With the discussion about Tumblr blogs being/not being “real” blogs, I wanted to chime in with some thoughts of my own. This blog has been a life saver for me. A year and a half ago, I hardly read anymore, I had absolutely no one to talk to about books and I was not up to date with anything bookish related. This all change the second I made this book blog. I started reading more, because I actually had people recommend me books, I saw them talk about the books they were reading, I saw the opinions that they posted here, I was up to date with bookish news and inspired at the same time. I was no longer alone.
Little by little, I started working on my book blog. I started being more vocal about the books that I was reading, I started posting reviews, which, truthfully, did not get much exposure at first, but that didn’t stop me. I kept at it. I now have reviews that have over 150 notes, I’ve had a ton of people message me about the books that they have read because of me, I’ve had contact with authors - something I never dreamt was possible, I’ve started booktubing (and a lot of my subscription base comes first and foremost from tumblr), I’ve started requesting books from NetGalley (I hardly ever get approved, because of my location, but that doesn’t stop me) and I keep trying every day to better this blog because for me, it’s a legitimate bookish platform for recommendations and discussion. Yes, I reblog things. Yes, I post personal stuff. But at the same time, this blog allows me to be in contact with other people, to talk about the books that we read, to organize readalongs, bookish events; all sorts of amazing things have happened thanks to this blog.
So I am 100% on the side of Tumblr being a legitimate platform for book reviewing and discussion. And I’m sure I’m not alone in believing this.