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Now, this post might offend some, but it’s been something that I’ve been thinking about discussing for a while. I’m talking about big bloggers, you know the ones who have thousands of followers, yup I’m discussing that. Another thing is that Drew from the Tattooed Book Geek tweeted about this. Now, I think that all book bloggers are amazing in their own right, and this is in no way to discredit any of the hard work that bloggers put in. Blogging is time-consuming, I get that. Sometimes it’s hard to find the balance between blogging, school, work, and life in general. This post is just my experiences with big bloggers, not just book bloggers, but big bloggers in general.

One of the problems that I have come across with big bloggers and again this is just from my own experience is that they only care about numbers. Numbers and stats are not something that I stress about it. I’ve come across bloggers on Twitter who don’t interact with their followers, and that is something that annoys me. Another thing that I have noticed about some big bloggers too, is that they don’t take the time to reply to comments, and I think that’s just rude. If someone takes the time to leave a comment on your blog, you should have the courtesy to reply back, even if it’s a simple “Thank you,” and even if it is a few days later. Believe me, it goes a long way. Something that I make a concerted effort in doing is replying to comments on my posts. It’s how you start conversation and discussion and to me that is what blogging is all about. Many of the issues I have come across are more with lifestyle bloggers and not book bloggers, which is why I don’t follow lifestyle bloggers.

What are your thoughts on big bloggers?

25 thoughts on “#BigBloggers

  1. I have a lot of the same feelings, coming as someone who used to be a “big blogger” before she started over. It gets exhausting, and you’re not building any real connections… And what’s the point of blogging, realy, if not to connect and share and build relationships?

  2. I feel out of the loop. I think I could only name one “big blogger” if I tried. Maybe there’s no current consensus on who is book these days?

    I do think the fun of blogging comes from interacting with other people. But I suppose if you were huge, commenting could be exhausting. Sometimes I see ten comments I have to reply to on my blog and it feels overwhelming. I can’t imagine what people do when they get, say, even 50 comments! Maybe in that case, the person could reply to a few of them or the first couple at least? That way they are interacting but not trying to figure out how to make blogging work as a full-time job. ;b

    • Yeah, exactly. LIke go through and pick the comments you want to reply to. It’s better than not replying at all. One of my favorite parts of blogging is the conversations that start with comments.

  3. I definitely agree that blogging is about interacting! I wanted people to talk to about my love for books because my mom is my only family member/friend that reads, and she works full time, so we rarely get to book chat.

    I try my hardest to answer all comments on my blog, and I try to keep up with interaction on Instagram and Twitter. I have fallen way behind lately though because I am getting in to another slump and was sick for about 2 weeks, but I am definitely trying my hardest to catch up.

    I always make sure I reply to comments thought because I completely agree, it sucks to leave someone a comment and never hear back from them.

    I also have to say that I am really glad you and I have connected through blogging and have had several great discussions on the importance on commenting, because that has helped me with commenting on other blogs way more than I was several months ago!

  4. I totally see where you are coming from and it is very disheartening when you try to engage and they ignore you. It’s happened to me sometimes.

    Since I’m such a small blogger I can only guess, but I think they get overwhelmed with responses and maybe don’t have the time or don’t know how to handle the interactions. Or maybe, like you said, they don’t really care about the content and the interactions anymore and just care about the numbers It’s a big possibility. Stats can be addictive!

  5. Awesome! You went there!✋🤘👌✋
    Thanks for the shout out. Ah ‘Drew tweeted about this’ Wherein Drew moaned on that infernal SM site that allows him to voice his opinions and when he’s being positive it’s all good. But when he’s being negative then it’s wrong.😂
    Alas, some people don’t realise that to have positives you also need to have negatives too and the ones who complain about people moaning are then in fact moaning themselves.😂
    For me, I suck at replying to comments, I try, I really do but I suck at it. Though, I suck at blogging in general with my rather lapse attitude towards it.😂
    I at times don’t know what to reply to people. I guess even a thanks would be appreciated as at least it’s a reply but like quite a few I struggle with replies. I think that if you at least make a concerted effort to reply though then cool, you might/will miss some comments but if you can say that you actually do try and reply to most comments then it’s OK.
    It’s as you say, the blogs that never reply or even interact with fellow bloggers though. There’s a couple of well known fantasy blogs that are very respected and while I’m sure they are wonderful and amazing and great and are lovely people they don’t interact for sh#t. One I know is about a lot in FB groups and is friends with authors, etc and does seem like a decent person. But the other one f#ck knows why they are revered by all – and they actually state on their about/review policy that they don’t read any other blogs or reviews!
    I have nothing much to do with lifestyle bloggers. I follow a couple of book bloggers who dabble in lifestyle but I tire of their constant cheerful demeanour and nonsense. Do this, do that, I’m sharing my tips, my way is the right way, I’ll big myself up by putting others down (obviously in a nice way so people think I’m great and wonderful).
    It’s definitely hard to find the balance between it all. Blogging, drafting posts, writing posts, reading blogs, replying to comments and then having time to read books too. I guess everyone has to do what’s right for them and find a way to continue blogging whilst enjoying it.
    Twitter is a hard one though I have noticed that the only time big blogs seem to take an interest is when they are being mentioned by smaller blogs and apart from that they don’t interact on there at all.
    I think with the big blogs. I’m guessing that for most we all start at the same place. Sure, some will hit paydirt and get huge in a few days but for most (if it ever happens) it’s a gradual process that takes years.
    I guess, the question about them has to be, have they actually changed or have they always been how they are and it’s just more noticeable now they’ve made it big? Some people would ignore others when they reach the status of being a big blog, I’ve made it now, I don’t need you but others were perhaps always like that in the first place. Is it because they are now big or is it simply the person behind the blog and their attitude?
    Big blogs certainly don’t interact with small/new blogs though, they don’t like, comment or share and the non-WordPress huge ones don’t help out smaller ones at all as if mentioning a small blog review, etc would damage them, it wouldn’t.
    As you can tell, I have issues with the bigger or more established blogs at the moment and the bloggers who just because they have been doing it for years think that they have a monopoly on things. They state that we moan about being given a chance, etc and sure, we do (I do) but they don’t seem to understand that they are then also moaning about us and it’s the same sh#t all the time. I’ve been doing this ‘x’ years, it was ‘x’ years before I did this and ‘x’ years before I did that and they state that nothing is a given in blogging and we shouldn’t expect anything and that everything (free books, quotes, etc) is a privilege for everyone.
    Well, they need to realise that certain things in blogging are a privilege and a privilege for all. Even commenting and acknowledging the comments as they often don’t, too busy, just don’t interact or think others are beneath them, who knows.
    Great post, glad to see someone be prepared to tackle big bloggers and I apologise as I’ve written a really long tangent filled rant for a comment.😀

