This post is a spin off from Jessica Bell's, in which she questioned the direction blogging is headed. I agree with her sentiment on many levels. There was a time a few years ago when bloggers posted interesting topics, and many still do, but we're also inundated with book promos.
I think this happens for two reasons:
1. With the onslaught of self-publishing, there's a ton more authors hoping to have their books highlighted in some way.
2. Since the innovation of actual Blog Tour companies, people are actually making money off of knowing bloggers and soliciting their help.
I have mixed feelings about #2. Don't get me wrong, I see the benefit for the author and the company. Authors are extremely busy, and hiring someone else to arrange the touring is a load off one's mind. And arranging a blog tour IS work, so if you're handling it for someone else, you SHOULD get paid.
I've been blogging for three years, and I've worked hard at it--treated it like a job, and enjoy it immensely. I really VALUE the relationships I've cultivated with other bloggers, and when they need me to post a book promo or cover reveal for me, I'm more than happy to assist them.
That part is lost when I'm posting for authors I don't really know. Authors I barely know ask me to post for them all the time, and while I'm happy to help when I can, most never even stop by my blog to say thank you.
That, I don't understand. The friendship and etiquette has been lost. Same with most blog tours I've participated in with tour companies. I see no benefit to the blogger whatsoever. Why am I taking time to be part of an author's paid blog tour service, when the author doesn't stop by my blog, nor does it add any additional traffic from other bloggers? (not all authors are guilty of this)
This isn't true for every service, but with most I've participated in, this has been my experience. So what's happening to the art of blogging? I wouldn't say it's gone down the drains completely. Many of you who frequently visit and comment on my blog have become true friends to me. I know I can email you anytime with questions, and hopefully you know that about me too. We've established something more than just, "Here look at me and my book."
This is why I continue to blog. Because I want to maintain those friendships that are important to me. I know this won't turn into enormous sales when my book is out, but I'm okay with that. I've done my homework and know I need to be on Twitter, Facebook, and GoodReads to effectively promote my book. But I want to SHARE the experience with you, my blogging friends who've been with me on this journey for so long.
With the inundation of book promo and cover reveals on blogs, some of this "bonding" is lost, because these authors who are eager to jump on the blog bandwagon without having put in the time it takes to cultivate friendships with effective blogging, don't understand what's really involved. As with anything, you get back what you put in. So if you're not doing your effort with the bloggers featuring your book, it's really not all that effective of promo anyway.
I get what Jessica Bell is saying. Enough with all the promo--let's get back to being creative and interesting with our blog posts, while sharing some promo here and there. Remember, though, many of us who've been blogging for years and have helped promote so many of our fellow blogger friends, are also eager for our opportunity. We deserve it. It may've taken some of us a little longer to get there, but that doesn't mean our blogger friends should suddenly throw in the towel on promoting us.
And you know what? We should be EXCITED so many of our friends are finally launching books and/or MORE books! This is wonderful! And instead of feeling tired of all the book promo, we should be rejoicing in all the accomplishments! I'm referring to actual blogging FRIENDS here... not the people we don't know who want a prime spot on our blog real estate.
My point being, if you're reading this and you've asked a blogger you don't know to feature you, or you've had them sign up for your blog tour, learn some etiquette. Stop by their blog and say thank you. Offer to return the favor on your own blog. Keep in mind, if you see more than 100 followers on the side of a blog, it's because that blogger worked their butt off to get there.
I hope blogging doesn't go away completely, even though most of us feel the fatigue now and again. But often we can be more considerate with those who take time out to post for us, as well as take the time to read our posts ... and I'm so sorry for this rant ...
Now ... *ahem* I shall step off my soap box. lol
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The Space Between Blurb:
When Life Falls to Pieces, Answers Lie in the Space Between.
Leni Drago can't make a smart decision on her own, according to her mother anyway--the few times she's tried resulted in disaster. When her uncle sends her on a dance tour in Italy to find her real self, she returns to an empty home and any evidence of his existence wiped out. Then things get even stranger, like the mysterious appearances of Jeric Winters--inked, pierced and a hit-'em-and-quit-'em type. He's one decision that should be easy for Leni. Or is he?
Jeric doesn't do girlfriends. Unless they're someone else's. He left the fighting cage and modeling for a reason, and girls who want more than a night of fun are distractions he doesn't need. Especially when they come with as much baggage as Leni carries. But he can't shake the gut feeling that he needs to know her. All of her.
To discover the truth behind their connection and their ties to a journal from 1989, they must face painful secrets from their pasts. And they must do so quickly because their own existences are falling to pieces.
This first part of The Book of Phoenix takes you on a heart-wrenching ride as you discover the answers that lie in The Space Between.
Kristie Cook Bio:
Kristie Cook is a lifelong, award-winning writer in various genres, from marketing communications to fantasy fiction. She continues to write the Soul Savers Series, a New Adult paranormal romance / contemporary fantasy, with Promise, Purpose, Devotion, Power, and the latest release, Wrath, book five, available now. She’s also written a companion novella, Genesis: A Soul Savers Novella, which details the compelling history of her Soul Savers mythology. Over 250,000 Soul Savers books have been sold, with Promise peaking at #54 on the Amazon Top 100 Paid list and at #1 in the Amazon Fantasy category.
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Have you read Jessica Bell's post? How do you feel about the state of blogging? Have I gone too far in my rant? Spill it ...