I discovered Blogging for Books toward the end of 2014. For those who don’t know what it is, Blogging for Books is a website created 10 years ago to help bloggers connect with publishers to get access to books for review purposes. For someone with such a small blog like my own, it was a boon. Unless you have a minimum of 5,000 followers, most publishers don’t want to work with you. Trust me, I’ve tried. Back in 2014, I wished that I had found the website sooner.
As of this week, the closure of Blogging for Books was announced. Saying that I was sad when I heard the news is an understatement. I’m now back to floundering as a small time blogger. And I am always going to be a small time blogger. I did a weekend workshop once with people who all wanted to be food journalists (not necessarily food bloggers, so I was a bit out of place), and several people were amazed that I had absolutely no ads on my site. Unlike my classmates, I was the only person who blogged purely for fun. I don’t want to turn my hobby into a job. I don’t want to churn out content everyday or every other day. Food blogging has always been an outlet for me. It’s a place where I can funnel my experiences and thoughts on this one subject that is important to me.
So here’s my good-bye to Blogging for Books. Its value as a resource to me can’t be quantified easily. I can only hope that I can find a replacement, or that publishers will one day take this little blog of mine more seriously.