Today’s The Good, The Bad and The Ugly post is about blogging. These are just MY thoughts on it. You can agree or disagree, and that’s perfectly fine! I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section!
One of the things I love about blogging is that I get to tell others about the books I love. I’ve never really had anyone to talk to about the books I like other than maybe a friend here and there, so by starting my blog, I’ve made so many new friends who not only love books, but in most cases, enjoy the same kinds of books that I do!
I love it when a reader tells me they:
- have read and enjoyed a book that I also read.
- read my review of a book/author they have never heard of and decided to try them out.
- loved one of the new to them authors they discovered on my blog.
- saw a book they were on the fence about on my blog, read it, and loved it.
- read one of the books I loved and hated it, but we can still have a reasonable discussion about it.
Another reason I love blogging is completely and 100% selfish. There is nothing in the world like the feeling I get at an event or even through email when an author or reader tells me they know who I am or that they know my blog after introducing myself. As a blogger, I don’t necessarily get the feedback that authors get through their reviews. There is no one there to tell me if I the review I wrote was well written or terrible. No one tells me if the post I just spent 2 hours on sucks. So when someone tells me they have seen what I do and like it, then it makes the time I have spent working on a post worth it. It can be depressing spending as much time as I do on a post to get no feedback. That’s why I appreciate it when you guys comment on posts!
I’ll admit. I do love the books I get from blogging. But while the books are a pretty awesome perk, getting to work with the authors is just as good, if not better. Growing up as an avid reader, authors were always untouchable rock stars in my world. I still have a skewed perspective of their writing process, but I know it only exists in my head and not in real life lol. Even if I had to shut down my blog tomorrow, the authors I have met during my time blogging has left me with such amazing memories, I’ll finally have something cool to someday brag to my grandkids about.
I love to write. I always have. But I’m not creative or self confident enough to even consider trying to write a book. Blogging gives me the opportunity to write what I want to write. I try to write about things my readers are interested in or can relate to, but I honestly don’t get enough feedback from you guys to know if I’m ever hitting the mark or not, so please, if there is something you would like to see more or less of LET ME KNOW!
Well, there isn’t too much that falls under the bad category other than maybe the time I spend blogging instead of spending time with my family. I’m up super late almost every night working on posts for you guys. And some days, I feel like I put more into it than I get back. When I have a day without many page views and I’ve spent the previous night frantically trying to finish a post so it looks just right before the baby wakes up, and I’m hoping I can get a couple hours of sleep before I have to get up with the kids, it’s hard. My husband complains because I’m always telling him, “I’m almost finished” or “I just have to finish this one thing”. He feels like he takes a back seat to my blog.
And for what? I rarely hear, “Hey, that was a great review you did on …” or, “I loved that post you did about ….” Hell, I can’t even get people that actually see my Facebook posts to respond to questions I ask about what I can do better or what they want to see more or less of on the blog.
My pretty little bubble has been burst. In my mind, the people in the book community are all like me. They think like I do. I mean, they read books, and anyone who enjoys books can’t be all bad, right? WRONG!
People are assholes. Authors, readers, hairdressers, physicists, cashiers, doctors, everyone. No matter what job they do, or if they even have a job, people are assholes.
I had no idea there was a such thing as “trolls”. There are people out there who go out of their way to tear each other down. FOR NO REASON other than to be a dick. Unfortunately, blogging brought all of this to my attention. There are bloggers who review nothing but books they hate. I don’t understand this in the slightest. Who the hell wants to spend the time it takes to read a book they don’t like? Who HAS that kind of time? Do they just hate books? Did an author steal their cookie in kindergarten or something? I don’t understand it. But it’s true. There are authors who will crucify and send their fans to harass and threaten bloggers who write a negative review of their book. And I’m not talking about the negative “review” where the reviewer talks about everything except for the book. I’m talking a legitimate review that doesn’t sing the praises of how amazing the author is in their infinite wisdom of writing their book. There is soooo much high school drama. It’s disgusting. I’ve heard of authors who have had “reviewers” wish cancer on their children and rape on their grandmothers. People are just…shitty. So please don’t be one of those people.
So as you can see, for the most part, there is more good than bad to the whole blogging experience to me, but like everything in life, I guess there has to be a little bit of bad for us to truly appreciate the good, right? Or it might just be that people suck. Lol.