Hi! My name is Chelsey, and I am a book addict. I am also a drama addict, but only as long as it’s drama in my favorite TV shows, movies, or books. There’s been way too much going on in the blogosphere though. I feel like we’re all forgetting why we’re doing this in the first place: love of reading and sharing that love. In the year I’ve been blogging, I’ve never spoken up anytime something controversial was happening. Maybe that’s because sometimes I missed out on the event entirely. Who knows. This time I am, because January has brought the apocalypse. I can’t remember a month in the last year with more drama.
First off we had all these different author/agent/blogger nasties going around. Authors, I get that these books are your babies. Yes you are going to be disappointed about every single negative review. And yes, some of those reviews will be bashing you and/or your book. We’re only human. We are not perfect. I know you feel the urge to strike out at that person, it’s understandable. But it’s not acceptable. That’s one of those times you need to be the bigger person, and reread your positive reviews. But don’t rig the system by voting them above others. Again, unacceptable.
Bad behavior by either party isn’t going to necessarily chase me away from a book, especially if it’s one I’ve been looking forward to for months. I honestly don’t think a story should suffer just because the person who created it, or readers who read it, temporarily forget how to act maturely.
Second, and last of all. ARCs. Everyone wants them. And I’ll admit, yes even I am dazzled by ARCs. But they’re not why I got into blogging. I discovered book blogging through the weekly In My Mailbox meme. I loved seeing what books everyone was getting, whether they were for review or bought by the blogger. I discovered many books that I may never have heard about without blogging. I’ve lost count of how many books I bought in 2011, but I’m sure it was well over 100. Now you might stop and think “Oh but Chelsey reviews a lot of ARCs”. And you’d be right. BUT! They are not my ARCs. I get them through a tour site. Honestly, I love the idea of tour sites. I really think publishers should set up something like that for bloggers and get more bang for their buck. Then there wouldn’t even be the issue of oh that blogger has so many more ARCs than I do. As I said, I’ve been blogging a year now, and I’ve reached over 1,000 blog followers. I do not however, have publishers banging down my inbox with review requests. And you know what? That’s just fine with me. I’m not going to stop blogging just because I don’t have contact with all the YA publishers. I have plenty to read. And even if I didn’t, I could always go to the library.
Jealousy is an ugly thing. We all feel it at some point or another, but that’s when we need to step back and take a breath and remember that just because you might not be rolling in the ARCs doesn’t mean your world is ending, or that your blog is unsuccessful. Remember why we all got into blogging in the first place: Love of reading and sharing that love with others.
I’m sorry if that seemed long-winded and somewhat rambling, but I needed to get it out. This is not directed at any one person, and no offense is intended.