Lookin’ for blogs in all the wrong places…

I’ve been pretty much the world’s worst blogger lately.  I haven’t visited other blogs and left comments for several months, I’ve read like one book in three weeks AND I’ve been really bad at replying to comments, writing posts and generally doing the things that I want to be doing as a blogger.

And tonight finally feeling behind the game got to me.  It was time to do all the things – I replied to comments, wrote some reviews and then the very next thing on my list was to visit my peeps and read loads of awesome content and leave stunningly witty and relevant comments.  And it wasn’t just guilt, I LOVE DOING THIS.  I love seeing what other people are reading, what’s hot (or not) in books, reading discussion posts that have me pointing rather rudely at my laptop screen and shouting ‘YES, THAT.  EXACTLY THAT!” and generally trying to reach the limit of books on my Goodreads wishlist.

So I loaded up Bloglovin’, and got ready to open multiple windows and be slightly overwhelmed (in a good way) by all the things I’ve missed lately.

*insert crickets chirping here*

First thing that I noticed was the amount of promotional posts.  It’s not that I’m adverse to promotional posts – some of them are awesome, and I’ve also found new books through them that perhaps I wouldn’t have otherwise.  But there were SO many, and so many that were exactly the same.  And memes – I had to scroll down several times just to find a review.  I love memes – they have a place in the blogosphere for sure – they’re fun, they’re informative and I love seeing the creative ideas that bloggers come up with.

Time to change tack.  I go through my list of followed blogs looking for my favourites.  The ones I know have awesome reviews, unique content and that I generally feel connected to.

*insert cricket orchestra here*

OK, maybe they’ve had a few days or weeks off.  Hey, I totally get that, I seem to go through periods of it myself.  So rather than go through the feed, I go to their blogs.

*cue disbeliving multiple page refreshes*

Many of my favourite bloggers haven’t posted for months, or have put up notice that they are officially no longer blogging.  For a few minutes I’m just plain confused, and more than a little lost.  I mean, these people had such passion, such love and were so unique.  I’ll miss them, but I understand that life gets in the way, new things come along and sometimes you’re just tired and ready to move on.  Read more books for yourself, watch more movies/TV or actually *gasp* go and do outside things.   But I need cool bloggers in my life, so I mount a search for more.  I mean, readers are awesome, bloggers rock it out, and there are always new bloggers to find and get to know and make friends with.  I’m going to be fine finding new people to fill up my reader with awesome content and bookish love.

I take to my preferred stalking platform, Twitter.  I will find these bloggers I have yet to meet that make me feel bloggishly rejuvenated and bring all kinds of new stuff to the table and it will be 70 gazillion kinds of awesome.  And yet…something isn’t quite right.  Maybe it’s me, maybe I’m too particular, maybe I’m searching for something that is finite in supply.  But the new bloggers I DO find, and perhaps my stalking methods need some work because I don’t find all that many, don’t seem to have the same ‘feel’.  There’s a lot of generic blogs and very little information behind the person (or people) behind the blog.  There’s a distinct lack of soul and passion and general bookish love.

Before I go on, I am sure there are cool new, or awesome older, blogs out there that I just didn’t stumble across.  I have no doubt about it.  But I just don’t seem to be able to find them, and it’s actually rather disheartening.  And I really don’t want to offend anyone that doesn’t want to put their personal lives out on the table, or love promo posts or memes.  I’m just…feeling like I’m looking for blogs in all the wrong places.

Maybe I’ve been too disconnected, maybe I’ve spent far too much time only connecting with a certain group of bloggers and although I certainly don’t do it on purpose, it’s a possibility.  Or maybe, just maybe, we’ve lost that blogging feeling?  Are we, as bloggers, moving on to other pastures and there are less people moving in to fill the void?

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  1. You can look on Bloglovin’ at the ‘find blog’ section. I’ve found a couple of new blogs over there 🙂 Some of my favorite blogs also retired and it’s understandable and sad at the same time.
    Mel@thedailyprophecy recently posted..7 Deadly sins tag.

  2. I did read somewhere that book blogging was a “fad” and that it’s on the way out. That really depressed me! I think one of the best ways to find new blogs to love is to go to a post from a blogger you enjoy, and go visit the blogs of the people who leave comments on that post. I’ve found many like minded bloggers that way.
    Tammy recently posted..Survival is Insufficient: STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel – Review

    • I don’t know if I think it’s a fad, I think perhaps it was more popular in 2012/2013 than now. But that could also totally just be MY perception. I honestly hope that it doesn’t stop being a thing, it would be so sad!

