Okay peeps...I'm usually not one to state a whole lot of opinions but I just have a few things to say on the book blogging world.
I've been blogging since November and still consider myself a "baby" blog. Yes, I have over 300 followers but it's taken a whole lot of work to get there.
I've been seeing so many post's about "issues" in the blogging world that I feel like I must personally state my opinions. They don't count for diddly squat and I realize that, but it'll honestly make me feel better.
I'll probably hit on a few topics that have already been beat with a stick but I promise to keep the opinions short! Hopefully I won't lose any followers; I don't think I have anything truly offensive to say...so please no tomato throwing.
*grabbing my bullhorn*
*stepping on to my box*
- Do I actually care how many followers I have?
Sure I do! I'd be lying to you if I said I didn't! A lot of bloggers say that it doesn't matter and maybe some don't care but I think majority of us DO care. Blogging is a TON of work...We want to know that people are actually READING all of our work. So yes, I know my stats, I like to see them go up, and I won't sit here and tell you that I don't.
-Do I care that some only follow for contests?
Not really...a shocker, I know! I don't see the problem with people following just because I host a lot of giveaways. That's OK with me because when I have giveaways I only have about 30- 40 enter...that means that the other 200 something that didn't enter might just be here for content. Now I see nothing wrong with the contests....I enter them! I love them and yep, I win some books!
-Do I wish I had more comments?
Sure! But maybe I had nothing compelling to say on that post. Maybe the readers are busy...I don't post on every blog I follow...I don't have time and neither do others. Life is busy and I'm grateful for every comment I get. It's goes back to knowing that someone is reading my work.
I realize that some people don't like these and some people do. I enjoy them. I certainly don't see them as bragging. Granted, I think I get a lot of books to review, some get WAY more than me, but when I first started my blog I didn't know that you could receive books for FREE to review! I've always thought that these posts were fun...I love to see what others got and what they'll be reading. Do I get blogger envy sometime because of these posts? ABSOLUTELY! But I'll continue to participate because I like them. That blogger envy pushes me to work a little harder on my own blog.
-What do I think of Affiliates?
Nothing really...when affiliates started up, of course I wanted to be on that train! I did apply...yep...I'm putting that bit out there! But I was denied by an awesome blogger who has followed me from the very beginning of this blog. That was okay! I appreciated her honesty with me and I still think she has an awesome blog. In the end, I'm happy not to have to post anything I don't want because once again...blogging is a lot of work! So nope, I really don't mind either way if blogs have affiliates. My feelings aren't hurt because well...I was not a popular kid in school and always went along with my own beat.
-Do I have an opinion on Bad Blogger Behavior?
I think there are some bad ones out there. Simple as that, I don't think I committed any major taboos since I've started blogging and If I did...well, I was new and hope no one holds it against me. I've unfollowed already because I was appalled by a bad blogger but that's the end of it. I can't say..."oh god, I hope that so and so doesn't ruin blogging fro everyone!" That would be silly. I am almost POSITIVE that publishers and authors know who the bad eggs are and just won't work with those people. The blogging world is a big one and I think everyone will figure out the offenders when the time comes.
I've had a blogger plagiarize a review....not much I could do except point it out to the right people. I'm sure it has happened to many a blogger before me. There are always a few bad eggs no matter what you do. *shrug*
-Do you want to know what I think of negative reviews?
That answer is in my reviewing policy if you really want to know. If you look at it though, you will see that I probably won't post negative reviews. If someone thinks that makes me a terrible blogger than that's OK. They have enough other blogs out there to say bad things about books. That's not how I roll...I've been a very positive person my whole life and choose to look at all glasses half full.
-Are you in it for the free books?
Never knew I could get 'em for free! I started blogging because I wanted to talk about books. I'd be lying if I said they weren't an awesome perk. But again, blogging is a lot of work, so I don't think they should be considered all that "free."
I'm totally honored when an author contacts me to review their book. Let's face it, there are HUNDREDS of other bloggers they could have asked. *shrug again* It makes me feel special.
-Have you asked authors or publishers for free stuff?
*gasp* I have! For my 250 followers giveaway I sent out one email to my contacts. If they wanted to reply the could and if they didn't, well that was OK too. I didn't get mad or angry. It's not a big deal...Majority of the giveaway books are provided by my pocket but I am totally grateful for those who gave to me. (by their own choice..no pestering involved) I would say that I had a decent enough "working" relationship with these people to ask. I wouldn't contact an author if I didn't "know" them. Authors don't get copies like pubs do.
Now I am done spewing my thoughts for (and I know I didn't touch on nearly everything) I hope that you won't throw tomatoes at me. It's off my chest and I won't talk about it anymore.
Please note that this a collective post based on MANY different blog posts I've read lately. it's not directed at any ONE person, so please no one think I'm talking about you. I don't like to offend anyone so that's not the purpose of this at all!
*puts down bullhorn*
*steps off soapbox*
*runs before the rotten tomatoes start flying*