16 Thoughts Every Book Blogger Has Had At Least Once

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So, as book bloggers, we’re definitely a bit different than other bloggers.

You know, unlike mommy blogs, fashion blogs, food blogs, etc., we’re definitely a bit more niche than other blogs, and, frankly, those other types of blogs are ten times more popular than our blogs will ever be.

So, I’m sure we all sometimes feel alone in our thoughts, but I’m here to tell you that you are not alone my friends! As a fellow book blogger, I know there are a lot of thoughts running throughout my head on the daily, and I’ve always wondered, “Am I alone in these thoughts?” But, alas, you are not! And I’m here to list a lot of the thoughts that I have as a book blogger. Hopefully, we’ll find some common ground.


“I thought up this great idea, but I don’t know what to write about it.”

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The amount of times I’ve been like, “Ooh, such a fantastic idea for a blog post,” but once I get to my computer and actually attempt to write it and can barely come up with 200-300 words is astounding. Brain farts are always the worst.

“This book review sucks.”


Basically me looking at any of my reviews once I finish writing them. Though I will say, there are those rare times where I’m actually PROUD of one of my reviews. I know, what a miracle!

“Why is this blogger so much better than me in every way?”


Basically me looking at my favorite bloggers and fawning over everything they do and wishing I could be in their shoes and feel their success for, like, one day. Just one day.

“How do I even social media?”

thinking batman

That moment when you’re pushed to join a new form of social media, and you don’t know what in the world is going on, where everything is, how this will help promote your blog, how to change your profile picture from the default, or what what to say. Yes, even I as a millenial (or Generation Z???) can suck at social media. I am social media-challenged.

“Why am I working so hard on this blog and not getting paid for it?”


If I were paid monthly for blogging, I’d be able to buy all the books on my giant wishlist. But, seriously. I work so hard on this blog, and I love it, and I’ll surely continue to do it for free, but why can’t it be like Youtube where you get paid, even if you’re a smaller channel? Especially as a teenager with social anxiety who detests the fact that all jobs for me involve talking to people in high-pressure situations. WHY?

“I wish I had thought of that idea first.”

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Do you ever just scroll through your Reader, spot a post, read it, love it, and then suffer from a sort of hate/love towards the blogger because they always think of amazing ideas, and you wish you had their brain? I certainly do.

“What if I make someone angry writing this?”


Maybe it’s just the fact that I’m a person that likes to please people, or the fact that I post in the mornings and don’t check till night, but I’m always terrified that someone will get offended by something in one of my posts, and then blast me on Twitter, or I’ll get a horde of mean comments. This is probably a horribly unjustified claim (okay, it’s really not; people are VICIOUS), but I have these fears, okay?

“I wish my blog could be as gorgeous as theirs.”

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I’m a total sucker for a pretty blog, and even though I’m much happier with my blog and how it looks than I was when I started out, I am still constantly jealous of blogs that are just absolutely stunning and the blogger seems to be an expert on web design. Give me your skills, please.

“Why is this person more popular than I am even though we’ve been blogging for the same amount of time?”

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But have you ever stumbled across a blog that is super popular and has a lot of followers and likes and comments, and you realize you’ve been blogging for the same amount of time, and they’re ten times more popular than you. But why? Their content isn’t even that good.

(Okay, yeah, it is; I’M JEALOUS.)

“Is my blog even good enough?”


I’m sure we’ve all had a tiny blogger crisis when a post doesn’t do as well as we thought it would or we’re not gaining too many followers or your social media accounts are losing followers or it doesn’t seem like you’re moving forward, but everyone else is. We’ve all been there.

“How long does this whole ‘success’ thing take?”


I’m a very impatient person, so even though I see these highly esteemed bloggers with a large following on all their social media accounts and have a lot of followers and a lot of comments and have an amazingly creative brain, I’m over here like, “Okay, but when is it MY time to shine?” Like, I’m well aware that I need to put hard work into it, but I just want everything to happen to me RIGHT NOW.



But, like, I would. Seriously. I would do it.

“Why did this blogger get an ARC of this book already and my request is still pending?”

