Blogger Confession: 2 months later without NetGalley
NOTE: I love NetGalley and that is why I had to step away. I had no restraint. Everything I have listed below is because I was asked what it was like not have NetGalley in my blogging arsenal anymore.
So it has been two months since I cancelled my NetGalley account and here is what I have learned (* I still have my edelweiss account but that is only for submitting reviews to publishers since you can submit even for books that you don’t get through them):
- After the first month and letting blog tours know that I no longer have NetGalley, the amount of blog tour requests have gone way down. Evidently paperbooks are a bit of a fossil type of perk for doing blog tours these days. Since I am not really a fan of cover reveals or excerpt posts that kind of counts me out. That is actually a plus in my book.
- I feel “free” as audiobook obligations are a little different than ebook/book reviews.
- I get to listen to more audiobooks now that I don’t have many “print” obligations. Which means that I have been doing more crafts and more changes around the house.
- I am getting to my TBR more. Though to be honest that has nothing to do with NetGalley. I made a firm rule this year that every other book I read will be a “want to” book.
- I do miss knowing what is coming down the pike. I used to use NetGalley as a barometer for my “want” list.
- I do miss getting my next Harlequin’s through them. That was my main source of Harlequin reads!
- I am getting more and more ok with not being in the “current” where romance is concerned. Though sometimes I am like “man that would have been cool to read early”.
- I am actually paying attention more closely to reviews since now every ebook/paperbook come out of the book budget instead of for review.
- I am finding my friends have excellent taste! I have found that my library(s) have an excellent stock of books that I have gathered from my friend’s reviews to read.
- In the end, I am doing good without NetGalley though after 5 years it was a little hard to walk away. I am glad that I did though.
Many people have asked me if I would suggest this to anyone else and the answer is no. I think one of the best things about being a book blogger (outside the community) is the ability to get your hands on books early, to try new authors, and to be part of the “buzz” surrounding a book. Walking away from NetGalley worked for me at this time because I was getting burnt out on the obligations PLUS I was leaning more and more towards audiobooks as my main type of book to review. Instead of quitting blogging or not fulfilling my “review” promises, I decided to refocus my energy and know my limits. I have a hard time not clicking on books in NetGalley so walking away was the best choice for me. Trust me when I say, it wouldn’t be the right choice for everyone! 🙂
What choices have you made that renewed your love of blogging?