So I’m currently reading We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach (its pretty good so far) but I what I want to talk about is one of the characters. I will try to not give away any spoilers but basically this character creates a blog that becomes an overnight sensation. And I find this really interesting. Blogs are a relatively new thing in books, I think I’ve read one other book that has a blog as an important plot point. There was also a book released recently where a girl makes beauty videos on YouTube. The thing I find interesting about this is how wrong authors get the whole blogging thing.
In this and the other book I read (The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting) the characters both create blogs which become internet sensations, I know this is more interesting from a story point of view but it almost never happens. Like I have no memory of a blog becoming famous overnight. Yeah sometimes you get youtube videos that become famous, we had that thing over the dress a few months ago. But most people don’t set up a blog that becomes well known within a few days. I mean even people like Zoella or the Humans of New York guy had been writing on their blog for years before they became famous.
And the thing is I would love to read a book that has a realistic story about a blogger (I even thought about trying to write one), but I know a realistic story would be so boring that no one would want to read it. I mean most bloggers work for years and if they get lucky (emphasis on the if), if they get lucky their blog becomes famous. Most people never have that, they might be reasonably popular within a small group of people, but never famous. I just find it interesting how authors manage to get the whole blogging thing wrong considering how many authors have a blog now.
Edit: I just remembered that the most realistic portrayal of a character with a blog was in Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld. The character in this book is an author who has a Tumblr but only uses it occasionally, it doesn’t have many followers and it really doesn’t play a huge role in the book. Or any role to be honest.