    • Thank you!! Like, what’s the point of even having a blog if you aren’t going to interact at all, the purpose of having a blog is completely defeated. Oh my gosh, I too tire of the constant cheerfulness of lifestyle posts that are all sunshine and roses. This past summer I decided to go back to school and I was working too, and it was so hard to find the balance between everything. And I love your point how we all started from the same place, we all started at ground zero. The only time I bring up how long I’ve been blogging is when someone asks and when I say that I still haven’t figured shit out.

      • Yep, we all started at the same place and I think some forget that when they feel like they’ve ‘made it’. Ha!😂 I’m the same, I’ll occasionally mention it but it’s like ‘I’ve been doing it this long and still don’t know what I’m doing’.😂

  6. I’m pretty sure this is also a case of “the bigger you are, the more comments and the more time you need to invest in answering them”. Honestly, I get your frustration – hell, I’ve had some bloggers reply to a comment I wrote TWO MONTHS AGO and I just sat here like.. “Uuh, okay?” That’s the time I’d rather have them not replying, haha.
    But I do get why it’s sometimes a hassle to reply to every single comment. I’m definitely not saying it’s acceptable, but I see where they’re coming from. I didn’t feel like answering comments for three days straight and then was at it for FOUR hours to get through them all. I can imagine the really big bloggers going nuts if they’d ignore their notifications for days on end..
    Apart from that: People shouldn’t forget the reason we started blogging. It’s to connect with people after all; to talk about something we all love and cherish. It isn’t about the numbers, about the stats. Sure, I do set myself a yearly goal for my social media but that’s more like a “hope” that I’d get there than anything else. I’m not consciously building up to it, at all. Sure, I check my stats once in a while but more to see what posts my followers deem more interesting than others so I can maybe adapt my schedule a bit.
    I do believe it’s a bigbig shame if bloggers don’t interact with their followers though. Sure, it’s time-consuming but a simple reply to a Tweet doesn’t take half a minute, really?
    Definitely an interesting post you put up here!

    • Thank you! I don’t even check my stats to see what my followers think is more interesting or to see what posts get the most traffic. One of my favorite things about blogging is interacting. That’s awesome that you set social media goals, goals can be great for motivation.

      • It’s fun to see how people go differently about their blogs, haha! And definitely! I’m pretty competitive myself which is why setting myself goals is a brilliant way to keep me focused on things I usually would start to neglect. I’m easily distracted from posting on social media daily, unfortunately.. :’)

  7. Interesting discussion as always, Ashley! I do think you’re right about seeing it more with lifestyle bloggers, but I don’t really investigate too much about the big book bloggers. I used to really care about the stats and stuff, but I’ve found letting it all go really is quite liberating and it’s all about the interaction between everyone that brings the most joy. But I do agree that even just liking or thanking the person for taking the time to actually put some words down on your blog goes a long way. Interesting points!

    • Thank you so much. I really love not stressing about my stats, it makes blogging more enjoyable and allows me to focus more on the interaction/discussion side of blogging.

  8. I don’t see the point in blogging and then deliberately ignoring your followers when they take the time to comment on your posts. It’s a shame because these bloggers could be missing out on some really lovely, supportive friendships in doing so.

  9. I never even look at my stats unless I’m updating my NetGalley info or if I’m filling out my stats page for the month in my bullet journal other than that I don’t keep up with it and I definitely don’t stress about the numbers. While I love all my followers and am thankful for each and everyone of them that’s not all it’s about for me.

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