Would I read more if I didn’t blog?

I often find myself wondering an interesting question: Would I read more if I didn’t blog?

At a first glance, the answer seems obvious: Of course. I love book blogging and it’s one of my absolute favorite hobbies, yet it can be pretty time-consuming to consistently post on a regular basis. Over the years I’ve changed up my blogging schedule, increasing or decreasing the number of times I would aim to post each week. Back in high school I remember being able to post nearly every weekday, mostly because I had more time on my hands and because I relied on fairly quick posts like reading updates, short tags, or sharing quotes or memes. During the summers in college I played around with posting four times a week, largely because I had so much content I was excited to discuss from my English literature classes. Now that I’m in law school and have little free time on my hands, I try my best to post two or three times each week. At the very least, I try to share a Top Ten Tuesday post and a book review, although this doesn’t always end up happening.

Let’s look at some numbers. Let’s say that each post takes about an hour to create, give or take. Some take more or less time depending on the length, complexity, and number of graphics I have to make. With this in mind, it seems as though I would only be gaining around three hours each week by not book blogging.

But at least for me, creating posts is not where the bulk of my blogging time comes from; rather, I’d say that I spend most of my blogging time engaging with the community. From reading and commenting on other bloggers’ posts, seeking out new blogs to follow, and replying to comments on my own posts, I could easily spend an additional three hours a week (or more) interacting with fellow online bookworms. This is the part of book blogging that I most adore. ❤ And don’t even get me started on all of the time I spend scrolling through bookstagram…

So, wouldn’t I be able to fill this time with reading if I didn’t blog? I could, sure. But would I?

To be honest, I don’t think I would actually read more if I didn’t blog.

Blogging motivates me to read more, not just from a logistical standpoint (the more you read, the more new books you’ll have to chat about) but also from an enthusiasm standpoint. Writing blog posts and discussing books with other bookworms in comments makes me feel so passionate about what I read and allows me to think about books from new perspectives. As someone who adored my English classes in college and participating in a dialogue about what I read, I really miss having that outlet now. But I’ve found that blogging and chatting about books with friends is a pretty great substitute.

While I may logistically have more time to read if I didn’t blog, I’m not quite so sure I would fill it with as much reading as I do now in my life. And either way, I wouldn’t give up book blogging for the world ❤

Also, I just wanted to say a quick THANK YOU to you all–the comments on my posts lately have been so incredibly lovely and I so appreciate each and every one of you!!

What are your thoughts on this topic? Do you think you would read more if you didn’t blog? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

56 Replies to “Would I read more if I didn’t blog?”

  1. I’m impressed you can blog two times a week while in law school! I went up and down and am now down to one time a week if I can manage it…but I also wouldn’t give up the bookish community for anything. I agree that it inspires me to read, even if it theoretically takes away more reading hours. I have definitely read more widely since I started blogging and reading other blogs, and I really value that.

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    1. Thank you! And that’s such a great point about reading more widely since starting blogging—I feel the same way! Recommendations from other bloggers have motivated me to read more outside my comfort zone 👌

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  2. I don’t think I would read more if I didn’t blog just because the average person can’t read all the time. I think it’s healthy to have other hobbies and interactions! If I weren’t blogging, I’d be doing something else– but probably not reading more.

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  3. I think I’m the same as you- if I didn’t blog, it wouldn’t make a huge amount of difference to the amount I read, but writing reviews on my blog is something I enjoy, so to do that I need to read! Plus, I don’t have a strict schedule when it comes to writing posts, so that’s why I don’t think it’d make a huge difference for me 🙂

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  4. I think so, definitely. Because even with WordPress, there’s so much that has to be managed, linking reviews, other sites, etc.; formatting the posts, sharing the reviews on social media. It takes a lot of time, time I can use to read more. But it ultimately comes down to my love for sharing what I am reading and how I felt about it. So, it’s a delicate balance with the plus point of getting to know about more books which I otherwise might have missed out on. Thank you for sharing this! It was lovely reading this and expressing my views on it.

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    1. Thank you so much! That’s such a great point, blogging can take up so much time, but it’s also so worthwhile 💛 Thank you for reading and commenting!

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  5. This is a very good question! If I wouldn’t blog I would have more time to read, but I would probably not read more. I already read quite a bit every day, if I would have more time I would probably look for another hobby (instead of blogging) haha
    But I don’t want to stop blogging anytime soon 🙂

    (www.evelynreads.com)

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  6. I 100% would read more if I didn’t blog! I read a lot more before I started blogging last year but I also wouldn’t change a thing. I enjoy scrolling through my reader every day even though it eats into my energy and time that I previously would have used to read. Because I love interacting with other bloggers, creating friends etc. So it’s an easy trade off for me ☺️☺️☺️💜💙💛💚

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  7. Coming from someone who has blogged for so long, through high school, university and now my working life… you’ll find time disappears faster and faster as life goes on. I wish I had all the time I had back in high school, but alas the real world comes calling. I’d love to say I’d read more… but it’s probably not the case 😅

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  8. This is so interesting to think about. Now that I’m trying to get into the habit of book blogging again I feel like I’m constantly reminded that it’s not only about the time you spend writing your post but also about engaging, and that takes time, attention and thought (at least for me) but this is the only platform I have to talk and fangirl and just basically express myself over the books I read and love. I don’t have friends that like to read, I’m doing my degree in International Relations and I don’t find somewhere to share this big part of my life. That is why I came back to blogging and why I missed it so much. My challenge now is to find a new routine and balance to include blogging in my life as I feel like I value it so much now ♥
    Thank you for sharing this post!