      Such an awesome suggestion, I am definitely going to try that!

  3. I used to have a book blog, The Bibliophile’s Corner. I ran it for a few years, but something terrible happened. I seperated from my husband and lost the ability to get through a book. =/ It has been a year and half since we’ve seperated (currently going through the divorce process) and I have read less than 50 books in this time frame. I have NO clue what happened. But lately, I have really started missing it. I have added my favorite book blogs back to bloglovin (yours is clearly one of them) and I am toying with the idea of starting a new book blog. I miss it and maybe it will jump start my love of reading again.

    I don’t know why I felt the need to tell you this. But I did. 😀 I hope you find the blogs you’re looking for, my dear.

  4. I don’t know. I find new ones every day, and they introduce me to new Authors or books that I had never heard of before. I have only been doing this for about a year though, so my blog world is still very small. Plus I go through stages where I post all the time, and then there are times when they are only once in a while. Sometimes the whole book blogging world kind of blows my mind 🙂
    Paij Slater recently posted..THE BETTER MAN BY AMY VASTINE – BOOK TOUR / EXCERPT

    • It could totally just be me 😉 maybe I’ve gotten stuck in a habit and then it’s hard to break out of – maybe I don’t notice as much as I should do!

      It definitely blows my mind too! So much love, so much passion!

  5. You’re spot on here, actually. I don’t know if everyone is leaving!! I’m not sure. I know a lot of the awesome bloggers I love to bits are doing university and things, so they blog less….and I miss reading their posts everyday. 😐 I can’t stand promo posts. It’s just not my thing. I already know what books I want to read and I’m quite capable of searching for them if I run out (loooool, I will never run out). So promo? Meh. I like discussions and quirkiness! I WANT MORE OF THAT! And I also like bloggers who don’t hide completely who they are. I guess I understand people do it for protection and such, but I do like to get to know people.
    Cait @ Notebook Sisters recently posted..The To-Be-Read Tag || Basically I Hunger To Read All The Books of Ever

    • Yeah, my Bloglovin’ feed feels WAY emptier than it used to. I think lots of people are also posting less too. It makes it so much harder to procrastinate!

      I’ve never really like promos, and now they are just all same same same. It’s rather offputting sometimes. And yes, we want real people! Real people are tasty!. Um, NICE, yes NICE!

  6. I know how you feel! It is so sad when all your favourite bloggers start to quit. I think only a handful of the ones I used to love when I started out still blog. And I too am having troubles finding blogs that focus more on reviews. Many book bloggers don’t actually enjoy writing reviews, and it shows in their posts.

    Maybe I’ll have to try the “Find Blogs” section in Bloglovin Mel mentioned. I could definitely use some new blogs to follow 😀
    Celine recently posted..Announcing: Nyx at Night

    • I’m starting to think it comes and goes in waves, and sometimes it’s just my mood. But when I find review styles I love, I cling onto them hard!

  7. I know exactly what you mean! I feel like I’m on a hunt for bloggers that don’t exist. Because in addition to what you said about memes and promos, I’m also sick of reviews. So I’m on a constant hunt for people who post bookish discussions, tips, and even a few personal posts. I feel like there are so few book bloggers that do that.
    Ashley recently posted..The First Colour Coding Chat is TONIGHT!

    • That’s just what I was trying to put my finger on – I go looking for a particular ‘style’ of blog, and I just can’t find it. Maybe I’m too picky…IDK.

      I ALWAYS read personal posts – and it’s what gets me following in the first place most of the time!

  8. Like Mel suggested, I’d say got to the popular posts section in bloglovin’-You can filter to get only book blogs. I’ve found so many great blogs this way. Another suggestion would be to check out weekly recaps like the one at Oh, the books-They link up great posts from around the blogosphere. I found your blog via this recap! 😉

    I would also suggest expanding your blog reading by checking out non-bookish blogs. There’s so much wealth and inspiration there!

