NOTE: This is an open letter to Ms. Assumptive (the name I gave to the author/publisher/blog tour organizer) that I got an email from–no I am not going to call them out by name)
Dear Ms. Assumptive:
I know that this is probably not the response you were expecting but your email kind of took me by surprise. I thought as a community that we had moved passed the assumption that all book blogs are simply “promotional tools” for authors/books. The fact that you took time to tell me that I really had not been helping the community by “slacking” in participation by not posting cover reveals, blog tours, or excerpts at least once a week really floored me. Thank you for taking time to tell me that my hits would be higher, my status larger, and my presence more recognized if I did these things. If I was here to market my blog those all would be helpful hints (though I disagree that all things “promotional” are good tools for marketing). However, as this is a blog that I pay for, work on, and pour myself into–I reserve the right to use it in a way that makes me happy. Just to throw this in: I beg to differ that I (or the many blogs like mine) are unhelpful to the community. I feel like spreading the love of reading is essential in the community but on that point we will just have to disagree. Fact: emails like yours are the reason that I very seldom participate in strictly promotional type of things because the “assumption” that I am here for that reason alone drives me bonkers!
Let me tell you the purpose of my blog:
- This is a place where I can share my thoughts on books that I read regardless of whether they are positive or negative.
- This is a place where I can participate in things like the audiobook and library challenge, exercise challenge (has nothing to do with reading), or sharing just about anything (and everything) that I decide too (book related or not).
- If I were to consider myself a “promotional” tool for anything it would be the love of reading and that doesn’t require covers, excerpts, or blog tours.
- I really do love this community but my main connection to it is through my fellow readers/bloggers. I love to talk/connect/share the pure love and agony that is devouring a story. These are my people and I love them.
- Finally–it is no one’s job (unless there is a signed written agreement with someone) to use their hobby based on what other people expect. I thought this was pretty much common sense but apparently not. If you want a promotional tool blog then feel free to create one and make sure you have fun with it! Better yet, spend time hunting down the many book blogs that do like doing those things (there are plenty in the community) instead of pushing your “needs” on to me. My blog is for me!
To put this in perspective: last week when I was at RT it never upset me that people did not know my blog or my name. I met many bloggers and readers that I made connections with despite the world not knowing who I was. It is funny but in this day and age where many measure their worth by how many people know them–that is just not my thing. I would have been more concerned if I did advertising or were hoping to make money off my blog. That is not my main concern with this blog. It is for pure enjoyment and fun. If only my closest friends know who I am at the end of the day that is more than enough for me. (Just a note: not all my closest friends -readers or not- read my blog either. It doesn’t bug me in the least)
Finally, I would like to wish you luck with your current campaign. However, I am going to pass on participating.
Felicia The Geeky Blogger