I get another lead from The Boston Bibliophile on the future of (book) blogging, on the heels of BEA closing.
Six years ago I started book blogging. The blog was a self-indulgent project by which I share my thoughts on the books read. The project slowly span out of control as it dawned on me that there were actually people who read my thoughts and contributed such thoughtful comments. That means I am the obligation to response and to interact with my readers. Blogging has certainly changed my habit as a reader, who is now almost completely depending on recommendations from a group of readers/book bloggers who share my reading taste. In fact, book bloggers had influenced me as a reader long before I drank the coolaid to start my own blog. I mentioned before that the growth of book blogs—with their diversity, the genres they cover, and the honest opinions—more than compensates for the loss of book publicity that traditionally represented by printed media like newspapers and magazines. This is why. Book blogs completely change how I acquire new books because bloggers with whom I share almost identical reading taste, have become my primary source of the next good read. I want to know what they are reading and what their verdicts are for the books on my radar. Following their scoops is like chatting with friends about books—and indeed they have become friends. How wonderful indeed to have book recommendation with a personal touch?
The future of book blogging should be bright. I don’t know if the number of blogs would continue to rise exponentially because I have the feeling that blogging in general, has plateaued, as social media like Facebook and Twitter, which allow people to communicate briefly and instantaneously, have taken predominance over blogs. If there are readers out there who dig detailed and in-depth book reviews, book blogs, at least a blog like mine, will continue to thrive. This is a fact, for most the book blogs from which I draw my next-read ideas still exist. Social media come and go, but a blog devoted to specific subject matter shall continue to exist and exert its influence. Compared to status updates on Facebook, blogging seems too big and impersonal, because I only blog about books. If the subject of books is what readers dig, the time it takes to craft sharp, witty blog prose is well-spent. Blogs should continue to thrive as long as readers appreciate prose. Like I said in the BEA introductory post, book reviews should be the main focus of any book blog and this will be the future of blogging—entries will be in longer prose form, but retaining that intimate touch of bloggers who share their passion about the books.