copy of that particular book but sadly it does not happen most of the time.


Expectation:

I read books by the jet speed.

Book bloggers get so many book recommendation and we are like oh ! I can read this book in an hour or two.

Reality:

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Ahhh the book which you recommended me, yes it is already in my TBR. Yes, going to finish it soon. (This soon counts next year too. ) 🙂


 Expectation:

Everything bookish is my blog’s niche, yes absolutely.

I have a particular theme for book blogging and I have set everything to attract the traffic of this niche.

Reality:

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It’s my place and I can publish any post which pleases me. I want to show my recent travel pictures with you all. This recipe is created by me and that’s why I posted.  I can take a little liberty you know just a LITTLE.


Expectation:

I do not blindly add anything to my TBR, I search and if I find that book interesting then only I add it.

Because I do not have time to read many of these books, and I should not add it just because my bookish friend suggested it or the book cover is pretty, I don’t even like that genre.

Reality:

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I need to read this book. This book cover is so ravishing. My Goodreads friends had recommended these books to me. I need to read them all, no matter what. I can read them, life is so long and I am going to increase my reading speed. It’s okay if I have more than 10,000 books in my TBR list, I am going to devour them all. I am a hardcore bibliophile. 🙂


Expectation:

I am blogging since 2 years, and I know everything about book blogging.

Because the more time you spend, the more experience you earn. I am book blogging specialist. 😀

Reality:

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I don’t know anything. 🙁 Which plugin is the best? What should be the ideal time of post publishing? Why some post works some not? How to attract more readers? What is this goddamn SEO? Which affiliated links work best? How can I earn from this blog? Why my site is so slow? Which theme looks best? How my opinion matters? I am totally clueless.


Expectation:

I am going to take a break from the blog.

Because taking a break is healthy and it will give me time to think, how I can improve my blog more.

Reality:

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I can’t even think about it. If my followers leave my site, I have maintained a good tempo with so much effort. They will think I am dead or if someone hacked my site. Nooooo… I am not leaving you my lovable blog. *Happy cry*


So these were mine book blogging expectation vs reality experiences. Anyone of you relate with these instances?  What is your book blogging expectation vs reality experience? Do comments below I would love to read them. 🙂

Sheetal Maurya

Sheetal Maurya is a full-time blogger. She is a die-hard bookworm and has read more books than she can count. She believes in the art of storytelling and reviews books so that the world can choose the best ones and embark on an adventurous virtual reading journey.

    4 COMMENTS

  • Tavleen July 5, 2017 Reply

    This was way tooo relatable 😀
    Expectation- Oh, all i have to do is talk about my favorite books!!
    Reality- That’s not all this is about ?

    • Sheetal Maurya July 5, 2017 Reply

      😀 😀 hahaha, Thanks for reading!

  • Sulagna Mondal July 24, 2017 Reply

    This is so relatable! I feel you *happy tears*

    • Sheetal Maurya July 24, 2017 Reply

      Really and welcome to my blog 😀 😀

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