Wow, just when I feel I have something to say…my internet slows down (inversely proportionate).
It reminds me of when I was a little kid—I was old enough that I could write, but didn’t know cursive yet. I had a story in my head that I just HAD to get down on paper—but my pencil couldn’t keep up with the speed of my thoughts. I ended up dictating the whole thing to my mom.
And I feel like that now—The slower my internet connection is, the more I want to write about. Although, I guess I shouldn’t completely blame the internet… I feel like I have bundles of inspiration coming out my fingertips, and I don’t know where to start—I want to READ, and tell EVERYONE ALL about what I’m reading…I want to WRITE. I want to read the next thing on my list…Then the gears start turning in my head—I’ve mostly been reading YA, but then I read something not YA, but I still want to share it, because it was GOOD. And my book budget has been pretty minimal lately, so I’ve been hitting my tbr shelf, many of which haven’t even been released this century…And then I read a couple of COMPLETELY. AMAZING. books. ABSOLUTELY. FANTASTIC. And also, kind of on the serious/mildly depressing side, so I’ve been wondering if it’s a good idea to review them so close together—even though I was just in the kind of mood for that kind of reading… I was even wondering if it’s a good idea to put so many good reviews together?—Does that make me sound easy?—Or does it just speak to how many AMAZING novels are being put out there for us???
And then part of me keeps hearing weird whispers and goings on in the book world—questions about whether book bloggers are valuable to the book industry—and also my little rant the other day, about how I felt a particular author was being bullied. And then I just heard that one of my favorite authors was fired from one of my favorite series??? And does anyone even care what I have to say?—Would it make a difference?
Yeah, yeah, paranoid much?
And then I started realizing that all my indecision has lead to a lack of…what I love. Because I’m too much in my head, just winding myself up.
So then, I started thinking of what I think about other bloggers, why I like the bloggers I like.
I like the reviews, yes…I like seeing the new books, yes…But I also like the sharing…I like the how to’s, the Q&A’s, I like hearing other people’s opinions, not just about what they like or don’t like, but about random things that are going on. I have my moments where I cannot physically BE WITHOUT A BOOK—I have this ravenous hunger that only a book can fill. And I have my slow days, days when I want to watch tv, or have a life (it could happen). I’ve read a couple of blogs where the blogger said they needed some down-time—And, honestly, it’s a relief!—Because I see some bloggers who do it every day without breaking a sweat. They are my heroes!!!! But I can relate to the other bloggers.
And here’s what I would say to any of them—Things happen; don’t put so much pressure on yourself, I like you/think you’re cool, and I’ll be here when you get back. No worries.
And while I totally plan to see what I can find on the blogger dissing (because I’m of a curious and nosy nature), here are my thoughts:
I blog because I like books, I’ve always liked books, always will. This would be my dream job, I would be in heaven to get paid to do this—But I do it for free, because I love it, and want to share the stuff I love. I don’t do it for free books, but that doesn’t mean I would turn them down, either. Also, if something is free, I’m more likely to try something out of my comfort range (*THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO VEGATABLES*).
Personally, I’m not big on negative reviews—20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, aside, I’ve rarely come across a book I didn’t enjoy. Maybe it’s not going to be one of my favorites that I’ll read over and over for the rest of my life, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t like it or didn’t enjoy it. But I’m also not going to lie about it—I’ll tell you what I liked, and I’ll tell you what I loved, but whatever I tell you, it’s honest. And that’s me.
And that’s not saying I’ll never write a negative review, either. But mostly, I want to share things I enjoy; I don’t want to waste time on the things I don’t. For example, I never like to read (professional) movie reviews, because they’re almost always negative—I look at them and just feel sorry for the critics—Here you are, a person with the most amazing job in the world, but it’s like you go into the theater planning to pick apart the movie—Sucks to be you! But book bloggers (or at least the ones I read) are different, we’re full of love and passion, and we look longingly for the next amazing thing that we can love. And the few negative reviews that I have read always come with trepidation, the blogger doesn’t WANT to be negative, but the blogger has something they want to say, and they don’t want someone else to be disappointed the way they were. The negative reviews don’t come from people looking to knock down other people; they aren’t thrown together haphazardly—even the negativity comes from love, and it comes with considered thought and reasoning as to why it didn’t sit well with the reviewer.
But that’s just my experience.
And my final thought to anyone who doesn’t like book bloggers is, so what? I don’t know anyone who’s blogging out of anything but passion, people blogged before there was free stuff, I’m pretty sure lack of free stuff isn’t going stop most bloggers, if that’s your issue.
But I don’t want to just leave you with my words; here are a couple of posts that really moved me, so I’d like to share the links with you and invite you to check them out:
Update—Just found this AMAZING post by Story Siren, Blogging Retrospective and Confessions—Obviously lots of goings on going on in the internet world, but this is definitely a MUST READ!!!
Happy weekend everybody!!!! (just remembered my sis has off tomorrow=3day weekend=Buffy the Vampire Slayer Marathon!!!!)