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But, seriously, when I see an influx of reviews of a book that I requested on Netgalley a month ago in my Reader, I get so incredibly jealous. Isn’t my blog good enough to get that ARC? Don’t you understand that I want this book with all my heart, soul, and mind? That blogger didn’t even finish it! WHY?


just do it

And this always happens with the books that I want THE MOST. When it’s an e-ARC that I just requested on a whim, I get accepted within the week, but when it’s something that I’m dying for, it seems like my request just gets ignored. Okay, then.

“How are people doing ALL THE THINGS and reading 35 books a month while I can only manage 5?”

tell me how

But, like, how? Please tell me your secrets.

“Damn it, I love blogging.”

happy sloth

Even though all these thoughts are running through my head, even with all my fears, even how much hard work I put into this blog for basically no reward, I can always say that I love blogging, and I don’t regret my decision.


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And those are all the thoughts that I have had on the daily when I blog.

I hope I’m not weird for having these thoughts so often. Please tell me I’m not alone.

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101 thoughts on “16 Thoughts Every Book Blogger Has Had At Least Once

  1. Couldn’t agree more with your post!! I am very new to blogging, and am still only setting mine up, but have already had half of these thoughts! Great to hear we are not alone haha!

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    • Thank you! Aw, welcome to blogging! It’s definitely super fun; I haven’t regretted starting my own! πŸ˜„ And, yeah, you will definitely learn that you’re nowhere near alone! πŸ˜„

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  2. Oh my gosh this is so relatable! I ALWAYS think β€œI wish I had thought of that idea first”, so often I see these great ideas and think I should make a similar thing/post but then it feels like stealing and then I never end up doing it. I already read quite a lot of books per month but still, I feel the need to compare myself with people who read even more, ugh why 😦

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    • Haha, yeah, I always feel so wary when someone has an awesome idea, and I want to do something inspired by it. Like, will they think I’m plagiarizing them??? Will people think I’m unoriginal??? So much anxiety about the whole thing!

      I’ve been reading next to nothing because I’ve been so busy, and it makes me so jealous to see all these people read 30+ books! 😩

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    • Thank you! ❀ Yes, I hate when publishers never accept or decline! I can’t tell if they do it on purpose or they just missed my request??? Like, GIVE ME SOMETHING!

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  3. Haha, I agree with so many of these, blogger envy especially! Blogs that have 10 times as many followers as mine, yet we started at the same time – how? I hate when I have an idea for a blog post and then I see someone else do it – that’s happened twice in the past couple months! Also, how do some bloggers read so much?? I think I read a lot, like at least 10 books a month, but that’s nothing compared to some!

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    • Yes, blogger envy is my weakness! So is ARC envy! πŸ˜‚ I’ve actually never had that happen to me, but it’d annoy me if it did! I always worry that someone will think I’m plagiarizing them even though I haven’t. 😬 I’ve been in a giant reading slump, so it’s been amplified. πŸ˜‚


  4. Oh my God it’s like you’ve been in my mind, it’s incredibly accurateπŸ˜‚
    I always think about those things and I laigh so hard while reading this post (also I’m glad I’m not the only one who wonders those type of things). I get so Jealous whenever I see someone get an ARC of a book I desperately want to read haha!
    And I sometimes wonder how some people can read like 40 books per month. I read a fair amount of books but maan 40 are so many!!😧

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      I’m glad you found this post funny! πŸ˜„ And same! That ARC envy is intense! I’m both happy for that person and extremely jealous!

      AND SAME! How do you have that time??? I have about zero, it feels like! πŸ˜‚

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      • Same! If only we could all have the ARCs we want πŸ˜ͺ
        Hahah I go to bed really late and wake up quite early, but usually on summertime I have more free time to readπŸ˜„

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  5. I find myself asking why I’m not being paid for blogging ALL THE TIME (not that I really think my blog is worth me being paid a lot for, but in an ideal world it would be fabulous to be paid). I love that you ended this post with a positive one because in the end I really do love blogging ❀

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    • I mainly want to be paid because I’m a teenager and can’t pay for books in any other way unless it’s my birthday, Christmas, or my parents are nice enough. πŸ˜‚ So it’d be nice to do something I love and get paid for it, in an ideal world! And thank you so much! ❀

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  6. I’ve felt everything on this list many times!! Especially wondering why I work so hard without getting paid! If I could ever time it right to start getting ARC’s again – those totally make it worth it!

