Happy Friday, pals! Today I’m talking about not having a favourite genre and how that impacts being a book blogger.
Honestly, I’ve never really had a favourite genre. Mainly because I have a hard time choosing favourites in general, but also because I genuinely enjoy books from every genre. Every time I think I’ve decided my favourite genre, I think about all the other books I love from not that genre. It doesn’t really influence my life in any meaningful way, but it does impact blogging a bit.
Having a favourite genre makes it easier to find your people
A lot of bloggers have their main genre, and that’s how they get traction. Particularly, YA is the most popular; those who read YA tend to have the most followers or the most interaction, and the most hyped books recently have, largely, been YA
(or mistakenly categorized as YA which is another issue).
Having a favourite genre can make it easier to find your group of people, which can lead to more engagement. Keeping with the YA example, you find other YA bloggers and follow them because you enjoy the same books, and vice versa. You read and recommend YA books, and your followers (in theory) follow you because they enjoy that content. If you read and review popular mystery/thrillers, you’re probably more likely to have engagement from other people who also enjoy primarily mysteries/thrillers.
Not having a favourite genre can make it harder
First, it’s just harder for non-YA bloggers to be successful in general. How many popular booktubers or bloggers do you follow are solely non-YA bloggers? But that’s another issue.
But also, it’s harder for people to understand what your “thing” is. Do you read mysteries? sci-fi? fantasy? historical fiction? erotica? adult romance? When the answer is no, people can leave feeling confused and with questions: what are you going to read/review/recommend? is it something I’ll be interested in?
I know when I’m looking to follow a blog, I consider whether I’ll enjoy reading their posts, and whether I think they’ll recommend books I’ll actually be interested in reading. Assuming other people are similar, if I don’t recommend a consistent genre, they might not bother, especially if they’re interested in a particular genre. If someone is solely interested in mysteries/thrillers, and I only recommend maybe two books from those genres per year, how likely are they to consistently interact with me?
That’s not to say it’s necessarily “easier” for YA blogs or blogs with one specific genre to do better just based on that. But it is at least one factor that they may not need to think about. Being fair, thought, it’s not really something I think about either, except when it comes up. There are a couple of tags that are genre-specific that I don’t do, or when memes have genre-specific themes for that week.
Ultimately, I just read the books I want to read and the books I think I’ll find interesting. I know what I like, and that’s all the really matters in the end. Honestly, this isn’t something that bothers me or anything, it’s just something that I wanted to talk about and thought was interesting to think about.
But anyway, please let me know your thoughts! Do you have a favourite genre? Is that mainly what you blog about? Is that what you look for when deciding whether to follow a blog? How do you think it impacts your blogging, if at all? Let me know!