If you think about it, book blogging is a pretty obscure niche.
There are so many people I know that proudly claim that they haven't read a book since 6th grade.
Yet somehow there are thousands of book bloggers like us out there, it's insane to think about the amount of book blogs that exist.
When you're part of the community, it doesn't feel like it's a niche market. But compared to fashion bloggers the number of us book bloggers is pretty low. So I wondered, how did all of you get into this? Feel free to share your story and leave a link in the comments.
I Was a Movie Reviewer!
I actually did movie reviews on a German site similar to Goodreads just for movies for about three or four years before I came across the first book blog.
I've always liked the thought of sharing my opinion. I'm a pretty opinionated person and I love to shock people with my controversial opinions sometimes. That's why I loved doing movie reviews, you can watch them in two hours max and cram out a bunch of angry reviews every week without putting a lot of effort into it.
...and then I discovered tumblr
This might be news to you, but I've actually had a book blog on tumblr named bookavid way longer than I've had this blog. I still spend way too much time on that site.
My passion for sharing my opinion without having anyone ask me for it eventually led to tumblr, the ultimate place for angry opinionated internet people. I was probably 16 when I made my first tumblr account and I went through all the typical stages, from fandom, to aesthetic blogger, to social justice. Eventually everyone will come across pretty pictures of books on their tumblr dashes. Only I was the person who didn't continue scrolling but decided to investigate.
The book blogging community on tumblr is very close and pretty much welcomed me with open arms.
If you're on tumblr, too, and also an active book blogger, you know that posting reviews there is like shouting into the void. You barely get any discussion there, which is what I craved and was used to doing from my days as a movie reviewer. I didn't know about Goodreads back then, so I fulfilled myself a life long dream to start my own blog.
I started out horribly, just posting review after review in the hopes that people would just find my blog somehow and start discussing with me. One year later, here I am still posting opinionated reviews, but actually managed to fill my blog up with content a little.
If you're a book blogger, I'm tagging you to make a post telling your readers how you got into book blogging. Feel free to grab the icon and leave the link to your post in the comments.