I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the changing landscape of book blogging. Even though I will personally always love blogging, and will probably do it for a very long time, I can still see that book bloggers as influencers on the internet are becoming somewhat less relevant. We don’t see as many blogs with 10K and up followers anymore, and other types of media, like bookstagram and booktube, are the ones getting those kind of numbers now. I’d like to think book blogging still has a place in the book influencing world, because it’s hard to think that something I love to do so much and put so much time into might become outdated at some point.
Sometimes, I can’t help but think about what I would do if I didn’t blog about books and did some other type of book influencing. Obviously since I’m a librarian I don’t have to worry too much about keeping book influencing as part of my life, since it’s literally my career, but I like to have my own corner of the internet as well. So, sometimes I just think about what I might do if I wasn’t a book blogger.
I have started enjoying reading lifestyle blogs like The Everygirl, Bustle, and PopSugar a lot more since graduating college. I feel like those are often very relevant to my life and seem to often be catered to people in my age group (mid-20s). I thought about adding lifestyle stuff to one of my old blogs, but I thought it might be too niche to have a bookish lifestyle blog.
I’ve often discussed my struggles with bookstagram on this blog, but I do love the idea of someday if I ever save enough money to take a class in instagramming. I think I’m kind of finding an aesthetic on Insta now, which helps, but I don’t know if I want to limit myself to just books because there are so many bookstagrams out there that are better than me. I also played with the idea of starting a bullet journal instagram, since I would always have a lot of content for it because I journal almost every day, but I am not a great artist and would probably have a very all over the place bujo aesthetic there, too.
youtube music channel
I’ve also been thinking about other hobbies I might want to take up. I feel like reading and blogging and writing aren’t exactly hobbies for me because I want to make a career out of them and use them to enhance the career I have, so I have been craving finding something I can do for fun that’s low pressure but gratifying. I like the idea of having a youtube channel where I write songs based off of YA books I read and do covers occasionally. I love to sing, but I’m very self-conscious about it and am not sure how good I actually am. I also don’t have a way to accompany myself, so have been wanting to look into inexpensive keyboards or synths to play around with. I used to love writing songs, and I feel like it could be fun to play around with.