I know a lot of people who think that my choice to be a book blogger is really equivalent to being permanently unemployed, and some days I feel like that too. It can be tough making money this way for sure, which is rather discouraging. But as far as whether this sort of lifestyle is a job, and ‘real work’, imagine this-
I spend ~1hr each day entering all the book giveaways on Goodreads that seem relevant to my blog and interests. I spend another few hours each week browsing through the listings on Netgalley and Edelweiss looking for new titles that I should add to my reading list and/or blog about. I also spend several hours each day on my own blogs, bubblews, PersonaPaper, facebook, twitter and Pinterest, In order to have an audience on your blog, you MUST have a broader audience on your social media, and if I neglect my social media and stop posting interesting content to those sites, my audience will fade away and won’t be there when I am posting links and information about my own blog content.
And then, there’s the reading. If you’re someone who hated reading in school and avoided it at all costs, this life will sound awful. Even for many avid readers the idea of reading on average one complete book each day sounds pretty tough. Today I will probably finish 3 books, including a new biography on Elvis Presley, a new YA fantasy novel about pseudovampires and a Buffy-like hero, and a spy thriller. When I finish a book I have reviews to write about it, and there are always more books stacked up to read next, all day, every day.
There will be more to this job as it evolves, too, because once I start making money there will be financial accounts to keep track of, taxes to pay, and plenty of paperwork. I am learning how to do the programming to design my own wordpress sites and to design custom tumblr layouts, and this winter I’ll be redesigning my wordpress main blog and my Ravenmount Books tumblr. I’m also gearing up to offer a freelance column to the local newspaper.
Frankly, a ‘real’ job in a similar field would require far less work for a far bigger paycheck, but it is nice to have my own blogs, and so far in my sad little neck of the woods there are very few jobs where I could work for someone reviewing books and writing about them.
So, I’m off to ‘work’ for a few hours, reading some more about Elvis. What are you reading today?