I don’t mind at all if you leave a comment and you don’t agree with me. I don’t want you to feel like you can only leave a comment if you agree with me. I am a firm believer in being able to disagree in a respectful way so go ahead and tell me your thoughts on today’s topic. 🙂
I’ve been seeing this trend lately in the book blogging community and it really gets on my nerves. It’s no secret that I’m not a big fan of social media. I’ve never had a Facebook, I deleted my Instagram account years ago (when it started getting popular), I have no idea what the fuck Snapchat or Periscope is, and I just majorly suck at Twitter. It’s not talking to people that’s the issue because I talk to Nick and Megan on Hangouts all day every day, but social media is another story. I like jumping on Twitter from time to time to see news (yes, I get my news from Twitter) or to look up the accounts of some of the tv shows/movies I like, see which makeup brands are having sales, or just to see what’s on my feed from book bloggers/authors I follow. I may not interact much on there, but I do go on randomly a few times a week. I’ve already talked about how I don’t like this close relationship with bloggers and authors/publicists because it just makes things blurry, but another thing I’ve been noticing is that some bloggers/authors/publicists are under the impression or make the insinuation that only bloggers that tweet about ‘insert title name here’ book 100’s times a day or RT pretty much every tweet related to that book are more excited over other people who don’t do this..
I may not be on Twitter much and I’m certainly not gonna RT every post by that author or announce to the world when I get an ARC or when the book goes on NG or EW, but that does NOT make me any less excited over a book! I’m sorry, but I only have a very small amount of time that I could dedicate to blogging. I would rather spend that time reading, writing a review or discussion, replying to comments, checking my feed, or texting my friends about books we like and giving out book recommendations. I think it’s awesome if you have several hours to spend on social media spreading the word about books or book sales, and if I liked Twitter a little bit better, I would probably be jealous, but that’s just not for me and I’m okay with it. And even if I wanted to, I just don’t have the time, energy or desire for it. I don’t think it’s fair for your book excitement to be measured over how much you tweet about the book or interact with the author or publicist.
A few months ago, there was some drama about whether or not posting book mail on twitter/instagram was considered bragging and I remember a few people saying that you were supposed to post pictures when you got ARC’s and if you weren’t you weren’t being a good blogger. Um no, that’s not true. I don’t think there is anything wrong with posting pictures of your book mail or doing book haul posts (although I do think there are definitely people who do it in a braggy way on purpose), but insinuating that you aren’t being a good blogger just because you aren’t shouting your #bookmail to the world and tagging all your ‘friend’ authors/publicists is just plain shitty.
I’ve been noticing that there are certain publishers who are now mostly sending ARC’s to bloggers that are constantly singing their praises, and I don’t know but I think it’s unfair to other bloggers. I remember when I first started blogging, getting ARC’s was all dependent on how long you’ve been blogging and how many followers you had. Now it seems like that has changed and interacting with publicists online trumps all that other stuff. Sometimes I feel like a bad blogger for not properly promoting my reviews (other than scheduling my posts to automatically tweet), or posting pictures of my bookmail online, or update my reading progress every few pages, but this is how it works for me. I’ve tried to change it a few times over the years and it’s just not for me. I’ve decided to blog and review books for me, not for publishers.
I know it’s hard to feel like you are still relevant in the book blogging world if you don’t have an instagram, are taking pretty book pictures or if you don’t tweet about books constantly or going to book events, but just remember that none of that stuff is a requirement! There is no one right way to blog, so just do what makes you happy. Talk about books all day on Twitter if that’s what you like, post pretty pictures on Instagram if that’s your thing or don’t do any of it if it isn’t for you. I probably won’t ever get in the habit of talking about books on Twitter or joining Twitter chats, but I’ll keep supporting the books and author’s I’m excited about in my own way. For me, that’s through book reviews, WOW posts, memes, comments, emails with other bloggers, book look features, forcing my sister to read my favorite books, donating copies to my library, giving books to my niece and whatever else I think sounds fun. 🙂
What are some of your favorite ways to promote books? Which methods aren’t for you?
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