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  7. I always feel like a lot of these. I have an idea journal because I always forget everything and I just have 50 drafts and it’s so hard to go back and expand on them sometimes.

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    • Yes, I feel that! I also write down a bunch of ideas somewhere for later! I also have a weird thing where at the moment the idea sounds amazing, but when I look back on it a week later, I don’t find it as appealing. πŸ˜„


  8. YAY, this post gets a million stars for being relatable. IT SEEMS LIKE all bloggers are doing so much better than me AND like ahem, ALL THE IDEAS HAVE BEEN TAKEN. And even when my inner genius comes out, and I come up with a super idea, I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT WORDS ARE. And haha, my reviews are always just like SAYING NOTHING. Like I’ll keep on re-wording ‘I love this so mcuh’. BUT my reviews are really good when i rant about a DISAPPOINTING book, so negative reviews are far easier to WRITE, but then the guilt like WILL THE AUTHOR KILL ME FOR THIS? Yeah, that too.And The ARC STRUGGGLESS. The only like REALLY good book I’ve got accepted for was One Of Us Is Lying, all the other books I AM DYING to read are all just pending. I’ve only been declined ONCE for a book and I didn’t even want it BUT for some reason it takes LIKE YEARS for soemone to accept/decline. AHHH, I can’t even…

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    • Thank you so much! ❀ Yeah, it really does! Who knows, maybe my favorite bloggers are super stressed out and don’t like their content?

      I FEEL THAT! I always feel like I’m just saying the same thing over and over in all of my reviews. πŸ˜‚ Or I’m being wildly inconsistent. Which is funny, because I’m sure literally no one cares BUT ME.

      Ugh, I swear, everyone got accepted for One Of Us Is Lying, and I was completely ignored. 😩 Even bloggers SMALLER than me got it. Like, what??? It really does! Especially the publishers that choose not to decline OR accept. Like ????

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      • Mikaela, I THINK we need to THANK You for your like AWESOME POSTS. Hmmm I never thought of it like that, like what if all the amazing bloggers ACTUALLY feel as if they’re not successful *strokes chin*

        MY REVIEWS NEVER MAKE SENSE. And when I do read reviews that are coherent, I BEG FOR THEM TO TEACH ME THIS WITCHCRAFT.

        OH NO, stupid publishers, you probably deserved One of Us Is Lying more than me.

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      • AW THANK YOU MAHRIYA; YOU ARE TOO KIND! ❀ Yeah, I’ve seen some bloggers that I consider big and successful say they feel like they don’t have their act together. πŸ˜‚

        SAME THOUGH LIKE WHAT ARE YOUR SECRETS??? Can you tell me hi you review books because I must know! πŸ˜‚

        Yeah, I think it was from Random House, and I haven’t gotten accepted for any of their titles. Ah well! πŸ˜‚

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  9. HATE/LOVE: Mikaela’s posts. I love them and they’re so creative but I WANT TO POST THEM ON MY BLOG AND LIKE… SHE’S TOO BRILLIANT??? XD I think everyone agrees with me here, Mikaela — we all have a hate/love relationship with your blog (leaning more towards love though, of course ❀ ). You forgot one thought though… "How do they have so many books???" Or this might apply only to me because I'm broke. *cries*

    And aww, I love how you ended this post! Because even though we have these crazy negative thoughts, we still love blogging no matter what! ❀

    (Honestly, though, this post is so relatable that I can't even talk about why I agree to everything. XD )

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    • AW MAY YOU ARE TOO KIND! ❀ That is so sweet; I’m so jealous of some other people’s brains, so that means a lot to me! 😘

      I DID OH MY GOD. That and “How do these people attend all the book events?” I might have to make a part two to this! πŸ˜‚ I’m broke as well, and it’s so frustrating to see people buy all these hardcovers monthly. I’M NOT JEALOUS WHAT.

      And thank you! ❀ I do love me some blogging no matter how negative it gets! I can’t resist it!

