Friday, February 4, 2011

Why I Blog

Wednesday there was a #YALIT chat happening on twitter and like with all things it can be good or bad. Last night seemed to be buzzing and the topic turned to bookmarks, buttons, bad reviews, and ARCs. ARCs are advance readers copies of books which are uncorrected proofs that go out to media in hopes of creating a buzz. After seeing a number of tweets that felt like digs at bloggers I finally turned twitter off. I normally try to stay away from drama because really there is no point.

I would like to talk about a few points of my own and what better way than my blog. I blog because I love books and I love talking about books. I tell people this all the time, I never set out to be a book blogger. I started blogging because my twitter friends wanted to know more about what I was reading and what I thought that couldn’t be explained in 140 characters on twitter. I went the first 4-5 months without knowing that book bloggers, arcs, review copies even existed.

Why does it bother me when I hear that book bloggers are in it for free books?
I own 460+ books and 10 of those were given to me by a publisher for review. I purchase the books I giveaway. I try to support every YA book event where I live and have purchased multiple copies of books when not many people show up for an event. I have traveled out of town for book events. If I receive a review copy I try to give away a finished copy in my next giveaway.

When an author sends swag they go towards giveaways. This also cuts down on expense for the author because they send 10 bookmarks to one person and we mail them out individually and in some cases internationally. In rare occasions that an author has provided extra special swag I giveaway a copy of their book to say thanks.

Bloggers shouldn’t bash books and authors!
I will never attack an author because I would never want someone to attack me. I firmly believe that not every book is for every person and just because I don’t like something doesn't mean you won't enjoy it.

How do I help promote books?
I host giveaways.
I donated close to 100 books to my local library, hospitals, and shelters during 2010-2011.
I shop library and school books sales
I promote and support events at my local indie bookstores

My goal has been to help promote books, authors, and share my love of books. You will find new authors, self published, established authors on my blog. Remember not all bloggers are the same and when statements are thrown out they affect both the good and the bad. I will continue to purchase books with or without free ARCs or swag and review them.


  1. I agree and had no idea about ARCs until after I started. I had to look the acronym up when I started following more on twitter. I was on the chat and just ignored those neg statements. Sounded to me like a couple of writers may have been burned by a blogger or something similar in the past? Or got bad reviews and wanting to discredit their influence? Just my opinion though. It was streaming fast and furious.

  2. This might be one of the best blogs I've ever seen. The information is so valuable for any blogger, reader or author. Thank you so much for sharing! I look forward to reading more.

  3. I just saw this! Sometimes #yalitchat has a tendency to be a lot of bashing IMO. People have their own opinions of things and need to respect that. As a writer (I'm published...but that's only for my thesis and work related things which trust me you don't want to review what legal mumbo jumbo I write), I would LOVE to have people review my books, especially ARCs before the book comes out. I think it does generate alot of buzz and really helps out the writing community.

    I just started reviewing books (yes I do get some from a publisher, but not all) and I really try not to post negative reviews, but I do give what I liked and didn't like about the book. I think if you can do it in an eloquent way then it's very useful to all readers and writers :)

  4. Great post!

    It kinda hurts me when people do it only for free books too. I feel like people should do it because they love it. That being said, I don't pay for most of my books. I usually win them online, get the free ones for my kindle, or order them from the library. Occasionally I get them for review. If they are hardcovers, I keep them. If they are paperback, I host contests for them.

    For me, just getting the word out about books helps promote :)

    I agree, bashing isn't cool. If I don't like it, I don't like it. I will do negative reviews if I finished it. But I try to point out the good and I never discourage others from trying it.

    Some books I've really liked or loved, others have hated (Halo and the Host).

    I kind of like negative reviews sometimes (not the bashy ones).

    Thanks for making me think :)

  5. I am new to book blogging and I have never recieved a ARC copy of a book, I love books, and thats why I want to review them, I would also love to get ARC's, but not just to get a free book, to get a chance to read something first and put my review out there and hope people like it. I think what you guys do is great and really would like to be able to host my own givaways, If anyone here has any advice as to how i can get more followers and how to get ARC's and swag so I can do giveaways and really get into the book blogging world, please, share your advice with me :) And check out my blog. Thanks :)

  6. I new about ARC's before I had a blog, but I had been following book blogs for almost a year before I became a blogger myself(which was just recently).

    And I promote books in many of the ways you do, plus I buy tons of books for my kids through Scholastic book sales and other means. Plus I visit my library 1-2 times a week.

    Thanks for posting this! :)

  7. Great post!! I agree with everything you mentioned, I hate it when you can tell that people are only in it for the ARCs and I also hate it when people bash bloggers thinking we're all the same way just because of a few bad apples out there. It's irritating!

  8. I love this post. I've only been blogging since septemeber or october. I can't remember that's bad. Not very long, but every book I have I've bought with my money. I will continue to by them too because I love the feeling of being able to go into a bookstore and look around. I kid you not I go at least once a week if not twice. (usually on the weekends when I just get paid and I'm off) I also love being able to talk to others about books. The people around me don't understand my fascination I don't think. Anyways, sorry for rambling.