Happy Sunday all you absolutely beautiful book nerds. Today’s Stop & Chat is a top I’ve been sitting on for a while because I wasn’t sure how it would be received. Then I remembered that I don’t really give a damn and this is my space so I’m going to talk about what I want to talk about.
(FYI I may have made this decision after two glasses of wine and a girls night O_o)
Any who! Today’s topic is….well the title sort of speaks for itself doesn’t it? Blogging is not a competition! It is not something we do for awards or recognition or to have some silly title. Or it it?
Advance Reader Copies. Exclusive author interviews. Exclusive cover reveals. Book Expo America Press Status. Are these not trophies? Are these not ways we are validated for our countless hours of hard work? Hours spent reading (ok that’s not “work” but still!). Hours spent standing in signing lines. Hours spent crafting reviews that are informative but not spoilery. Hours of researching new releases/series possibilities. Hours of creating graphics. Hours of managing twitter/instagram/facebook/youtube/snapchat/whatever else you use. Don’t we spend all this time and energy so publishers like us? For publishers to pick us when they want to properly promote an awesome book? And what exactly is wrong with this? What is wrong for wanting a pat on the back for a job well done? Or a cookie for doing so well on something?
You see…I think it’s human nature to want to be rewarded for working hard. But when does that cross the line into competing with other bloggers? I see so many people trying to “one up” each other and I think a lot of it occurs on a subliminal level. If you ask any blogger WHY they blog, the default pageant answer is always “because I love it and it makes me happy!”. No one ever says “because I love getting books before the rest of the population and bragging about all the things I get to do with authors or publishers”. No one says this! Yet….a lot of people imply it. I’m not calling anyone out or pointing fingers. Believe me that’s not what this discussion is about! What I’m doing is asking. Is blogging a contest? Is it something we do because we like being known in the publishing industry? Because we want to be the go to to promote things? Because we want to be able to say “I got this/did this/accomplished this, first!”? Yes it makes us happy to share our love of books with other book nerds and I’m sure that makes up a good 85%-93% reason for WHY we blog, but; deep down do we really look at it as a contest? As a means to prove something to the book community?
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