      (Aw! 😍)

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  10. Hahahaha, this is such a good post!!! I relate so much to the “How do I even social media” one. Honestly I have no clue how to use Bloglovin’ and Twitter!!! I’m only a social media wiz on Goodreads! Hopefully I can figure them out soon though!!!

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    • Thank you so much, Emma! ❀ Bloglovin’ is way easier to navigate and is actually pretty simple! Twitter I’m still learning about! πŸ˜‚ I used to be on Goodreads, but then I deleted it a long time ago, but I was pretty good at that one before I left! πŸ˜„

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      • Yeah I love goodreads a lot! And I feel like I would love Bloglovin’ as well I just need to figure it out!!!

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  11. Oh god!! if this aint the truth lmao xD
    I’m the β€œIs my blog even good enough?”, β€œWhy is this blogger so much better than me in every way?” and β€œI wish my blog could be as gorgeous as theirs.” at one
    struggles, man!! struggles

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    • Thank you! ❀ Yeah, I’m always like, “HOW??? WHAT????” But I don’t even think it’s a formula. Like, if someone asked me how I got so big in less than 6 months, I honestly don’t even know what’d I say. So, there’s that? I owe it to luck, really.


  12. Yes to all of the above. I couldn’t agree more with what you’ve said. Your first point β€œI thought up this great idea, but I don’t know what to write about it.” sums up me every time I try to write a discussion post. At the moment I have 5 ideas but every time I try to write out the details my mind goes blank so the ideas remain in my head. It’s a frustrating process.

    Blogging definitely feels like a full time job sometimes and while I love it I do wish we’d get some sort financial benefit, even if it’s a penny haha.

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    • Yeah! I totally get that ALL THE TIME! I outline my posts before I write them, and once I actually start typing, there are times where I realize it seems like I have nothing to fill up an entire post! πŸ˜‚

      Yes, same! It sometimes takes so much work and it’s basically my dream job, so I’d love to get compensation for it, but alas, nope. 😭


  13. Oh my goodness!! YES YES YES!!! It’s so wonderful to know that just about all my thoughts have made their way into your blog! Thank you for this post!
    I have just begun my book blog and have felt so lost as I’m totally technology deficient and am DESPERATELY trying to catch up with and get up to speed with what all the other book bloggers and Goodreads users are talking about!
    My huge problem has been that I’ll read a book and I totally will want to write a review and then in some way or another, what I come up with is NOT a review at all. but rather some sort of philosophical piece (if I can even call it that!). It will start out as a review and then somehow I’ll completely go off tangent and give a life lesson based on a theme I got from the book! YIKES !

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    • Yeah, I’m so, so glad this was relatable to you as a new blogger! I hope you’re enjoying it so far! And I feel you! I’m a teenager, and I’ve never had any sort of social media accounts before my blog, so signing up to them was super new to me! πŸ˜‚

      Haha, yeah, sometimes I feel like I’ll focus way too much on one point in my review and only have, like, two sentences about the other aspects. Whoops! πŸ˜‚


  14. I have blog envy all the time, particularly with regards to how lovely some of them look! I try not to switch WordPress theme all the time, but it’s hard when there’s something about it that’s driving you crazy and you can’t change it!

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    • YES, I FEEL THAT! I envy people who are brilliant with graphics and web design, because I am not! πŸ˜‚ And, yep; I changed my WordPress theme two times before I settled on this one because there wasn’t something quite right about them! This one has definitely been the best for me! πŸ˜„


  15. Ha! definitely true! My favorite is Why is this person more popular than I am even though we’ve been blogging for the same amount of time? Like, you only started last year and I started 2 years ago… You have over 25,000 blog views- I only got 7,956! Grr. (no hard feelings:)

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  16. Fun fact – I had not heard of NetGalley. I only started blogging last week – I’m looking at how media influences kids (sort of a weird crossover of book blogging and parenting blogging) – and I’m super glad you mentioned NetGalley because I have no blogger friends and it could have been years before I figured out that was a thing!

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    • Ah, that’s super interesting; I find that’s a combination that’s not really discussed! Yep, I only found about Netgalley through Goodreads and wasn’t familiar with it until I started blogging, but it’s a fantastic place to start out getting e-ARCs! πŸ˜„


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