    It is quite sad that bloggers are now going hiatus or quitting blogging but for every blogger that leaves there’s 10 more who start so there you go. Good luck with your blog hunt! 🙂

    • I am totally going to do that right now. And I love those recap posts – I always read all the links to the discussion posts 😀

      I do follow a lot of non-bookish blogs too – the problem is they just make me obsess about other things like movies and shoes and clothes and nail polish. My bank account hates it 😉

  9. I’ve seen a handful of these posts popping up recently– Where have all the book bloggers gone?! I took a hiatus over the summer, and when I returned I noticed a shift from creative content to strictly promotional content– bloggers were defaulting to book blasts, and that’s like…an instant unfollow from me, honestly. How is that any different from spam? When I returned, I spent a lot of time cleaning up my feed reader. I went from 100+ blogs to…maybe 20, and that makes me sad. I loved all of these blogs so much and they just fizzled out. I’m not letting that discourage me though. I peruse people’s blog rolls. I click through the comments sections like yours, which offer the title of a commentor’s recent posts. And, I love when other bloggers have a dedicated weekly post that highlight the knockout articles in the book blogosphere. Maybe the book blogs that inspired us to start our own are gone, but there are still a ton of book blogs out there waiting to be discovered!

    • Perhaps it’s much more noticable when you have been absent yourself for a while. I also used to follow pretty much every blog I came across, so perhaps that’s why it leaves me feeling a bit blah – I wasn’t following just the ones I loved in the first place…ugh, trying to figure this out is HARD lol.

      I love blog rolls, but I don’t find them very often anymore..

  10. I find it hard to find new blogs to follow. I wrote a post a while back in which I asked how people found new blogs to follow. It was interesting to see, but most bloggers more likely have the issue that they follow too many blogs then too little. I like to find new blogs once in a while and some days I just have enough time to do some more blog commenting and then there aren’t any more blogs to comment on in my feed. Okay some days are busy as well and don’t have as much time to visit other blogs.
    I agree with you that some blogs just seem to do a bit too much promo posts. Sure I like a promo post once in a while, but there also has te be enough original content in between the promo posts. It can be hard to find the right balance.
    Lola recently posted..Sunday Post #92

    • I think the fact that I became so much more selective in which blogs I follow makes me feel like there are less…but maybe it’s just less that I connect with.

      Promos…seriously…

  11. I love reading (and writing) reviews, and there are a few memes I really like – but mostly, I’m not fond of promo posts, either. I can’t say I’m hurting for blogs to read, though – I can hardly keep up with the ones I follow. (I take that back. I can’t keep up with the ones I follow.) I have noticed some bloggers cutting back or closing their blogs, but I think a long-lived blog may be the exception. It’s really hard to keep up the consistency and quality and passion week after week, especially since people’s life circumstances change: they go into college or grad school, they start a new job or lose one, they get married or have a child or a family member becomes sick or disabled. I feel lucky to still be blogging after 5 years – though I wasn’t very consistent in the first two or three years, so maybe it doesn’t count as five. And I go through weeks when I wonder if I can keep going, if I should take a break, if I should ditch the review copies and just go back to reading whatever I’m in the mood for.

    As for finding new blogs, I seem to do that mostly through comments these days, and recommendations from other bloggers. That’s how I found this post, actually – through a link on another blogger’s weekly wrap-up post!
    Lark @ The Bookwyrm’s Hoard recently posted..Sunday Post – 9/21/14

  12. So many of my favorite bloggers quit in the past year. They were overwhelmed by trying to post consistently, felt it became a “job”, moved on – married/kids/school etc. It’s so sad because I enjoyed chatting with them all and I relied on them for their opinions.

    People seem to have less time to visit blogs either so the interactions haven’t felt the same.

    You’re also spot on about the promo posts. I don’t mind them but I don’t want to visit the exact same post 20 times in one day. Twitter has been feeling the same way too.

    Maybe it’s just the fall out from everyone jumping on the blogger bandwagon and it will settle out again. I hope so. I miss everyone.
    Karen recently posted..Review: Make it Count (Bowler University, #1) by Megan Erickson

  13. Seriously, what is going on right now?! It’s like the book blogging community is imploding and everyone is abandoning ship 🙁 I’ve also been seeing what you saw-lots of repetitiveness, spammy posts (under the guise of promoting books/authors), no personality in posts etc etc. There’s still some really amazing blogs out there, but I’m also struggling to find ones that I actually want to visit blech!
    Finley Jayne recently posted..I Have a Guest Review up Today at Caffeinated Book Reviewer!

  14. I hate that this is happening to you. I’m, fairly new in the blogging world, so, luckily, I haven’t had the chance to experience this. I’m still in that phase where I’m constantly finding out new awesome blogs I love. Honestly. I only tend to follow a few on a regular basis, and read almost anything they write about, because it takes a bit of dedication to do so, but I’m still discovering some great ones out there.

    Generally I get to them through other bloggers I’ve come to love and whose opinions I respect a lot, so maybe that’s the way to go. Find like minded fellow bloggers who can direct you to other like minded awesome bloggers. I sure think they are still out there and you just need to discover them.

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