Bookblogging and Mental Health: The Empowering and Supportive Community of TheWriteReads


Today, I’m coming to you with a slightly different post, but one that matters all the same. I’ve put it within my ‘Mental Health’ series because, for me, this is where this discussion belongs. And what is this discussion, you ask? Mainly, I want to talk about the impact that TheWriteReads and TheWriteReads community, has had on me. Not only in terms of my blogging, but my mental health.

Firstly, if you don’t know who TheWriteReads is, it’s an account run by the EPIC, AMAZING and FREAKIN WONDERFUL Dave, so be sure to check out all the social media handles that I’ll have at the end of this post.

So, when I was initially approached by Dave from TheWriteReads, I was so incredibly happy, oh my god. At that stage, I was a pretty small bookblogger – I think possibly around the 150-200 followers on Twitter mark, so relatively new and relatively small. But not only that, it was also incredibly lonely.

That’s the thing about blogging that not many people really talk about – the loneliness, the feeling of not being seen, not feeling wanted and not feeling like you belong within this sort-of huge landscape of ‘book bloggers’ on the internet.

So, when Dave approached me about this incredible idea of bookbloggers coming together, I just knew that this was something I wanted to be apart of, and it was the actual best thing I have ever done.

Let me just gush for a second (and by second, I mean the entirety of this post):

The community that TheWriteReads has legitimately single-handedly created, is the reason why I’m still blogging today. For me, I have forged incredible and suporting and wonderful friendships as a result of being apart of this community. You have no idea how much I treasure the people who have become such a fundamental part of my own little bookish community – people who I adore, who share similar interests to me, and where we support each other.

I freakin’ love it.

And although my social media presence at the moment is a bit everywhere (BECAUSE OF STRESS), THEWRITEREADS SQUAD KNOWS THAT I GOT ALL OF THEIR BACKS.

For the past twoish years (I’m saying twoish), I have been having fun and looking forward to blogging and enjoying interacting and engaging with everyone online. The fact that we are bringing exposure and support to the community of bookbloggers is a huge benefit and is one of the main ways I have been able to connect with so many amazing bloggers.

I could sit here and talk about my stats in detail, but I’m just going to say that the exposure, engagement and support is monumental. The days in which I am a featured blog or review, are the best days in terms of views and engagements for my blog. It enables bloggers to come together to interact and talk/rant/discuss/fangirl about bookish topics and books that they are passionate about and it is so pure, so wholesome – MY HEART IS SOFT JUST THINKING ABOUT IT.

I don’t think I’ve done a very good job articulating the love I have for this TheWriteReads community, because it is immense. I would not be here if it wasn’t for this community and most importantly, if it wasn’t for Dave of TheWriteReads. Dave himself has been such an amazing figure in the book blogging community but also such an incredible friend. Dave has such a love for this community and he is so passionate about the community and it is so obvious because of how committed and dedicated he is. He is legitimately a Superhero. I called it. DAVE ARE YOU SECRETLY A SUPERHERO???????????????? I’M ONTO YOU. But, on a serious note, when I was going through some Mental Health Shit, Dave was one of those wonderful human beings who was checking in and just being all-round amazing and I will never forget it – he has my unconditional support, y’all.

This community is the best thing that has ever happened to me, and I just wanted to take the time to convey how important this community is to me and how grateful I am for TheWriteReads for its creation and its continuation – because I seriously don’t know where I would be without the support of the gang.

If you’ve read through all of this gushing, thank you so much! That’s all for tonight.

Until next time, friends! Happy reading!

All the love,

Allie

xx

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2 thoughts on “Bookblogging and Mental Health: The Empowering and Supportive Community of TheWriteReads

  1. You’re so right about the lonely aspect of it. I know that I’m still very new and I don’t have a bunch of followers or engagement yet (I have already gained a lot more since moving to WordPress). There are a lot of times where I feel like that, and it makes me want to stop altogether, but then people like Dave and some of the other people I’ve gotten to know will remind me that I don’t want to leave. I really like that you wrote this ❤

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