To celebrate, Tez suggested I write a ‘what I’ve learned about blogging in the last three years’ post. So here it is!
What I’ve Learned About Books and Blogging in the Last Three Years
I mostly hate what everyone hates to read, but I don’t love what everyone loves to read.
I miss out on A LOT of events based on where I live.
Paying for shipping on books sucks ass.
My most popular posts are giveaway posts.
Giveaways are becoming less and less popular due to an overabundance of them. Giveaway hosts need to invest more to entice entries.
I’m not sure self-hosting is all it’s cracked up to be.
I feel more isolated since I became self-hosted because the wordpress.com community doesn’t find my blog so easily anymore.
I should probably embrace using tags, but I just can’t be bothered.
You should only request to review books you are REALLY TRULY interested in.
Try not to be sucked in by pretty covers or the fact that it’s ‘free’.
Sometimes authors can be REALLY COOL and are happy to be friends.
Authors DO read their reviews, even though they know they probably shouldn’t.
Don’t let the fact that authors read their reviews affect the way you write them.
Reviews are not written for authors and don’t have to follow any rules ie ‘provide constructive criticism/feedback’. Any real author would have sought feedback before publishing.
Publicists aren’t scary.
Publicists really don’t care if you write a negative review.
Publishers don’t care about bad author behaviour. It’s a business, not personal.
It’s almost always the authors who cause drama.
Authors have learned that the quickest way to get publicity is to shit on bloggers.
Authors using sock puppets or otherwise disguising themselves to sabotage other authors have given book bloggers a bad, unfounded reputation.
People who try to silence reviewers are trying to silence criticism. Criticism is one of the few areas we can quote under fair use.
I can’t emphasise this enough: Criticism makes things fair.
Sometimes, no matter how much you love reading, you just need to take a break.
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