I’ve always wondered why there is such a negative connotation towards book bloggers who get paid for reviews. I understand that many people think that being paid then ensures (read: bribes) the blogger to write a good review, but honestly, let’s start to move away from that kind of understanding.
Let’s be honest, unless you dedicate yourself to your blog full-time; i.e. pumping out blog posts daily, having an almost constant presence on twitter, instagram and pinterest, making money off just WordPress ads is next to nothing. And the prospect of gaining revenue off Google Ads means your blog needs Plugins but you need to pay for a Business plan and no.Although services like Netgalley and the graciousness of publishing companies and authors means that we do sometimes get free copies of ARCS or books, we really do what we do for no great monetary reward.
In saying that though, I didn’t start this journey because I wanted to make money; and honestly, I don’t think many people do especially in the book blogging community. I continue to be a book blogger mainly because of the community and friends I have found on here, and could not give an absolute fuck about making an income. Because this is what I adore.
But is it fair?
Booktubers make money off their videos. They’re not technically paid for reviews, but they are able to get sponsored by companies like SCRIBD or AUDIBLE, or even publishing houses and/or create an income via ad revenue, views etc. We do the same thing as booktubers, but instead of a camera we have a blog.
I remember once reading a Twitter thread talking about how it came out that a book blogger was charging people for reviews and other bloggers were talking about how ridiculous it was and selfish. But, like, people need to make money. Books are bloody expensive and WordPress is bloody expensive. So I understand why but I don’t entirely understand the negative connotation. Is it purely because if a book blogger is paid for a review, people seem to understand that as a bribe? Book bloggers provide a service so shouldn’t we be able to gain something to help ourselves to do what we love?
I’ve been thinking of setting up like a Ko-Fi or something, because any help is always appreciated, and I think from that mindset, I understand why this question has been bugging book bloggers for years.
I just find it interesting, personally, and I wanted to see what you guys think? Am I seeing this from a weird perspective? Let me know your own experiences and thoughts.
That’s it for today, friends! Until next time, happy reading!
All the love,