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    1. Thank you!! And thank you for sharing that story—I feel the same way! Now that I’m done my English degree and I’m in law school, blogging is such a great way to talk about books like I used to in class discussions 💛 best of luck finding that balance!

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  9. You nailed it – sounds like most of us are in the same boat! it’s probably the opposite actually, like we couldn’t read anymore than we already were so we found something reading adjacent to continue our love reading in another way. ☺️ Although I will say that I started blogging last year, and I ended up reading a hell of a lot more than I ever have before!! So in that case spending time blogging made me spend more time reading as well! 😂

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  10. I don’t think I’d be motivated to read more without my blog? But I’d definitely have more time! There’s always posts to schedule, comments to respond to, blog posts to read, and that’s not even counting Instagram and Twitter! It’s all so much fun, but it does take up a lot of time. Great post!💜

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  11. I absolutely love this post, Holly! I often wonder about this question myself, because when I first started blogging, I had no idea how much time I would invest into my blog. I thought that all I’d be doing was writing blog posts, but like you said, the majority of my time is consumed with interacting with the community. However, I’ve come to the same conclusion as you that I wouldn’t read more if I didn’t blog. Book blogging has really motivated me to read more books in order to have more content for my posts. And, this could be a good or bad thing, but being in the book community has also put more pressure on me to read as many books as possible, since people who read 10+ books a month are always praised..
    Great post!!

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  12. I find myself thinking about this too. Honestly, one of the reasons why I stopped blogging for awhile was due to that overwhelming feeling (or that pressure) of keeping up with the reading and the blogging. But as I read through this post I just realized that I really just need to try to balance out the two and not put pressure on me because that will make it more difficult.

    Btw, i’m new to your blog Holly 🙂 Can’t wait to read more of your future posts! ❤️

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  13. I definitely agree with you! I think that even if I didn’t blog, I would find some other way to pass the time and I would read a comparative amount.

    But what I find most interesting is that blogging actually helped me start reading more! I did a guest post about this for Shattering Stigmas, but basically when in my first year of college my mental health was really suffering For some reason my anxiety wouldn’t process words unless they came from a textbook, so I was unable to read for pleasure. That July when we started our blog, I slowly regained my ability to read for please since I tricked my anxiety into letting me read for the purpose of creating content for the blog.

    I don’t know how much I’d read if I didn’t blog, but I definitely know that blogging helps me read through stressful periods in my life, including my past 2 years of college!

    Great post!

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    1. That’s so great that blogging helped you start reading more! Such a wonderful story, thank you so much for sharing it ❤ I feel the same way, I always turn to blogging and reading when I'm stressed–it's such an amazing constant to have ❤

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  14. Such an interesting topic! Since I’m a very new blogger, I can say that my level of reading is the same. In fact, I might be reading slightly more?? I think because I want to share what I’m reading… But, I do only post about twice a week. I didn’t want to overwhelm myself as a newbie, so I try to stick to Top Ten Tuesday, reviews, a few tags, and monthly wrap-ups. Then I try to add a few more discussion-style or thoughtful posts a few times a month. I’m hoping as I become more comfortable with blogging and learn more, I can post more often. Great topic!

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  15. I’ve definitely started to read more after creating my book blog, so it’s a huge perk. It also motivates me, because everyone is screaming about great books that I also wanna read and it’s nice having someone to talk about books. In the short term, I think not blogging might help my reading, and that’s why sometimes I skip posting … But in the long term, I’d probably not be /as/ motivated to read. :/ Great post, Holly!! 😀

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  16. So agree with this!! Blogging definitely takes up a lot of time! Not to mention blog hoping, commenting, and discussing books with other book lovers ☺️ I probs would read a lot more if I didn’t blog but I feel like I wouldn’t have as many great recs to choose from if I didn’t blog either! Great post 🙂

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  17. Such an interesting post idea! I agree that I don’t think I’d read any more if I didn’t blog. I feel like I’d actually read less because anytime I read posts from my fave bloggers I get more excited to read! (& Get more amazing recommendations!)

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  18. What a fascinating post, I’ve asked myself that very question a lot ever since I started blogging. Blogging takes a whole lot of time, time that, yes, I guess could be filled with more reading… or maybe something else entirely. I completely agree that blogging gives me that reading motivation I never had before, or at least not to that extend! I mean, every time I blog or read blog posts, I’m inspired to discover new reads and this, in a way, just makes me want to read more and more. We just need way more hours every day ahah 🙂

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  19. Yeah I don’t think I’d read more if I didn’t blog- even if I technically had more time (and I can kinda tell this from the fact, just according to my stats, I’ve read more in a year since I started blogging- which could be for other reasons as well, like being out of education, but I can at least say it’s not making me read less 😉 )

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  20. I arrived at this conclusion as well when I read the title of this post. In theory, yes that would free up some time, but blogging, the community is what keeps us in this insider side of all the bookish things, and the way we discover more books.

    That said, sometimes blogging can get a little overwhelming and it’s nice to enjoy a book without worrying about reviews or responsibilities, but it’s even better when you have a groove and find a rhythm to make it work.

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